Personal user interface devices control the future elevator at the Finnish Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.
A development project initiated by RFIDLab Finland and implemented by Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences shows how people flow can be managed inside the Finnish Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.
Metropolia’s Electria research unit, in close cooperation with their partners KONE, Hansaprint, Enfucell and Sensor Center, has developed an RFID tag with a display, which is used to control the pavilion’s elevators in a completely new way. Expo visitors approaching the lift use their personal Visual RFID destination card to indicate which floor they would like to visit. This information is used to bring a lift to pick them up and deliver them to their desired destination.
“The purpose of the Visual RFID development project was to create a solution to help manage a large number of people independently moving from one place to another in an environment they are not familiar with. The key thing in such a situation is the interaction between people and their environment. Normally people need to know where they are, where they are going and how they can get there. However, this can be made easier if the environment is aware of a person’s whereabouts and can react to it,” says Research Manager Marko Mattila of Metropolia.
The solution designed is a personal, energy efficient destination card, which consists of an e-paper display, RFID chip and an ultra-thin environmentally friendly battery. All the components consume very little energy, which means that the destination card has a lifetime of several years. Also the production costs for the cards are extremely low – compared, for example, to mobile devices– no more than a few euros. The destination card is compatible with all standard RFID readers and has a reading distance of over 10 metres, which means that one reader can easily cover a large area.
“Using similar technology, we could create a solution with which air travellers can not only get their flight details on their personal cards, but also instructions on how to find their gate. The card could also be used to alert them when it is time to start boarding,” describes Mr Mattila. Applications could also be made for shopping malls, cruises and sports events.
“This joint project was a prime example of how ambitious targets can be achieved on a tight schedule through the cooperation of people with the proper expertise. The Shanghai Expo provides a real-life field test while simultaneously showcasing the new destination concept that is the result of cooperation with KONE. And with visitors to the Expo coming from numerous countries, we can collect data on end-user experiences in a multicultural environment”, says KONE Portfolio Manager, Jukka Salmikuukka.
Individual People Flow With the KONE Destination Concept people can enjoy a personalized journey through crowded surroundings such as elevators. Integrated access control and guidance information create a clear pathway to a selected destination. A personal destination device provides a user with personal destination options according to their given access rights. The system can also provide personalized information, which assists the user with indoor navigation throughout the building. KONE’s People Flow vision is to provide the best possible user experience with eco-efficiency and innovative solutions. This vision becomes a reality as elevator control can be integrated with access control and personal user information. The personal card knows which areas the person has been given access to while providing quick and safe routes to the destination with no pointless waiting.
For more information on the Visual RFID project and technology, contact:
Electria Head of Unit Sami Kalliokoski
tel. +358 40 585 4937
KONE Corporation Portfolio Manager Jukka Salmikuukka
tel. +358 40 578 9533