If one was to point out the impact and influence of technology across the various segments of business and life itself, it would prove to be a nearly impossible task. This is on account of how intricately and infinitely technology is associated with everything that we see around us.
Therefore, it would practically be a shame if the rapid growth of technology did not have an impact on elevator tech as well. After all, the advancement of technology has always been based on improving the present technology, and elevators have seen a lot of those improvements in the last few years for sure.
Although we are not yet checking our emails on an elevator yet, they have become smarter than most of us even realize. That lack of realization is of course a result of the fact that most offices and apartment buildings have not yet shifted to smart elevators. Nevertheless, the technology is there and it’s improving further. As of now, smart elevators can:
- Speed up or slow down on their own, depending on the time of the day
- They can also speed up or slow down to prioritize safety, by detecting the load
- There are also security features built-in to prevent unauthorized access to elevator, such as facial recognition and fingerprint-based biometric authentication
- Automatic smoke detection and fire extinguisher dispersion
- Automatic emergency brakes and suggestions for exit strategies
New buildings, especially high-rise office buildings, are coming equipped with the latest, smart elevators nowadays. There are usually preprogramming features available in most new elevators, even if they are not self-assessing.
It’s convenient and time-saving to have a Wi-Fi enabled elevator, and it’s important to further augment security against unauthorized use of elevators, but none of that is as important as making the cabled cab safer. Thanks to massive improvements that have been made to elevator applications recently, safety has taken a front seat above everything else. For example, KEB drives have been designed in a way, so that they can effectively control motor functions and braking controls without any safety gaps, even while dealing with high-traffic elevators that run up and down skyscrapers, all day and night.
An extension of the smart escalator features would be the productivity which they bring with those features. Wi-Fi connections help office employees and executives stay in sync with work while waiting to get to their floor. The wait is often quite a few minutes in high-rise buildings, especially when your office is located on the higher floors.
In fact, Wi-Fi connections are not just about productivity – may also become a necessary failsafe feature in emergency situations. A good example is maintaining communication with outsiders and emergency workers via the internet if people get stuck within an elevator. Phone towers do not work well on lifts, but built-in Wi-Fi solves that issue by enabling digital calls.
As we can see, from general safety to business productivity, the modern elevators have simply evolved in every possible aspect, as compared to their predecessors. In fact, they are even improving in more ways as we discuss this, and that is necessary, given how dangerous elevators can become in times of emergency.