What People May Expect from Modern Lifts

From a very modest beginning, when taking a lift took almost as long as taking the stairs, lifts have evolved into the most modern machines that can travel at a vertical velocity exceeding 1000 meters per minute.

Being fail-proof and absolutely safe are things people take for granted from lifts. A jamming door or stuck lift car may give a very bad impression to a building and its management and may even lead to a law suit from a perturbed passenger. Vibrations, noise and oscillations can also make the passengers uncomfortable and insecure, prompting them to take the stairs next time. Malfunctioning controls, unresponsive buttons, faulty displays or a rickety cabin are things of the past as modern lifts are not expected to have any of these problems, provided they are properly maintained.

Residential Lifts: Expectations from residential and commercial lifts may differ. Residential lifts are supposed to blend into the interiors and should not make your home look like an office or a shopping mall. Speed is not the primary concern for home lifts, but comfort and smoothness are, as is safety. Interior and exterior cabin finishing becomes all the more important for residential lifts, as a high level of customization may be required. Homeowners sometimes require wood or synthetic paneling to go with their interior color scheme and theme. Leather or fabric interior may look good in certain classical settings. Residential lifts should also be incredibly quiet and virtually maintenance free. They should have reliable backup systems in case of any kind of failure. Most of the residential lifts are hydraulically operated and slowly descend to the lowest floor in case of power or hydraulic failure. Modern residential lifts also come with customizable chimes, LED lights, internal controls and call buttons.

Commercial Lifts: For commercial lifts, speed is definitely an important factor, along with very high reliability and the resilience to take the beating of intense everyday operation. Passenger lifts have been revolutionized by new technologies and computerization. Today, we have programmable lifts in multi lift operation, which automatically regulate themselves through software that directs the closest lift to the calling floor. The software also ensures that movement of passengers and lifts is economized and accelerated. It directs all passengers going to a particular floor to one car, if it has capacity. As the people enter a building, they are supposed to key in their respective floors into a computer consol generally placed in the lifts lobby. They are then informed by the computer which car they should ride.

Latest Developments: Programmable lifts are opening up new possibilities in the use of lifts and how people look at them. Passengers today are already seeing lifts with no controls inside the cabin. Instead, there are LED screens showing CCTV or advertisements in many of the commercial lifts being built and installed these days. Lifts are also being used to bolster security in buildings. Residents or visitors are issued digital ID passes which they swipe at the lifts’ central consol. The system assigns them a lift only after verifying their identity. The lift only takes them to their own floor and the system tracks the movement, assisted by CCTV cameras.

There were times when lifts were driven by slaves or cattle. No one in those days could have imagined that lifts would become a mode of vertical transport for billions of people and will open doors to vertical extension in human dwellings. Lifts have come a long way and we are looking at lifts that are self driven, lightening fast and super safe. As progress goes on, it is hard for us to imagine even today, where lifts would be after a 100 years!