thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas launched a pilot scheme which involved an IoT cloud-based elevator monitoring system that allowed for the real-time monitoring of 1.2 million elevator systems worldwide.

The aim of the pilot, which took place in 2014 and involved a small number of elevators, was to help the company shift from a reactive maintenance approach to a proactive stance without causing information bottlenecks or overload problems.

The pilot utilized IoT sensors installed in the elevators, the Microsoft Azure cloud, machine learning and data analytics.Information gleaned from the elevators was then made available to managers and site technicians.

The trial was a success, resulting in reduced elevator downtime, improved resource management, and reduced costs. The pilot is now on the way to expansion worldwide.  

“We wanted to go beyond the industry standard of preventative maintenance, to offer predictive and even pre-emptive maintenance, thereby guaranteeing a higher uptime percentage on our elevators.”

- Andreas Schierenbeck, CEO, thyssenkrupp Elevator

1.2 million

elevators covered worldwide

Paul Babin,
Director of Technology, Innovation and Sustainability
thyssenkrupp North America

Andreas Schierenbeck discusses IoT and smart building technology at Internet of Things World, sister show of Industrial IoT World.