Otis (Vertical Transportation division of United Technologies Corporation), in
partnership with T-Hub, is seeking innovative solutions to integrate
with Elevators, Escalators, and Travellators (Moving walkways). Otis is
committed to further enhance products with such features as serving
efficiently passengers with reduced transport time, seamless
interaction with other building systems, and actionable intelligence
data on usage and needs with a goal of improving passenger
The solutions should focus on the below areas and should be
differentiated, scalable, and use low-cost general-purpose computing,
sensing, and connectivity hardware.
Passenger demand anticipation
Data analytics of passenger
Smart interaction with other building equipment systems
The program seeks to deploy smart solutions, which use information
sources (Cameras, Sensors, Schedules, real-time traffic, transit, weather
data etc.) to improve the efficiency and utilization of elevators,
escalators, and travellators.
Commercial spaces like office buildings with typically 4-100 cameras or
sensing systems, solutions are sought to predict the movement and
areas of concentration to offer insights for controlling elevators,
escalators, and travellators.
Public urban spaces like transportation hubs like metro stations,
airports, or shopping malls with 100s to 1000s of cameras or sensing
systems, solutions are sought to track crowd movements in real time
and identify the passengers’ mood, intent, and context at the edge.
Solutions that minimize specialized configurations and eliminate privacy
concerns will be preferred. Solutions that integrate with other
ubiquitous information (like social media, transport schedules,
weather) to improve the accuracy and reliability of the data and/or to
extend the capabilities of the system are also sought.
Startups providing solutions to one or more of the following challenge
areas are encouraged to apply
Automated and Intelligent crowd detection, counting and/or
estimation of the people density, in indoor and outdoor
Human classification into subtypes (e.g., male vs female, child vs adult, repeat building user vs
visitor, employee vs non-employee, etc.)
Human activity detection (e.g., loitering, waiting, looking for elevator)
Personal tracking through correlation with ID card, carried
device or other identity recognition system, including
biometrics or voice
Size detection and classification of an object inside or near an
elevator, escalator or travellator
Crowd density management across elevator, escalator or
Meaningful data about the volume and direction of pedestrians
Information that can reduce energy or other environmental
impact of the elevator, escalator or travellator
Ease of integration with building ecosystems products and
intelligent software platforms via APIs, services or libraries
Ease of configuration during installation and deployment with
minimal setup or training
Ease of use with minimal training required of end users
For systems that utilize off-line training of target objects,
demonstration of methods for improving or tuning the system
What's in it for Startups?
The top 5-6 startups selected through this program are offered with
An opportunity to work with UTC Technology Leaders/Mentors
to collaborate and prioritize the solution at Hyderabad.
An opportunity to develop proof of concept (PoC) on the
prioritized solution with funding up to $10K per startup* and
showcase PoC to key executives of UTC during the ‘Demo Day’
at UTC - HRDC (Hyderabad).
*UTC is solely responsible to provide the shortlisted startups with PoC funding.
Further collaboration options, if mutual interest established,
will be discussed with the winner startups.
Access to T-Hub's network of mentors, industry experts,
investors, service providers, community/ecosystem.
T-Hub will provide T&S* support to ONLY India based startups (local travel only). International startups will pitch through skype/video-conference.
*T&S covered for one member/startup to fly down to Hyderabad