02.09.2021

KONE invites startups to work together for new elevator installation and predictive maintenance solutions

In the last Foundry cycle of 2021, KONE is seeking startup partners to enable better predictive maintenance and in-shaft positioning for their elevator business. Read more and submit your solution by Oct 11.

It’s time for a new Foundry cycle. KONE has again brought forth opportunities for startups to join in their mission to help create better people flow for building users. This fall, the fields we are approaching are maintenance and installation. Two vital business areas for KONE where founders and their teams have the chance to scale their offering globally.

In maintenance, KONE 24/7 Connected Services ensures elevators and escalators are constantly in service. By focusing on people in People Flow, KONE has improved user experience with, for example, around the clock monitoring, and proactively identifying and fixing issues before problems arise. This approach led to around +70% more proactive maintenance activities and around a 30% reduction in callouts during the first 2 years. KONE customers have seen a boost in their businesses with smoother running equipment and better ability to make  investment decisions. 

Alongside world class service, KONE new equipment and installation is another arena where architects, builders, facility managers and users can gain more value from great offerings. Take for example new KONE DX elevators: these new elevators are ready to be connected with any potential software and solutions building users might require. Moreover, the designs of machine room-less elevators and the energy usage levels all contribute towards improving a building’s carbon footprint with eco-efficient hoisting, lighting, and standby solutions.

We are looking for technologies and solutions to help create further value for building users. Startups: if either of these areas match your offering, read the full descriptions of the opportunities from the links below and submit your solution by October 11th.

Sensing Technologies for Predictive Elevator Maintenance

We are looking for advanced sensors, materials, and actuators to enhance longer and safe operation without unexpected downtimes or reduce maintenance needs and visits within normal operation of elevator systems.

Read more and submit your solution here.

Smarter Elevator Installation

We constantly strive to realize improvements in the efficiency and quality of the elevator installation process. Digitalization is one of the trends in the industry, and it  is moving swiftly to help construction sites and developments inside  the elevator shaft. Therefore, we are looking for a wireless referencing system, which would be able to locate components in an elevator shaft to high levels of precision.

Read more and submit your solution here.