Thailand: Schindler introduces smart elevator technology
Schindler Group, a leading global provider of mobility solutions, has recently launched its latest innovation in building transportation, the Personal Occupant Requirement Terminal (PORT) technology in Thailand. PORT technology, the company says, is an intelligent transit management elevator system that revolutionizes the way people move through buildings, while offering personalized service and enhanced building security.
“We recognize the demand of intelligent buildings is greatly rising in Thailand. In recent years, developers and architects increasingly require cutting edge technology which could boost transportation efficiency in a building while offering better user experience,” says Suwanna Kongkanjana, Managing Director for Jardine Schindler (Thai).
“PORT Technology represents a transformation in the way we create a seamless environment for high performance buildings. When integrated at the building design stage, PORT Technology opens up a new world of opportunities for building owners, architects and property management to provide users with unprecedented levels of customization,” Sauwanna added.
PORT essentially aims to group passengers going to the same or nearby floors into the same elevator. With less intermediate stops, the traveling time for a passenger to reach his or her destination is greatly reduced; thereby the system is able to increase traffic efficiency by as much as 30% when compared to conventional elevator system.
Schindler also seeks to extol the ‘Green’ benefits of the PORT system.
“Along with enhanced building security, aesthetics and better user experience for occupants, the buildings of tomorrow are also looking to meet ambitious energy efficiency goals. We are proud to say that the PORT technology can help owners and architects to meet all of these objectives in one time,” says Suwanna.
A unique Energy Control Option (ECO) is designed to bring additional energy savings. During off peak hours, the ECO mode places several elevators in a group into standby or sleep mode. This helps to avoid the inefficiency (unbalanced loads) of having all elevators making many trips to transport only a few passengers.
The PORT will only be activated when the proximity sensor detects a user approaching. At all other times, it goes into low energy consumption mode. The self-dimming monitor minimizes power consumption and when the screen illuminates, its ambient light sensor determines the brightness level required, optimizing energy usage.
With PORT technology, passengers simply tap their pre-programmed access card on the system’s station on a turnstile gate or stand-alone PORT terminal, the interface will immediately display a list of destinations to which that individual has access. After the user selects his desired floor, PORT, within less than a second, calculates the fastest route and sends an elevator to take the user to his destination.
The intuitive PORT system learns and adapts to the specific usage patterns of each tenant based on their most frequently travelled destinations to provide unparalleled occupant service says Schindler.
“Users can enjoy an extraordinary communication experience with PORT technology, as it provides both visual and audio information on its sleek colour display to enhance users’ convenience,” explains Suwanna. “PORT Technology not only benefits the end-users, it also helps the building management to broadcast important information on its screen when needed, for instance, during an emergency.”
The latest generation PORT technology can be installed in any new or existing building structure, be it a high-rise skyscraper, an intelligent office tower, a luxury condominium, a hotel, a university building or a hospital.
Buildings that have already incorporated the system include Park Ventures in Bangkok, the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong, Intergra Tower in Malaysia, Heron Tower in London, Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and Hyatt Regency in New Orleans. Other commercial buildings in Thailand that are going to install PORT technology include SCG, Equinox and Lumpini Tower.
Source: Pattaya Mail