Destination Control, Remote Monitoring Facilitated
This month’s Focus Topic is represented in detector and turnstile, while a new system from Hyundai holds great potential.
Evacuation Assistance During Seismic Events
Draka’s Event Monitoring Device (EMD) detects and assesses seismic events and sends information to elevator controls to take appropriate action based on event magnitude. EMD detects potentially dangerous events and signals a controller to stop a car at the nearest floor so passengers may exit. Auxiliary sensors may also be connected to expand functionality. Its primary functions are detecting seismic activity and internal elevator system failure. EMD is Underwriters Laboratories listed and preloaded with ASME 17.1, American Society of Civil Engineers and European Committee for Standardization requirements for worldwide usage. Setup uses a backlit LCD screen and four-button control.
Hyundai’s HRTS Links Elevators, Smartphones
Hyundai Elevator has announced the debut of Hyundai Real Time Service (HRTS), a “remote-control system that not only gives customers the ability to check the status of their elevators online 24/7, but also enables service engineers to conduct safety checks and fix breakdowns in real time” using smartphones. The Internet-based application for service engineers was released in May 2014. As of November, it was being used by approximately 1,600 engineers. The customer application is scheduled for release on June 1. HRTS will allow customers to monitor elevator status, obtain performance reports that provide data, such as number of breakdowns and daily traveling times, obtain monthly service fee statements and submit service requests. Service engineers can provide faster and better service by being able to forecast which parts need replacement. KoreaBizWire.com observes 66% of all breakdowns are expected to be repaired remotely as a result of HRTS.
Turnstile to Enhance Destination Control
The KONE turnstile, introduced in 2014, is designed to improve security, guidance and convenience – the hallmarks of destination control. Called a “next-generation turnstile” by the company, it enables full integration of KONE People Flow Intelligence solutions from the building lobby to a user’s final destination. It also offers “intuitive guidance” to make it easier for users to move confidently through buildings. For instance, its shape provides visual cues for the correct walking route, and when in use, arrows and traffic-light signals direct users. In addition, the system can guide users to their destination floors and the elevator that will most efficiently take them there.
From a security perspective, the turnstile offers integration with access control and elevator systems. It also includes an automatic sensor that ensures the doors will not close on a person. The same mechanism also prevents “tailgating” (allowing an unauthorized person to go through the turnstile behind an authorized user). The product is designed for a number of different buildings, such as modern office buildings and mixed-use applications.