There are now many “Smart Elevator System” installed for new commercial buildings in town. Here’s how it works:
- Let’s say you have 4 elevator cars in the building lobby;
- Numeric pads are installed in common areas where elevator passengers wait. Passengers enter their destination floor on the touch screen.
- The requests are processed, and a message is displayed informing users to ride one of the four cars.
- And in the cars, there are no floor buttons (!).
In a way it works like magic – because it groups passengers to different cars to minimize travel time.
So, is it a good system ? I think it depends on who you are … I mean if you work in that building, this design is pretty good.
But what if you work for DHL, UPS or Fedex ? In other words, you are a courier and need to deliver packages to say 3/F, 11/F, 21/F etc. etc. ? There are no buttons in the elevator cars, you know 😎 So, you have to press “3” in the lobby numeric pad, get into a car, go to that floor, deliver the package; then go back to lobby and press “11” in the numeric pad, get into yet another car. etc. etc. etc.
Lesson Learnt: It’s good for you, but may not be good for others.