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Yes, you read that right. I assert we will need to miniaturize our products’ burden on buildings while having bigger experiences and faster delivery times which requires stronger materials. 

Remember Ironman’s super-cool digital screens inside his ocean-side lair? Well today, thyssenkrupp announced that our service technicians will use HoloLens technology in its elevator service operations worldwide.

There is no getting around it. If your building is two stories or hundreds of feet, you are going to need an elevator. You have to meet the American Disabilities Act codes but what you don’t need is a complicated elevator system to travel just a few feet.

The term “smart city” can be open to interpretation. Here are a few prerequisites established a few years ago.  A smart city uses technologies to be more intelligent and efficient when using resources.

thyssenkrupp is currently putting the finishing touches on the installation of 30 elevators and 2 escalators that will serve 52 floors at River Point, a new office tower located on a prime piece of property overlooking the Chicago River.


Yesterday, thyssenkrupp announced the TWIN elevator system will be installed in Coda, an unprecedented collaborative building developed by Portman Holdings and Georgia Institute of Technology in midtown Atlanta.

The announcement was made at an event at the site of the project. “This center is changing the landscape of Atlanta. We are honored to call it home to the first installation in the Western Hemisphere of thyssenkrupp’s TWIN and its industry-changing technology,” said Patrick Bass, CEO of thyssenkrupp North America at the event. “thyssenkrupp’s Research Innovation Center has been a proud member of the Tech Square community since 2013. The installation of TWIN now gives us the opportunity to be a part of both its building design infrastructure as well as its innovation ecosystem.”

thyssenkrupp’s TWIN system has two cars, arranged on top of each other, that operate independently in one hoistway (see an animation of how it works here.) It makes the most efficient use of available space, uses less energy and transports up to 40 percent more passengers than conventional elevators. Each TWIN elevator has its own major mechanical and electrical components and shares the same guide rails and landing doors in a single elevator shaft. TWIN features four safety systems which ensure a minimum separation of the cars is maintained. These safety features are monitored by an independent control system in compliance with IEC EN 61 508, which is the highest safety classification of Safety Integrity Level 3 (SIL3), used by the aviation industry.

In addition to the five TWIN elevators, two escalators and seven conventional elevators will be installed in 2018 in the 21-story project that will contain about 750,000 square-feet of office, retail and data center space. The project will also feature an intelligent Destination Dispatch elevator control system that groups and swiftly transports passengers the most efficient way possible.

Portman Holdings and John Portman & Associates design will continue building upon a vibrant environment in Tech Square, a landmark project that Georgia Tech launched more than a decade ago. Coda marks the $375 million second phase of Technology Square, a two-acre mixed-use development that includes the adaptive reuse of the historic Crum & Forster building.

The TWIN elevator system was introduced in 2003 and has been providing safe reliable service in projects all over the world including the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany; Rain Square in Perth, Australia and the CMA Tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

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