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Elevators are undoubtedly one of those things you least want to fail - which is why special importance has long been attached to their servicing and maintenance. The Schindler Group, one of the world's leading suppliers of elevators, escalators and related services, has now created a digital platform that will benefit customers, operators and passengers alike. The Group is at HANNOVER MESSE 2017 to present the Schindler Ahead platform, an innovative system that not only makes elevators and escalators faster and more flexible, but also provides the basis for new smart products and services.

Whether it's predictive maintenance, electronic monitoring or continuous provision of key data, Schindler Ahead is set to transform elevators and escalators into intelligent machines in the future. By being connected to the Internet of Things (IoT), relevant information can be analyzed in real time and problems can be anticipated and eliminated even before they occur, which ultimately also helps enhance the reliability and availability of systems. Operators and building managers can get continuous status reports on their facilities via relevant apps, while comprehensive administrative and performance-related information enables them to manage their facilities quickly and efficiently. Thanks to interactive and personalized services, passengers will also be kept up to date and transported using smart processes.