Imagine if your elevators could tell you when they needed maintenance and locate the problem. Imagine if your elevators could even assign a specialist to the repair and tell you what parts needed to be fixed? The future of service is coming, and it’s supported by the Internet of Things.
A fully integrated solution starts when your elevators notify you that they need maintenance. They can send a dispatch to a field tech, letting them know what the problem is and what they’ll need to fix it. Once the problem is fixed, a manager can view stats on how long the service took, and view which teams have the best times, and which teams need to improve. On top of that, with the data collected from the elevator itself, valuable insight can be provided into the wear and tear on equipment based on usage and type.
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The Three Gorges Dam in China’s Hubei province is a 600-foot tall structure that sits in the middle of the busy Yangtze River waterway. So, the logical question would be is: “how do ships navigate the extreme difference in water heights on either side of the dam?” You build the world’s largest ship elevator of course.
The elevator, which opened in September 2016, weighs about 15,500 tons and can carry ships over 370 feet and lift about 6.7 million pounds of water or cargo. Pretty impressive. According to the video below, it used to take three hours to go through a series of five locks to get from the bottom to the top the dam. Since the installation of the elevator, tourists on cruise ships can rest easy, the trip takes only a short forty minutes – and, by the looks of it, a pretty interesting ride itself.
It had been 31 years since I took the trip to Orlando, FL to see Mickey Mouse and his compadres at Disney World. And, back in 1984, I can say that I remember it being as Disney promotes – “The happiest place on earth”. Fast forward to 2015, 42 years old, with a seven and four year old (niece and nephews) and 40,000 other “let’s get away from the real world for a moment” seekers I went. And, all I can say is, well done Mr. Disney, well done. And, just like a major city, among the hustle and bustle of the theme parks, there are still ways to take us higher…with laughs and giggles…and back down again…with shouts and screams (but for good, and fun, reasons).
On the fourth day we all went to Sea World. As someone who works in the vertical transportation industry, I noticed the Sky Tower immediately upon entering the park.