Otis China introduced its next-generation Gen3 elevator at the China Building Science Conference and Green Intelligent Building Expo in Tianjin, a new event supporting the construction industry’s drive for green development under China’s 14th Five Year Plan.
The smart Gen3 elevator adds built-in Otis ONE Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity to the technology of Otis’s Gen2 elevator.
Otis China President Perry Zheng said: “The Gen3 continues Otis’ legacy of innovation, putting a new, digitally native elevator at the heart of the smart building ecosystem. Offering energy-efficiency and greater equipment uptime for customers, the Gen3 elevator also advances the passenger experience by providing enhanced reliability, safety and comfort for people in a higher, faster and smarter world.”
Otis and Shanghai Construction Group also jointly announced that one of the first deployments of the new Gen3 system in China will be the National Convention and Exhibition Center in Tianjin, where the Expo takes place. In addition, Gen3 elevators have also been confirmed by Jilin Longchang Property Development Co. for a new residential project in Jilin province in northeast China.
Using cloud-based IoT technology, Otis ONE monitors the performance of each Gen3 elevator, providing real-time information for customers and enabling predictive maintenance and remote service. The Gen3 also incorporates the Otis eView in-car display and Otis Cab Air Purifier for enhanced passenger wellbeing, as well as the Otis ReGen drive, LED lighting and sleep mode to help reduce energy usage.
Otis had recently said that the Gen3 elevator is available with the Otis eView in-car display that streams infotainment for passengers and connects them with the OTISLINE customer support center via video chat in the event of an emergency. Passengers can call the elevator and log a destination from their smartphone – eliminating the need to push call buttons, as it is pre-programmed to sync with the Otis eCall app.
The firm also recently unveiled its Gen360 elevator, which includes all the features of the Gen3 elevator, built around an all-new electronic architecture that sets new standards for a proactive digital elevator experience.
The Gen360 elevator uses sensors to detect and prevent potential issues, which the company says helps to keep downtime to a minimum. Otis experts can use 360° hoistway live vision to visually confirm, fine-tune, diagnose and solve many issues remotely without interrupting service.
Designed for new and existing low- to mid-rise residential and commercial buildings, the Gen360 elevator is currently in operation with customers in six countries across Europe.
Otis said that the Gen360 platform is initially available in Europe, specifically in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. The Gen3 platform is initially available in North America, Australia, China and other parts of Asia.