Social media is a powerful tool that serves many in different ways. It can empower the powerless; it can spread information at a “viral” pace; and, as everyone should know by now, affords public officials the opportunity to get their messages out directly to their constituents (for better or worse) without the filter of the professional news media. It in essence gives a voice to the voiceless. To that end, KONE has developed a social media presence for its vertical-transportation (VT) equipment. Specifically, The Dispatch-Argus reports, the VT giant has given one of its escalators a Twitter account, all part of its 24/7 Connected Services. The escalator — “At an undisclosed location in London,” the source notes — offers real-time updates of its performance through the handle @JustAnEscalator. A virtual reality and 360-degree video enhance the program. Are you wondering what an escalator has to tweet about? The recent screen grab at right gives a sample, plus, maybe, an idea of the technology’s potential. Like, say, alerting commuters when specific escalators are out of service or back in operation. That might be worth a tweet.
Just outside of Atlanta, Georgia, lies the small town of Monroe, which has been the home of Walton Press since 1900. Walton Press now serves as the printer for ELEVATOR WORLD magazine. On February 15 and 16, Elevator World’s Vice President of Production, Lillie McWilliams, along with myself, had the privilege of visiting the press to see their process. The timing worked out great, too, as we were actually able to see our magazine going through the printing process!
The level of pride everyone at Walton Press puts into their work results in a quality magazine, not only for us, but for you — our readers.
We would like to extend our thanks and appreciation to everyone we met at Walton Press for being such wonderful hosts.
Check out some of these photos from our visit!
Shoppers at a mall in Manila, Philippines, were forced to face their fear recently when a manic rat aggressively charged them as they walked down a stopped escalator, the Daily Mail reports. Video posted on the newspaper’s website shows the rat lunging at people as they try to make their way past, prompting the shoppers to jump and sidestep their way to safety. After giving several of the shoppers what appears to have been the jolt of their lives, the restive rodent is seen running down and off the escalator and under a nearby rack of clothing. No reason was given for the escalator being stopped.