Opportunity

New Health & Well-Being Solutions for KONE

We are working with our customers around the world to help make buildings and cities safer and healthier places to live, work, and commute. Our solutions build on KONE’s deep expertise and knowledge of people flow, which is vital when addressing the challenges of adapting to a new way of life in the face of the current pandemic. If your solution contributes to creating healthier environments inside and outside of buildings, let us hear from you!

Founders, submit your solution by October 22nd!

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Overview

The way people move and interact in cities and buildings is transforming. All buildings now have different people flow challenges, from door to destination.  As a pioneer in people flow, we want to help our customers with a holistic approach to health, well-being, and safety. To give a few examples, KONE Elevator AirPurifier helps to improve air quality in the elevator car. KONE Handrail Sanitizer uses ultraviolet light to gradually disinfect escalator handrails and KONE Elevator Call lets people call an elevator from anywhere nearby using an app on their smartphone. In addition, different kinds of robots utilize our elevators, for example, for cleaning purposes and to optimize in-house logistics in a safe manner.

 

 

If you are working on any solution, digital or physical, that contributes to making our cities and buildings healthier and is ready to be scaled globally, we want to hear from you. We are looking to pilot and scale solutions globally regardless of your geographical presence. You can find a few guiding questions below but please note that your solution does not need to be limited to only them.

Opportunity Description

As cities and buildings gradually begin to open, people’s health and well-being is a major concern, considering physical distancing measures as well as the need for people to be able to move around in shared spaces. We want to be able to address the challenges of adapting to a new way of life in the face of the current pandemic. The experience of using residential buildings and public premises such as metro stations, shopping malls, or offices is changing.

At KONE we play a vital role in keeping society running during these unprecedented times. Elevators, escalators, and related maintenance are crucial in enabling people to carry out essential activities. With KONE People Flow Planning and Consulting we can better support planning a safe return to offices and other buildings, reducing crowding and bottlenecks, and enable people to move around safely. In addition, other new solutions improve air quality in elevators, help disinfect elevator handrails, and reduce the need to touch surfaces.

We believe there are dozens of innovative solutions out there that can contribute to building and developing healthy environments for people around the world. If you are working on one, read more on the needs of elevator and escalator end-users and customers below.

 

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Focus Areas

Can you help end-users to control elevators in some other way than through touching physical surfaces?

How could you take advantage of our Cloud API in connecting to our elevators and escalators?

Does your solutions make it easier for people to follow the social distancing principles both inside and outside of elevator cabins?

Do you have a technical solution that can destroy or reduce bacteria and viruses at surfaces and in the air?

Do you work on a robot solution that could take advantage of vertical navigation with the help of elevators?

How could building material logistics and people flow be optimized in the safest and healthiest way?

How could tenant and building user communication be improved?

Founders, submit your solution by October 22nd!

Take the 1st Step in Signing your Next Client!

KONE

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.

Revenue (2019)
€10B
Global Employees
60 000
Countries (2019)
60+

References

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Founders, Submit your Solution by October 22nd!

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