IBM Watson IoT lifts KONE’s innovation in smart buildings


IBM and KONE, one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry, today announced a multiyear agreement in which IBM will provide cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and services to drive innovation in smart buildings.

Through the agreement, KONE will tap into the IBM Watson IoT Cloud Platform to connect, remotely monitor and optimize its management of millions of elevators, escalators, doors and turnstiles in buildings and cities worldwide. The system will analyze vast amounts of data from sensors embedded in equipment helping to identify and predict issues, minimize downtime and personalize the experience for users. Instead of having to call in a service engineer or stick to maintenance schedules, KONE will be able to predict and respond to selected technical issues in real-time, with the ability to run tests remotely and make commands over the cloud…

As buildings get taller and taller with the capacity to serve tens of thousands of users simultaneously, there is increased pressure on elevators and escalators to keep people moving smoothly. KONE is leading the way in bringing together technology and innovation to meet the requirements of some of the world’s most ambitious and iconic buildings. Its projects include the Leadhenhall Building in London which features the world’s largest and fastest suite of panoramic elevators; the Makkah Clock Royal Tower Hotel, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which is the tallest hotel, clocktower and largest indoor space in the world; Madison Square Garden in New York, known as the world’s most famous arena; Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, which is a pioneer in adopting state-of-the-art building technology; and the Jeddah Tower, Saudi Arabia, which at over 1km tall, will be the world’s tallest building when completed…

[Admin: The same announcement is also posted in the KONE website. This post is related to the 02.22.16 post by Chris O’Connor about creating intelligent buildings with the Internet of Things (IoT).]

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