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Destination Dispatch Helps to Improve Elevator Efficiency

from buzzle.comDestination dispatch is an optimization system for multi-elevator systems that groups passengers with the same destination into the same elevators to reduce waiting and travel time. Passengers enter their destinations using a key pad, touch screen, or proximity card and are directed to the next elevator that will be traveling to that floor.

Two destination dispatch configurations are currently in use. In the hybrid configuration, destination hall panels are only located on the busiest floor, such as the lobby, or on select floors. Other floors have conventional up-and-down buttons, and floor buttons are operational inside the car. This configuration helps to improve traffic flow from the busiest floor and is helpful in buildings with heavy up peak traffic, when most riders are going up, such as at the beginning of a work day. Handicap mode is generally not supported in this configuration, except on the main floor that uses a keypad.

In a full configuration system, destination hall panels are located on each floor and elevators receive destination information from all floors to provide the most expeditious service for complex traffic patterns. This system does not have floor buttons – only door open and close and emergency buttons. Handicap mode is supported in this configuration. The full configuration is more popular than the hybrid.

Destination dispatch offers several benefits over traditional elevator systems. It can reduce waiting and travel times since the elevators do not make unnecessary stops, improve efficiency and performance, create better organization of traffic flow in building lobbies, and improve accessibility by allowing a passenger with limited mobility to move to the necessary car in advance.

The performance of destination dispatch systems can be impaired somewhat if one person enters the destination for a group of people going to the same floor or presses the button for the same floor multiple times, since the elevator system will not know how many passengers are actually going to that particular floor. This can be prevented by assigning users RFID cards that identify them and their destinations.

Destination dispatch systems are becoming increasingly popular and have been used in skyscrapers around the world.

Outdoor Elevator Connects Medieval and Modern Parts of Spanish Town

outdoor elevator Gironella SpainArchitect Carles Enrich recently completed construction of a 20-meter elevator on the right bank of the Llobregat River in Gironella, a town in Catalonia, Spain. The elevator connects the river to the medieval castle located above it.

Enrich designed the elevator to improve accessibility between the town’s old and new districts. Gironella’s old town and modern urban area are divided by the river. Before the elevator was constructed, residents and visitors could only gain access to the old town by climbing a steep and narrow staircase. The area has narrow and cobbled streets that were difficult for many residents to navigate.

The 20-meter vertical distance between the old and new parts of the town has created a social fracture, according to Enrich. The elevated historic center of the town was becoming depopulated. Enrich wanted to increase use of the old town and prevent social exclusion. He hopes the elevator will encourage more people to visit the castle at the top of the cliff and the public square at the bottom.

The architect wanted to create a structure that would become a part of the town’s history. He constructed the elevator with a combination of masonry, steel, and glass next to the side of the cliff.

The top 16 meters of the elevator are enclosed on three sides in a brick lattice with small circular openings that allow in light and ventilation, allow passengers to see the red clay surface, and create an interesting play of light. The bottom eight meters have a glazed enclosure that captures the surrounding context.

Japanese Company Says It Will Create Space Elevator by 2050

Obayashi Corporation space elevatorJapanese construction firm Obayashi Corporation is exploring space travel. The company announced two years ago that it believes it can build an elevator to space and have it up and running by 2050.

The company said its space elevator would be able to rise 96,000 kilometers into space. Space is designated as the area beyond the Karman line, which is at an altitude of 100 kilometers above the Earth. The International Space Station is at an altitude of 330 kilometers, and the moon is located 384,400 kilometers from the Earth.

Obayashi Corporation says its space elevator would use robotic cars powered by magnetic linear motors, or maglev technology. This is the same system used in high-speed trains in Asia and Europe. The space elevator would be used to transport both people and cargo to a new space station.

Obayashi says it could achieve this by using carbon nanotechnology. Carbon nanotubes have a tensile strength nearly 100 times stronger than steel cable. Current technology can only make nanotubes three centimeters long, but the company predicts that it will be able to make long enough cables by 2030.

Teams across Japan are working on logistical issues associated with the elevator. A team at Kanagawa University is investigating how to ascend to different altitudes and how to stop the cars.

If the project succeeded, it could dramatically reduce the costs of carrying people and cargo into space. Transporting cargo via shuttle currently costs about $22,000 per kilogram. Obayashi predicts that the cost with its elevator would be around $200 per kilogram.

Other companies are also working on space elevator technology. Building a space elevator will probably require an international effort. The International Space Elevator Consortium is trying to coordinate efforts.

Former Fire Headquarters in Brooklyn Still Has Birdcage Elevator

Brooklyn fire headquarters birdcage elevatorThe old Brooklyn Fire Headquarters at 365 Jay Street, which is now used as residential apartments, was opened to the public on Saturday, October 17 as part of Open House New York weekend.

The firehouse was constructed in 1892 but stopped being used for firefighting in the 1970s. In the 1980s, it was converted to 18 affordable residential units. Seven of the original tenants still live in the building. Tenants who were displaced when the Metro Tech Center was built were offered housing in the former fire station.

The front of the building does not give an accurate impression of its size. The building extends back far enough for some of the units to have four bedrooms. The firehouse is a six-story Romanesque Revival building that was designed by Brooklyn-based architect Frank Freeman.

The Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the building a landmark in 1966. MDG Design + Construction and the Pratt Area Community Council conducted major repair and restoration work in 2013 and 2014, including repairing the collapsed tower roof.

No tenants were displaced during the renovation. MDG meticulously matched the original façade using photographs and installed updated appliances and new finishes in the apartments and lobby. The building has its original entry tile and stairs.

The old firehouse contains its original birdcage elevator that has an ornate metal frame with basket-weave decoration. The elevator is no longer operational. It stays on the first floor as a decorative element.

Before people could call 911 to report a fire, firefighters would stand in the tower and look around the city for fires. The tower used to have an extensive view, but today it is enclosed by netting to keep pigeons away. During Open House New York, visitors were able to climb the six flights of stairs to the tower.

The Benefits of Elevator Advertising with Custom Elevator Wraps

elevator wrapAs businesses seek to expand and find new ways to attract customers, they are looking for unique ways and places to advertise. Elevator wraps can be an effective form of advertising that can capture the attention of a captive audience, in some cases several times a day for weeks or months at a time.

Elevator wraps can be used to promote a wide array of products and services, including retail businesses, restaurants, gyms, movies, and airlines. Creative advertising can generate buzz that will capture passengers’ attention and encourage them to talk to others once they reach their destinations.

With traditional television, print, radio, or online advertising, you cannot control who is exposed to your ads. With elevator wraps, you can target your message to a specific region, city, or even building and tailor your ad to the specific demographic you are seeking.

Traditional advertising is often only seen or heard once. The commercial ends, or a person throws away a newspaper or flier. With an elevator wrap, however, people can see the ads every day when they leave and return to their apartment buildings or arrive at and then leave their workplaces. People who are exposed to ads repeatedly over a longer period of time are more likely to make purchases.

Elevator passengers are a captive audience. People often feel uncomfortable in elevators because they are around strangers and don’t know what to say or do. Elevator wrap advertisements can provide a welcome distraction to occupy people’s attention until they arrive at their destinations. Since they have fewer distractions, people are more likely to recall the ads they saw in elevators.

Elevator wraps are a cost-effective form of advertising. They cost a fraction of the price for television and print ads.

Merritt Graphics offers custom elevator wraps and elevator advertising services, in addition to on-demand printing. Contact us today to learn how our elevator advertising services can help you promote your business.

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