The tradition-steeped elevator manufacturer Schindler from the Swiss canton of Lucerne presented its digital solution “ Schindler Ahead “ at the Hanover Fair. This entails having a platform for networking the manufacturer’s elevators and escalators in the Internet of Things. According to the company, the benefits include the capability to detect potential problems in advance by evaluating sensor data and by conducting Big Data analyses of older data records, and of taking preventive measures before a failure occurs. At the same time, the operators can monitor the current status of their elevators and escalators centrally at any time. Schindler wants to significantly reduce downtimes through these measures, and at the same time extend the life cycle of the systems.
The cell phone company Huawei and GE Digital , the software company of the US conglomerate General Electric, are partners in the development of Schindler Ahead. Huawei contributes a box that collects the sensor data and filters and sends it to the Cloud; GE Digital provides the Cloud system for analyzing the data. In addition, Schindler Ahead can be kept constantly up to date via Over-the-air-Updates.