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 recognize 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.

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 elevator passengers

How to reduce the impact of COVID-19 for elevator 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 behavior that will be a part of daily life for quite a while to come.
3D Detector Requirements in ASME 17.1/CSA B44 2019

3D Detector Requirements in ASME 17.1/CSA B44 2019

3D door protection on elevators has long been accepted as the way forward for elevator door safety and protection. Having recognized this, the 2019 update to the ASME 17.1 Safety Code for elevators and escalators has now added a requirement for 3D detection (described as ‘detection of approaching objects’) on all new elevators and major mods.
Seeing Isn't Believing - Camera and Infra-Red based TOF 3D vision systems

Seeing Isn’t Believing – Camera and Infra-Red based TOF 3D vision systems

Infrared (IR) based light curtains have been the accepted way of protecting passengers from closing elevator doors since the 1990’s, however, over the last 5 years there have been numerous show stands exhibiting new and exciting technology, purporting to render light curtain technology obsolete. Despite these bold announcements in the market little appears to have changed, why? In this article we look to separate the facts from the hyperbole and in doing so set realistic expectations on what to expect over the coming years.
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 elevators - what information is being gathered and how it is of use to different parties.
What is a smart building?

What is a smart building?

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 Modernization market about to grow in China

Maintenance and Modernization market about to grow in China

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

Top Tips for Emergency Telephone Installations

Most 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 elevators

Child safety in elevators

Elevators 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 elevators. Young children, especially those younger than 5 years of age, often lack the strength, coordination, balance, and protective reflexes to avoid injury.
A117.1 Requirements for In Car Visible Signals

A117.1 Requirements for In Car Visible Signals

Advances in display technology mean that elevator displays have gone from being simple monochromatic position and director of travel indicators, to full color LCDs capable of showing pictures, videos and even streaming media.
Quit blaming the emergency telephone; A17.1 “Line Monitoring” requirements

Quit blaming the emergency telephone; A17.1 “Line Monitoring” requirements

A17.1 is typically updated every two to three years to ensure the latest safety requirements are captured; 2009 saw a major change to SECTION 2.27 EMERGENCY OPERATION AND SIGNALING DEVICES, with the introduction of a clause requiring verification of the means of communication used to connect the elevator emergency telephone to the outside world.
A17.1 60ft of Travel Requirements

A17.1 60ft of Travel Requirements

Article explaining the features and functions a two-way communication system needs in order to meet Requirement 2.27.1.1.2 of the A17.1/B44 Elevator Safety Code and how the requirement has evolved since the year 2000.
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 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. However, there are technologies available in the market which enhance passenger safety and can significantly reduce the risk of damage due to door strikes.
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”).
Elevator Connectivity

Elevator Connectivity

It would be hard to disagree with the argument that connectivity has become a huge buzzword of the 21st Century so far. It has been implemented in varieties of ways and has led to increases in efficiency, cost savings, and a reduction of accidents and malfunctions.
The History of Elevators: Where did it all begin?

The History of Elevators: Where did it all begin?

Interesting elevator 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.
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.
Light Immunity Explained

Light Immunity Explained

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

Elevator door safety

When selecting a suitable light curtain for your elevator 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.
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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