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IBM inks agreement with elevator specialist KONE

The firms will pool their respective resources and share technologies geared towards the development of smart buildings

KONE will combine its systems with IBM’s Watson IoT Cloud Platform.
KONE will combine its systems with IBM’s Watson IoT Cloud Platform.

KONE and IBM recently announced the signing of a multiyear agreement that will see the two firms collaborate and share resources aimed at smart building technologies.

As part of the agreement, KONE will combine its systems with IBM’s Watson IoT Cloud Platform. The combination will enable the elevator and escalator specialist to optimise management its platforms in building and cities.

This will be accomplished through the analysis of data collated from sensors embedded across the company’s line of elevators, turnstiles, escalators and doors.

The process will help identify and predict technical issues remotely, and ultimately minimise maintenance downtime.

KONE will also take advantage of IBM’s open standards-based cloud platform to encourage a developer ecosystem via the Application Programming Interfaces.

This will aid in engaging the community to assist in developing applications design to enhance the movement of people in buildings.

An example of this includes a concept that would utilise community-based systems to aid people in pre-ordering elevators during peak times or during emergencies.

KONE’s global projects include Leadhenhall Building in London, UK, the Makkah Clock Royal Tower Hotel, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, as well as the Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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