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. However, it should be remembered that if the display layout includes a direction of travel arrow and floor level indicator (visible signals) this portion of the content will still need to comply with the relevant code.

Section 407 of the International Code Council (ICC) ‘A117.1 Standard for Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities’ outlines the specific technical requirements that visual and audible signals need to meet to ensure that the elevator is accessible to people of all abilities.

In car signals should be centered at 72 inches (1830mm) from the floor of the car and be visible from the floor area adjacent to the hall call buttons and the visible signal elements shall be 2.5 inches (64mm) minimum between the uppermost and lowest edges measured vertically. This is to ensure the passengers with visual impairments are still able to interact with these visible signals.

Elevator owners need to take care not to reduce the size of the direction of travel arrow or position indicator brackets floor level number close brackets below the 2.5-inch requirement when updating display layouts.

Elevator contractors should take care that Elevator displays are fitted at a height which ensures that the visible signals are centered 72 inches from the floor.

Janus offers a wide range of elevator displays and our state of the art drag and drop layout designer software includes a feature whereby both the direction of travel arrow and position indicator elements of the layout cannot be reduced to a size smaller than 2 and a half inches.

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