The construction industry in China has witnessed a huge boom in recent years with an increasing number of skyscrapers or high-rise apartment buildings and offices springing up across the country. An increase in the construction of skyscrapers highlights the predominant role of elevators in improving the quality of life of people. Even though many of these devices are equipped with premium safety features there is always the potential risk of people getting trapped inside elevators in case of a fire or if the device loses electric power. The need for safe and reliable rescue equipment in case of emergencies arises in such situations. With an objective to find a reliable solution to this problem, a group of researchers in Beijing are testing a new equipment that could significantly reduce the risk level of people trapped in emergency situations.
Currently, the elevator is being installed in a 15-story, 40-meter-high university dormitory in Beijing. This fireproof elevator that operates without electricity can carry 4-5 people at a time. It can start its operation from any floor in the building and travel safely to the ground level.