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The lift has been around since the dawn of civilisation. But it only became a safe, reliable means of transportation in 1852 - the year Elisha Otis invented the lift safety brake. His invention would give rise to the modern city and forever change how we live.
Our history includes a string of industry firsts that have steadily improved lift performance, enriched the passenger experience and allowed architects to design buildings in entirely new ways.
The gearless traction machine overcame previous height limits. Double-deck lifts increased the amount of rentable space in a building. Automatic lifts eliminated the need for a human attendant. Computerised controllers cut travel time. Our flexible steel belts last twice as long as steel ropes. And our remote lift monitoring technology represented one of the first uses of big data and predictive analytics to improve performance.
In a world defined by the Internet of Everything, we are inventing the next generation of lifts - lifts with the embedded intelligence needed to deliver a superior passenger experience and superior value to our customers.
By partnering with our sister UTC companies and the United Technologies Research Centre, we're ensuring that our products will remain among the safest, most reliable and most exciting in the industry - in the tradition of Elisha Otis himself.