Fremont, CA: Elevators and escalators, introduced in the 1800s, became a key driver of the vertical development needed to urbanize cities. The internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and embedded technologies have had a significant impact on vertical transportation, which is growing rapidly due to increasing urbanization, advances in the real estate sector, and the rise of multi-storage residential and commercial buildings around the world. According to MarketsandMarkets forecast, the smart elevator market is expected to reach 26.69 billion dollars by 2022.
In the last few years, smart elevators and escalators have rapidly advanced by leveraging leading-edge technologies to improve safety and security, enhance the energy efficiency, and make crowd control efficient. And in the new norm, suppliers have been using more disruptive technologies to create “contactless” solutions.
Let’s take a look at some of the trends that are navigating the innovation of smart elevators and escalators.
1. The IoT Impact
IoT-connected elevators and escalators are leading the way in technology and innovation. Leaders in this space have partnered with established leaders in cognitive computing to drive breakthrough innovations that reduce malfunctions, shorten repair times, and give customers peace of mind. Elevators and escalators can now speak their minds using IoT technology, allowing technicians to stay one step ahead of what is happening.
2. Impact of the New Normal
In the new normal, touchless technologies are particularly appealing. For instance, passengers can use their cell phone as their personal elevator call button when approaching the elevator. This reduces the number of times public elevator buttons are used. It also gives building managers the freedom to provide passengers with easy access. Furthermore, it provides passengers with a more consistent experience within their respective buildings. At the same time, customers can also benefit from the smart elevator and escalator purification products and services. Elevator purification fans and handrail sanitizers are two examples of these. Elevators can be retrofitted with fan technology to kill microorganisms and filter dust in the cab. To facilitate it, these fans include an ion generator and an ultraviolet lamp. The germ-killing module can be mounted on handrails meanwhile to kill germs using ultraviolet rays.
3. Intuitive Technologies
Elevator manufacturers have been increasingly creating user-friendly elevator technologies to improve the commuter experience. Smart grouping and destination-based models with modern aesthetics are examples of these intuitive elevator technologies. Commuters are organized using smart grouping technology based on their floor/zone preferences; for example, passengers going to the same destination are only assigned to elevators that serve that group of floors or zones. As a result, service is much faster and more organized.