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During the coronavirus pandemic, vertical mobility became a hot topic in concerns about securely returning to buildings.

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The construction business has always been innovative, seeking to solve challenges and advance innovation in the locations where people spend most of their time. This is especially true for vertical mobility, as billions of people would be unable to travel in and out of those locations on a daily basis without adequately operating technology. New code-compliant technologies take years to develop in an industry that manufactures and maintains equipment based on the strictest safety standards. This emphasizes the significance of thinking forward.

Elevator and escalator improvements that reduce the danger of disease while increasing efficiency were a top priority. While many of these advances were not developed as a result of COVID-19, they will aid in the pandemic recovery by increasing the safety of people inside buildings. Touchless elevator call buttons, destination dispatching systems, and ultraviolet light sanitization capabilities were not developed in response to a global epidemic, just as grocery delivery services were not. These technologies, which were originally created for ease, efficiency, or luxury, are now critical to our rehabilitation and return to normalcy. They will prioritize efficiency while maximizing safety.

Equipment isn't the only thing that can benefit from emerging technologies. Several jurisdictions adapted to virtual inspections using video technology during the significant movement of millions of Americans to remote employment. The inspection procedure in facilities will be streamlined if steps in this regard are taken. Meetings and periodic inspections, for example, have been effectively completed virtually and are scheduled to continue long after COVID-19.

 

This year has brought new levels of complexity for facility managers, including navigating the ever-changing requirements and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization for providing the best sanitization and protection to occupants. Elevator service providers can offer advice on which technologies and processes will best suit a building's difficulties and prospects, taking into account changing traffic patterns, accessibility requirements, and other factors.

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