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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.


iWalk, from ThyssenKrupp Elevator, will fit anywhere. Its slim dimensions require very little construction and structural work and its design features technologies that ensure low energy consumption.  Due to its modular design, iWalk is compact enough to be easily integrated into existing buildings with or without an existing pit.  

The horizontal version of the iWalk only needs a shallow – 15” deep pit or it can even be installed without a pit. Just mount it onto the finished floor; all that are needed are two ADA-compliant ramps, one at each end. This makes it possible for the iwalk to be installed and then removed and re-located should the passenger traffic flow within the building change.  Additionally, the floor-mounted version can also be lengthened or shortened to suit evolving traffic patterns without the costly additional structural changes to the existing building.

Passengers are safer, thanks to the small transition height between the moving pallets and the stationary combplates at either end of the walks. This small (1/4”) height differential as they enter and exit the  iwalk greatly reduces the risk of trip-and-fall accidents; and unlike normal moving walks, this flat transition is far more convenient, when traveling with luggage trolleys, roller boards, etc.

Advantages at a glance

  • Easy to adapt and install, light in weight, very flexible for planning
  • High energy efficiency thanks to variable speed or load feedback energy-saving systems
  • Comfortable and safe, with extended balustrade newels and wider pallets
  •  Almost entirely recyclable
  • Innovative continuous pallet system with efficient drive gearbox  for smooth, safe travel
  • Low risk of tripping thanks to reduced comb segment height
  • State-of-the-art design with flat entrance area and invisible fasteners
  • Available in two glass balustrade designs, either robust or slim line
  • Non-proprietary control system


For more information about iWalk read the article from Elevator World .

Richard Glanzmann is general manager of the escalator planning group for ThyssenKrupp Elevator.  You can contact him at richard.glanzmann.thyssenkrupp.com

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