Dynamic zoning in elevator traffic control

W. L. Chan, A. T.P. So, K. C. Lam

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Zoning is a conventional way to make an existing elevator adapt to different traffic patterns. However, zoning is generally either fixed permanently or static, based on time scheduling where the floors grouped into zones are predetermined during design. Discussed in this paper is a new algorithm that can provide dynamic zoning for an elevator system based on real-time traffic patterns. The objectives are to achieve maximum handling capacity and minimum waiting/travelling time for passengers. Information related to real-time zoning can be delivered to passengers by LED display boards installed above each landing's doors. A computer simulation revealed that this new algorithm can improve both the handling capacity and passenger waiting/travelling time by at least 12% under most traffic conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationElevator World
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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