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Huawei climbs onto Schindler elevators to manage maintenance and IOT

More than one and a half million elevators and escalators installed by Schindler worldwide and 200,000 of them are located in China. Now thanks to the partnership entered into with Huawei, the company will be able to transmit data from its devices in real time all over the world to create more precise simulation scenarios, allowing predictive maintenance and analysis of Big Data on the cloud. In this way, security will be significantly increased, while costs and operating times can be greatly reduced.

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The Chinese Huawei and Schindler have signed a global partnership agreement to develop open, flexible and scalable IoT solutions: the new IoT connectivity is a fundamental element of Schindler's digital platform and will allow the company to monitor, analyze and make the best use of the data generated by its own elevators and escalators, supporting the unified connection used today by over a billion users who use Schindler products and mobility solutions every day.

On the one hand, the agreement will help the Swiss company founded in 1874 that in fact the first manufacturer in the world of escalators and the second of elevators to reduce the time to market their digital offer by joining a market, that of IOT, which will reach an estimated value of 151 billion dollars in 2020.

The partnership will probably have repercussions not only on the digitization of existing installations covering more than 130 countries in the world but also on the expansion of Schindler's activity in China and in the construction activities of Chinese companies in the world: in 2014 the lifts installed in the country Asia accounted for 68% of global installations.

Huawei's solution consists of a gateway capable of accessing all the sensors set up on the installation (completely by Schindler) and of transmitting data to a cloud service with the least possible latency so that the reporting of faults or anomalies that may precede a failure are carried out in the shortest possible time to start maintenance in a very short time.

Obviously, if communication problems arise, the system continues to operate locally, accumulating the data and sending it back to the cloud system as soon as the connection is re-established.

The four-level security system provided by Huawei includes a malware protection system directly in the chipset, the protection of the operating system code and network communications in addition to IPSec support to allow data encryption and decryption only at single customer.

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