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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.


thyssenkrupp moved into the digital age last week when MAX, our predictive maintenance solution, shared the stage with the world’s best cloud-based solutions at Hannover Messe 2016.

The trade fair is touted as the world’s largest exhibition on advanced technologies for manufacturing industries. Companies brought robotics, 3-D printers, virtual reality as well and data capture and analysis in the cloud

As I looked through the photos, I could not help but see some of the same reactions on the faces of the attendees as those who attended the USA Science and Engineering Festival Michael Bray posted about last week. It seems like adults as well as children enjoy getting to spend some time in a huge science playground, where they can see real-world applications of some of the world’s latest technologies. Over 190,000 people attended the event including President Barack Obama who joined Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel to see the action.

The clear message delivered was: thyssenkrupp’s MAX is a game changer, leading the transformation of the global elevator services industry, taking it into the truly digital age. The event proved to be an excellent venue to announce the deployment of the thyssenkrupp’s MAX solution in Germany. Alongside other major brands like Rolls Royce, also using the Microsoft cloud and data analytics solutions, thyssenkrupp exhibited a fully operating MAX system, including a dashboard that permitted visitors to observe the data being collected from thousands of MAX-connected elevators already in existence, mostly in the US.



thyssenkrupp Elevator CEO Andreas Schierenbeck  joined Microsoft officials on stage to jointly announce to the media the new market entry as well as to further commit to the success of the partnership between the two companies. “Together with Microsoft, we are digitizing our industrial products and turning Big Data into smart data. Through this, we are extending our business model and thus securing a significant competitive edge.” He added, “MAX will enable us to offer customers predictive and even preventive service for their elevators, striving to enhance urban mobility and make cities the best ever places to live.”

About MAX

MAX, an intelligent, connected monitoring system which is set to transform the elevator service industry. With MAX, elevators are connected via the Cloud to allow real-time monitoring of all functions – from cab speed to capacity to door mechanisms.

Using Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, thyssenkrupp has succeeded in establishing a completely new preventive maintenance system; instead of reacting to problems, service engineers can now access real-time data and take proactive measures to prevent elevator breakdowns before they occur. With the groundbreaking MAX installed worldwide, time savings for elevator passengers could be equivalent to 95 million hours in each year of operation.

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