ThyssenKrupp unveils new elevator maintenance system
Essen (Germany), July 17, 2014
ThyssenKrupp has unveiled a connected, intelligent line-of-business (LOB) asset monitoring system that raises elevator reliability by working with Microsoft and CGI, a leading independent IT and business process services firm.
The solution brings together technolgoies at the heart of Microsoft’s platform for the Internet of Things including the Microsoft Azure Intelligent Systems Service and Azure Machine Learning.
CGI developed a solution that securely connects ThyssenKrupp’s ‘things’ – the thousands of sensors and systems in its elevators that monitor everything from motor temperature to shaft alignment, cab speed and door functioning; the data they gather; and PCs and mobile devices used by its workforce of technicians – to the cloud with the Azure Intelligent Systems Service.
Andreas Schierenbeck, ThyssenKrupp Elevator CEO, said: "We wanted to go beyond the industry standard of preventative maintenance, to offer predictive and even pre-emptive maintenance, thereby guaranteeing a higher uptime percentage on our elevators."
For the first time in history, the majority of the world's population lives in cities-and that urban migration continues apace. By 2050, seven out of 10 people will live in cities-a staggering three billion more than today, according to the World Health Organization.
Big cities cannot exist without skyscrapers, and, in turn, skyscrapers cannot exist without elevators. Global manufacturer ThyssenKrupp Elevator maintains more than 1.1 million elevators worldwide, including those at some of the world's most iconic buildings, like the new One World Trade Center in New York.
Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, said: "When you really think about it, it's really the Internet of Your Things. So when you're talking to a customer, they have these things in the field, and for the first time now, in a cost-effective way, they can put a computer on them and get data back from them so that they can reason over it. Now that all sounds great, but for what purpose? The purpose is of course business model transformation."
With the new system, instead of just reacting to a failure alarm, technicians can use real-time data to define a required repair even before a breakdown occurs.
The technicians can also remotely put an elevator ito diagnostics mode or send it to another floor with the aid of a two-way flow of data. - TradeArabia News Service