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KONE Corporation, trade press release, September 25, 2017
KONE, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, today announced a new solution for residential developments: KONE Residential Flow. The solution brings new levels of convenience for homeowners and tenants by using mobile and cloud technologies to connect building doors, elevators, information channels, and intercom systems via an easy-to-use smartphone application. KONE Residential Flow is being piloted and it is commercially available in six European countries: Finland, France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
"When developing KONE Residential Flow, we interviewed more than 200 developers, facility managers, and building residents around the world to understand their challenges and needs related to people flow in residential environments. We learned that many people face challenges with simple tasks like opening the front door when carrying groceries or receiving deliveries. KONE Residential Flow takes the stress out of these everyday situations and makes arriving home more intuitive," says Teppo Voutilainen, Head of New Services and Solutions, KONE Corporation.
"The solution brings more flexibility and convenience for building owners and facility managers too, because they can easily share building information and manage access rights from anywhere. By making a building the smartest on the block, KONE Residential Flow also helps to improve its value," he continues.
There are three packages available: KONE Access, KONE Visit, and KONE Information. KONE Access controls building doors and automatically calls an elevator to take the user to their home floor, eliminating the need to carry or use physical keys. KONE Visit includes a connected intercom system that allows residents to greet visitors and grant them access using their smartphone. The elevator then automatically takes them to their destination floor. Importantly, residents can also grant access remotely, which is very useful for situations like parcel deliveries. With the KONE Information package, facility managers can send relevant building-related information direct to residents' smartphones, or to the info screens in the elevators or lobby.
The solution is available for both new and existing buildings.
For further information, please contact:
Liisa Kivelä, Director, Communications, KONE Corporation, tel. +358 204 75 4330, firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous press releases are available at www.kone.com/press including:
February 8, 2017: KONE revolutionizes elevator maintenance with new customizable KONE Care(TM) service offering and 24/7 Connected Services
February 19, 2016: KONE joins forces with IBM for IoT cloud services and advanced analytics technologies
October 1, 2013: KONE People Flow Intelligence solutions to improve the user experience as buildings get smarter
At KONE, our mission is to improve the flow of urban life. As a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, KONE provides elevators, escalators, and automatic building doors, as well as solutions for maintenance and modernization to add value to buildings throughout their life cycle. Through more effective People Flow®, we make people's journeys safe, convenient, and reliable, in taller, smarter buildings. In 2016, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 8.8 billion, and at the end of the year over 52,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. in Finland. www.kone.com