The Elevator Innovation Trends That Will Shake Up 2021

No doubt the pandemic of 2020 has called for adaptations to accommodate a germ obsessed world. The elevator industry is providing innovations that will help meet expectations imposed by the pandemic. Here are the elevator innovation trends that will shake up 2021 – in a good way.

Rising To Meet Traffic Demand

Now that people have become accustomed to travelling in less tight quarters, transporting people to and from the floors of a high rise face new challenges. However, with the arrival of multi and TWIN elevator systems, the use of more than one car in a shaft will allow buildings to move people from floor to floor more efficiently. The TWIN is more common in Europe but will continue to see growth in North America.

By accommodating two cars in one shaft, and using devices to monitor the distance between the cars, they can travel independently without risk of colliding. The system is seamless without the passengers really aware there are two elevators in one shaft. They will only know they aren’t having to wait as long, and therefore have a choice to “wait for the next one” if they feel the cabin is too crowded for their post-pandemic mindset. As well, with this design, buildings can adapt to growing traffic by adding an additional car instead of an entire shaft.

Improved Core Space

Elevator shafts of the past take up about 40% of a building’s core space. With the addition of multi and TWIN elevator technology, because the number of cabs is doubled, the core space required is cut in half. This allows for more efficient and more profitable use of space.

Energy Efficiency

AI presents improved energy efficiency for property managers. Data offers insight into high traffic times allowing AI to adjust the number of cars in service to meet rising demand. Once the busy times die down, cars are put out of service to reduce energy consumption. Elevators can also be slowed down to improve energy conservation efforts. Putting elevators into sleep mode allows complete control over operation to meet the needs at certain times of the day.


The same AI used to assist in energy efficiency can also be used to provide advanced elevator analytics. Not only can energy efficiency be tracked to make improvements, but data can be used for other areas including:

  • Predictive maintenance with ongoing diagnostics that help reduce the risk for breakdowns
  • Real-time insights that allow for timely communication between elevators and management via handheld devices
  • Communication between elevators, passengers, and emergency crews to assist with emergency efforts
  • Customizable reporting on equipment performance broken down by events

This improves reliability and increases uptime for smoother building operation. Tenants are happier when they are faced with less downtime in elevator performance. Efficient planning for elevator maintenance avoids costly repairs and tenants know they have 24/7 access to emergency services when needed. All of these things result in increased building value.

Emergency Use Elevators

Following 9/11, efforts were made to improve survival rates in high rise emergency situations. Technology allows elevators to remain safe and operational in alignment with new building codes introduced by the National Elevator Industry Inc. (NEII). This increases safe emergency evacuation.

These technology trends will improve elevator efficiency, make passengers feel safer and allow property managers to remain more responsive to maintenance needs.