ORLANDO, Fla., April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- KONE, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, will showcase new smart building solutions at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference on Architecture 2017. Attendees will have the opportunity to "virtually" walk inside KONE's newly-launched Smart Lobby, a concept which uses smart building technologies to enhance safety, functionality and customer experience.
At the core of the concept is the KONE People Flow Planning service where KONE experts assess, plan and design how people move in your building in a smarter way now and in the future. Based on the continuous real-time data collection and analyses of the horizontal and vertical people flow, modification needs can be identified to improve the experience for tenants and users.
"Quite simply, the way buildings are being designed, built and managed is changing," said Larry Wash, executive vice president for KONE Americas. "In design, in construction, in the lobby and in building management, fundamental change is delivering unprecedented innovation and an optimal experience at every stage. At KONE, we believe that the advent of today's Smart Lobby – a vibrant space where varied technologies are fully integrated – brings the lobby to life and dramatically changes the customer experience within a building."
The KONE Smart Lobby concept is just one of many smart building solutions that KONE is showcasing this week at AIA. Other smart concepts include:
- KONE Smart Design - a new way of working that speeds up design visualization, predicts and resolves potential (and costly) mistakes, and improves equipment delivery time. KONE Smart Design includes online chat with elevator experts; a KONE Car Designer tool to create a custom elevator design; and a KONE Elevator Configurator that takes the guesswork out of choosing the right elevator.
- KONE Smart Construction – a way to help professional project managers sequence trade activities in a more optimized way, speeding up schedules and delivering cost savings. The foundation of Smart Construction comprises solutions such as KONE JumpLift, the self-climbing construction elevator; KONE UltraRope™, a revolutionary carbon-fiber hoisting technology; and advanced project-planning output using Building Information Modeling (BIM).
- KONE Smart Building Management– a way to optimize buildings to improve the flow of people, enhancing personal comfort, safety and security. Smart Building Management is customized to a specific buildings' needs and includes KONE 24/7 Connected Services on the IBM Watson® Internet of Things (IoT) Platform.
KONE's booth will be located at 3051 and will be on display during AIA showroom hours from April 27-29. For more information on KONE's smart building offerings, please visit: http://www.kone.us/smart.
At KONE, our mission is to improve the flow of urban life. As a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, KONE provides elevators, escalators and automatic building doors, as well as solutions for maintenance and modernization to add value to buildings throughout their life cycle. Through more effective People Flow®, we make people's journeys safe, convenient and reliable, in taller, smarter buildings. In 2016, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 8.8 billion, and at the end of the year close to 52,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. in Finland.