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:

The Case for Redundant Escalators

Sound Transit
“Sound Transit University of Washington Station, 2018 winner of The American Institute of Architects Awards “Interior Architecture” (not “Ample Escalators”) category

The Stranger‘s David Cole isn’t too happy with Seattle’s Sound Transit System’s design that didn’t account for redundant escalators. It posits that if one escalator stops working, half the station is essentially inaccessible. Cole continued, citing an incident covered in The Seattle Times, “If more than one escalator fails, the entire station is functionally crippled, resulting in scenes like this past August, when more than 200 people were trapped inside the UW station waiting to exit.”

Cole brings up some good reasons for more escalators, which we already know are good investments when manufactured well and installed in the proper locations. He also identifies another safety issues prevalent in transit stations: emergency stairs that are “somewhat hidden.” The pic below is of the London Underground’s Canary Wharf, where one can find a good example of escalator redundancy.

The London Underground (unlike Seattle’s light rail system) has redundant escalators, as you can see in this photo of the Canary Wharf station.

Enter the Dragon

Photo by Damien Day via Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura recently wrote about an escalator we hadn’t seen before. Only 85 km or so from Beijing, Longqing Gorge may feature China’s largest dam, but the bigger draw for some of us is its long escalator escalator system shrouded by an aggressive-looking dragon. It takes visitors up a staggering 258 m to the top of the dam. Is that a world record, as the article says, or is it still the Central-Mid-Levels system in Hong Kong?

Not only do you get to ride the escalators and see the damn at the gorge, a cable car and boats can be rode, and you can even bungee jump. Getting down is only by one of those ways, or by the stairs or a toboggan, because this wyvern only winds upward.