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The Internet of elevators is growing

The digitization of the elevator industry is in full swing. Elevator manufacturers such as Thyssenkrupp, Schindler, Kone and Otis are upgrading their systems with networked sensors.

08 May. 2018 Isabelle Reiff
Source: thyssenkrupp Elevator AG
Source: thyssenkrupp Elevator AG

Elevator broken? In high-rise buildings especially, this is no joke. Last year, elevator industry giants began with upgrades, integrating sensors and tailored edge computing solutions into existing systems in order to make downtimes a thing of the past, thanks to sensors that detect and report weak points before a malfunction can occur.

As per a company statement , Thyssenkrupp Elevator has already networked 30% of all elevators worldwide based on MAX , a predictive maintenance solution connected to the Microsoft Azure Cloud. Its algorithms have been undergoing continuous optimization since 2015, and will now be expanded for use on escalators. Kone uses the IBM Watson IoT platform to analyze data from elevators and escalators in the cloud. Developed for this purpose, 24/7 Connected Services are part of the KONE Care maintenance solution, in use since 2017. For its solution Ahead , Schindler relies on GE Digital and Huawei, with GE providing its IoT platform Predix. With DoorShow , Huawei visualizes the elevator doors. Finally, Otis China advertises its Otis Eagle Service (OES) as being paperless, among other things: According to the company, 640 trees per month could be saved from being cut down if the approximately four million elevators in China were maintained via OES.