Schindler PORT Technology equips tomorrow’s buildings today

Press release

Mark Hughes, Group Technical and Field Support Director of Jardine Schindler Group is explaining the features of the PORT Technology

Manila, 27 June 2013 – Schindler, the leading global provider of mobility solutions, introduced in Manila its latest innovation in building transportation. The Personal Occupant Requirement Terminal (PORT) Technology is an intelligent transit management elevator system that revolutionizes the way people move through buildings, while delivering exceptional outcomes in traffic and energy efficiencies with sleek human interfaces, and enhanced building security.

A leader in mobility technologies, PORT is the third generation of the destination control technology developed and pioneered by Schindler 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. It cuts down on the time needed to reach your destination, as there are lesser stops along the way. The system is able to increase traffic efficiency in a building by as much as 30 percent as compared to conventional elevator systems.

Mark Hughes, Group Technical and Field Support Director of Jardine Schindler Group, says, “The PORT Technology helps provide users with a seamless building transit experience that is comfortable, convenient and secure.”

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, Heron Tower in London, Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, The Crescent in Dallas, Hyatt Regency in New Orleans and Barangaroo South in Sydney.

Hughes says, “We believe this intelligent innovation echoes the needs in the Philippines for advanced building security, personalization, and improved efficiency when traveling throughout a building.”

In the Philippines, the 33-story Zuellig Building in Makati has adapted PORT Technology in its elevator system. It is the first high-rise building in the Philippines that achieved precertification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) at the LEED Platinum level for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (Core and Shell).

The Zuellig Building was conceptualized to be a green building both in design and function. Many of the building’s features, from the all-glass façade, gardens and water system, were specifically designed to prevent unnecessary power consumption and conserve needed resources. The implementation of PORT Technology in its elevator system complements this green vision via its transit management and energy saving features.

Schindler invented in 1992 the industry’s original destination control system, Miconic 10, which has since been dubbed the first generation. It guided passengers to an elevator after they simply keyed in their destination floor on a keypad. Miconic 10 was followed by the release of the second generation Schindler ID in 2003 with enhanced security control and upgraded algorithms to improve building traffic flow.

PORT Technology manages people movement within buildings
PORT Technology represents the third generation of the traffic management system, which Schindler has developed. While Miconic 10 and Schindler ID revolutionized the elevator industry by focusing on moving people in an efficient manner, PORT is a major step forward by taking the concept of seamless transit management to a new level, adding more customization, communication, security, energy saving and design features.

PORT Technology offers users a unique travel experience. Users can simply tap their pre-programmed access cards on the PORT system on a turnstile gate or stand-alone PORT terminal. Within less than a second, the system is able to calculate the swiftest route and assign the appropriate elevator to the user. It also displays a list of destinations to which the user has access to on a vivid color display touch screen.

The system “learns” usage patterns based on a traveler’s most frequently selected destinations, providing the ability to anticipate needs before it is communicated. It then calculates the best ride for each new passenger every time a card is scanned, while taking into consideration the needs of other riders.

One of the most engaging design features is that a PORT can be easily paired up with turnstile barriers, granting elevator access only to authorized passengers. This specialty enhances security and traffic flow in busy high-rise buildings.

PORT Technology means energy savings
PORT has an Energy Control Option (ECO) mode that handles the demand for elevators more intelligently. ECO mode automatically put several elevators in a group into energy saving standby or sleep mode during non-peak periods, avoiding the inefficiency of having all elevators making multiple trips with unbalanced loads to transport few passengers.

The PORT terminal will only be activated when the proximity sensor detects a user approaching. At all other time, 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.

The PORT Technology can be installed in any 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.

PORT Technology is also for older buildings
The system can also be used to modernize existing buildings. There is 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.

Hughes says the implementation of PORT Technology in an existing building raises its value.

“Applying PORT Technology in an existing building should increase building’s value by upgrading its performance in vertical transportation,” he explains. “And the PORT terminal could be in wall-mounted or pedestal format, which makes it easy to fit within the constraints of an existing building interior layouts.”

The latest generation PORT Technology terminal 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.

Being a company that prides itself as a 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 marking it as seamless as possible, with the smallest footprint possible.

About Jardine Schindler Elevator Corporation
Schindler is one of the largest elevator and escalator suppliers in the world. Schindler elevators have been installed in the Philippines since 1957 through the Philippine Industrial Engineering Company.

In 1994, Schindler Group of Switzerland and Jardine Matheson in Hong Kong acquired full ownership of the company, who between them bring over 300 years of experience in business management, regional specialization and engineering excellence.

Jardine Schindler Elevator Corporation provides building transportation systems for all forms of urban infrastructure from low-rise residential buildings to commercial and high-rise towers. Schindler elevators and escalators are built, designed and engineered to provide mobility and transport to a wide array of goods and passengers in the major key cities in the Philippines. Its products are complemented with various state-of-the art technology geared to meet the rising demands of today’s highly advanced economic and work environment.