At first sight elevators don't seem so different to each other. All get you up and down in larger buildings and it is annoying for everyone to wait for them. At closer look the difference in elevators are:

  • Single, standalone elevator vs. Elevator bank / elevator system
  • Locked elevators vs. open elevators
  • Manual elevators vs. destination dispatch elevators

The most popular elevator companies are Schindler or Thyssen Krupp.

Here are more details:

Single elevators

You might know these elevators from smaller buildings. It's the one elevator you are waiting on and takes a long time coming down from the 5th floor. 

Kisi's opinion: Mostly as a tenant in a building you can't change the elevator. Keep a close look at how that elevator is operated - does it lock after hours? Who gets keys and how many? What are operations processes during busy hours?
simple elevator

simple elevator


Elevator banks

If you are located in a larger building, you likely have an elevator bank. That avoids you having to wait a too long time for the elevator since there are multiple. 

Kisi's opinion: Pay close attention to how these elevators are called: Can they be called individually - that will create a lot of chaos. If you have  a destination dispatch system, you'd type in the floor you are going to and the system calls the logistically fastest elevator for you. Those systems are typically very expensive though.
Elevator bank in New York City

Elevator bank in New York City

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Written by Bernhard Mehl - edit suggestions? email support"at"getkisi.com

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