KONE Corporation, press release, October 1, 2013
KONE, one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry, today announced new innovations to make navigation through buildings ever smoother and smarter. The new KONE People Flow Intelligence suite of smart solutions is designed to guide building visitors and tenants effectively and smoothly from front entrance to desired destination, while at the same time improving building security.
"We know that property owners and developers are under increasing pressure to ensure their tenants can move around buildings as quickly and comfortably as possible, and simultaneously provide improved security and access control. At the same time, building users expect to be able to move through various public spaces smoothly and intuitively. KONE People Flow Intelligence solutions address these demands," says Heikki Leppänen, KONE Executive Vice President, New Equipment Business.
The KONE People Flow Intelligence portfolio includes four product areas: access control, destination guidance, information communication, and equipment monitoring. The solutions are modular, flexible, and third-party compatible, meaning building owners can either take the whole integrated package or pick and choose the solutions they want and need to complement the existing systems in their buildings.
KONE's new access solutions can connect elevators seamlessly with all entry points in a building, including turnstiles and automatic doors, to provide maximum security while ensuring a smooth journey. Destination solutions take into account the number of people waiting to use the elevators and their destination floors when they assign and guide individual users to their assigned elevators. This improves elevator traffic handling capacity and performance, leading to less crowded elevators, shorter travel times and fewer stops. Traditional elevator call buttons can be replaced by touchscreens in KONE's new destination solutions. A unique destination feature is the new KONE RemoteCall(TM) mobile application, which allows users to call an elevator from anywhere in the building using their smartphone.
KONE's information screens can be placed inside elevator cars or anywhere else in a building, and can be used for example to guide building users to their destination, provide information about the building, or serve as a platform for media content. KONE's monitoring solutions enable the surveillance of elevators and escalators in real time across multiple locations. These new solutions combine industry-leading technology with state-of-the-art design. They are modular and flexible, adapting to clients' changing needs.
For further information, please contact:
Anne Korkiakoski, EVP, Marketing & Communications, KONE Corporation, tel. +358 50 67411
For more on KONE People Flow Intelligence, please visit our website: www.kone.com/peopleflowintelligence
Note to editors:
KONE conducts various user studies on a regular basis and works with people with special needs to ensure new solutions are accessible for everyone and adapted to suit different cultural contexts. An example of a survey conducted by KONE earlier this year was one that sought the views of over 4,000 respondents aged 18-59 and residing in eight major cities around the world: Chicago, Dubai, London, Moscow, Mumbai, Paris, Shanghai, and Singapore. The focus of the survey was on living and working in high-rise buildings, but the study also gave insight on things like elevator behavior. One of the findings of the study was that a vast majority of respondents globally - 78 percent - thought it was important to enhance security and ease movement in buildings through the use of access control solutions.
Previously published press releases are available at www.kone.com/press including:
KONE is one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry. The company has been committed to understanding the needs of its customers for the past century, providing industry-leading elevators, escalators and automatic building doors as well as innovative solutions for modernization and maintenance. The company's objective is to offer the best People Flow® experience by developing and delivering solutions that enable people to move smoothly, safely, comfortably and without waiting in buildings in an increasingly urbanizing environment. In 2012, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 6.3 billion and around 40,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd in Finland.