Every crisis offers opportunities to adjust, and stimulates to collectively rethink the future we want to create. Sharing its views ahead of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) 2020 Conference, Schindler expects smart technology, connectivity, and sustainability to be key themes for the post-crisis city.
The megatrends around urbanization remain unchanged: denser urban developments and taller buildings in metropolitan areas, an increasing flow of people moving around cities, a growing middle class and aging populations, as well as a continuing trend towards one-person households all drive demand for elevators and escalators.
Even though living, working, commuting and traveling patterns may have changed for now, people continue to move around in urban areas, including the vertical spaces that define skylines all over the world. Secure and effective transport systems will continue to help make rapidly expanding cities more pleasant places.
The COVID-19 pandemic has only catalyzed the demand for human-centric engineering allowing for more intelligent cities that put people first. Smart technology for a better passenger experience, including apps for touchless operations and sanitization solutions for clean air, as well as increased connectivity, for instance to enable remote maintenance that reduces down-time, are all essential to keep urban areas moving and livable.
Smart technology and connectivity are also important pillars for making urban areas more sustainable. They can help reduce energy consumption of equipment and therefore the carbon footprint of buildings. Already today, Schindler’s modular product range incorporates eco-friendly features with less environmental impact, while remote and predictive maintenance ensures an efficient service.
Schindler partners with its customers to deliver the most efficient and effective solutions via co-creation and the adaptation to the new needs of building managers, developers, and architects.
“Smart technology, connectivity, and sustainability all equal our vision of the future of the city. It’s time to make cities better,” said Thomas Oetterli, Schindler’s Group CEO. “Since our foundation, Schindler products and services are key for the development of urban areas. We engineer vertical mobility for our customers, so that society can continue to move efficiently, comfortably, safely and sustainably. Today and in the future.”