TOKYO, July 21, 2016 — The Otis CompassPlus elevator dispatching system won the Judges’ Special Award at the 46th Machinery Industrial Design Awards sponsored by the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun. Otis, the world’s leading manufacturer of elevators, escalators and moving walkways, is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
The CompassPlus system was developed to reduce congestion in the elevator hall during peak traffic hours, such as the morning rush, while shortening elevator passengers’ total travel time. With the CompassPlus system, each passenger selects a destination floor before boarding the elevator. Then the system optimally allocates each passenger to a particular elevator, grouping passengers based on their destination floors. With this approach, the system enhances transport efficiency, getting passengers to their destinations up to 50 percent faster than conventional destination management systems. Because passengers going to adjacent floors are grouped, the elevator can reach higher speeds, and the number of starts and stops is minimized, enhancing efficiency of power consumption.
The CompassPlus system is used in some of the world’s tallest buildings. In Japan, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo signed a contract this year for Nippon Otis Elevator Company, the company’s local operating entity, to install CompassPlus as part of an elevator modernization project for the building. The CompassPlus system can be installed with new elevators into a new building, or as part of a system modernization for an existing building.
How it works:
Conventional elevator group management system
Conventional up/down button systems let passengers choose their own elevators, resulting in disorganized travel paths.
Conventional destination management systems assign passengers going to the same destination to the same elevator. Elevators stop at fewer floors, reducing travel time, but two elevators may still have overlapping stops.
|The CompassPlus system assigns passengers going to the same floor and adjacent floors to the same elevator. By grouping passengers going to adjacent floors, the number of stops is decreased and the elevator is able to reach higher speeds. The system also minimizes the number of times of starts and stops, improving operational efficiency and reducing power consumption.|
About Nippon Otis Elevator Company
Nippon Otis Elevator Company is the Japanese subsidiary of the U.S.-headquartered Otis Elevator Company, the world’s leading manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways. Otis specializes in new construction, installation, maintenance and repair of people-moving products, with a history of more than 120 years in Japan. The first Otis elevator in Japan was installed in 1896, the first escalator was installed in 1914, and the forebear to the current Nippon Otis Elevator Company was established in 1932.
Otis is the world’s leading manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways. Founded more than 160 years ago by the inventor of the safety elevator, Otis offers products and services through its companies in more than 200 countries and territories. Otis is a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit www.otis.com or follow @OtisElevatorCo on Twitter.