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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.


Riding in an elevator can feel awkward. A quick google search finds a lot of tips about elevator etiquette.  There is advice from a manners expert, a really cool animated guide (thanks, Buzzfeed,) and the concept of proxemics (basically standing 0-18 inches beside someone is way too close.)  The gist is that the close quarters, being unsure about who should move first and impatient behavior can make a short ride no fun. So here are six easy steps to taking a more pleasant ride.  

1. Take a stand: When the elevator arrives, people will need to get off, so stand on the right of the door. This leaves the whole left hand side and middle for those getting off. Make sure everyone is off before stepping on board.

2. Ladies first? Chivalry is always appreciated but if an elevator is crowded, the person closest to the door should exit first.

3. Be a Traffic Cop: If the elevator is uncrowded, step to the back corner to allow future riders room. If you’re going to a high-level floor, definitely make your way to the back of the elevator since most others will be getting off before you. The first four spaces on an elevator that should be filled are the four corners. As more people enter, they fill in the middle. When the elevator stops, if it’s crowded, a couple of people at the front should step off, allow the people from the back of the elevator time to exit before the door closes.

4. The Button Boss: If you find yourself near the panel of buttons on the elevator. Be proactive and politely ask, “What floor?” And use the open and close door button to speed the traffic in and out of the elevator.

5. Check your bag: Carry your bag(s) low and in front of your body. Our feet and legs are much narrower than our upper bodies (shoulders and chest) so there is more space for the bag and out of everyone’s way.

6. Time to chat? This is a biggie. The other people on the elevator are a trapped audience, so if you are in the midst of a conversation when you enter the elevator, either talk quietly or better yet, pause your conversation for the ride. If you’re on a cell phone, tell the person you’ll call them right back as soon as you reach your floor. Now, when it comes to starting a conversation with the people on the elevator, a quick greeting or non-verbal nod is really enough. Pay attention to body language of others.  If they look like they don’t want to talk, they probably don’t.

Just one more thing - Be nice. Don't push, wait your turn, scoot over and give other riders some space, say please and thank you –all the things you learned in kindergarten. And if you are able and traveling to floor two, consider taking the stairs – it’s usually only 12 measly steps. (Sorry, that wasn’t a very nice thing to say.) 

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