Thyssenkrupp’s new Agile targeting elevator retrofits
Thyssenkrupp’s Agile elevator enhancer package seeks to transform existing elevator systems into more efficient units
Towards the end of 2017, Thyssenkrupp launched it’s a new generation of elevator enhancers called Agile. The system, which was subsequently launched across the Middle East this year, transforms elevators into a mobility ecosystem of connectivity that provides better system control, efficiency, security, customisation and comfort.
Thyssenkrupp is selling Agile individually or as part of a package and the initial offering includes destination controls, security access, management centre as well as a design center.
“Agile is the elevator enhancement package that gives customers what they want,” says Fabio Speggiorin, executive vice president of Product Life Cycle Management and R&D, thyssenkrupp Elevator AG.
“It empowers building managers and owners by offering a wealth of control and data to optimise the movement of people in buildings. This is where smart urban mobility is headed, and our goal is to make our customers’ world more agile.”
Creating a smarter elevator system that not only improves the passenger experience but makes buildings more efficient requires a series of enhancers, starting with destination controls, which shortens ride times with fewer stops and less congestion.
The system allows building managers to group and assign passengers to elevators, move people more rapidly to their destination, adjust passenger flow in real-time and personalise touchscreens and kiosks. The system is able to “bridge the gap between traditional elevator systems and the elevators of the future” by providing a smart environment.
With destination controls building managers can dedicate elevators to specific high-traffic areas as user demand changes while also saving on energy during periods of low demand. Meanwhile, the design centre allows building managers to add colour and branding to their elevator touchscreens or kiosks, all accessible via a PC or handheld device.
It also permits users to post permanent or temporary messages, upload their own images and personalise the number pad with custom labels, buttons and colours. Energy-saving adjustments are also standard, including display brightness and sleep mode time-out.
Remote data management enables users to optimise equipment performance and adapt to changing needs from anywhere in the building. This can include surveying traffic, disabling and enabling operation, and viewing status and access to certain floors for a specified time. This actionable intelligence empowers building managers to make smarter decisions to ensure the most efficient elevator operation possible.
Security access can function independently or integrate with an existing security system, eliminating the need to redesign wiring infrastructure within a building. Various security access levels can be set with the system while also allowing building managers to control security on turnstiles and elevators based on tenant profiles, ensuring a safer environment. Speggiorin says Thyssenkrupp is already exploring new applications to integrate into the Agile platform as it continues to deliver quick, smart and flexible mobility solutions that meet the needs of growing urbanisation worldwide.