(19)
(11)EP 3 505 478 B1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT SPECIFICATION

(45)Mention of the grant of the patent:
24.02.2021 Bulletin 2021/08

(21)Application number: 18215167.0

(22)Date of filing:  21.12.2018
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
B66B 1/46(2006.01)

(54)

AN AUTOMATIC ELEVATOR CALLING SYSTEM AND A METHOD FOR CONTROLLING AUTOMATIC CALLING ELEVATOR

AUTOMATISCHES AUFZUGSRUFSYSTEM UND VERFAHREN ZUM STEUERN EINES AUTOMATISCHEN RUFAUFZUGS

SYSTÈME D'APPEL AUTOMATIQUE D'ASCENSEUR ET PROCÉDÉ DE COMMANDE D'UN ASCENSEUR À APPEL AUTOMATIQUE


(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR

(30)Priority: 27.12.2017 CN 201711441899

(43)Date of publication of application:
03.07.2019 Bulletin 2019/27

(73)Proprietor: Otis Elevator Company
Farmington, Connecticut 06032 (US)

(72)Inventors:
  • Huang, Wenbo
    Shanghai, Shanghai 201206 (CN)
  • Guo, Xiaofei
    Shanghai, Shanghai 201206 (CN)
  • Xue, Haiyan
    Shanghai, Shanghai 201206 (CN)
  • Chen, Renxiang
    Shanghai, Shanghai 201206 (CN)
  • Qiu, Heping
    Shanghai, Shanghai 201206 (CN)
  • Wei, Lieping
    Shanghai, Shanghai 201206 (CN)
  • Liu, Tan
    Shanghai, Shanghai 201206 (CN)
  • Tong, Jingyu
    Shanghai, Shanghai 201206 (CN)

(74)Representative: Schmitt-Nilson Schraud Waibel Wohlfrom Patentanwälte Partnerschaft mbB 
Pelkovenstraße 143
80992 München
80992 München (DE)


(56)References cited: : 
US-A1- 2010 315 208
US-A1- 2015 210 505
  
      
    Note: Within nine months from the publication of the mention of the grant of the European patent, any person may give notice to the European Patent Office of opposition to the European patent granted. Notice of opposition shall be filed in a written reasoned statement. It shall not be deemed to have been filed until the opposition fee has been paid. (Art. 99(1) European Patent Convention).


    Description


    [0001] The present invention belongs to the field of elevator intelligent control technologies, and relates to an automatic elevator call system and an automatic elevator call control method.

    [0002] In an elevator system, an elevator call request operation that fails to reflect a real elevator-taking service requirement of a passenger will affect the efficiency of the elevator system. Especially, repeated abnormal elevator call request operations in a short time period will significantly affect the efficiency of the elevator system.

    [0003] US 2015/210505 A1 discloses an elevator call registering system which includes a responder configured to store therein user identification information, an interrogator configured to broadcast interrogator identification information, an authentication control apparatus configured to compare the user identification information read out from the interrogator with stored user identification information, and an elevator control apparatus.

    [0004] The present invention relates to an automatic elevator call system and an elevator system according to the appended claims.

    [0005] According to a first aspect of the present invention, an automatic elevator call system according to claim 1 is provided.

    [0006] In the automatic elevator call system according to an embodiment of the present invention, the timing unit and/or the enabling unit are/is disposed in the personal mobile terminal carried by the passenger.

    [0007] In the automatic elevator call system according to an embodiment of the present invention, the enabling unit is further configured to: when the duration information is greater than the preset time threshold, cause the personal mobile terminal to be capable of automatically sending the elevator call request command normally in a time period from the moment when the personal mobile terminal enters the coverage again to the moment when the personal mobile terminal leaves the coverage again.

    [0008] In the automatic elevator call system according to an embodiment of the present invention, the time threshold is greater than or equal to 15 seconds and less than or equal to 2 minutes.

    [0009] In the automatic elevator call system according to an embodiment of the present invention, the time threshold is greater than or equal to 30 seconds and less than or equal to 1 minute.

    [0010] In the automatic elevator call system according to an embodiment of the present invention, the automatic elevator call system further includes a short range communication unit disposed in the personal mobile terminal, and the short range communication unit is configured to sense the wireless signal and determine whether the personal mobile terminal leaves or enters the coverage.

    [0011] In the automatic elevator call system according to an embodiment of the present invention, the short range communication unit is further configured to determine that the personal mobile terminal leaves the coverage in the case where the wireless signal is sensed at first and then not sensed or in the case where signal strength of the sensed wireless signal gradually decreases to approximately 0; and the short range communication unit is further configured to determine that the personal mobile terminal enters the coverage in the case where the wireless signal is not sensed at first and then sensed.

    [0012] The automatic elevator call system according to an embodiment of the present invention further includes an elevator call request command generating unit disposed in the personal mobile terminal, wherein the elevator call request command generating unit is configured to automatically generate the corresponding elevator call request command when signal strength of the sensed wireless signal is greater than or equal to trigger threshold strength.

    [0013] In the automatic elevator call system according to an embodiment of the present invention, the enabling unit is further configured to be capable of automatically sending the elevator call request command only once in a time range from the moment of entering the coverage to the moment of leaving the coverage.

    [0014] In the automatic elevator call system according to an embodiment of the present invention, the wireless signal apparatus is a Bluetooth module/Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) module, and the wireless signal is a Bluetooth signal/BLE signal.

    [0015] According to another aspect of the present invention, an elevator system is provided, including:

    any automatic elevator call system described above; and

    an elevator controller configured to control running of one or more elevator cars in the elevator system;

    wherein the elevator controller is coupled to the wireless signal apparatus and controls the running of the one or more elevator cars in the elevator system in response to at least the elevator call request command.



    [0016] The foregoing features and operations of the present invention will become more obvious according to the following description and the accompanying drawings.

    [0017] The following detailed description with reference to the accompanying drawings will make the foregoing and other objectives and advantages of the present invention more complete and clearer, wherein identical or similar elements are represented by using identical reference numerals.

    FIG. 1 is a schematic diagram of an elevator system according to an embodiment of the present invention, in which an automatic elevator call system of an embodiment of the present invention is used;

    FIG. 2 is a schematic diagram of an application scenario of an elevator system according to an embodiment of the present invention;

    FIG. 3 is a schematic diagram of an automatic elevator call system according to an embodiment of the present invention; and

    FIG. 4 is a flowchart of an automatic elevator call control method according to an embodiment of the present invention.



    [0018] The present invention is now described more thoroughly with reference to the accompanying drawings. The drawings show exemplary embodiments of the present invention. However, the present invention can be implemented according to many different forms, and should not be construed as being limited by the embodiments illustrated herein. On the contrary, these embodiments are provided to make the present disclosure thorough and complete, and fully convey the idea of the present invention to those skilled in the art.

    [0019] Some block diagrams shown in the accompanying drawings are functional entities, which do not necessarily correspond to physically or logically independent entities. The functional entities can be implemented in a software form, or implemented in one or more hardware modules or integrated circuits, or implemented in different processing apparatuses and/or micro control apparatuses.

    [0020] FIG. 1 is a schematic diagram of an elevator system according to an embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 2 is a schematic diagram of an application scenario of an elevator system according to an embodiment of the present invention. FIG. 3 is a schematic diagram of an automatic elevator call system according to an embodiment of the present invention. An elevator system 10, an automatic elevator call system 20 and a personal mobile terminal 200 according to an embodiment of the present invention are illustrated in detail below with reference to FIG. 1, FIG. 2 and FIG. 3.

    [0021] The elevator system 10 according to the embodiment of the present invention can be installed in various buildings. The elevator system 10 includes multiple elevator cars 110 that move up and down in a hoistway of a building. FIG. 1 shows two elevator cars, that is, elevator cars 110-1 and 110-2. Each elevator car 110 is under the control (such as scheduling control and movement control) of an elevator controller 140 in the elevator system 10, so as to move in the hoistway or stop at the corresponding landing. Generally, the elevator controller 140 needs to acquire elevator call request commands from elevator landing zones 410 of various floors, thus performing operational control on the elevator based on the commands, for example, performing scheduling control on the elevator cars 110. It will be appreciated that the specific control manner or control principle based on which the elevator controller 140 controls the one or more elevator cars 110 is not limited, and the specific structure, arrangement manner or the like of the elevator controller 140 is not limited either.

    [0022] In order to acquire the elevator call request command from each elevator landing zone 410, a wireless signal apparatus 120 is disposed in the elevator system 10. The wireless signal apparatus 120 can be, for example, a beacon that broadcasts a wireless signal, and can be installed in each elevator landing zone 410 of the elevator system 10 (as shown in FIG. 2). For example, at least one wireless signal apparatus 120 is installed at each floor or each elevator landing zone 410, so that wireless signals 123 sent out or broadcasted by the wireless signal apparatuses 120 can effectively cover each elevator landing zone 410 approximately.

    [0023] In an embodiment, as shown in FIG. 3, a wireless signal broadcasting unit 121 is disposed in the wireless signal apparatus 120 and is configured to broadcast the wireless signal 123, for example, broadcast a wireless signal of particular signal strength, so that the wireless signal 123 can cover a predetermined area (i.e., coverage). Coverage of a wireless signal 123d is, for example, an area in which the personal mobile terminal 200 can sense the wireless signal 123 (such as coverage where the signal strength is greater than or equal to 0). Due to different sensing capabilities of the personal mobile terminals 200, the coverage may be of different sizes for different personal mobile terminals 200. It will be appreciated that the coverage can be known in advance by test.

    [0024] Correspondingly, the wireless signal 123 broadcasted by the wireless signal apparatus 120 can be sensed by the personal mobile terminal 200. FIG. 1 shows two personal mobile terminals 200-1 and 200-2 as an example, which are carried by different passengers 90-1 and 90-2 respectively and can be at least configured to complete an elevator call request operation. The wireless signal apparatus 120 is a main component of the automatic elevator call system 20 in the embodiment of the present invention. The automatic elevator call system 20 can implement some of functions thereof by means of the personal mobile terminal 200. When approaching the wireless signal apparatus 120 (for example, walking towards the elevator landing zone 410), different passengers 90-1 and 90-2 will enter the coverage of the wireless signal 123. The personal mobile terminals 200 carried by the passengers cannot sense the wireless signal 123 at first, and then can sense the wireless signal 123. Specifically, as shown in FIG. 3, each personal mobile terminal 200 senses the wireless signal 123 by using a short range communication unit 210 disposed in the personal mobile terminal 200, and can interact (for example, establish a wireless connection) with the wireless signal apparatus 120 based on the wireless signal 123 if necessary. For example, the personal mobile terminal 200-1 implements an interaction 320-1 with the wireless signal apparatus 120, and the personal mobile terminal 200-2 implements an interaction 320-2 with the wireless signal apparatus 120.

    [0025] The personal mobile terminal 200 specifically can be various intelligent terminals having a wireless connection function, and can be conveniently carried by a passenger. For example, the personal mobile terminal 200 may be a smart phone, a wearable smart device (such as a smart band), a personal digital assistant (PAD), and so on. A corresponding application component (such as APP) can be installed on the personal mobile terminal 200 to implement corresponding functions of the present invention.

    [0026] In an embodiment, the wireless signal apparatus 120 can be a Bluetooth module, and specifically can be a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) module. The wireless signal 123 transmitted or broadcasted by the wireless signal broadcasting unit 121 of the wireless signal apparatus 120 is a Bluetooth signal (such as a BLE signal) which can approximately cover the elevator landing zone 410 where it is located. Correspondingly, the short range communication unit 210 of the personal mobile terminal 200 is a Bluetooth communication unit, which can sense a Bluetooth signal, such as a BLE signal.

    [0027] In an embodiment, the wireless signal 123 (such as a BLE signal) can include a wakeup signal for waking up the personal mobile terminal 200. The personal mobile terminal 200 that senses the wakeup signal can wake up a corresponding application component (such as an automatic elevator call APP) of the personal mobile terminal 200 to work. The wireless signal 123 can further include a data signal reflecting a universally unique identifier (UUID) of the wireless signal apparatus 120 and/or information about a floor position of the wireless signal apparatus 120.

