Understanding the Significance of Elevator Traffic Analysis

Understanding the Significance of Elevator Traffic Analysis

Have you ever wondered whether your elevators are operating at peak efficiency? Without a proper elevator traffic analysis, it’s impossible to know for sure.

Learn about traffic pattern evaluation below, then call us to discover why an elevator monitoring system is necessary for your building.

What Is Elevator Traffic Assessment?

An elevator traffic assessment tells you whether your elevator can handle your building’s traffic demands. Are your elevators too small? Do visitors wait too long for an elevator to arrive on their floor? Elevator traffic analysis can answer questions like these.

What Does Vertical Transportation Analysis Include?

Elevator usage assessment studies the following:

  • How many riders can comfortably fit into an elevator car at once
  • How long visitors wait for an elevator to arrive, on average
  • Peak usage times (when riders tend to use your elevators the most)
  • User patterns

That last one is especially important. Studying user patterns can help you identify bottlenecks and problems with your elevator system that might otherwise go undiscovered. For instance, do visitors take the stairs more often at a certain time of day? That might indicate your elevators aren’t equipped to handle traffic at peak usage times.

Understanding Elevator Flow Analysis

Elevator traffic analysis takes place during a five-minute peak period. It measures several characteristics, which you can then compare to industry standards to see how your elevators measure up. You can also compare your elevator’s performance to that of a more modernized elevator system (helpful if you’re considering an upgrade).

For elevator traffic analysis, you’ll want to pay attention to two measures of performance:

  • Quality of service: Includes the number of car departures within a five-minute peak period
  • Quantity of service: Includes the number of visitors the elevator serves within the five-minute peak period. You can calculate the quantity of service by multiplying the number of car departures within five minutes by the number of passengers in the car.

These measures are influenced by:

  • The number of people in the building (called the working population)
  • The number of elevator cars and their capacity, acceleration, jerk, and door operating times
  • Predominant traffic flow (one-way or two-way)
  • Elevator control system (conventional collective control or destination hall call control)
  • Number of floors served
  • Entrance and exit floors

Let’s talk more about predominant traffic flow. Should you measure one-way traffic (passengers primarily moving in one direction) or two-way traffic (passengers moving in both directions)?

That depends on the type of building you have. Measure one-way and two-way traffic for car park and office vertical transport optimization. Measure two-way traffic for hotels, apartments, and retail stores.

Perks of Elevator Traffic Analysis

Perks of flow analysis include:

  • You can determine whether you have enough elevators to handle your building’s traffic during peak operating hours.
  • You can identify maintenance issues before they require costly repairs.
  • You can determine whether your elevators comply with the ASME elevator code.

Learn More About Traffic Pattern Evaluation

Want to discover more about elevator traffic analysis? Reach out to ELEVATE Monitoring at 1-877-990-9191. We can also explain a few reasons you need elevator monitoring services for your building.

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