Thyssenkrupp Elevator uses Vodafone’s M2M technology worldwide for the new, preventative service and maintenance solution MAX, which is based on the Microsoft Cloud platform Azure. Thyssenkrupp expects fifty percent fewer outages.
The Essen-based company thyssenkrupp is expanding its cooperation with Vodafone and is using machine-to-machine technology (M2M) from Vodafone in its elevator division, tyssenkrupp Elevator. The telecommunications company supplies the global M2M communication platform and special M2M SIM cards that are used around the globe in existing and new elevators of the Essen-based industrial group. The major order covers several hundred thousand M2M connections in Europe, Asia and North and South America.
thyssenkrupp Elevator uses Vodafone’s M2M technology worldwide for the new, preventive service and maintenance solution MAX, which is based on the Microsoft cloud platform Azure. Via a data connection, information about the current technical condition of the elevators is sent to the cloud and evaluated. Service technicians will be able to get an overview of required repairs in real time and proactively maintain the lift systems before they fail.
“The industry is increasingly relying on intelligent networking and the Internet of Things. With our infrastructure and our M2M solutions, we are paving the way for them into the digital age and laying the foundation for Industry 4.0, “explains Erik Brenneis, Director Machine-to-Machine at Vodafone. “We are very pleased that our longtime customer thyssenkrupp has also chosen Vodafone as its communication partner for its new elevator solution.”
thyssenkrupp expects forward-looking service to reduce lift downtime by half. Currently, all elevators installed worldwide are out of service due to maintenance work, covering 190 million hours per year.
Andreas Schierenbeck, Chief Executive Officer of thyssenkrupp Elevator AG, explains: “What we do is unique in our sector. And it is a necessary step in revolutionizing an industry that addresses the challenges of the unbridled megatrend of urbanization and makes cities the liveliest places in the world. When it comes to helping the century-old elevator industry enter a new era, mature digitization plays a key role. ”
The telecommunications company Vodafone has been partnering with thyssenkrupp for mobile communication solutions for years and networks tens of thousands of employees in 30 countries on three continents. With around 36 million mobile M2M connections worldwide and more than 500 specialists as well as 700 automotive experts, Vodafone is one of the leading communication providers in the fast-growing Internet of Things sector. Corporations such as Amazon, Audi, Philips and Volkswagen rely on the telecommunications group to connect devices, machines and vehicles. Vodafone is the world leader in mobile M2M communications, according to analyst house Analysys Mason’s June 2015 survey.