    [0028] In an implementation solution, the strength of the wireless signal 123 attenuates with its propagation distance. Therefore, the personal mobile terminal 200 receiving the wireless signal 123 can roughly determine a current distance D1 between the personal mobile terminal 200 and the wireless signal apparatus 123 according to signal strength of the sensed wireless signal 123. It will be appreciated that as the passenger walks relative to the elevator landing zone 410 or walks in the elevator landing zone 410, the distance D1 changes dynamically.

    [0029] Still as shown in FIG. 3, an elevator call request command generating unit 220 is further disposed in the personal mobile terminal 200, which is configured to generate a corresponding elevator call request command 221. The elevator call request command 221 at least includes elevator call direction information, and can further include at least one of destination floor information, elevator call floor information, and target elevator information. The elevator call request command 221 can be sent to the wireless signal apparatus 120 through the short range communication unit 210 of the personal mobile terminal 200, and then the wireless signal apparatus 120 can transmit the elevator call request command 221 to the elevator controller 140 (for example, in the case where the interaction 320 has been established). The specific form and/or the specific generation manner of the elevator call request command 221 are/is not limited.

    [0030] In an embodiment, still as shown in FIG. 3, the reference numeral 1231 represents a boundary of the coverage of the wireless signal 123 broadcasted by the wireless signal apparatus 120. The value of signal strength at the boundary 1231 can be determined depending on a sensing capability of the personal mobile terminal 200. The short range communication unit 210 is further configured to determine whether the personal mobile terminal 200 leaves the coverage (indicated by the reference numeral S920 shown in the figure) or enters the coverage (indicated by the reference numeral S910 shown in the figure). If the short range communication unit 210 senses the wireless signal 123 at first and then does not sense the wireless signal 123, or signal strength of the wireless signal 123 sensed by the short range communication unit 210 gradually decreases to approximately 0, the short range communication unit 210 determines that the personal mobile terminal 200 leaves the coverage, i.e., S920. If the short range communication unit 210 does not sense the wireless signal 123 at first and then senses the wireless signal 123, the short range communication unit 210 determines that the personal mobile terminal 200 enters the coverage, i.e., S910. Therefore, even if the passenger 90 moves back and forth frequently on two sides of the boundary 1231, the short range communication unit 210 can determine the passenger 90 enters the coverage S910 or leaves the coverage S920 each time the passenger 90 moves back and forth.

    [0031] It should be noted that the boundary 1231 of the coverage of the wireless signal 123 may not be fixed. For example, the signal strength of the wireless signal 123 broadcasted by the wireless signal apparatus 120 may change dynamically. For personal mobile terminals 200 with different sensing capabilities, the coverage of the wireless signal 123 may be different, that is, the boundary 1231 may be at different positions. The signal strength at the boundary 1231 of the coverage of the wireless signal 123 is not necessarily approximately 0, and the specific value of the signal strength at the boundary 1231 can be defined as required. For example, in other embodiments, the coverage of the wireless signal 123 may refer to an area in which signal strength is greater than or equal to a predetermined value. The predetermined value can be set or determined according to a specific situation.

    [0032] It should be noted that at the moment when the personal mobile terminal 200 enters the coverage, the elevator call request command generating unit 220 is not necessarily triggered immediately to generate the corresponding elevator call request command 221, and does not necessarily send the generated corresponding elevator call request command 221 immediately. In an embodiment, the elevator call request command generating unit 220 automatically generates the corresponding elevator call request command 221 when the signal strength of the sensed wireless signal 123 is greater than or equal to trigger threshold strength. At this point, a distance between a position point where the signal strength is equal to the trigger threshold strength and the wireless signal apparatus reflects an elevator call distance. Generally, the passenger 90 first enters the coverage S910, and if the passenger 90 continues to approach the wireless signal apparatus 120, the personal mobile terminal 200 will be triggered automatically to generate and send an elevator call request command 221.

    [0033] Using the application scenario shown in FIG. 2 as an example, when two passengers enters the elevator landing zone 410 (such as a lobby waiting area), the personal mobile terminal 200-1 or 200-2 (such as a mobile phone, regardless of whether the mobile phone is held in the hand or put in a handbag) carried by the passengers will automatically sense the wireless signal 123 broadcasted by the wireless signal apparatus 120 installed in the elevator landing zone 410. For example, if a distance from the personal mobile terminal 200-1 or 200-2 to the wireless signal apparatus 120 is less than or equal to an elevator call distance, the personal mobile terminal 200-1 or 200-2 will establish a handshake connection, such as a Bluetooth connection, with the wireless signal apparatus 120 based on the wireless signal 123. The personal mobile terminal 200-1 or 200-2 automatically sends an elevator call request command at least including elevator call direction information, thus automatically completing an elevator call request operation. The passenger neither needs to manually press an elevator call button installed on an elevator call request input device nor needs to manually operate the personal mobile terminal 200-1 or 200-2.

    [0034] Therefore, by configuring the automatic elevator call system 20 in the elevator system 10 according to the embodiment of the present invention, the passenger 90 carrying the personal mobile terminal 200 can complete the elevator call request operation automatically or in a hand free manner, which can significantly improve passenger experience in terms of the elevator call operation.

    [0035] Further, the elevator controller 140 of the elevator system 10 can be coupled to the wireless signal apparatus 120 and can control running of one or more elevator cars 110 in the elevator system 10 in response to at least the elevator call request command. For example, the elevator controller 140 can schedule a corresponding elevator car 110 for the passengers 90-1 and 90-2 and control the elevator car 110 to stop at the landing corresponding to the elevator landing zone 410, so that the passengers 90-1 and 90-2 enter the elevator car 110.

    [0036] It should be noted that the automatic elevator call system 20 in the embodiments shown in FIG. 1 and FIG. 3 generally sends the elevator call request command 221 only once. In other words, the automatic elevator call system 20 automatically sends the elevator call request command 221 only once when the passenger 90 carrying the personal mobile terminal 200 enters the elevator landing zone 410, thus avoiding the generation of redundant abnormal elevator call operations.

    [0037] However, the applicant finds that the following situations, for example, will cause the generation of abnormal elevator call operations: In the first situation, after a passenger 90 entering the elevator landing zone 410 and automatically sending an elevator call request command 221 to the wireless signal apparatus 120 once through the personal mobile terminal 200, for example, the passenger 90 makes a long-time conversation or call and does not enter the corresponding elevator car, the elevator call request command 221 is automatically canceled by the elevator controller 140 after the elevator car 110 stops. If the personal mobile terminal 200 continues to automatically send the elevator call request command 221 again, the elevator call request command 221 resent subsequently may also be invalid (because the passenger 90 probably is still in conversation or on the call). In the second situation, the passenger 90 walks back and forth on the boundary 1231 (for example, the passenger 90 is on the call) and therefore repeatedly enters the boundary 1231 frequently. This may cause the personal mobile terminal 200 to frequently send the elevator call request command 221, generating abnormal elevator call request operations, which may cause the door of the stopping elevator car to fail to open in a severe case.

    [0038] In order to further solve the foregoing problems, in an embodiment, as shown in FIG. 3, a timing unit 230 is disposed in the personal mobile terminal 200. The timing unit 230 is configured to calculate duration information T1 from the moment when the personal mobile terminal 200 leaves the coverage of the wireless signal 123 to the moment when the personal mobile terminal 200 enters the coverage again. For example, the timing unit 230 starts continuous timing from the moment when the personal mobile terminal 200 crosses the boundary 1231 from inside the coverage, and stops timing when the personal mobile terminal 200 returns into the boundary 1231 again, to generate the duration information T1. For example, whether the personal mobile terminal 200 leaves the coverage of the wireless signal 123 or enters the coverage of the wireless signal 123 can be determined by using the short range communication unit 210.

    [0039] An enabling unit 240 is further disposed in the personal mobile terminal 200. When the duration information T1 is less than or equal to a preset time threshold Tth, the enabling unit 240 causes the personal mobile terminal 200 to be incapable of automatically sending the elevator call request command 221 in a time period from the moment when the personal mobile terminal 200 enters the coverage again to the moment when the personal mobile terminal 200 leaves the coverage again. For example, the automatic elevator call function enabling unit 240 of the personal mobile terminal 200 is turned off in the time period. For example, the function of the elevator call request command generating unit 220 is turned off and/or the function of establishing a Bluetooth connection and sending an elevator call request command 221 of the short range communication unit 210 is turned off.

    [0040] In an implementation solution, the enabling unit 240 judges whether the duration information T1 is less than or equal to the preset time threshold Tth. If T1≤Tth, the current leaving of the passenger 90 from the coverage lasts an excessively short time, and it is judged that the passenger 90 probably does not actually enter the elevator landing zone 410 from the outside. For example, it is judged that the leaving and next entry within the T1 time correspond to the foregoing second situation in which the passenger 90 walks back and forth on the boundary 1231 (for example, the passenger 90 is on the call). The enabling unit 240 can temporarily suspend the elevator call function. That is, in a period from the moment of entering the coverage again to the moment of leaving the coverage next time, the automatic elevator call function cannot be triggered no matter how the passenger 90 moves in the boundary 1231. If T1>Tth, the passenger 90 leaves the coverage for a long time, and the enabling unit 240 judges that the passenger 90 probably actually enters the elevator landing zone 410 from the outside. The enabling unit 240 can recover the automatic elevator call function. For example, once the short range communication unit 210 senses in the boundary 1231 that the signal strength of the wireless signal 123 is greater than or equal to the trigger threshold strength, the personal mobile terminal 200 will be capable of sending the elevator call request command 221 automatically.

    [0041] In an implementation solution, the predetermined time threshold Tth can be selectively set to a value greater than or equal to 15 seconds and less than or equal to 2 minutes (for example, 20 seconds or 70 seconds). In order to judge the real elevator-taking service requirement of the passenger 90 more accurately, the time threshold Tth can be selectively set to a value greater than or equal to 30 seconds and less than or equal to 1 minute (such as 40 seconds or 50 seconds). It will be appreciated that many factors such as a specific application scenario can affect the value of the time threshold Tth. If the time threshold Tth is set to be excessively short, for example, it is difficult to accurately eliminate frequent elevator calls caused by back-and-forth walking of the passenger 90 on the boundary 1231 (for example, the passenger 90 is on the call) in the second situation above. If the time threshold Tth is set to be excessively long, the automatic elevator call function of the personal mobile terminal 200 will be suspended for an excessively long time, affecting passenger experience. For example, in the foregoing first situation, the passenger 90 does not enter the elevator car 110; if the passenger wants to complete the elevator call request operation again by using the automatic elevator call function of the personal mobile terminal 200, the passenger 90 has to leave the coverage of the wireless signal 123 and stay out of the coverage for a period of time (longer than the time threshold Tth), and then enters the coverage of the wireless signal 123 again. If the passenger 90 has to stay outside the coverage for an excessively long time (because the time threshold Tth is set to be excessively long), it may affect elevator call experience of the passenger 90.

    [0042] According to the invention, an input unit 250 is further disposed in the personal mobile terminal 200. The input unit 250 can be configured to input request service information about the elevator call request command. The personal mobile terminal 200 generates and sends the corresponding elevator call request command 123 based on the input service request information. Therefore, through the input unit 250, the passenger 90 can complete the elevator call request operation in a manual inputting manner. As such, even if the automatic elevator call function of the personal mobile terminal 200 is suspended by the enabling unit 240, the passenger 90 can still complete the elevator call request operation smoothly in a manual inputting manner as required. The manual elevator call operation can achieve a good supplement for the automatic hands-free elevator call operation.

    [0043] In an application scenario of the automatic elevator call system 20 according to the invention, the passenger 90 carrying the mobile terminal 200 enters the elevator landing zone 410 from outside of the building (for example, the passenger 90 enters a lobby landing zone). Once reaching the boundary 1231, the personal mobile terminal 200 will be capable of sensing the wireless signal 123. The short range communication unit 210 can determine that the personal mobile terminal 200 enters the coverage of the wireless signal 123. In a process that the personal mobile terminal 200 further approaches the wireless signal apparatus 123, signal strength of the wireless signal 123 sensed by the personal mobile terminal 200 increases, and when the signal strength exceeds the trigger threshold strength, the personal mobile terminal 200 automatically generates and sends the corresponding elevator call request command 221. For example, the personal mobile terminal 200 sends the elevator call request command 221 once by establishing a Bluetooth connection with the wireless signal apparatus 120, so that the passenger 90 completes the elevator call request operation in a hand free manner. If the passenger 90 misses an elevator car 110 scheduled with respect to the elevator call request command 221 because the passenger 90 meets a friend in the elevator landing zone 410 and talks with the friend for a long time or the elevator car 110 is overcrowded, the elevator call request command 221 is automatically cleared by the elevator controller 140. As the passenger 90 stays in the coverage of the wireless signal 123, the personal mobile terminal 200 will not send the elevator call request command again for the passenger 90, avoiding an invalid elevator call operation caused by, for example, a long-time conversation of the passenger 90 in the elevator landing zone 410. In this case, if the passenger 90 needs to complete the elevator call request operation again, the operation can be completed in the following two manners: In one manner, the passenger 90 can input an elevator call request operation manually through the input unit 250. In the other manner, the passenger can leave the coverage for about 60 seconds (for example, time threshold Tth=50 seconds) and then enter the coverage again to wait for the elevator, and the personal mobile terminal 200 automatically sends the elevator call request command again based on sensing of the wireless signal 123.

    [0044] In another application scenario of the automatic elevator call system 20 according to the invention, the passenger 90 carrying the mobile terminal 200 moves back and forth on the boundary 1231 (for example, the passenger 90 is on the call near the boundary 1231) and therefore frequently enters the coverage S910 and leaves the coverage S920. The timing unit 230 will calculate duration information T1 of a time period between the moment when the passenger leaves the coverage S920 each time and the moment when the passenger 90 enters the coverage S910 next time. For example, T1 is generally about 3-10 S. Because T1 is less than the time threshold Tth (for example, Tth=50 seconds), in the time period from the moment when the passenger 90 enters the coverage S910 next time to the moment when the passenger 90 leaves the coverage S920 again, the enabling unit 240 will suspend the automatic elevator call operation function. Therefore, the elevator call request command 221 cannot be sent automatically, avoiding frequent abnormal automatic elevator call operations.

    [0045] Therefore, the automatic elevator call system 20 according to the invention, can effectively avoid abnormal or invalid automatic elevator call operations in some scenarios caused by the automatic elevator call function. The running efficiency of the elevator system 10 can be guaranteed.

    [0046] It should be noted that the timing unit 230 of the automatic elevator call system is not limited to being disposed in the foregoing personal mobile terminal 200 shown in FIG. 3 above. In other alternative embodiments, for example, the timing unit 230 can also be disposed in the wireless signal apparatus 120, and can even be disposed in a landing zone, or the timing unit 230 can be installed independently. Similarly, the enabling unit 240 of the automatic elevator call system is not limited to being disposed in the foregoing personal mobile terminal 200 shown in FIG. 3 either; the enabling unit 240 can be disposed at another place together with the timing unit 230, and can implement its function by sending an instruction to the personal mobile terminal 200.

    [0047] FIG. 4 is a flowchart of a not claimed automatic elevator call control method. A method for determining an abnormal elevator call request in this embodiment is described in detail with reference to FIG. 1, FIG. 2 and FIG. 4.

    [0048] At the side of the wireless signal apparatus 120, as shown in FIG. 4, in step 510, the wireless signal apparatus 120 can continuously broadcast the wireless signal 123 for example. At the side of the personal mobile terminal 200, once entering the coverage of the wireless signal 123, i.e., once entering the boundary 1231, the personal mobile terminal 200 carried by the passenger 90 can start sensing the wireless signal 123, i.e., step S520.

    [0049] Further, in step S530, it is judged whether sensed signal strength is greater than or equal to a trigger threshold strength, that is, it is judged based on the trigger threshold strength whether to send an elevator call request command 221 automatically. For example, if the signal strength of the sensed wireless signal 123 is greater than or equal to the trigger threshold strength, the judgment result is "yes", and the personal mobile terminal 200 is automatically triggered to generate the elevator call request command 221 and send the elevator call request command 221 to the wireless signal apparatus 120, i.e., step S540; otherwise, the judgment result is "no", and step S520 is performed.

    [0050] Correspondingly, the side of the wireless signal apparatus 120 receives the elevator call request command 221, i.e., step S550. As such, one elevator call request operation process is completed automatically. In the process of step S520 to step S540, the elevator call request command is sent only once.

    [0051] Further, if the passenger 90 in the coverage leaves the coverage, it can be determined that the personal mobile terminal 200 leaves the coverage of the wireless signal 123 according to the change of the sensed wireless signal 123 in the leaving process, i.e., step S560.

    [0052] Further, timing is started from the moment when the personal mobile terminal 200 leaves the coverage, for example, the moment when the personal mobile terminal 200 cannot sense the wireless signal 123; the timing continues till the personal mobile terminal 200 enters the coverage of the wireless signal 123 again (for example, the timing continues till the moment when the wireless signal 123 is sensed again), and corresponding duration information T1 is obtained through timing, i.e., step S570.

    [0053] Further, in step S580, it is judged whether the duration information T1 of the timing is greater than a preset time threshold Tth.

    [0054] If the judgment result is "yes", the personal mobile terminal 200 judges that the passenger really enters the coverage again and wants to call the elevator; therefore, the personal mobile terminal 200 can automatically send the elevator call request command 221 normally in the time period from the moment of entering the coverage again to the moment of leaving the coverage again, and then step S530 is performed to enter the automatic elevator call request operation process of step S530 and step S540. Once the judgment result in step S530 is "yes", the elevator call request command is automatically sent once for the entry into the coverage again.

    [0055] If the judgment result is "no", the personal mobile terminal 200 judges that the passenger does not really enter the coverage again; therefore, the personal mobile terminal 200 cannot automatically send the elevator call request command 221 normally in the time period from the moment of entering the coverage again to the moment of leaving the coverage again, and then step S560 is performed. The automatic elevator call function of the personal mobile terminal 200 is not restarted until the judgment result of step S580 is "yes" when the personal mobile terminal 200 enters the coverage again.

    [0056] Definitely, as another option, after step S591, the automatic elevator call control process can be intervened by means of a manual operation. For example, request service information about the elevator call request command is input manually, thus completing the elevator call request operation based on the input request service information.

    [0057] Therefore, the automatic elevator call control method can accurately avoid invalid or abnormal elevator call request operations, and reduce negative effects of these elevator call request operations on running of the elevator system 10.

    [0058] It should be noted that the personal mobile terminal 200 in the above embodiment of the present invention can be implemented by using computer program instructions, e.g., implemented by a specific APP. These computer program instructions may be provided to a processor of a general-purpose computer, a special-purpose computer, or another programmable data processing device to form the personal mobile terminal 200 in the embodiment of the present invention. Moreover, the processor of the computer or another programmable data processing device may execute these instructions to create units or components for implementing functions/operations designated in these flowcharts and/or blocks and/or one or more of the flowchart blocks.

    [0059] Moreover, these computer program instructions may be stored in a computer readable memory. These instructions can instruct the computer or another programmable processor to implement the functions in specific manners, such that these instructions stored in the computer readable memory construct a product including instruction components for implementing functions/operations specified in one or more blocks of the flowcharts and/or block diagrams.

    [0060] It should be further noted that in some alternative implementations, the functions/operations shown in the blocks may not take place according to the sequence shown in the flowchart. For example, two blocks shown sequentially may be performed substantially at the same time, or these blocks sometimes may be performed in a reversed order, which specifically depends on the functions/operations involved.

    [0061] It should be noted that elements (including the flowcharts and block diagrams in the accompanying drawings) disclosed and depicted in this text refer to logic boundaries between elements. However, according to software or hardware engineering practices, the depicted elements and functions thereof can be executed on a machine by using a computer executable medium. The computer executable medium has a processor that can execute a program instruction stored thereon. The program instruction serves as a single-chip software structure, an independent software module, or a module using an external program, code, service or the like, or any combination thereof. Moreover, all these execution solutions may fall within the scope of the present disclosure.

    [0062] Although different non-limitative implementation solutions have components that are specifically illustrated, the implementation solutions of the present invention are not limited to these specific combinations. Some of the components or features from any non-limitative implementation solution may be combined with features or components from any other non-limitative implementation solution. Although specific step sequences are shown, disclosed and required, it should be understood that the steps may be implemented in any sequence, separated, or combined, and they will still benefit from the present disclosure unless otherwise specified.

    [0063] The foregoing descriptions are exemplary and are not defined to be limitative. Various non-limitative implementation solutions are disclosed in this text; however, according to the foregoing teaching, those of ordinary skill in the art will be aware that various modifications and variations will fall within the scope of the appended claims. Therefore, it should be understood that disclosure content other than those specifically disclosed can be implemented within the scope of the appended claims. Therefore, the appended claims should be read up to determine the real scope and content.


    Claims

    1. An automatic elevator call system (20), comprising:

    a wireless signal apparatus (120), installed in an elevator landing zone of an elevator system (10) and broadcasting a corresponding wireless signal around;

    wherein the wireless signal apparatus (120) receives an elevator call request command automatically sent by a personal mobile terminal (200-1, 200-2) carried by a passenger in the case where the personal mobile terminal (200-1, 200-2) senses the wireless signal;

    wherein the automatic elevator call system (20) further comprises:

    a timing unit (230) configured to calculate duration information from the moment when the personal mobile terminal (200-1, 200-2) leaves coverage of the wireless signal to the moment when the personal mobile terminal (200-1, 200-2) enters the coverage again; and

    an enabling unit (240) configured to, when the duration information is less than or equal to a preset time threshold, cause the personal mobile terminal (200-1, 200-2) to be incapable of automatically sending the elevator call request command in a time period from the moment when the personal mobile terminal (200-1, 200-2) enters the coverage again to the moment when the personal mobile terminal (200-1, 200-2) leaves the coverage again,

    characterised by

    an input unit (250) disposed in the personal mobile terminal (200-1, 200-2), wherein the input unit (250) is configured to input request service information about the elevator call request command.


     
    2. The automatic elevator call system according to claim 1, wherein the timing unit (230) and the enabling unit (240) are disposed in the personal mobile terminal (200-1, 200-2) carried by the passenger.
     
    3. The automatic elevator call system according to claim 1 or 2, wherein the enabling unit (240) is further configured to, when the duration information is greater than the preset time threshold, cause the personal mobile terminal (200-1, 200-2) to be capable of automatically sending the elevator call request command normally in a time period from the moment when the personal mobile terminal (200-1, 200-2) enters the coverage again to the moment when the personal mobile terminal (200-1, 200-2) leaves the coverage again.
     
    4. The automatic elevator call system according to any of claims 1 to 3, wherein the time threshold is greater than or equal to 15 seconds and less than or equal to 2 minutes; and/or
    wherein the time threshold is greater than or equal to 30 seconds and less than or equal to 1 minute.
     
    5. The automatic elevator call system according to any of claims 1 to 4, wherein the automatic elevator call system further comprises a short range communication unit (210) disposed in the personal mobile terminal (200-1, 200-2), and the short range communication unit (210) is configured to sense the wireless signal and determine whether the personal mobile terminal (200-1, 200-2) leaves or enters the coverage;
    wherein particularly the short range communication unit (210) is further configured to determine that the personal mobile terminal (200-1, 200-2) leaves the coverage in the case where the wireless signal is sensed at first and then not sensed or in the case where signal strength of the sensed wireless signal gradually decreases to approximately 0; and
    the short range communication unit (210) is further configured to determine that the personal mobile terminal (200-1, 200-2) enters the coverage in the case where the wireless signal is not sensed at first and then sensed.
     
    6. The automatic elevator call system according to any of claims 1 to 5, further comprising an elevator call request command generating unit (220) disposed in the personal mobile terminal (200-1, 200-2), wherein the elevator call request command generating unit (220) is configured to automatically generate the corresponding elevator call request command when signal strength of the sensed wireless signal is greater than or equal to trigger threshold strength.
     
    7. The automatic elevator call system according to any of claims 1 to 6, wherein the enabling unit (240) is further configured to be capable of automatically sending the elevator call request command only once in a time range from the moment of entering the coverage to the moment of leaving the coverage.
     
    8. The automatic elevator call system according to any of claims 1 to 7, wherein the wireless signal apparatus (120) is a Bluetooth module/Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) module, and the wireless signal is a Bluetooth signal/BLE signal.
     
