One World Trade Centre - Analyzing The New Elevator System

How are tenants being moved as quickly as possible using data


Thirteen years after 9/11 and it’s still the single worst terrorist attack ever to hit the United States. Many argue that the reconstruction of the new WTC is more symbolic than anything, but with 60% of the skyscraper already leased, it shows that businesses are embracing the concept of the One World Trade Centre and ready to invest in what seems to be somewhat of a rebirth for Lower Manhattan.

At 1,776 FT, it’ll take over the Empire State Building as the tallest building in Manhattan, and because of this, elevators are absolutely critical to the building’s capacity to serve the companies stationed there in the best possible way.

Due to the congestion that often arises during the morning rush hour, Big Data is being used to give the tenants the easiest, most stress-free journey up to their specific floor.

The hope is that the days where 20 people get into a lift and press 20 different buttons have gone, with Big Data at the One World Trade Centre's disposal, people should be able to take advantage of an elevator system that can transport them at 20MPH, an unheard of speed in this context, thought to be the same vertical speed as an aeroplane during take off.

By using data from each individual’s ID card, the system will group people who are going to be travelling to similar floors. The hope is that this will cut power usage by 20%, making the building more energy efficient and greener.

The card will also be able to ‘talk’ to the elevators, meaning that as soon as the individual swipes through the turnstiles, the elevator will be called and opened just before the worker gets there. It has also been reported that data will be able to calculate the order in which you travel from floor to floor. For example, if you typically go from your office’s floor to the gym at 2PM, that will be programmable – if you go from the gym to the cafeteria an hour later, that will also be programmable. Through data, the WTC are mapping the paths of their tenants, making their lives easier whilst also keeping stricter tabs on them.

Security runs to the heart of the new World Trade Centre building, which is obviously completely understandable. The hope is that the new elevator system will allow the authorities to know exactly where everybody is in the building – nobody will be able to hide, negating any suspicion that could potentially arise if the unspeakable were to ever happen again.

The use of data at the World Trade Centre shows how it can make the lives of ordinary people easier. Its implementation into the elevator system at the new building is much more than just a tool to transport the thousands of workers who will soon take their place on the building’s office floors. It will act as a deterrent for security threats and keep the wellbeing of the buildings tenants in the best possible place.


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