Smart Elevator Technology

By Bernhard Mehl
May 05, 2020

Elevators are, in fact, the leading mode of transport in the world. They transport over a billion commuters every day in over 12 million operational elevators worldwide. As such, there is a huge need to optimize the time usage associated with these systems. With the help of incorporating new technology for elevators, smart elevators can cut travel time by an average of 50 percent.

Smart elevators operate by passengers first selecting the floor they wish to travel to, instead of pressing up or down. They are then directed to an elevator that will transport them to their destination with the fewest number of stops on the way. If you don't have one for your company or warehouse, we recomment you look at the things to consider before installing an elevator.

How It Works

The advanced technologies do not only provide a solution towards increased energy efficiency and effective crowd management, but they offer other benefits. These include improved security systems and more. 

Currently, there is a rise in technological developments that will shape the future of the smart elevator market. Artificial intelligence, connected systems, smart city initiatives, and other advances are sure to not only transform the upward trajectory of smart elevators but will catalyze a new wave of technological innovation in the smart elevator project trends.

Main Technological Trends 

Connectivity

Internet-connectivity is the future of elevators. The demand has resulted in the installation of these elevators in smart buildings. The technology operates by alerting a central dashboard of any errors in the elevators. This allows elevator operators to repair faults in an efficient manner - saving time and money. 

Cloud-Predictive Maintenance

Smart elevator technology allows for the regular collection and analysis of data in the Cloud. If it detects any operation abnormalities, it compares the information with the entire elevator database to confirm if an elevator component is about to malfunction. 

This entire process takes just a few seconds to complete after which it alerts service operators via their smart devices. This means that any issues and repairs can be addressed efficiently before a problem occurs. The data analyzed includes the speed of the door, the elevator acceleration, and any conditions of other elements. 

Cable-Free Smart Elevators

Due to cross-industry innovation, manufacturers have successfully designed cable-free elevators. These can move in both vertical and horizontal directions as they are powered by linear motors. This enables the cabs to move in linear directions along magnetic rails. 

The perks of cable-free elevators are that they are more energy-efficient. Thus, they can reduce a building’s carbon footprint by a significant amount in comparison to conventional elevators. 

Interactive Touch Panel

Interactive touch panels in elevators provide a new dimension of functionality. Touch panels provide entertainment, system monitoring, cab indicator functionality, access control systems, and emergency call technology. This increases commuter comfort and customer satisfaction.

Touch panels in smart elevators can also be used to limit access to certain floors. For example, only authorized personnel with the right identification keycard or code can use the elevator to get to a secure floor. 

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Intuitive Elevator Technology

Intuitive elevator technologies aim to improve and elevate the overall experience of passengers. These technologies include smart grouping and destination-based models such as the PLC-based smart elevator control system project. 

The project ensures the steady-state of the elevator and controls the opening and closing of its doors. It also guides the vessel in the right directions to the correct floors. Smart grouping technology organizes commuters by creating groups with floor-based preferences.

For example, if there is a group of passengers traveling to floors close together, they will be grouped so that the elevator doesn’t make multiple stops along the way. The result is a more streamlined, efficient, and enjoyable commute. 

To put this into perspective, in a 50-floor building, smart grouping can reduce overall traveling time by 40 percent. It can also reduce energy consumption by up to 27 percent compared to a conventional elevator system.

Automated Vehicle Storage Technology

When combined with other related systems, smart elevators can transport vehicles using computerized lifting systems. This market has not yet been popularized, leaving much room for development. To achieve this, the systems require advanced elevators to run efficiently and effectively.  

This solution maximizes parking capacity through the optimization of the use of space. Further, it ensures vehicle safety and provides convenience to customers. 

The benefits of robotic parking technologies include a reduced environmental impact. This is because car engines shut off when cars enter this parking system. It also reduces the search time for parking spaces thanks to a robotic system. This eliminates potential time losses due to human interaction.  

This automated vehicle storage system is ideal for business parks, railway stations, subway stations, office buildings, trade centres, hotels, and other densely populated areas.

Final Thoughts 

Although manufacturers agree that smart elevators aren't practical in buildings with less than 10 floors, most of the new and future constructions emphasize high-rise elements. This is because of space limitations in densely populated areas. 

Buildings are also perceiving ways to transport people more efficiently. Likewise, these factors are likely to boost the market for smart elevators. 

If you’re interested in upgrading your elevator systems to improve connectivity and access control, then contact Kisi for more information. We can help you upgrade your elevators so that you can monitor use, provide more secure access to certain floors, and integrate card or mobile access solutions. Also, in case you are looking for the best elevators brands, we have made an article for it.

Bernhard Mehl

Bernhard is the co-founder and CEO of Kisi. His philosophy, "security is awesome," is contagious among tech-enabled companies.