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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.


At Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas Texas, two of the elevators ThyssenKrupp Elevator installed are designed to expedite care of trauma patients and play a life-saving role.  They travel at a speed of 600 feet per minute and take just 32 seconds to go from the hospital’s helipad down 18 floors to the trauma center on the first floor. The elevators are also large,  7 feet by 11 feet, so a seven-person trauma team that includes two surgeons, two nurses, a respiratory therapist and two flight crew members, plus as many as 10 additional staff members, can escort patients from the helipad to the operating room for care.

Another unique time-saving feature at Parkland is the “Destination Dispatch” system, installed in the women and infants’ specialty health tower. Passengers select the floor from a touch screen, the screen tells the rider which elevator cab to get into. The system makes a computerized calculation based on the elevator car positions, directions the elevator cars are traveling and speeds at which they are traveling, helping minimize wait times and run the cars more efficiently.

These elevators were installed in the 17-story, $1.3 billion renovation project which opened earlier this year. Nearly 8,200 trauma patients were evaluated and managed at Parkland in 2013 and the elevators assist the medical staff in moving patients expeditiously to the trauma bays so they can assess patients quickly when every second can make a difference.

But even if a hospital is not as large as Parkland, there are components that can be added to elevators to enhance the safety and comfort of patients and extend the life of equipment. When modernizing, conduct a traffic analysis to ensure the equipment has the capacity needed to handle traffic flow. Other components to add include cab pads that protect interior walls of elevator cabs from stretchers and food carts. A door operator conversion package provides smoother, consistent door opening and closing. Adding electronic door edge protection can guard against premature door closings. Emergency lighting can be added to automatically turn on during a blackout to keep your elevator cab illuminated and passengers safe.

To learn more about what ThyssenKrupp is doing to streamline mobility in hospitals, visit Urban Hub.com

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