Schindler’s PORT Elevator Technology Moves Occupants Faster and More Efficiently at Capital Bank Plaza in Raleigh

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First building in North Carolina to benefit from this innovative destination-dispatch elevator system; Transforms the way occupants navigate and move around the building; Increases efficiency and energy savings.

Schindler PORT (Personal Occupant Requirement Terminal) Technology

Schindler’s innovative PORT (Personal Occupant Requirement Terminal) elevator technology is helping move occupants faster and more efficiently at Capital Bank Plaza’s 14-story multi-tenant office building at 333 Fayetteville Street in Raleigh, North Carolina.

In August, Schindler completed the installation of its PORT destination-dispatch system on four high-rise elevators at Capital Bank Plaza. It is the first building in North Carolina to benefit from the power of Schindler’s PORT Technology.

Best understood as the central nervous system of a building, the PORT Technology functions as a two-way communication interface between the occupants and Capital Bank Plaza’s environment. The system’s visible aspect is a sleek, futuristic device positioned at access points and elevators around the building. Behind the stylish touch screen is a powerful patented access control software system, capable not only of calculating the optimum route to any destination within the building, but also of “learning” how its occupants typically move around. With this information, PORT Technology primes the elevators to direct and transport people quickly and safely to their individual destinations. The system uses card readers or other media using RFID technology to identify passengers and automatically call elevators to take them most efficiently to their desired floors, customizing and personalizing each trip to the specific needs of the individuals.

“The PORT Technology makes possible a truly networked environment at Capital Bank Plaza that recognizes occupants and responds to their individual needs,” says Michael Landis, vice president, Marketing for Schindler. “What makes the system special is the ease with which Capital Bank Plaza managers can design applications to accommodate a wide range of needs in real time. Whether it’s helping to meet new energy- efficiency goals, updating security, scheduling maintenance or adapting to people with special needs, unprecedented levels of customization can be achieved.”

"Our elevators were over 40 years old and needed modernization so we looked at all options, including PORT Technology," says Don Carter, an owner of the building. "We quickly discovered that the PORT system provided us with the latest technology and improved efficiency. Access control enables tenants to have hands-free elevator access, and permits the building manager to lock out floors and monitor guest travel. We have been extremely pleased with selecting PORT Technology -- and so have our tenants!"

PORT Technology Energy-Saving Features
o    Each PORT terminal’s proximity sensor tells it when to be active and at all other times puts it into low energy consumption mode.
o    When the terminal screen illuminates, an ambient light sensor determines only the brightness level required, again optimizing energy usage.
o    The PORT Technology helps ensure elevator trips are as efficient as possible. This produces a very resourceful use of energy even during heavy traffic.

The building’s anchor tenant, Capital Bank, is a full-service regional bank headquartered in Miami, Florida with 146 branches across North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia and Florida. Capital Bank Plaza is owned by Raleigh Development Company and operated by RDC Property Management.

About Schindler Elevator Corporation
Schindler Elevator Corporation designs, manufactures, installs, services and modernizes a broad range of elevators, escalators and moving walks for almost every building type. The company is the North American operation of the Switzerland-based Schindler Group, a leading global mobility provider with approximately 43,000 employees operating in more than 100 countries. Schindler supports sustainable urban development with safe, reliable and ecologically sound mobility solutions. Recently named one of Forbes Magazine’s 100 Most Innovative Companies for 2011, Schindler equipment moves one billion people everyday all over the world. For additional information about Schindler Elevator Corporation, visit the company’s Web site at http://www.us.schindler.com.

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