Avire, the market leader and global manufacturer of advanced elevator solutions, is proud to be launching a new product with the goal of helping buildings promote and support social distancing within their elevators.

The Elevator Social Distancer (ESD) allows those managing public and high traffic buildings to spend less resources on managing people flow through their elevators and instead ESD takes on this role, using AI to check the number of people entering an elevator and audible announcements let passengers know if there are too many people in the elevator. The ESD can also slow the function of the elevator doors when over-occupied, delaying the departure of the elevator and promoting correct usage.

“Avire is driven by the need to improve safety and monitoring capabilities around elevators. Whilst no one could have predicted the need for a social distancing product six months ago, we’ve quickly pivoted our expertise to develop and launch this product into the market.”

Matt Davies, Market Insight and Innovation Manager at Avire.

The recently published CIBSE guidance ‘CIBSE COVID-19 LIFT USE AND OCCUPANCY’ states that even large lifts with a typical maximum occupancy of 20 people may only be able to carry 2 passengers with social distancing restrictions in place. These restrictions are likely to need actively enforcing in buildings and a change of behaviour will be needed from elevator users. Signage and other such solutions will certainly help, but by slowing the operation of the elevator and issuing an audible warning, the ESD actively reinforces the need for social distancing without the need to put extra staff in place which  is costly and may also put team members at increased risk of infection. To read more about how to keep your lifts safe read our article on the Avire Blog.


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