Schindler’s PORT Technology Sets New Standard for Buildings of Tomorrow

Innovative and intelligent building mobility system delivers better user experience, traffic efficiency, enhanced building security and energy savings

Bangkok, 14 June 2012 -- Schindler, the leading global provider of mobility solutions, today launched its latest innovation in building transportation, the Personal Occupant Requirement Terminal (PORT) Technology in Thailand. PORT Technology is an intelligent transit management elevator system that revolutionizes the way people move through buildings, while offering personalized service and enhanced building security.

“We recognize the demand of intelligent buildings is greatly rising in Thailand. In recent years, developers and architects increasingly require cutting edge technology which could boost transportation efficiency in a building while offering better user experience,” said Suwanna Kongkanjana, Managing Director for Jardine Schindler (Thai). “PORT Technology represents a transformation in the way we create a seamless environment for high performance buildings. When integrated at the building design stage, PORT Technology opens up a new world of opportunities for building owners, architects and property management to provide users with unprecedented levels of customization.”

Revolutionary Mobility Solution
PORT is the third generation of the destination control technology developed and pioneered by Schindler. The basis of the system is to group passengers going to the same or nearby floors into the same elevator. With less intermediate stops, the traveling time for a passenger to reach his destination is greatly reduced; thereby the system is able to increase traffic efficiency by as much as 30% as compared to conventional elevator system.

A Green Solution
“Along with enhanced building security, aesthetics and better user experience for occupants, the buildings of tomorrow are also looking to meet ambitious energy efficiency goals. We are proud to say that the PORT technology can help owners and architects to meet all of these objectives in one time,” said Suwanna.

A unique Energy Control Option (ECO) brings additional energy savings. During off peak hours, the ECO mode places several elevators in a group into 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.

The PORT will only be activated when the proximity sensor detects a user approaching. At all other times, it goes into low energy consumption mode. The self-dimming monitor minimizes power consumption and when the screen illuminates, its ambient light sensor determines the brightness level required, optimizing energy usage.

Enhanced User Experience
With PORT technology, passengers simply tap their pre-programmed access card on the system’s station on a turnstile gate or stand-alone PORT terminal, the interface will immediately display a list of destinations to which that individual has access. After the user selects his desired floor, PORT, within less than a second, calculates the fastest route and sends an elevator to take the user to his destination.

The intuitive PORT system learns and adapts to the specific usage patterns of each tenant based on their most frequently travelled destinations to provide unparalleled occupant service.

“Users can enjoy an extraordinary communication experience with PORT technology, as it provides both visual and audio information on its sleek colour display to enhance users’ convenience,” explained Suwanna, “PORT Technology not only benefits the end-users, it also helps the building management to broadcast important information on its screen when needed, for instance, during an emergency.”

Embracing stylish design
The latest generation PORT Technology is available in magnificently designed wall or pedestal-mounted versions and is made of glass, in line with the popular use of glass as an element in building design that is currently present in architectural trends worldwide.

The technology can be installed in any new or existing building structure, be it a high-rise skyscraper, an intelligent office tower, a luxury condominium, a hotel, a university building or a hospital.

Park Ventures, the first PORT installation in Thailand
The PORT technology is well received by many end-users, architects, developers and consultants around the world, as evident in international landmark projects such as Park Ventures in Bangkok, the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong, Intergra Tower in Malaysia, Heron Tower in London, Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt and Hyatt Regency in New Orleans.

Park Ventures is the metropolitan’s first and foremost iconic intelligent ecoplex in Bangkok. The complex boasts a large green space and a full range of state-of-the-art facilities

Thanapol Sirithanachai, Managing Director, Univentures Public Company Limited said, “Park Ventures is an intelligent and sustainable building which was developed from a philosophy of balancing the concept of innovative architecture and providing a comfortable environment for its building tenants. As such, we require an advanced elevator system which not only provides our tenants a smooth and convenient transit experience, but also offers enhanced building security at all times. After looking at several options, we found that PORT Technology was the answer.

In keeping with Park Ventures’ concept of coupling smart and green technology with aesthetics architecture, PORT is interconnected throughout the building and allows tenants ease-of-use through stylishly designed interactive touch-screens with preprogrammed access cards. And much like the other technologies used in Park Ventures, PORT Technology sets a high priority on reducing energy consumption.

It is no doubt that PORT technology sets the pace for the next generation of vertical mobility solutions. It redefines user experience when transiting through a building by making it as seamless as possible and enhancing the quality of lives of the people using it.