Schindler's New Transit Management Technology for the Buildings of Tomorrow

Seamless transit management is paving the way into the future of vertical and horizontal travel

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, 20th October 2011 – Schindler, the global provider of mobility solutions, today launched its latest ground-breaking innovation for building transportation, the PORT Technology system in Malaysia. The Personal Occupant Requirement Terminal (PORT) is an intelligent transit management system that revolutionizes the way people move through buildings.

Based in Hong Kong, present at the launch was Mr. Rolf Schwerzmann, Jardine Schindler Group’s Head of Top Range Business, who provided firsthand facts on the powerful features of PORT. This technology can significantly increase traffic handling efficiency compared with a conventional elevator system, while delivering exceptional outcomes in energy savings, sleek human interfaces and enhanced building security.

Being an expert in providing mobility solutions to high rise buildings, Schindler has ingeniously fabricated the exceptional ability to increase traffic handling efficiency, which is evident in the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong, Zuellig Building in Philippines and Heron Tower in London.

PORT is an evolution of the destination control technology developed and pioneered by Schindler back in the early 1990s. The basis of the system is to group passengers going to the same or nearby floors into the same elevator. The time it takes for you to reach your floor is greatly reduced as there are lesser stops along the way.

Schwerzmann revealed, “The Schindler PORT Technology is the third generation of destination control system. This new concept enables Schindler to evolve from purely managing people-traffic in a building to providing an integrated seamless transit for building occupants. The PORT incorporates state-of-the-art communication, security, energy-saving and sleek-design features.”

“With the PORT Technology offering in Malaysia, Antah Schindler is aligned with the government’s Economic Transformation Programme (ETP), which is improving energy efficiency in the oil, gas and energy sector while jump starting a vibrant green technology industry under the business services sector,” explained Noky Wong, Managing Director of Antah Schindler Sdn Bhd.

“It is indeed a privilege to Schindler to have the Southeast Asian launch of PORT Technology in Malaysia and we are thrilled to bring this special product here. We are confident our most valued intelligent system will not only benefit the Malaysian society and building users, but it will also enhance their experience with the PORT Technology.”

The PORT Technology can be installed in any new or existing building structure, be it a high-rise skyscraper, an intelligent office tower, a mixed-use complex, a luxury condominium, a hotel, a campus-like building or a hospital.

For Antah Schindler in Malaysia, we are focused in offering a range of quality services that are relevant to the building industry, such as design freedom, safety, energy efficiency and a smooth transit experience at all times,” explained Noky Wong, Managing Director of Antah Schindler Sdn Bhd.”

The launch highlighted the major characteristics of the PORT Technology and how this intelligent system can benefit and complement the modern architectures of today and tomorrow, as well as providing unparalleled comfort in mobility for building occupants.

Seamless journey for users
With PORT Technology, each journey begins when a person enters their building and waves their access card over a reader at a turnstile gate or stand-alone PORT terminal. Within less than a second, the software’s predictive algorithm quickly calculates the passenger’s journey, chooses the best-suited elevator for them and crisply displays their assigned elevator on a bright and color monitor.

Supreme intelligence
The PORT system ‘learns’ the usage patterns of a passenger to provide a more personalized and intelligent service.

Undeniably efficient
By grouping passengers going to the same floors, PORT Technology avoids chaotic elevator runs, including the problem of random stops at numerous floors, which consumes large amounts of time and energy. PORT Technology provides the shortest possible trip for every passenger with less intermediate stops. The system is able to increase traffic efficiency by up to 30%.

Energy saving and environmentally friendly
Additional energy savings are gained with PORT Technology’s Energy Control Option (ECO). During non-peak hours, the ECO mode sets several elevators in the group into energy saving standby or sleep-mode. This helps to avoid the inefficiency (unbalanced loads) of having all elevators making many trips to transport only a few passengers.

Elegant design
Schindler PORT Technology system’s wall-mount and pedestal stations each feature a vivid, colour touch screen. The PORT hardware is designed to come in the form of sleek turnstiles; stylish, wall-mounted displays; and aesthetically pleasing stands or pedestals. The skin colours are exclusively customized to match the building’s interior architecture.

Enhanced security
One of the most engaging design elements is that a PORT integrated turnstile can act as a barrier, granting elevator access only to authorized passengers while blocking people from passing their cards to other people.

Clever communication
The PORT can interface with the latest smart phone applications to enhance users’ convenience, much like how Malaysia Airlines System (MAS) flight passengers can check-in before a flight just by using their iPhone application. PORT provides building management the ability to transmit important information on its screen when needed, for instance during an emergency.

Without a doubt, the accuracy and efficiency of PORT Technology creates more value to the properties that Schindler services as well as enhancing the quality of lives of the people using it. Both Schwerzmann and Wong reiterated that having elevators equipped with Schindler’s PORT Technology system is the future trend of modern, intelligent and green buildings.