    9. An elevator system (10), comprising:

    the automatic elevator call system (20) according to any of claims 1 to 8; and

    an elevator controller (140) configured to control running of one or more elevator cars in the elevator system (10);

    wherein the elevator controller (140) is coupled to the wireless signal apparatus (120) and controls the running of the one or more elevator cars (110-1, 110-2) in the elevator system (10) in response to at least the elevator call request command.


     


    Ansprüche

    1. Automatisches Aufzugrufsystem (20), umfassend:

    eine drahtlose Signalvorrichtung (120), die in einer Aufzuglandezone eines Aufzugsystems (10) installiert ist und die ein entsprechendes drahtloses Signal ringsherum ausstrahlt;

    wobei die drahtlose Signalvorrichtung (120) einen Aufzugrufanfragebefehl empfängt, der automatisch durch ein persönliches mobiles Endgerät (200-1, 200-2) gesendet wird, das durch einen Fahrgast getragen wird, in dem Fall, in dem das persönliche mobile Endgerät (200-1, 200-2) das drahtlose Signal erfasst;

    wobei das automatische Aufzugrufsystem (20) ferner Folgendes umfasst:

    eine Terminierungseinheit (230), die dazu konfiguriert ist, Dauerinformationen von dem Moment zu berechnen, wenn das persönliche mobile Endgerät (200-1, 200-2) ein Sendegebiet des drahtlosen Signals verlässt, bis zu dem Moment, wenn das persönliche mobile Endgerät (200-1, 200-2) wieder in das Sendegebiet eintritt; und

    eine Freigabeeinheit (240), die dazu konfiguriert ist, das persönliche mobile Endgerät (200-1, 200-2) dazu zu veranlassen, unfähig zu sein, den Aufzugrufanfragebefehl in einem Zeitraum von dem Moment automatisch zu senden, wenn das persönliche mobile Endgerät (200-1, 200-2) wieder in den Sendebereich eintritt, bis zu dem Moment, wenn das persönliche mobile Endgerät (200-1, 200-2) den Sendebereich wieder verlässt, wenn die Dauerinformationen geringer oder gleich einem vorbestimmten Zeitschwellwert sind,

    gekennzeichnet durch

    eine Eingabeeinheit (250), die in dem persönlichen mobilen Endgerät (200-1, 200-2) angeordnet ist, wobei die Eingabeeinheit (250) dazu konfiguriert ist, Anfragedienstinformationen über den Aufzugrufanfragebefehl einzugeben.


     
    2. Automatisches Aufzugrufsystem nach Anspruch 1, wobei die Terminierungseinheit (230) und die Freigabeeinheit (240) in dem persönlichen mobilen Endgerät (200-1, 200-2) angeordnet sind, das durch den Fahrgast getragen wird.
     
    3. Automatisches Aufzugrufsystem nach Anspruch 1 oder 2, wobei die Freigabeeinheit (240) ferner dazu konfiguriert ist, das persönliche mobile Endgerät (200-1, 200-2) dazu zu veranlassen, fähig zu sein, den Aufzugrufanfragebefehl normalerweise automatisch in einem Zeitraum zu senden, von dem Moment, wenn das persönliche mobile Endgerät (200-1, 200-2) wieder in den Sendebereich eintritt, bis zu dem Moment, wenn das persönliche mobile Endgerät (200-1, 200-2) den Sendebereich wieder verlässt, wenn die Dauerinformationen größer sind als der voreingestellte Zeitschwellenwert.
     
    4. Automatisches Aufzugrufsystem nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 3, wobei der Zeitschwellenwert größer als oder gleich 15 Sekunden und weniger als oder gleich 2 Minuten ist; und /oder
    wobei die Zweitschwelle größer als oder gleich 30 Sekunden und weniger als oder gleich 1 Minute ist.
     
    5. Automatisches Aufzugrufsystem nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 4, wobei das automatische Aufzugrufsystem ferner eine Kommunikationseinheit (210) mit kurzer Reichweite umfasst, die in dem persönlichen mobilen Endgerät (200-1, 200-2) angeordnet ist, und wobei die Kommunikationseinheit (210) mit kurzer Reichweite dazu konfiguriert ist, das drahtlose Signal zu erfassen und zu bestimmen, ob das persönliche mobile Endgerät (200-1, 200-2) den Sendebereich verlässt oder betritt;
    wobei insbesondere die Kommunikationseinheit (210) mit kurzer Reichweite ferner dazu konfiguriert ist zu bestimmen, dass das persönliche mobile Endgerät (200-1, 200-2) den Sendebereich in dem Fall verlässt, in dem das drahtlose Signal zuerst erfasst wird und dann nicht erfasst wird oder in dem Fall, in dem eine Signalstärke des erfassten drahtlosen Signals stufenweise auf ungefähr 0 sinkt; und
    wobei die Kommunikationseinheit (210) mit kurzer Reichweite ferner dazu konfiguriert ist zu bestimmen, dass das persönliche mobile Endgerät (200-1, 200-2) den Sendebereich in dem Fall betritt, in dem das drahtlose Signal zuerst nicht erfasst wird und dann erfasst wird.
     
    6. Automatisches Aufzugrufsystem nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 5, ferner umfassend eine Einheit (220), die einen Aufzugrufanfragebefehl erzeugt und die in dem persönlichen mobilen Endgerät (200-1, 200-2) angeordnet ist, wobei die Einheit (220), die einen Aufzugrufanfragebefehl erzeugt, dazu konfiguriert ist, den entsprechenden Aufzugrufanfragebefehl automatisch zu erzeugen, wenn eine Signalstärke des erfassten drahtlosen Signals größer als oder gleich ist, um eine Schwellenwertstärke auszulösen.
     
    7. Automatisches Aufzugrufsystem nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 6, wobei die Freigabeeinheit (240) ferner dazu konfiguriert ist, fähig zu sein für ein automatisches Senden des Aufzugrufanfragebefehls nur einmal in einer Zeitspanne von dem Moment des Eintretens in den Sendebereich bis zu dem Moment des Verlassens des Sendebereichs.
     
    8. Automatisches Aufzugrufsystem nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 7, wobei die drahtlose Signalvorrichtung (120) ein Bluetooth-Modul/Bluetooth Low Energie-Modul (BLE-Modul) ist, und wobei das drahtlose Signal ein Bluetooth-Signal/BLE-Signal ist.
     
