MORRISTOWN, N.J. – February 8, 2012 – Schindler Elevator Corporation Schindler’s innovative PORT (Personal Occupant Requirement Terminal) elevator technology is helping move occupants faster and more efficiently at 2 Hopkins Plaza, a 22-story multi-tenant office building in Baltimore, Maryland.
Schindler recently completed the installation of its PORT destination-dispatch system on eight high-rise elevators at 2 Hopkins Plaza. It is the first building in Maryland to benefit from the power of Schindler’s PORT Technology.
Best understood as the central nervous system of a building, the PORT Technology functions as a two-way communication interface between the occupants and the building’s environment. The system’s visible aspect is a sleek, futuristic device positioned at access points and elevators around the building.
Behind the stylish touch screen is a powerful patented access control software system, capable not only of calculating the optimum route to any destination within the building, but also of “learning” how its occupants typically move around. With this information, PORT Technology primes the elevators to direct and transport people quickly and safely to their individual destinations.
“The PORT Technology makes possible a truly networked environment at 2 Hopkins that recognizes occupants and responds to their individual needs,” says Michael Landis, vice president, Marketing for Schindler. “What makes the system special is the ease with which the building’s manager can design applications to accommodate a wide range of needs in real time. Whether it’s helping to meet new energy-efficiency goals, updating security, scheduling maintenance or adapting to people with special needs, unprecedented levels of customization can be achieved.”
“With a unique building configuration that requires these elevators to not only service all of the main floors of the building, but also the lower garage floors, we wanted a system that offers the latest in technology and overall efficiency,” said Pierre Gibbons, property manager, GH Property Management. “After looking at several different options, we quickly discovered that PORT Technology was the answer. We love it and, best of all, so do our tenants!”
PORT Technology Energy-Saving Features
Each PORT terminal’s proximity sensor tells it when to be active and at all other times puts it into low energy consumption mode.
When the terminal screen illuminates, an ambient light sensor determines only the brightness level required, again optimizing energy usage.
The PORT Technology helps ensure elevator trips are as efficient as possible. This produces a very resourceful use of energy even during heavy traffic.
Elevators feature Power Factor 1 drives that reduce energy consumption by up to 35% compared to standard drives and regenerate energy back into the building’s electrical system.
About Schindler Elevator Corporation
Schindler Elevator Corporation is the North American operation of the Switzerland-based Schindler Group, a leading global mobility provider with approximately 43,000 employees operating in more than 100 countries. Schindler supports sustainable urban development with safe, reliable and ecologically sound mobility solutions and its equipment moves one billion people every day all over the world. In 2011, Schindler was named one of Forbes Magazine’s 100 Most Innovative Companies, and two of the company’s products received the 2011 Architectural Products’ Product Innovation Award.