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.
The daily commute of millions depends heavily on trains and subways. But have you ever thought of all the elevators and escalators all these people take to get to and from the train station every single day? And as city populations grow, the current infrastructure of transit and metro stations are not equipped to deal with the impending gridlock. We only have a limited amount of space to work with – elevators and escalators take up a lot of space.
One solution - thyssenkrupp’s MULTI. It’s the world’s first horizontal and vertical elevator. MULTI breaks the 160-year tradition of rope-driven elevators and has been designed to increase passenger shaft capacity by 50 percent. It does this by enabling multiple cabins to travel safely up one shaft and down another in a single continuous loop, much like a circular shuttle.
A couple of weeks ago, thyssenkrupp met with some thought leaders in London to discuss how to deal with the increasing demand on our transportation systems. In London alone, passenger numbers have risen 33 percent in the past decade and some 1.34 billion passengers use the underground every year. And the population is growing at a rate of 1.5percent year-on-year, reaching almost 8.6 million in 2015. Implementing new technology at key city transport hubs is essential to get people from A to B as effectively as possible.
Chris Williamson, co-founder and partner at architecture firm Weston Williamson + Partners was there and said, “The original submerging of train lines underground was absolutely revolutionary for its time, but as passenger demand continues to rise it is unsurprising that the sub-ground location of these lines make it incredibly difficult for developers to bring them up-to-date with modern capacity and access requirements. For most commuters it is equally as important to swiftly and comfortably access the deepest platform as it is to move quickly from station A to B.
Rope-less elevator technology, like the MULTI system designed by thyssenkrupp Elevator, has the potential to redefine existing infrastructure, and open up unprecedented levels of access both in between platforms, and from the platforms to the world above. This kind of innovation is key for future city design and could provide a game-changing solution to solve the mobility issues that so many underground networks now face. What’s more – it could also allow further growth of stations below the ground, making it possible to build new train lines underneath the existing ones, to increase capacity even further.”
Andreas Schierenbeck, thyssenkrupp Elevator’s CEO was there too and said, “MULTI was initially developed for tall buildings, to double elevator shaft capacity, reduce elevator footprint and offer vertical and horizontal movement… but its concept makes it a prime solution to the challenges of metro stations as well.