IoT is Useful For So Much More Than Ordering a Pizza

Thanks to IoT, elevators can tell their repair technicians when maintenance is needed.

I have to admit, when I first started hearing about the Internet of Things (IoT), I was skeptical about the usefulness of having a thermostat or a refrigerator online. It sounded silly, kind of like the TV commercial in which a teenager walks into the kitchen and begins barking commands at appliances: “Computer, order pizza! Fridge, weather! Trash can, turn on the TV!”

We’re all aware of smart-home technology, so the commercial’s scenario isn’t really all that outlandish. And, being able to remotely operate your thermostat really does offer an advantage over old-school, manual pressing of buttons. But, the area where IoT is perhaps making its biggest splash is in industrial maintenance — specifically, predictive maintenance. With that in mind, buildings.com recently published an article, “Predictive Maintenance: Top 10 Ways IoT is Changing Elevators.” We list them here:

  1. Monitoring Operating Conditions
  2. Predictive Maintenance
  3. Remote Diagnostics and Troubleshooting
  4. Real-Time Notifications
  5. Behavioral Insights
  6. Avoided Downtime
  7. Increased Product Reliability
  8. Flexible Communication Standards
  9. Less Frequent Replacement
  10. Enabling Better Facilities Management

For details about each point, click, tap or command your phone to take you to the link above.

Drawing Attention

The cover of the September 2018 issue of Oregon Business magazine

In its September issue, Oregon Business magazine took on the topic of elevator maintenance and safety in an article titled “Shafted,” which noted a shortage of qualified technicians and a growing maintenance backlog as part of the reason for an increasing number of entrapments. In fact, the article became the edition’s cover story, and, as such, was the subject of much internal discussion about how to illustrate it. In a companion piece, Oregon Business Art Director Joan McGuire explained the creative process for designing the cover, which is both stark and compelling. As developers build ever higher, the issues raised in the article will have to be addressed, and the sooner, the better. This simple yet engaging cover should catch the attention of those in a position to tackle the problems.

Iconic New Orleans Restaurant Giving Diners a Lift

Antoine’s Restaurant has been a home for fine dining in New Orleans’ French Quarter since 1840; photo by Wikimedia user Infrogmation.

At Antoine’s in the heart of New Orleans’ famed French Quarter, you can delight your senses with the original Oysters Rockefeller, alligator bisque soup and Chateaubriand. You can enjoy Sunday brunch served against a soundscape of live jazz music or drop in during the week for a unique lunch experience. You can immerse yourself in the elegant surroundings of one of this iconic French-Creole restaurant’s 14 dining rooms. But, what you’ve never been able to do, not in its nearly 180 years of operation, is take an elevator for an upstairs table. That’s about to change, though. Local television station WGNO reports that Antoine’s, the oldest family-owned restaurant in the U.S., will be adding a lift to make it easier for diners of all ages and abilities to take in all it has to offer. Details about the elevator’s design or when it would be installed were not immediately available, but for fans of fine dining, this is indeed an uplifting development.