Elevators - a new form of public transit?
If, like me, your prime concern is to reach your destination faster, you will be pleased to know your ordeal is finally coming to an end!
No more countless stops, rush hours and waiting lines, no more feeling like a sardine in a can.
I’m not talking about Montreal’s metro but rather the new, modern elevators at the head office! You have realized that we are finally entering a new era. After smart cars, smart elevators!
Thanks to digital technology (artificial intelligence, Big Data, remote sensing, touch screens), our “Transportation Experience” is going to improve, but beyond this aspect, elevator manufacturers will be able to achieve savings and thus become more competitive. Most of the old buttons, indicator lights and electrical wires have been eliminated or replaced by touch screens and digital displays, all linked to an Ethernet network, which reduces wiring and commissioning time, and improves reliability. Using sensors and analytics, we will be able to predict the next equipment breakdown and thus replace or repair the component just in time.
Analysing the number of defects and correlating with planned preventive maintenance, we will be able to accurately calculate the time between each intervention and thus be self-adapting. We can also imagine cross-referencing mobile team data, priorities, locations, planned servicing dates, traffic, costs, etc., to optimize needs and services in real time, thereby improving efficiency and cutting costs.
Finally, for our comfort, artificial intelligence will analyse occupants’ requests to distribute destinations more effectively and also probably factor in the energy costs of stops and departures, travel up or down, todetermine the most efficient routing, and ultimately to determine the average transportation cost per passenger.
We are currently witnessing a major technological evolution, not just in elevators but also through sharp declines in the cost of digital technologies and data processing, with sufficient maturity to enter all sectors with a competitive advantage.
Yan Le Meur
Digital and Technology Watch Expert