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Schindler Partners with Solar Impulse on Solar Powered Plane

Schindler Solar Impulse

Solar Impulse is an organization that has been working on a zero fuel airplane that runs on only solar energy. They have created a solar powered aircraft that they hope to fly around the world. Schindler, an elevator company, has partnered with Solar Impulse to provide them with technical expertise and financial support.

Schindler has a lot of experience in solar powered technology because they have created solar powered elevator systems. As demands for mobility grows and fuel resources decrease and becomes more expensive, the future lies in clean, sustainable energy from renewable sources. Solar Powered AirplaneSchindler has been developing solar powered technology to power their elevators and decrease energy costs for buildings.

Schindler has been working with Solar Impulse on their solar powered airplane technically and financially. Solar Impulse’s plane has already flown to between many cities in the United States. They are now working side by side with Schindler engineers to develop innovations that will revolutionize the structure of materials by improving their robustness and reducing their weight. This type of innovation will not only improve the ability of Solar Impulse’s airplane, it will help make significant reductions in energy consumption for Schindler’s elevators.

Schindler is proud to work with Solar Impulse on their “Across America” mission and their combined efforts will help both companies. Schindler has already made strides in elevator technology and energy reduction by creating their destination dispatching system, machine room-less elevators, regenerative drives, and variable speed escalator technology. In combination with Solar Impulse, Schindler will be able to improve on their already successful solar powered elevator.

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UltraRope Would Allow Elevators to Reach New Heights


Architects are continuing to design taller buildings, but this poses a certain problem for elevators. Until recently, traditional steel lifting cables limited elevators to only 500 meters of vertical travel. If an elevator tried to travel any higher, the weight of all the cable required would be too much. In the tallest buildings around the world, if you wanted to travel higher than 500 meters you have to transfer from one elevator to another. Thanks to a new lightweight material, elevators will be able to travel up to one kilometer continuously.

The new lightweight material is called UltraRope, and it was created by elevator manufacturer Kone. Instead of the normal cross-sectional shape of cable, UltraRope is UltraRopemore ribbon-like in form. It is composed of a carbon fiber core that is covered in a high friction plastic coating. One elevator car would be lifted and lowered by multiple reels of UltraRope that run into a hosting machine at the top of the shaft.

Kone says that for elevators traveling over to 500 meters, UltraRope would reduce the total moving mass by up to 60 percent when compared to steel cables. As the distance travels increases, so does the reduction of total mass. This also means that when UltraRope is used for elevators traveling under 500 meters, there would be substantial energy savings.

UltraRope is said to be twice as strong as steel, require no lubrication, and less sensitive to building sway – which often causes elevators to shut down. The sky seems to be the limit when it comes to UltraRope. Elevators will be able to climb higher than ever before and energy consumption can be reduced. However, as of right now the cost of UltraRope is unknown.

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New Technology Provides Bed Detection in Hospital Elevators

It happens every day. Visitors and employees in healthcare facilities wait for the elevator only to find that a patient bed is occupying it when the doors open. Not only is this annoying for those waiting for the elevator, but now the patient has to wait longer to get to the operating room or other destination.

For the patient in the bed, the constant opening of the elevator door when no one can enter can be embarrassing. If people do decide to cram in the elevator car around the bed, the paElevator Technologytient could feel even more awkward. The system used at every hospital is not efficient and there needs to be a way to eliminate the unneeded elevator stops.

CEDES has created a solution to this problem. The system uses sensors that identify that there is a patient bed on board and the elevator will go to the desired floors with no stops. The simple, yet effective, system uses three TPS sensors in the ceiling of an elevator and an evaluation unit mounted on its roof.

The triangulation sensors monitor the inside of the elevator car and emit two independent beams. This allows the sensors to distinguish between passengers and beds – based on the differences in height. Once a bed is detected, the sensors tell the elevator controls to send the elevator car directly to the floor pressed. This eliminates any unnecessary stoppages along the way.

The TPS bed detection system increases privacy and comfort for hospital patients who are bed-bound and traveling between floors. No key switch, transponder card, or destination selection control is necessary with this system. This new elevator technology will make hospital elevators more efficient for everyone.

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Smart Elevator Technology

Elevator Technology

Elevator technology is on the rise, literally. Time is money, and people want to get where they are going FASTER. No one wants to call for cab, get stuck at a traffic light, and to wait for an elevator. New technology is making waiting for an elevator and unnecessary stops things of the past.

The technology is called Personal Occupant Requirement Terminal, or PORT. As citiPORTes grow and more people need to use elevator systems, this technology is making elevators more efficient and smarter. PORT uses a kiosk with a touchscreen in the lobby that replaces traditional elevator call buttons.

The PORT system and its algorithm learns the traffic of the building and tracks passenger behaviors, such as when they take lunch, what floor they love or work on, or when they take coffee breaks. Each person has a personalized card that helps the system track these behaviors to direct you to the elevator that will get you to where you are going the fastest. This new elevator technology groups people going to the same floor to create less wait time, less travel time, and more efficient rides. The national director of sales and marketing for the company that created PORT stated:

“So it begins to learn where the elevator stops, when it stops, what floor it stops at, how often it stops, so we could begin to predict where people want to be and where they want to go throughout the day.”

Studies have shown that 60 percent of the world population will live in urban areas in 40 years, as more people move to the cities. PORT technology can help make elevators more efficient even with the higher traffic. PORT technology could shorten the time passengers spend waiting for and riding elevators by 30 percent.

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Billion Dollar Hotel will Include Smart Elevators

The Wilshire Grand Hotel

Developers recently unveiled plans for the new Wilshire Grand Hotel and office tower, set to be built in downtown Los Angeles. The new building is set to have a futuristic look inside and out, standing tall at 1,100 feet. The new Wilshire Grand is set to be a “four star plus” hotel and will have many luxurious attractions.Wilshire Grand

The project is estimated to cost around one billion dollars and is set to open in 2017. One of the towers most interesting features will be its high tech elevator system. The office area will use an elevator system that has no buttons inside the cab. The elevator will know where you are going and know your typical daily schedule. Using an ID card system, the elevator will know exactly where you will be, when you will be there, and where you want to go. If you normally arrive at 8:15 AM, the elevator will be on the first floor waiting for you. What if you want to go another floor? Not an option with this elevator system, because the designers want you to register everything on your card, so the elevators can run more efficiently. The hotel guests can take advantage of the super-fast elevators that will bring them to any floor, even the sky lobby on the 70th floor, in no time at all.

The Wilshire Grand will have 900 hotel rooms and 400,000 square feet of office space with floor-to-ceiling glass. While it may not be a favorite feature to those afraid of heights, it will allow 24/7 views of the skyline and allow for an abundance of natural light. The building will also feature a sky lobby and restaurant that is 70 stories from the ground. Above that will be an infinity pool and bar with an open air garden.

The building’s height of 1,100 feet will make it the tallest building west of the Mississippi River, taking over the top spot of its neighbor the U.S. Bank building. It will be replacing the Wilshire Grand building that previously closed its doors in December of 2011. It will still be owned and developed by the same company, Korean Air.

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