The modernisation of lifts, escalators and moving walkways does not simply stop at the ‘behind-the-scenes’ stage; in many cases user experience is often of equal importance. There are functional, legislative, and aesthetic improvements to be considered when modernising such units, which contribute significantly to their safety, usability and appearance.
Current regulations emphasize the importance of accessibility for lift users with limited mobility and a modernisation can provide a simple solution to accommodate this. For example, the positioning of the control panel and the landing call buttons can be updated to make it easier for wheelchair users to access lift buttons and displays. Voice annunciators and tactile buttons featuring braille can also improve the accessibility of lifts and escalators for those with a visual or hearing impairment.
A shabby looking lift car, marked escalator skirts or steps, significantly lower passenger confidence in the equipment’s reliability. A partial aesthetic upgrade can improve the appearance of lifts and escalators dramatically. The installation of new, bespoke panels, displays, escalator balustrades and internal lighting can enhance user experience and provide a more pleasant atmosphere while travelling safely between building floors.
Lastly, upgraded controllers not only increase the safety of lifts and escalators but can also contribute to user interaction. An updated controller can increase lift response time and smoothness of function, making for a more convenient and comfortable ride.