The harmonized design of an elevator combined with technology makes navigation easier
Technology and harmonized elevator design make navigation a lot easier says Amit Gossain, Managing Director, KONE Elevator India.
How do escalators make it easier for passengers to navigate huge airports?
For today’s highly demanding and fast-paced public areas, especially an airport, escalators are a must. In large airports, the distance along with the rush is substantial and passengers need to be able to move quickly and conveniently. Escalators make that possible. They are key to ensuring the smooth, efficient and safe flow of people traveling within a building’s environment. They help to commute faster, reduce the trouble involved in transitioning from one flight and terminal to another.
Escalators can not only manage the movement of a large number of people at once, but their harmonized design combined with technology makes navigation easier. Beyond this, it is also important to understand that an airport is more than just a place to land or to take off. It is a place offering a comprehensive experience with connections to trains and metros, presence of shopping centers and restaurants. Therefore, KONE supplies a complete range of People Flow solutions for demanding airport environments, including passenger and service elevators, escalators, auto walks, and automatic building doors – and keeps them running efficiently and reliably for the lifetime of the airport. Our new traffic signalization solutions and audible alarms provide clear guidance on escalator travel direction.
We also offer high-quality visual design for the best possible user experience, innovative and attractive lighting solutions that improve passenger guidance and safety. Additionally, our wide range of design options creates stunning visual effects that perfectly match your building’s architecture. We have products designed to appeal to your senses, enhance your comfort, and ease your movement.
Multi-modal integration is necessary for airports, railways stations and bus stands, in this integrated highway what role can escalators play?
Within a multimodal integration, elevators and escalators result in efficient and convenient movement. Strategically positioned escalators along with mobility facilities facilitate faster transfer between stations, reducing overall traveling time. It also helps in effectively managing passenger and vehicle flow while also providing user friendly wayfinding and information systems. Provisions such as escalators, lifts, and moving walkways within a multimodal transport hub also make the ease of traveling inclusive and accessible, as it should be, for differently abled, elderly, and pregnant passengers.
The development in technology, the evolved needs of the consumers, and our quest for innovation have led us to design and introduce services like KONE TransitMaster 120 and TransitMaster 140 that make multi-modal integration more efficient. With our highly durable, eco-efficient escalators designed for the most demanding public transportation environments, we aim to optimize people flow and provide a smooth, safe ride and a pleasant passenger experience, even under the most demanding traffic conditions.
What can be done to make escalators safe to use and also energy efficient?
At KONE, we take our commitment to eco efficiency very seriously. We believe in the need for sustainable buildings and how the requirements for new, more sustainable materials, green building certifications, and stricter emissions regulations are going to rise. The increased integration of Digitalization is enabling the creation of new efficiencies and reduction in energy usage in all types of buildings.
With continuous effort, KONE has developed numerous measures and innovations that significantly cut the energy consumption of escalators and auto walks while ensuring utmost safety. Features like Smart operational modes and an all-new inverter, optimize energy consumption under different load conditions. The safety technology and Fiber optic skirt monitoring provides peace of mind by immediately stopping the escalator when an obstruction is detected between the skirt and steps. We offer new traffic signalization solutions, audible alarms, alarms for travel direction, fall-prevention barriers among many other solutions that make movement in public places like airports more accessible, inclusive, and safe.
Additionally, we were the only elevator and escalator company on CDP’s prestigious A-List for Climate Change, for our actions in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, mitigating climate risks, and contributing towards a low-carbon economy. We are proud to be recognized as one of the most sustainable companies in the world by Corporate Knights again – ranking 32nd in their 2020 Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World. Globally we have 15 elevator models with A-class ISO 25745 highest energy efficiency rating, 4 escalators, and auto walks with the best A+++ classification. Moving forward, we want to continue making movement smart, safe, reliable, and efficient for our customers. With this determination, we will build today, the technology of tomorrow.
Can you make a mention of some of the popular spaces where escalators have been utilized to good effect?
Today quality escalators are a part of all kinds of buildings, be it airports, shopping malls, hotels. Every building needs to integrate safety, ease, and experience. Some of the popular places that KONE worked on include the Beijing Daxing airport. Viewed from the air, the first thing that anyone notices about is its unique appearance. Designed to look like a mythical phoenix bird in flight, the building was inspired by traditional Chinese architecture and blends classical and modern elements. Being Beijing’s second-largest airport, it is capable of accommodating 45 million passengers by 2021 and 100 million with planned expansions. The efficient radial structure with KONE EcoMaster auto walks and KONE EcoMaster escalators aims to allow passengers to reach the flight gates from entering the building in 30 minutes maximum, and from the building’s central core in 8 minutes. Beijing airport is also equipped with the KONE E-link monitoring system.
Madison Square Garden is another place where KONE provided its solutions. The indoor arena has been in its present location since 1968. After years of high traffic use, the arena needed a major transformation to meet the expectations of today’s spectators and KONE’s Eco3000 escalators, Ecomod escalators, hydraulic elevators, modernized elevators, and KONE Care Maintenance Service were part of the transformation enabling easy access, faster movement and safety.