Better Late Than Never

It’s hard for me to believe, but we haven’t talked about Elevator Schmelevator here yet. This fun blog from Phoenix Modular Elevator in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, is, as the owners say, focused on educating people who utilize elevator maintenance and repair services. It’s been using its unique voice (made from a mix of a state-level view with a broader one) since January 2015!

One of the many elevator selfies on the long-running Tumblr Ashensori Ka Trafik

The site’s latest post caught our eye when it linked to one of ours. It brought the Tumblr Ashensori Ka Trafik (according to Google, Albanian for “Elevator Has Traffic”) to our attention. Just one example of selfie-takers taking advantage of nice mirrors in elevators to document their lives, outfits and more, it opens up several questions Elevator Schmelevator touches on. These include “Are we all that self-absorbed?” and, to paraphrase, “Are some big, fancy mirrors hiding a serious problem in or lack of maintenance of the elevator?” The blog gives some great suggestions for helping building owners and passengers cope with slow elevators and, most importantly, do the right thing and put safety first.

Help Rigby Help the Apalachicola River

Rigby said he is preparing for the 107-mi, five-day kayak trip across the full length of the Apalachicola River and Bay to raise money for the protection and preservation of this very important Florida waterway and ecosystem.

Lee Rigby, president of Elevator Safety & Technical Services in Tallahassee, Florida, is asking for help to reach the RiverTrek 2019 Team‘s goal of US$60,000 to help the Apalachicola Riverkeeper organization provide stewardship and advocacy for the protection of Florida’s Apalachicola River and Bay.

“This is the first year I have slowed down enough to take five days for such an adventure!” he explained, adding that he’ll be kayaking the full length of the river (107 mi.). “I know that I have assisted many of you over the years, and I hope that you will help me reach my goal. Please support me with whatever you can at your earliest convenience.”

Clicking on the link above and scrolling down to Rigby’s name will allow supporters to make an online donation by PayPal or credit card. You can also read more about the longtime elevator man, who’s appeared many times in and written much for ELEVATOR WORLD. You can also read his People Issue profile in our June 2019 issue.

Escalators Under Control, But Can the Robocop use them?

Easily getting the escalators to move in just one direction was just one of many high-tech aids on display at an event at Singapore’s Jewel Changi Airport last month, CNA reported. Using more than 5,000 sensors, more than 700 closed-circuit TVs and more than 200 mobile devices, the Mozart security platform from Certis makes it all possible. Data from 12 different systems is integrated and analyzed and enables officers to make quick decisions in situations like crowd control and other security situations.

“I think the escalators (are) an interesting point, because nobody expected the crowd watching the (light) show to be so (big). . . . That kind of analytics help us make sure that you got no choice but to make both escalators go up during those timings,” Certis Senior Vice President and head of Certis Aviation Security Benny Lim said of them. He added that, once the crowds have thinned, the escalators are switched back to travel in alternate directions.

But, this feature is far from all the security suite offers. The “PETER” robot, dubbed a “Robocop,” is also on the prowl for parking violators: