Destination Control is a traffic management system for lift passengers that groups passengers and their destinations and then selects the most efficient lift car for their journey. We have all been into a building where there seems to be an excessively long wait for an elevator at the lobby. Most likely the building in question is not utilising a Destination Control system. Destination Control can be installed in new buildings and significantly can also be applied to existing buildings too. The key benefits:
Waiting times are reduced.
Waiting times can be reduced and the passenger experience improved. Crowded lobbies with passengers speculating on the arrival time of the next lift car can become a thing of the past.
Can reduce the need for lift shafts by 25% or improve the service by 25%.
Installing a Destination Control System can reduce the need for lift shafts by 25% in some cases. This could represent a huge financial saving for developers of new buildings and is a very good reason why lift specialists should be involved in the initial stages of commercial building design.
Intelligent grouping of the destinations means that each elevator journey will have fewer stops than a random approach would have and therefore the lift car can return to the ground floor or another floor if a shuttle system is being deployed.
People travelling to similar destinations share a lift and this results in quicker journeys across the board. Passengers travelling only one or two floors, for example, no longer delay your journey to the 18th floor.
Easy to operate
A Destination Control System is very easy to operate via a keypad in the lobby.
Smarter use of elevators via a Destination Control system can result in greater energy efficiency in some cases. There will be more time when the lifts are not being used.
The CIS Tower is an office skyscraper on Miller Street in Manchester and was built in 1962. It is 118 m tall is Manchester's second tallest building and the tallest office building in the United Kingdom outside London at the time. The building is now a Grade II listed building.
Our recommendation was to fully modernise the existing two sets of Low-Rise and High-Rise passenger lifts, each comprising of a 4-car interconnected group and the single passenger/goods lift. Our recommendation was given Board approval and Dunbar & Boardman began the Specification and Tendering process in March 2012. Dunbar & Boardman will undertake Project Management duties including CDM Co-ordinator role until completion.
Some of the key challenges were; devising a safe method of work, especially for the 4 x Low Rise lifts when working in the four-level confined machinery spaces, which open out onto the common lift lobby at the 17th floor; overcoming or maintaining the ‘listed building’ features such as architrave surrounds and door panel etching on the upper floors; ensuring the safety of building occupants as the building remained a live working environment during the works and maintaining a reliable lift service to a building.