Hitachi Develops a Touchless Operating Panel Establishing an Elevator Without Physical Floor Buttons which allows Users to see a totally New Sensation
The Touchless Usage of Elevators CAN BE DONE Simply by Passing a Finger on the Panel
TOKYO, Sep 14, 2022 – (JCN Newswire) – Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501) and Hitachi Building Systems Co., Ltd. announced they developed a touchless operating panel establishing an elevator without physical floor buttons(1) which allows users to see a totally new sensation.
This newly developed touchless operating panel replaces the ground buttons normally within an elevator car and enables elevator users to join up a destination floor simply by passing a finger on the floor displayed on the panel (LCD monitor), enabling the touchless usage of the elevator.
This newly developed touchless operating panels have already been adopted to elevators in Tokyo Midtown Yaesu completed in August 31, 2022.
Top features of the Touchless Operating Panel
1. Enabling the Touchless Usage of Elevators Simply by Passing a Finger on the Panel
An elevator user can register the destination floor simply by passing their finger on the floor displayed on the touchless operating panel’s monitor within an elevator car. An infrared sensor detects the finger’s position and registers the ground, enabling the touchless usage of the elevator.
2. Realizing a Futuristic Elevator Design Without Floor Buttons(1)
While conventional operating panels will need to have as much floor buttons because the building has floors, the touchless operating panel enables the operating panel to be simplified and miniaturized, making unprecedented futuristic elevator designs possible as because it displays floors on an LCD monitor.
3. Panel Screens Increasing User Convenience
The panel includes a direct registration screen like the commonly used floors, like the lobby, that may display a couple of around six floors and information regarding them, and a keypad registration screen which allows users to enter their destination floor utilizing the numerical pad. The direct registration screen may be the initial screen to improve user convenience.
Additionally, installing a card reader within an elevator car from the panel enables the display of special floors that only people who have registered card get access to on the screen to boost security and convenience simultaneously.(2)
Additionally it is possible to flexibly change the floors or floor information that’s being displayed predicated on changes in the building’s tenants.
(1) Emergency buttons should be physical buttons.
(2) When working with a card which only grants usage of one destination floor, you don’t have to pass a finger on the touchless operating panel as the destination floor is automatically registered.
About Hitachi, Ltd.
Hitachi drives Social Innovation Business, developing a sustainable society with data and technology. We shall solve customers’ and society’s challenges with Lumada solutions leveraging IT, OT (Operational Technology) and products, beneath the business structure of Digital Systems & Services, Green Energy & Mobility, Connective Industries and Automotive Systems. Driven by green, digital, and innovation, we shoot for growth through collaboration with this customers. The business’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2021 (ended March 31, 2022) totaled 10,264.6 billion yen ($84,136 million USD), with 853 consolidated subsidiaries and approximately 370,000 employees worldwide. To find out more on Hitachi, please go to the company’s website at https://www.hitachi.com.
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