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KONE launches Australia and NZ’s first elevator series with built-in digital connectivity as standard

KONE, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has introduced Australia and New Zealand’s first elevator series to feature built-in connectivity as standard. KONE DX Class elevators bring a new user experience to life through a combination of design, technology, new materials, apps and services, catapulting the ANZ property industry into the digital revolution.

KONE DX Class revolutionises the role of elevators in future smart buildings: the elevator is no longer merely a way to travel between floors, but an integral and integrated platform that offers intuitive, flexible and connected experiences that extend from the lobby throughout the building.

Just as Australians and New Zealanders have adapted to the new normal, so too have KONE’s elevator designs. New anti-fingerprint, anti-scratch and anti-microbial surfaces are now available as part of the DX Class elevator series. For KONE customers, such as developers and building owners, a key advantage is the ability to adapt and upgrade the elevator experience according to needs now and in the future.

New anti-fingerprint, anti-scratch and anti-microbial surfaces are now available as part of the DX Class elevator series

The new KONE DX Class enables customers to tailor and plug in additional software and services for elevators throughout the entire lifetime of a building. By using open application programming interfaces (APIs), KONE’s approach makes it easy to manage and integrate different devices, apps and services with new and existing systems. API connectivity means third-party API solutions can seamlessly connect to KONE DX Class elevators and will contribute to the creation of unique and personalised services.

KONE has also announced eco-system partnerships with leading technology companies including Sine, BlindSquare (a GPS app for the blind), Amazon Alexa and more, to bring new levels of sophistication to the people flow experience.

KONE’s DX Class Concept Car

For elevator passengers this brings a host of new, multi-sensory experiences inside the elevator, combining physical hardware and digital services. These can be customised according to individual needs and preferences, bringing new levels of ease and convenience.

“The KONE DX Class elevator will not only revolutionise visitor experience, but also enable facilities and operations managers to improve efficiencies, safety and overall hygiene standards, elevating the urban experience and renewing trust in our CBDs and urban centres,” said Antony Ceravolo, Founder and CEO at Sine, Australian-based visitor management software provider and KONE eco-system partner. “All of our check-in management and contact tracing technologies are built into the cloud, which means we have been able to create a completely touchless experience for guests visiting commercial buildings – from the entrance, through to the carriage to the end destination floor.”

New elevator interior designs that focus on natural wellness, creative life and modern heritage

“This is a first in the Australian and New Zealand markets: a ground-breaking class of digitally-connected elevators that enable mass-customisable services, which bring convenience to customers and users,” said Jérôme Audais, Managing Director KONE, ANZ.

“We have worked closely with our customers to develop and define our KONE DX Class elevator series so it can best meet their fast-changing needs. New technologies give us opportunities to create an integrated and easily adaptable building experience. As buildings evolve, the elevators can also evolve in ways we have not seen before. The KONE DX Class elevator series offers our customers a fantastic opportunity to future-proof buildings and uplift the experience for tenants.

“With this launch, we are merging the technologies of tomorrow with the buildings of today to put the ‘smart’ into smart buildings,” added Audais, “KONE DX Class will transform elevator journeys for Aussies and Kiwis by making them more user-friendly, more enjoyable and, most importantly, safer, while meeting the changing needs of infrastructure, buildings and services for years to come.”

The KONE DX Class elevator series includes:

  • Built-in connectivity as standard on all DX Class elevators
  • The option for customers to easily and remotely activate digital services when they need to, including KONE 24/7 Connected Services
  • New elevator interior designs that focus on natural wellness, creative life and modern heritage
  • Functional materials including anti-fingerprint, anti-scratch and anti-microbial coatings
  • A range of sustainable materials for customers to choose from.

The new KONE DX Class elevator series is now available for new developments in Australia and New Zealand. The KONE DX Class is also ideal for customers looking to modernise existing KONE equipment with the benefits of digital connectivity.

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