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Pandemic Recovery: How did Elevator and Escalator Advances Help?

Construction Tech Review | Tuesday, November 09, 2021

Because of their critical position within buildings, elevators and escalators became a focal point of discussions about recovery and resumption of life.

FREMONT,CA:If there is one thing that the year 2020 taught everyone, it is that change is constant and that one should expect the unexpected. In practically every facet of people's everyday life, the year brought tremendous changes. Those changes had an impact on the vertical transportation business as well. The global epidemic brought vertical transportation to the forefront. Because of their critical position within buildings, elevators and escalators became a focal point of discussions about recovery and resumption of life.

The construction industry has always been innovative, seeking to solve difficulties and advance reform in the locations where they spend most of their time. This is particularly true for vertical mobility, as billions of people would be helpless to travel in and out of those locations daily without adequately operating technology. New code-compliant technologies take years to advance in an industry that manufactures and maintains equipment based on the strictest safety standards. This emphasizes the importance of thinking forward.

As a result, elevator and escalator advancements that reduce illness risk and boost performance became a top priority. While many of these strides were not developed as a result of COVID-19, they will aid in the pandemic recovery by enhancing the safety of people inside buildings. Destination dispatching systems, touchless elevator call buttons, and ultraviolet light sanitization capabilities were not produced in response to a global pandemic, just as grocery delivery services were not. Initially created for ease, competence, or luxury, these technologies are now critical to the rehabilitation and return to normalcy. They will put safety first and efficiency second.

Innovation in practice

Equipment is not the only thing that can benefit from emerging technologies. Several jurisdictions adapted to virtual inspections using video technology during the significant movement of millions of Americans to remote employment. The inspection procedure in facilities will be streamlined if steps in this regard are taken. Meetings and periodic inspections, for example, have been effectively completed virtually and are scheduled to continue long after COVID-19.

This year has brought new levels of complexity for facility managers, including navigating the ever-changing requirements and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, managing for the unknown, and providing the best sanitization and safety to occupants. Elevator service providers can offer advice on which technologies and processes will best suit a building's difficulties and prospects, taking into account changing traffic patterns, accessibility requirements, and other factors.

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