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Telefonica and Schindler pair up on IoT for lifts, escalators

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Nicholas Fearn

The agreement will see Telefonica become the IoT and network connectivity partner for Schindler’s smart lifts and escalators offering, called Schindler Ahead.

Swiss manufacturing giant Schindler describes its Ahead range as the “world’s first fully digital closed-loop maintenance, emergency services and information system”.

Using artificial intelligence technology, the firm has developed a predictive maintenance service that analyses cloud-based data from connected lifts and escalators.

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This data is then leveraged to improve equipment reliability and uptime, deliver insights to better operate buildings and offer passengers greater convenience through interactive and personalised services.

“This partnership reinforces our commitment to delivering high quality and innovative digital solutions to our customers by collaborating with a global leader in IoT connectivity,’ said Markus Staudenmann, head of commercial at Schindler Digital Group.

“Telefónica shares our vision of the incredible possibilities of IoT and how it can improve mobility in an increasingly urbanised world.”

Spanish telecoms group Telefonica will equip the offering with IoT connectivity services through its global roaming network, with the aim of “ensuring high-quality service and guaranteed connectivity for Schindler Ahead customers worldwide”.

In particular, Schindler will use Telefonica’s Kite Platform for centralised, real-time visibility and management of connectivity for its lifts and escalators.

Schindler said “offering customers network connectivity through one single provider is increasingly important as digitisation advances in the building management sector.”

Juan Vicente Martín, director multinational customers at Telefónica, added: “As world leader in IoT, we understand our customers’ needs and how IoT solutions can help drive new efficiencies, reach new markets and get closer to their end customers. We look forward to continuing the relationship with Schindler into the future.”

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