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By Rich Handley

Otis Elevator Co. Debuts IoT Solution to Lift Elevator Performance

Otis Elevator Co. has announced that it has launched its Otis IoT Solution in China. With the debut of this solution, Otis is offering a digital service that connects elevator systems, Otis field professionals, property managers and regulatory authorities in China. The goal, according to the company, is to increase elevator safety and performance by boosting maintenance quality and reducing elevator downtime.

"Bringing our customer focus and service digitalization together, Otis IoT is now available in China from Otis Elevator China, under the brand name Otis ONE and from Otis Electric as Otis CONNECT," said Perry Zheng, the president of Otis China, in a prepared statement. "These offerings bring field professionals and customers into the data-insight-action loop and make elevator systems more visible and predictable. The growth potential of IoT and other digital technologies is beyond our imagination today as we continuously upgrade with new applications and functions to meet customers' dynamic needs. It empowers us to help people connect and thrive in a taller, faster, smarter world."

Based on Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, the Otis IoT Solution has undergone several pilot implementations in China since being announced globally last year. Customers, regulators and field professionals have been involved in the trials, providing feedback to customize the solution, and to ensure it meets the specific needs of the Chinese market.

The Otis IoT Solution automatically collects data regarding individual elevator units through multiple interfaces, then interprets that information in the cloud via data analytics and predictive algorithms. These insights are routed to Otis's monitoring center, as well as to field professionals, using the smartphone-enabled Otis Eagle System, facilitating preventive maintenance and providing regulatory authorities and customers with real-time data and health reports.

The Otis IoT Solution provides transparent information, proactive communications and predictive insights, according to the company. It offers continuous visibility of a customer's elevator portfolio and allows field professionals and customers to drill down into precise unit-specific information. As a result, the firm explains, the Otis IoT Solution helps field teams make faster and more informed decisions, while enabling Otis to improve elevator performance and reduce downtime for building owners and passengers.

"Driven by innovation and teamwork, our sales, marketing, field and engineering teams have come together to create the Otis IoT Solution," Zheng continued in the prepared statement. "We are proud to continue to revolutionize elevator service to help customers protect and prolong their assets and give passengers the safe, comfortable and reliable riding experience they expect from Otis."

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