Schindler's Next Generation PORT Technology Revolutionises the Way People Move Through Buildings in Singapore

Intelligent and intuitive building transit solution provides an ingenious mix of functionality, design and sustainability

SINGAPORE, 29 March 2012 – Schindler, the leading global provider of mobility solutions, today launched their latest innovation in building transportation, the Personal Occupant Requirement Terminal (PORT) Technology in Singapore. PORT Technology is an intelligent transit management elevator system that revolutionises the way people move through buildings, while delivering exceptional outcomes in traffic and energy efficiencies, sleek human interfaces and enhanced building security.

“We are excited to launch the new PORT Technology here in Singapore, home to some of the most modern and sophisticated architecture in the world,” said Mr Hugo Martinho, Managing Director, Schindler Singapore. “We recognise the need for an intelligent building transit experience and are confident that PORT will provide building owners and developers an integrated and seamless solution in building transportation management, offering enhanced user-experience, greater convenience and efficiency.”

As one of the key players in Asia in green building design, Singapore has set a target to green at least 80 per cent of its buildings by the year 2030 under the Green Building Masterplan.

“Schindler echoes the local push for greater sustainable development. The launch of the new PORT Technology here is timely in meeting today’s various environmental challenges. In Asia particularly, many property developers and building owners are increasingly realising the cost and environmental benefits of going green. As such, we are seeing increased efforts to go green here through a combination of legislation, incentive programmes, greater awareness, and corporate responsibility,” Mr Martinho commented.

Efficient Mobility
A leader in mobility technologies, PORT is the third generation of the destination control technology developed and pioneered by Schindler back in the early 1990s. The basis of the system is to dynamically allocate 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. The system is able to increase traffic efficiency by as much as 30 per cent as compared to conventional elevator systems.

Mr. John Mizon, Vice President, Advanced Programs, Schindler Group, said “We realise the way people use technology is rapidly evolving, hence we created a transit management system that is tailored to the needs of building owners and their occupants. With the new PORT Technology, buildings owners are able to manage traffic flow and energy use efficiently, while providing its tenants with state-of-the-art communication, security, energy-saving and sleek-design features”.

PORT Technology provides buildings with the ability to cleverly increase traffic handling efficiency, as evident in international landmark buildings such as the International Commerce Centre in Hong Kong, the Heron Tower in London, Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, The Crescent in Dallas, Hyatt Regency in New Orleans and more recently the HSBC Building in Singapore.

Energy saving and environmentally friendly
An Energy Control Option (ECO) mode in the PORT features an ability to handle the demand for elevators more intelligently. ECO mode allows several elevators in a group to go into energy saving standby or sleep-mode during non-peak periods, avoiding inefficiency of having all elevators making multiple trips with unbalanced loads to transport a few passengers.

“Facility management in buildings now place great focus on the way the building is managed, optimising its usage the way it was intended, and in a sustainable manner”, explained Mr John Mizon, Vice President, Advanced Programs, Schindler Group.

PORT Technology can also be used to modernise existing buildings. Given that Singapore is already very highly-urbanised, there is a great opportunity to retrofit existing buildings with PORT Technology to increase its operational and energy efficiency. Retrofitting older buildings allows precious resources, energy and effort to be saved and reduces the environmental impact of tearing down and rebuilding it.

A Sleek Journey
PORT Technology offers users an intuitive travel experience. Users can simply tap their pre-programmed access card on the system’s station on a turnstile gate or stand-alone PORT terminal, and within less than a second, the system is able to calculate the swiftest route and assign the best-suited elevator to the user, and crisply displays a list of destinations to which the user has access to on a vivid colour display touch screen.

The system can also ‘learn’ usage patterns based on a traveller’s most frequently selected destinations, providing the ability to anticipate needs before it is communicated.

The latest generation PORT Technology is available in aesthetically pleasing 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.

Additionally, Schindler’s PORT Technology that is being launched in Singapore features the latest smart phone applications to enhance users’ convenience, where users have the ability to gain access and operate elevators with the use of mobile phones.

Being a company that prides itself as the leader in mobility, Schindler understands the value of time in today’s fast moving world. With PORT Technology, the company aims to redefine users’ experience when they move through a building by making it as seamless as possible, with the smallest footprint possible.

“With the industry’s increasing focus on sustainable development, PORT Technology fits in nicely with today’s building environment and complements the push from local authorities for energy efficient solutions,” Mr Martinho concluded.