How Vertical Urbanisation and Secure Elevator Destination Control Work Hand in Hand

Boon Edam Blog | February 2019

Boon Edam Blog | February 2019

As vertical urbanisation has led to our buildings becoming ever taller, it has had an unsurprising effect on the elevator industry. Stairs may be an option for smaller or lower buildings, but when you begin to work with buildings that are now capable of having ten, twenty or even fifty floors, elevators become not just an afterthought, but a necessity around their design and construction.

With the additional vertical space, it has also become critical for businesses to incorporate elevator security into their building. If not given the proper attention, an elevator can turn from an easy access solution for its users into an easy access route for potential criminals and unwanted visitors.

Fortunately, advances in both elevator security and vertical urbanisation have provided business with a variety of options to help keep security in an optimal position.

Selecting the Right Elevator

The first decision any business needs to make is what type of elevator is best suited for its particular needs. Gone are the days of the small metallic box suspended by cables only able to move up or down - modern elevators now offer people so much more.

Many of them are now able to be designed cableless, which allows them to move at high speed not only vertically, but horizontally too. These elevators work by using linear motor technology, which also allows them to move multiple cars at once.

Other designs use Machine-Room-Less technology (MRL), which use smaller machines to control the overall system. Doing so allows the elevators to operate using less energy - as much as 60% less compared to traditional hydraulic elevators.

Whichever type of elevator you opt for, it is important that it is one of the first decisions you make. Unlike other systems, such as CCTV, elevators typically need to be installed during the building’s construction process, as the elevator will need to be incorporated into the overall structure itself.

What is more, the higher your building, the more of the building’s floor space you have to dedicate solely to the elevator. Choosing the right size of building and the right elevator is therefore perhaps one of the biggest decisions you need to make when deciding on a building for your business.

Elevator Destination Control Systems

When it comes to security, elevators are bringing new and exciting ways to prevent security issues arising. One way is through the use of destination control systems.

While a standard elevator is called at a push of a button that anyone has access to, destination control systems work by replacing the call button with a scanner. This scanner requires people to scan their personalised card for the elevator doors to open and allow access. Doing so allows only those authorised to operate and use the elevator, thus preventing unauthorised access.

From a design perspective, elevator destination control systems are also able to track a passengers pattern of movement. In doing so, the system can help group people needing to go to the same floor together. This function allows for more efficient rides for its users, as well as using less energy overall.

Elevator Security

Aside from elevator destination control systems, there are many other ways to enhance your elevator security. CCTV can be used to monitor the inside and outside of the elevator on a 24-hour basis. Installing CCTV can also have the positive effect of lowering a building’s security expenses, as it reduces the need for physical security in the form of guards. With CCTV, typically only one guard is needed to monitor the CCTV feeds themselves from a control room.

When installing CCTV, it is important that it is visible. It may seem counterproductive for potential criminals to see where your security is located, but doing so allows your security to act as a visible deterrent - meaning they will likely be less inclined to try and commit an offence.

Visible CCTV security in your elevators can also help you internally. If you have an internal problem, such as files or important documents going missing, CCTV in your elevators may help you discover the culprit who feels they are away from prying eyes once they enter the elevator.

Security Access to Elevators

While access controlled elevators and CCTV can provide you with moderate levels of security, there is still the risk of compromise. To enhance your level of elevator security, it is important also to install security surrounding access to the areas of the building where the elevators can be found.

A security speed gate can help control the flow of people coming and going from the elevator area. Typically they involve a slim design to enable them to be used in compact spaces, allowing businesses to use smaller lobbies to incorporate physical security entrances.

Transit Management

A critical aspect of moving people smartly and safely includes devices such as PORT Technology’s revolutionary way to optimise traffic flow throughout a mid to high-rise building without losing the personalised touch and peace-of-mind of access control. Such a system incorporates touchless operation, access via mobile phone and prediction of movement to allow a seamless journey.

This technology includes advanced elevator destination control which means that only the right, authorised, person can enter a floor from a public area such as a reception or lobby. Boon Edam’s Lifeline Speedlane Swing speed gate provides the elegant solution to integrate the PORT 4 Mini device. The power of these two technologies lies in the combination of speed gate security and transit intelligence. Through entrance solutions such as these, architects, developers, security manager and end-users alike can experience real innovative harmony.

To find out more about the importance and impact on early elevator allocation and the impact of a secure entry in the tall building of today and tomorrow, contact the entry experts.

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