Fix it before it breaks, using IoT

The urban population in 2014 accounted for 54% of the total global population, up from 34% in 1960, and continues to grow, according to the World Health Organization. This post focuses on the elevator industry and how things could be improved using IoT.

With the rapidly growing population, providing infrastructure to the billions of people for their livelihood- work or home, has become a serious challenge for city planners and builders. To address this pressing issue, builders resort to skyscrapers and high rise buildings. However, these 1000+ feet buildings demand highly efficient elevators with zero down time all through the year, as taking the stairs is simply not an option. It is important to smoothly route people in such high-capacity mega-structures in order to prevent congestion in crowded lobbies.

In many such instances, people completely rely on elevators. But, are their expectations met? The elevator industry faces numerous problems that can potentially affect safety and operational efficiency. These problems include:

  • 100% uptime
  • Reliability
  • Identifying issues and fixing
  • Maintenance
  • Disaster prevention
  • Door functioning
  • Quick turnaround for problems

When you have hundreds of elevators installed in a building and something goes wrong, it becomes very problematic for the company as well as customers. Advancements in IoT can help solve this problem, by monitoring the elevators and reporting potential problems before they occur. The benefits of IoT can best be utilized by:

  • Installing sensors across all elevator locations to monitor problems that may occur
  • Uploading all real-time sensor information to cloud storage
  • Leveraging IoT platforms and analytics to study the data

Making use of the data generated by sensors can be made useful by:

  • Developing dashboards – Based on the data generated and the business requirements, there are multiple Dashboard development tools. These dashboards are the visualization of your data which will give a real time view of your data in the form of business requirements.
  • Developing KPIs – Dashboard can give you real-time visualization of data, but KPIs can really provide you how well your business is running! Few KPIs are as follows:
    • Number of errors generated
    • Number of alarms
    • Number of lift failures
    • Number of door problems
    • % down time for lifts, etc.
  • Developing reports: Reports provide you with the detail information about the usage on day to day basis or may be aggregate view of usage statistics till date. There could be number of reports generated related to compliance, sensor information, expiry notifications, etc. These reports could be automatically scheduled to be mailed.

Having and tracking this information will allow engineers and safety operators to take preventive action, giving them the opportunity to perform maintenance before a problem occurs. This will create a safer experience for everyone involved and providing a good value on ROI.