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Self -Operating Cognitive Device Vision Based Elevator System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000249009D
Publication Date: 2017-Jan-25
Document File: 2 page(s) / 21K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a smart self-operating elevator system that is driven through the controls of communicating devices that are synchronized and in cooperation as Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Device vision is critical to operations, as it identifies when a user or number of users is waiting for an elevator as well as the current capacity of the car.

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Self -Operating Cognitive Device Vision Based Elevator System

Elevators in buildings require manual operation; a user pushes the UP or DOWN button to signal when waiting for a ride at a particular floor of the building. Eventually, an elevator door opens and the user enters. In buildings with multiple elevators, operations are not optimum. Many times, more than one elevator opens the doors at a given floor at the same time when only one is needed. This is a waste of time for riders and a waste of energy. Multiple elevators in same building independently operate. An elevator sometimes makes a stop at an intermediary floor in response to a user signal (UP/DOWN button) when the elevator capacity is already at maximum level; the elevator makes the stop but no one is able to enter, which causes unnecessary delay and wasted user time and operating energy.

The solution is a smart self-operating elevator system that is driven through the controls of communicating devices that are synchronized and in cooperation, as opposed to a stand-alone and mostly manual operation. The novel contribution is a system and method for collaboration among building elevators as Internet of Things (IoT) devices that communicate with a controller application (app) running in the cloud or on-premise (e.g., within the building premises), as well as through peer-to-peer communication in the event the central orchestrating service becomes unresponsive.

Device vision is critical to the operations of the elevators. For operation, the system equips each floor with cameras that feed into all the devices (i.e., elevators) where an agent app is running as well as to the central control app. Using device vision, the system automatically determines the number of people waiting at each floor at any given time. Similarly, each elevator contains inside camera f...