Two announcements concerning major elevator design changes have been announced within the past two days, addressing both the movement mechanism and the control system to make life easier for the vertically challenged.
Fujitec America, Inc. has installed a new elevator system in a Seattle office building that significantly reduces travel time. Passengers are required to input not just an ‘up’ or ‘down’ arrow, but to actually enter the destination floor number on touch-screen kiosks. The system then instructs them to ride a particular elevator, grouping them according to their destination and reducing their travel time. The system has the potential to become even more efficient as it is designed to adapt to the traffic patterns of its host building.
Elsewhere, Toshiba Elevator and Building Systems Corp. announced the world’s first magnetic levitation elevator to debut no later than 2008. The technology, which has already been used to develop high-speed trains, will result in ‘quieter and more comfortable,’ albeit slower, elevator rides.
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