We are regularly asked whether we can measure more than just lift movements. The answer to that for now is 'no', but you can still say a few things about this.
1. What is already there?
Before answering the question, let's determine what is already there to put it in the right context. It starts with the lift book. A complete file where all technical and logbook data (maintenance, malfunctions and inspections) can be put. Duplicate work is not necessary, because there is an open API link that every lift company can link to its own field terminals. Very soon there will also be the possibility to make multi-year budgets. And there is also the performance measurement with which graphs can show uptime, type of malfunctions of selections of installations that you can indicate yourself. The lift company can provide this dashboard with its own name and logo. Every page has Excel imports and exports, so that the data is always available and can be further analyzed. This application is completely FREE!
2. The 80-20 rule
It is our firm belief that with 20% of the data that you could obtain through sensors, you can solve 80% of the "problems". And getting the 80% other data is economically impossible in almost all cases. We will always opt for simple, quick-to-install solutions that add real value and therefore also provide economic returns for the elevator maintenance company. For very high-quality solutions there are other parties that we would like to refer to.
3. Everyone talks about IoT, but few really do it
When starting Internet of Things (IoT) projects, the trick is to get started easily. Many IoT projects fall short of wishes and requirements of users in the forest. We are convinced that wewith a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) should startand, together with users, come to new solutions based on real practical experience that really add value to our customers, the elevator maintenance companies. So we go live, with a simple, economically responsible solution.
4. Complication costs money
Our sensor is available from € 4.00 per month. You can easily earn it back. If only by eliminating unnecessary maintenance visits. This business case is very simple. Calculations of multinationals that use IoT for their maintenance show returns that are much higher than the savings of one maintenance. Returns that we can use to continuously improve our product. And we would rather do that than start with a much too expensive and too complex solution that cannot be recovered.
5. It is not only the lift movement
Technically, the lift engineer looks at the sensor and thinks it only measures the lift movement. What is being overlooked is that the intention is that we can enrich the data from the application, which is a complete lift book / technical file, and that through API links all data of maintenance and malfunctions will enrich the lift movements. By means of machine learning and artificial intelligence, we will establish correlations from which we can distil maintenance advice and replacement moments. Just like measuring only the GPS position by your navigation system that can lead to very accurate file information through big data.
6. Will there not be more?
Of course we work on new developments where we are guided by the feedback from the community. Together and we work with the Timeseries innovation team who have also built such solutions for other applications. So we use "proven technology".
7. We reward our first users
You could decide to wait until it is further developed. We can and respect that of course. However, we listen carefully to the users who are now entering. They will have an important influence on the development of our solutions. As a thank you for their willingness, we create functions that add value to them. If you board later, the train is already a few stations away and the solution is what it is. There is nothing wrong with that, of course, but why not grow with it and benefit from a development that everyone knows that the maintenance of lifts will change drastically?