Kone launches lift series with built-in digital connectivity as standard

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Kone’s DX Class elevators aim to combine design, technology, new materials, apps and services in what the company is calling an Australian first.

“The elevator is no longer merely a way to travel between floors,” says a Kone media release, “but an integral and integrated platform that offers intuitive, flexible and connected experiences that extend from the lobby throughout the building.”

The new Kone DX Class enables customers to tailor and plug in additional software and services for elevators throughout the entire lifetime of a building. By using application programming interfaces (APIs), Kone’s approach makes it easy to manage and integrate different devices, apps and services with new and existing systems. API connectivity means third-party API solutions can seamlessly connect to Kone DX Class elevators and will contribute to the creation of unique and personalised services.

Kone is also announcing ecosystem partnerships with leading technology companies, including Sine, BlindSquare, Amazon Alexa and more, with an aim to bring new sophistication to the elevator experience.

For passengers this brings a range of new, customisable experiences inside the lift.

In response to COVID-19, many new capabilities have been included to minimise the risk of virus spread. This means new anti-fingerprint, anti-scratch and anti-microbial surfaces.

“All of our check-in management and contact tracing technologies are built into the cloud, which means we have been able to create a completely touchless experience for guests visiting commercial buildings – from entrance, through carriage to end destination floor,” says Antony Ceravolo, founder and CEO at Sine.

Features include:

  • built-in connectivity as standard
  • the option for customers to easily and remotely activate digital services when they need to, including KONE 24/7 Connected Services
  • new elevator interior designs that focus on natural wellness, creative life and modern heritage
  • functional materials including anti-fingerprint, anti-scratch and antimicrobial coatings, and
  • a range of sustainable materials to choose from.

“We are launching a first in the Australian and New Zealand markets: a ground-breaking class of digitally-connected elevators that enable mass-customisable services that bring convenience to customers and users,” says Jérôme Audais, managing director at KONE, ANZ.

 

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