Otis to discuss latest developments in vertical transportation at AIA Convention

The Continuous Rise of Elevator Technology

ORLANDO, Fla., April 24, 2017 Otis, the world's leading manufacturer and maintainer of people-moving products, including elevators, escalators and moving walkways, will present an educational session about recent advances in elevator technology at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference on Architecture 2017. Otis is a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).

Bill Walker, senior product manager, new equipment, Otis North America, and Chiara Perry, product manager, new equipment, Otis North America, will lead the “Latest Innovations in Elevator Technology” session on April 27. This is the fourth year Otis has sponsored and participated in AIA’s continuing education sessions at the national conference. The AIA conference is one of the largest annual gatherings of architects and design professionals in the U.S., attracting thousands of attendees each year for a first look at the latest developments in materials and technologies.

During the session, Walker will discuss cutting-edge advances in elevator technology, focusing on intelligent building strategies. Topics will include destination dispatching, the new generation of intelligent connected elevators, the future of the passenger experience and self-climbing elevators.

“Innovation, particularly as it impacts the passenger experience, is always at the forefront of our minds at Otis,” Walker said. “In this session, we’ll take a deeper dive into developments we’re working on to ensure that passengers feel connected to and excited by a more personalized vertical transportation experience.”

The session also will touch on the future of connected devices and how they can be used to enhance the user experience. “We know that people are increasingly using their smartphones to manage many aspects of their lives, and we’re looking at how we can integrate this with the elevator,” Walker said. “That could include enabling a passenger to call the elevator with an app, or using locating services to sense and make accommodations for large crowds.”

Throughout the three-day expo, Otis elevator experts will be available to discuss Otis’ new equipment products and showcase some of the latest advances in elevator technology the company has to offer architects. Additionally, visitors to the redesigned Otis booth (#2117) will be able to examine a scale model of the Gen2® elevator, one of Otis’ best-selling elevators, and have a virtual reality experience atop some of the world’s tallest buildings.

AIA Conference on Architecture 2017 will be held April 27-29 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Otis is a proud sponsor of the conference and AEC Cares projectOrlando, a one-day community build project held in conjunction with AIA that brings together industry professionals in the conference host city. For more information on AIA, go to the AIA Convention website or visit Otis onsite at booth #2117. More information about Otis and its products can be found at www.Otis.com

About Otis
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. By combining a passion for science with precision engineering, the company is creating smart, sustainable solutions the world needs. For more information about Otis and the CompassPlus system, visit www.otis.com, or follow Otis on LinkedIn, YouTube and as @OtisElevatorCo on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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