    9. Aufzugsystem (10), umfassend:

    das automatische Aufzugrufsystem (20) nach einem der Ansprüche 1 bis 8; und

    eine Aufzugsteuerung (140), die dazu konfiguriert ist, einen Betrieb einer oder mehrerer Aufzugkabinen in dem Aufzugsystem (10) zu steuern;

    wobei die Aufzugsteuerung (140) an die drahtlose Signalvorrichtung (120) gekoppelt ist und den Betrieb der einen oder der mehreren Aufzugkabinen (110-1, 110-2) in dem Aufzugsystem (10) als Antwort auf mindestens den Aufzugrufanfragebefehl steuert.


     


    Revendications

    1. Système d'appel automatique d'ascenseur (20), comprenant :

    un appareil de signalisation sans fil (120), installé dans une zone de palier d'ascenseur d'un système d'ascenseur (10) et diffusant un signal sans fil correspondant aux alentours ;

    dans lequel l'appareil de signalisation sans fil (120) reçoit une commande de demande d'appel d'ascenseur envoyée automatiquement par un terminal mobile personnel (200-1, 200-2) porté par un passager dans le cas où le terminal mobile personnel (200-1, 200-2) détecte le signal sans fil ;

    dans lequel le système d'appel automatique d'ascenseur (20) comprend en outre :

    une unité de synchronisation (230) configurée pour calculer des informations de durée depuis le moment où le terminal mobile personnel (200-1, 200-2) quitte la couverture du signal sans fil jusqu'au moment où le terminal mobile personnel (200-1, 200-2) entre à nouveau dans la couverture ; et

    une unité d'activation (240) configurée pour, lorsque les informations de durée sont inférieures ou égales à un seuil de temps prédéfini, amener le terminal mobile personnel (200-1, 200-2) à être incapable d'envoyer automatiquement la commande de demande d'appel d'ascenseur dans une période de temps depuis le moment où le terminal mobile personnel (200-1, 200-2) entre à nouveau dans la couverture jusqu'au moment où le terminal mobile personnel (200-1, 200-2) quitte à nouveau la couverture,

    caractérisé par

    une unité d'entrée (250) disposée dans le terminal mobile personnel (200-1, 200-2), dans lequel l'unité d'entrée (250) est configurée pour entrer des informations de service de demande concernant la commande de demande d'appel d'ascenseur.


     
    2. Système d'appel automatique d'ascenseur selon la revendication 1, dans lequel l'unité de synchronisation (230) et l'unité d'activation (240) sont disposées dans le terminal mobile personnel (200-1, 200-2) porté par le passager.
     
    3. Système d'appel automatique d'ascenseur selon la revendication 1 ou 2, dans lequel l'unité d'activation (240) est en outre configurée pour, lorsque les informations de durée sont supérieures au seuil de temps prédéfini, amener le terminal mobile personnel (200-1, 200-2) à être capable d'envoyer automatiquement la commande de demande d'appel d'ascenseur normalement dans une période de temps depuis le moment où le terminal mobile personnel (200-1, 200-2) entre à nouveau dans la couverture jusqu'au moment où le terminal mobile personnel (200-1, 200-2) quitte à nouveau la couverture.
     
    4. Système d'appel automatique d'ascenseur selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 3, dans lequel le seuil de temps est supérieur ou égal à 15 secondes et inférieur ou égal à 2 minutes ; et/ou
    dans lequel le seuil de temps est supérieur ou égal à 30 secondes et inférieur ou égal à 1 minute.
     
    5. Système d'appel automatique d'ascenseur selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 4, dans lequel le système d'appel automatique d'ascenseur comprend en outre une unité de communication à courte portée (210) disposée dans le terminal mobile personnel (200-1, 200-2), et l'unité de communication à courte portée (210) est configurée pour détecter le signal sans fil et déterminer si le terminal mobile personnel (200-1, 200-2) quitte ou entre dans la couverture ;
    dans lequel, en particulier, l'unité de communication à courte portée (210) est en outre configurée pour déterminer que le terminal mobile personnel (200-1, 200-2) quitte la couverture dans le cas où le signal sans fil est d'abord détecté puis non détecté ou dans le cas où l'intensité de signal du signal sans fil détecté diminue progressivement jusqu'à approximativement 0 ; et
    l'unité de communication à courte portée (210) est en outre configurée pour déterminer que le terminal mobile personnel (200-1, 200-2) entre dans la couverture dans le cas où le signal sans fil n'est d'abord pas détecté puis détecté.
     
    6. Système d'appel automatique d'ascenseur selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 5, comprenant en outre une unité de génération de commande de demande d'appel d'ascenseur (220) disposée dans le terminal mobile personnel (200-1, 200-2), dans lequel l'unité de génération de commande de demande d'appel d'ascenseur (220) est configurée pour générer automatiquement la commande de demande d'appel d'ascenseur correspondante lorsque l'intensité de signal du signal sans fil détecté est supérieure ou égale à l'intensité de seuil de déclenchement.
     
    7. Système d'appel automatique d'ascenseur selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 6, dans lequel l'unité d'activation (240) est en outre configurée pour être capable d'envoyer automatiquement la commande de demande d'appel d'ascenseur une seule fois dans une plage de temps depuis le moment d'entrée de la couverture jusqu'au moment de quitter la couverture.
     
    8. Système d'appel automatique d'ascenseur selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 7, dans lequel l'appareil de signalisation sans fil (120) est un module Bluetooth/module Bluetooth basse consommation (BLE), et le signal sans fil est un signal Bluetooth/signal BLE.
     
    9. Système d'ascenseur (10), comprenant :

    le système d'appel automatique d'ascenseur (20) selon l'une quelconque des revendications 1 à 8 ; et

    un dispositif de commande d'ascenseur (140) configuré pour commander le fonctionnement d'une ou de plusieurs cabines d'ascenseur dans le système d'ascenseur (10) ;

    dans lequel le dispositif de commande d'ascenseur (140) est couplé à l'appareil de signalisation sans fil (120) et commande le fonctionnement des une ou plusieurs cabines d'ascenseur (110-1, 110-2) dans le système d'ascenseur (10) en réponse à au moins la commande de demande d'appel d'ascenseur.


     




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