The Avire Blog

At Avire we pride ourselves on being up to date with the latest industry standards & trends and we invest heavily in this area. We recognise that this knowledge is not only important to us but it also offers significant value to our customers and so below you will find a range of our latest market insights articles. These articles range from explaining industry standards updates to information on energy-efficiency in lifts and the future of the cellular networks. We post on LinkedIn when new articles are available and so please follow our company page for these updates.

The slow death of DTMF signalling

The slow death of DTMF signalling

As telecoms networks evolve to meet the latest demands of consumers and businesses the level of support for DTMF signalling (in fact all analogue signalling) is changing and sadly not for the better.
Offices of the future

Offices of the future

The shift in working over the last few months has been unprecedented. The Covid-19 pandemic forced businesses to take a totally new approach to conventional working, across all industries. With employers having to change working practices almost overnight, leaving Facility Managers under increased pressure to make sure facilities are compliant.
How to reduce the impact of COVID-19 for lift passengers

How to reduce the impact of COVID-19 for lift passengers

Social distancing has potentially become the most used term of 2020 so far, and with the re-opening of buildings and the need to re-adjust to a ‘new normal’ it is a vital behaviour that will be a part of daily life for quite a while to come
How often should maintenance be carried out on lifts?

How often should maintenance be carried out on lifts?

A guide for Facilities Managers. This article includes information regarding how often a lift should be serviced, what the lift company will be looking at during maintenance and the regulations that lifts need to comply to.
EN81-70:2018 For Touch Screens and Destination Control Systems

EN81-70:2018 For Touch Screens and Destination Control Systems

A few decades ago, touchscreen technology was only prevalent in science fiction. Nowadays daily life regularly features touchscreens, whether it be homes, cars, planes, stores, restaurants – they are ingrained into our daily lives.
Why use connected devices?

Why use connected devices?

An overview of the trends in the industry outlining the benefits of gathering data on and around lifts - what information is being gathered and how it is of use to different parties.
Smart Building Technology

Smart Building Technology

Smart buildings are sometimes referred to as 'automated buildings', 'intelligent buildings' or buildings that incorporate smart technology. A smart building is any structure that uses automated processes to automatically control the building’s operations including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, vertical transportation and other systems.
Maintenance and Modernisation market about to grow in China

Maintenance and Modernisation market about to grow in China

Recently, the elevator maintenance and modernisation market has become a hot topic in China. This article will address the current status of China's elevator maintenance and modernisation market from the perspective of market information, laws and regulations.
Top Tips for Autodialler Installations

Top Tips for Autodialler Installations

Most autodiallers (also known as emergency telephones) will be installed without issue but if you do run into trouble here are some helpful tips that our technical team have compiled to assist you in resolving any problems.
Child safety in lifts

Child safety in lifts

Lifts are one of the safest forms of transportation provided that they are correctly installed, and regularly and thoroughly maintained. Every year, however, many children are harmed or killed in lifts. Young children, especially those younger than 5 years of age, often lack the strength, coordination, balance, and protective reflexes to avoid injury.
It’s the end of the line for the analogue telephone network in the UK

It’s the end of the line for the analogue telephone network in the UK

In June 2019 BT Openreach announced that the traditional analogue phone network (or PSTN) will reach the end of it’s life by December 2025.
What is CANBus?

What is CANBus?

CANBus (Controller Area Network) is a vehicle bus standard designed to allow smart devices to communicate with each other through a robust, low-cost message-based protocol.
Understanding Cellular Networks

Understanding Cellular Networks

As the elevator industry advances towards connectivity and the Internet of Things (IoT), it is important to understand the cellular network types used.
The History of Lifts: Where did it all begin?

The History of Lifts: Where did it all begin?

Interesting lift fact: as a group, they carry the equivalent of the world’s population in three days. They have played an important role in shaping our world and our lives.
The Most Effective Elevator Door-Edge Safety Systems with LED and 3D Technologies

The Most Effective Elevator Door-Edge Safety Systems with LED and 3D Technologies

Light curtains for elevator door edges have been the established technology for protecting passengers from door impacts for many years. Their usage is described in the relevant codes in many regions and some basic light curtains can meet the standards.
Advertising on elevator LCD displays

Advertising on elevator LCD displays

LCD display installations are becoming much more popular when replacing traditional dot matrix displays. With the growth of LCD displays there is clearly an improved visual benefit as you can display richer graphical content but there is also the opportunity for advertising on screens. This can be specifically targeted at demographics based on the installation space.
Smart Elevators Use Cloud Computing

Smart Elevators Use Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services – servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics and more – over the Internet (“the cloud”).
Energy-efficiency and Lifts

Energy-efficiency and Lifts

Lifts typically use 3 to 5% of the overall energy consumption of a building. Can we reduce this significant energy consumption and develop green, energy-efficient lifts?
Analogue to fibre… What does this mean for the lift industry?

Analogue to fibre… What does this mean for the lift industry?

Lift emergency phone regulations require that emergency-communication phones be available at all times for lift passengers in the event they become trapped in a lift. Traditionally this requirement is met with the employment of fixed landlines as the means of transmission for lift emergency phones.
Lift Connectivity

Lift Connectivity

Connectivity within the lift industry using the latest elevator technology provides many benefits to providers, owners, and passengers, leading to a broader understanding of lift use and maintenance.
When will 2G networks be turned off?

When will 2G networks be turned off?

The implementation of faster and more efficient 3G and 4G networks have reduced the demand for 2G. Providers have reassessed the need to provide 2G and are gradually decommissioning the 2G network.
Cellular Technology for Elevator Emergency Phones

Cellular Technology for Elevator Emergency Phones

With the evolution of cellular technology, the case for employing mobile phones in elevator communications has become compelling. In this article, we address many common concerns regarding the use of cellular to provide service to elevator emergency phones.
Radio Equipment Directive (RED) – Overview and Impact for Lifts

Radio Equipment Directive (RED) – Overview and Impact for Lifts

The Radio Equipment Directive (RED) establishes a regulatory framework for “making available on the market” and “putting into service” radio equipment in the European Union.  It replaced the prior directive (R&TTE 1999/5/EC) and was effective 13 June 2017.
Are SIM cards safe as lift components?

Are SIM cards safe as lift components?

Over seven billion SIM cards are in active use globally making them the most widely used security token in the world. Over-the-air (OTA) updates can be deployed by SMS which allows the SIMs to be updated remotely. However, lift engineers have concerns relating to SIM hacking which could mean soaring premium rate bills.
Light Immunity Explained

Light Immunity Explained

How do Avire’s light curtains achieve enhanced light immunity?
Lift door safety

Lift door safety

When selecting a suitable light curtain for your lift door safety application it is important to consider several factors before making your decision. Diode count, number of beams and response time all play a part in determining the relative performance of a particular detector, and no feature should be judged in isolation.
Elevator Safety, Door Edges & EN81 Lift Standards

Elevator Safety, Door Edges & EN81 Lift Standards

As of September 2017 all new lifts must comply with EN81-20 and EN81-50 Elevator Standards. These standards were approved in 2014 to replace EN81-1 and EN81-2, and after a grace period for the elevator maintenance and installation industry to prepare, these elevator standards are now mandatory for all new lifts.
EN81-20 Detectors

EN81-20 Detectors

In August 2014 two new standards covering lift design (EN 81-20:2014) and installation requirements (EN 81-50:2014) were released in Europe. These replace EN 81-1:1998+A3:2009 and EN 81-2:1998+A3:2009, which were 15 years old and needed upgrading to comply with modern safety requirements. It is expected that the new standards will also be adopted in China, South America and Australia.

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