Smart Elevator Technologies for Practical Facility Managers


The best facilities are those that can maintain regularity in operational routines, respond to errors and shoot down trouble before they manifest into chaos. By configuring smart elevator technologies to maintain these workflows you can monitor your resources, predict and avert glitches, manage your facilities more efficiently and bring down the costs and downtimes of running your building.

What is a Smart Elevator?

A smart elevator is one that connects its physical hardware digitally with micro-controllers such as a GPIO (General Purpose Input/Output) pin or UART (Universal Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter). This connection can easily be achieved with any ordinary Wi-Fi, LAN, or other network setup. Provisioning of available hardware can then be done by a Central Processing Unit (CPU) based on real-time demand. The application logic is managed through an Internet-of-Things (IOT) system that generates meaningful signals to predict and detect faults and transfer such data to other logic layers.

Why are Smart Elevators Better than Traditional Ones?

Facility managers are aware that performing routine maintenance tests, tracking the results, and checking elevator status manually consumes a lot of time. By using two technologies in particular, IoT and AI (Artificial Intelligence), smart elevators can provide a host of benefits that go beyond operational efficiency. They can also allow you to design newer access mechanisms to parts of your facility that you want to restrict to specific classes of users.

Restrict Access Using Sensors

Suppose that there is a group of people who aim to reach a particular destination and who have been given fingerprint access or smart cards to do so. The smart elevator will only allow people with such access to enter that elevator. The sensors that read off the fingerprints or smart cards share their data with the smart elevator using UART. Micro-controllers will read this information and transfer the signals to a public cloud such as AWS, GCP or Azure, using IoT protocols.

By involving AI, smart elevators can recognize faces and transfer this information to the IoT-enabled public cloud. The IoT processors can then check the user’s credentials against a database. Subsequently, a Machine Learning (ML) model algorithm is run to create a set of likely destination floors for the user. This set can be based on the user’s previous visits to multiple floors (if the user did indeed visit more than one floor). A voice command can be used to specify the exact destination for one person or a group of people with similar past elevator use behaviors.

As you can see, smart elevator technologies help enable contact-less access to destinations and hence, also avoid interfaces with viruses during pandemics.

Maintenance Prediction, Elevator Tracking, Remote Controlling

For the practical facility manager, there are other benefits such as maintenance prediction. Embedded systems can track down the exact part that is broken.

You can also track your elevator status, monitor where it’s heading, the number of floors which have called on a particular elevator, current position, etc. This information can be relayed to technicians working on faults in real-time and help ease fault-prevention.

Smart elevator systems also enable the all-important task of remote-controlling your elevator movement based on some set of rules. You can also remote-test elevator parts to check functioning.

Not only do these features help save you oodles of time on routine tasks and management, they also help bring errors down to zero.

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