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Software gives rise to smart elevators

High-rise building design is set to be revolutionised by advanced lift operating software and smartphone technology, senior engineers said this week.

Speaking to NCE at an event in the newly constructed Carpe Diem Tower in La Defence, Paris, elevator firm Otis president for UK and central and east Europe Lindsay Harvey said that the recent boom in technology would change the way elevators operatedradically altering the way they fit into the design of skyscrapers.

“The key thing engineers have to consider when thinking about elevators in high rise structures is getting the optimum combination of load and speed’” he said.

“With the right software you can optimise these factors to make the lifts more efficient and therefore reduce the size of the core - the space that the elevators occupy within the building.”

One example of such software is destination dispatching. This allows computers to automatically assign groups of people to specific lifts as they enter the building, reducing the number of trips needed.

The Carpe Diem Tower is the first to be built as part of the Plan De Renouveau de la Defence, a scheme outlined by Nicholas Sarkozy for the regeneration of Paris’ business district.

The project began in 2007 and includes 44,000m2 of office space and 1,000m2 of greenery including a winter garden and open air tree lined terraces.

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