KONE Inc., press release, April 2, 2012
KONE has been chosen by Grubb and Ellis|Levy Beffort to modernize 14 elevators with supportive technologies in the Oklahoma Tower Building located in Oklahoma City, Okla. The modernization project will feature the KONE Polaris™ Destination Control System (DCS) hybrid configuration on 12 of the elevators, making Oklahoma Tower the first building in the Oklahoma City region with this technology.
The KONE Polaris system uses artificial intelligence to optimize elevator traffic patterns. Building tenants and guests will be able to select their destination before being guided to an assigned elevator, which groups them together with other passengers headed to similar floors. The system’s increased carrying capacity not only reduces overall riding time for passengers, but streamlines boarding as well.
The building’s control system will use a DCS hybrid configuration, meaning the main floors will feature the new Destination Operating Panels, while all other floors as well as elevator cars will have conventional landing keypads. This configuration is beneficial for improving the people flow in heavily used floors, such as the first floor lobby.
The modernization project will also update 13 of the building’s elevator control systems to KONE ReSolve™ with Unity Drives. This technology is specifically designed for existing DC gearless elevators and delivers significant improvements in energy performance using low harmonic distortion and a near-unity power factor capability. The technology also enables full line regeneration of energy to significantly reduce energy consumption.
“We are excited to work with Grubb & Ellis|Levy Beffort to provide an industry-leading ride experience to Oklahoma City professionals throughout the building,” said Vance Tang, EVP and Area Director of KONE Americas. “The efficiency provided by this technology shows a marked difference in people flow during peak elevator times. We expect destination control technology to become an industry standard given its proven benefits including increased handling capacity, reduced journey times, elevator call personalization and security options.”
Destination control continues to gain momentum in modernization and new construction projects throughout the U.S. Other buildings that have recently installed the KONE Polaris DCS include:
The Oklahoma Tower project is expected to be completed in 2015.
For further information, please contact:
Kellie Lindquist, Marketing Manager, KONE Inc., tel. +1 630 955 4202
KONE is one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry. KONE's objective is to offer the best People Flow® experience by developing and delivering solutions that enable people to move smoothly, safely, comfortably and without waiting in buildings in an increasingly urbanizing environment. KONE provides industry-leading elevators, escalators, automatic building doors and integrated solutions to enhance the People Flow in and between buildings. KONE's services cover the entire lifetime of a building, from the design phase to maintenance, repairs and modernization solutions. In 2015, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 8,6 billion, and at the end of the year close to 50,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. in Finland.
For more information, see www.kone.us