Robots Light-Saber Fighting: “I Could Watch That All Day!”

Held in Hannover, Germany, for 70 years, 2017’s Hannover Messe was the biggest yet with more than 225,000 attendees, including giants like Schindler, which showcased its Internet of Things technology, as well as small startups such as UVIS, which promoted its escalator-handrail degermination system that uses UV light. UVIS and its young founders, Katharina Obladen and Tanya Nickel, were featured in ELEVATOR WORLD in January of this year, and they will be featured again in our July Web Exclusive, “Hannover Messe from a Young Entrepreneur’s Point of View.” The event was heavy on robots and featured many elaborate, eye-catching displays such as this one  featuring Star Wars light-saber action, shared with EW by Obladen. One of my colleagues said, “I could watch this all day!” I certainly agree with him.

CTBUH director takes the ride of his life at Jeddah Tower site

Dr. Antony Wood, executive director of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), recently got a firsthand look at the soon-to-be world’s tallest building, a tour that encompassed a bottom-to-top viewing of work going on at Jeddah Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Wood and his hosts, officials with tower developer Jeddah Economic Co. and contractor Saudi Binladin Group, made their way to the top of the structure, which at the time was level 56, some 252 meters above the ground. When complete, Jeddah Tower will stand at least 1,000 m tall and house hotel, residential and office space, among other uses, in its 167 stories, and will be the centerpiece of a huge development called Jeddah Economic City. Bringing the tour to a close in hair-raising fashion, Wood and his hosts rode down in a materials hoist lowered by one of the construction cranes, a trip that offered the group spectacular views not only of the work going on, but also of the Red Sea, Jeddah and the massive site of the development.

Inaugural Elevator Industry Safety Summit Boasts Escalators that Work! (and are lovely)

NAESA International’s inaugural Elevator Industry Safety Summit drew approximately 200 professionals to the Sheraton Grand Phoenix on May 21-23 for two days packed full of excellent presentations about elevator/escalator equipment and practices to prevent injury and save lives. At the end of the event, participants’ applause let organizer Bob Shepherd, NAESA executive director, know they definitely would like to see the event continue. The host hotel provided expansive ballrooms to accommodate the presentations, as well as impressive vertical-transportation systems. In addition to a Schindler destination-dispatch elevator system, Sheraton Grand Phoenix boasted an impressive bank of Otis escalators with lovely art installations. For whatever reason, at least one escalator at industry events your author has attended over the past several years has been out of service, so it was nice to see a system that was not only beautiful, but in perfect working order!