Elevators and escalators facilitate movement in expanding airports
They help passengers navigate huge spaces to catch flights; move quickly and seamlessly between terminals while they maneuver their luggage through various sections of an airport says Sebi Joseph, President, Otis India.
How do escalators make it easier for passengers to navigate huge airports?
As people migrate to urban areas, further expanding cities, urban transportation forms an important part of people’s lives. Over the last couple of years some of the world’s busiest airports have expanded to accommodate additional traffic flow. This has led to many airports getting bigger and far more spread out. Elevators, escalators and moving walkways have helped passengers navigate these huge spaces to catch flights; move quickly and seamlessly between terminals while they maneuver their luggage through various sections of an airport.
Multimodal integration is necessary for airports, railways stations and bus stands, in this integrated highway what role can escalators play?
As various forms of mass transportation integrate, vertical transportation systems become even more crucial. Elevators, escalator and moving walkways used in conjunction with each other can help passengers navigate various sections comfortably.
What can be done to make escalators safe to use and also energy efficient?
Most infrastructure projects, including airports, aim for energy efficiency wherever possible. Otis answers that call with its elevators, escalators and moving walkways. Additionally, many airports choose to use Otis’ flagship product, the Gen2 elevator.
The Gen2 family of elevators blends convenience, style and performance to deliver a new passenger experience that adds value to any building.
Steel-reinforced polyurethane belts are the groundbreaking innovation that set the Gen2 elevator apart from other systems. By taking a conventional steel cable, unwinding the individual strands, laying them side by side and encasing them in polyurethane to create belts, Otis was able to dramatically reduce the size of the machine, eliminate the need for a machine room creating more usable space in the building, and provide a quieter, smoother ride for passengers.
The Gen2 elevator also showcases the company’s commitment to sustainable technology with features like the ReGen drive, and LED lighting. When combined, these features can reduce overall energy consumption by 75% under normal operation compared with systems with non-regenerative drives.
Beyond the Gen2, purification products are in demand for commercial spaces. These products are used to promote hygiene in elevators and on escalator handrails reducing germs thereby improving conditions for passengers. Otis recently brought to market a plasma purification fan for elevators, which uses an anion generator and ultraviolet lamp to kill germs and other microorganisms. For escalators and moving walks, UV-C light handrail sanitizers are available.
Can you make a mention of some of the popular spaces where escalators have been utilized to good effect?
Otis has installed and maintains units at Delhi Metro and Hyderabad Metro here in India. Internationally, Otis has installed and services units in airports around the world including the Kuwait Airport, Hangzhou Airport, and the U.K.’s Gatwick Airport.