Maintaining and safeguarding elevators in the GCC
Innovative though today’s elevators may be, they are only as effective as the professionals working to ensure that units remain safe and secure
International elevator manufacturers are constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible, both in terms of quality and efficiency. However, they are dependent on support from the community of facilities management (FM), mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP), and technical professionals working to ensure that units in the Middle East remain safe, secure, and in excellent working order.
One such outfit is Adeeb Group, a UAE-headquartered FM and MEP company that offers elevator-related services to customers across the Emirates.
Eng Ansari, chief executive officer of Adeeb Group, explains: “[Originally,] Adeeb Group offered elevator-related maintenance as part of its specialised services. However, the requirement for highly focussed, integrated contractors grew rapidly within this emerging market, so we developed our expertise [by adding] innovative solutions, especially within the field of elevator supervision.”
Ansari believes that as the market continues to mature, the line between elevator-related FM and MEP services will become increasingly blurred.
“In the future, elevator services will be carried out by FM providers, as clients look to optimise coordination and efficiency. This shift will save building owners time and effort, as they will no longer have to enlist the services of multiple contractors. The UAE is a very [price-conscious] and efficient market; clients prefer to deal with a single point of contact.”
Adeeb Group is providing elevator-related services to an array of projects in Abu Dhabi, including Nation Towers, Al Ain Tower, AD One, Hili Mall, and a 50-storey building owned by HH Hamdan bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. And of course, when it comes to high-profile developments such as these, effective maintenance and security go hand in hand.
To this end, Sweden-headquartered Axis Communications supplies a broad range of the video surveillance and communication equipment that is helping to ensure the safety of elevator passengers across the Middle East. Ettiene Van Der Watt, Axis’s regional engineering and training manager for the Middle East and Africa (MEA), says that regional demand for its discreet and reliable technologies is growing.
“The Middle East’s infrastructure is constantly developing and, with it, demand for elevator-related communication applications,” he says. “Axis is witnessing steady growth; our discreet cameras complement modern elevator designs.”
Indeed, Axis is supplying a broad selection of elevator-related surveillance and communication technologies to meet regional demand, including the A9188 Network I/O Relay Module, the F1015 Sensor Unit with varifocal lens, and the P1264 Network Camera.
Van Der Watt says that the key to Axis’s growth in the Middle East has been its focus on devices that complement and blend into their surroundings, without compromising on functionality.
“For us, the greatest opportunity lies in the aesthetic design of our products,” he continues. “Users tend to feel extremely uncomfortable with elevators that feature large camera installations; such devices often look out of place in the context of modern designs.
“Axis’s cameras are discreet, very complementary to their surrounding structures, and can be equipped with customised [capabilities],” he adds.
For Ansari, Adeeb Group’s continuous focus on delivering value represents the key to growth. “We endeavour to exercise cost control without affecting the effectiveness of the services that we offer,” he explains.
In 2017, Adeeb Group will continue to concentrate on its in-house elevator-related offering in a bid to maximise revenues.
“Our main focus this year will be to promote the elevator services within our own portfolio, rather than outsourcing. [This strategy] will help us to improve efficiency within fields such as planned preventative maintenance (PPM), and to extend equipment lifecycles. It should also lead to better coordination with building owners.”
Regional construction may have slowed during recent years, but there are still plenty of elevators in the market. By focussing on the areas in which regional building owners are underserved – such as the integration of FM and MEP services, and the provision of communication and surveillance devices that match the aesthetics of modern elevator designs – firms such as Adeeb Group and Axis Communications look set for continued, albeit steady, growth.