KONE’s new state-of-the-art access solution, KONE Lane, wins coveted Red Dot Design Award, along with three other KONE solutions

Press Release Published 05/19/2021

KONE Corporation, press release, May 19, 2021

  KONE, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has introduced its next generation access gate solution, the KONE Lane turnstile. It offers remarkable space-efficiency, reducing the need for floorspace by up to 90%, compared with conventional similar products. The solution is ideal for offices and multiuse developments and can be adjusted to suit various design styles, while its 'Time of Flight' (TOF) sensor technology brings improved security and adaptability. 

KONE Lane received two awards in the esteemed Red Dot Award: Product Design 2021 competition. It was awarded in the categories Interior Design Elements and Innovative Products, getting praise from the jury for its comprehensive technological features and innovative design which can fundamentally change access control with regard to functionality and aesthetics. 

  "KONE Lane sets a new standard for how smart connectivity and beautiful design can be combined to help our customers introduce convenience and accessibility for the office," says Tomio Pihkala, EVP, New Equipment Business, KONE. "It really is a game-changer, as KONE Lane requires very little floorspace and can be adapted to meet changing needs, in ways that haven't been seen before."

Other Red Dot Design Awards were given for KONE Office Flow, KONE Digital Experience Car and the KONE TravelMaster Premium Kit escalator design solution, which have all been recognized for their outstanding design quality, innovation and smart connectivity.

The KONE Office Flow solution, launched in November 2020, received a Red Dot award in the Smart Products category for its ability to intelligently control the flow of visitors, providing a much-improved user experience. By combining mobile connectivity, apps and a sleek design, the adaptable system means seamless, touchless journeys and customized user experiences.

KONE Digital Experience Car was recognized under the category of Interior Design Elements. Featuring wall-to-wall immersive digital media and a studio-quality sound system, it transforms conventional elevator rides into multi-sensory experiences which are truly unique. The jury found the solution innovative and fascinating, allowing for the creation of customer-specific experiences.

Finally, the KONE TravelMaster Premium Kit escalator design solution received a Red Dot: Best of the Best under the Interior Design Elements category - the highest award in the competition, reserved for the best products in a category. 

"At KONE, our job is to create the best People Flow experience which includes how people move around in harmony with a combination of premium digital user experience, services, beautiful hardware design and technology. These awards are a testament to our team and how we work closely with both end-users and our customers to consider how elevators, escalators and turnstiles can be adapted to changing behaviors and needs. We are proud to be recognized by such a prestigious design organization once again," says Visa Rauta, Head of KONE Design.

Last year, KONE won four Red Dot product design awards for its KONE DX Class elevators. The company's solutions have been awarded also in 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2012.

  KONE Lane is part of the KONE Office Flow offering. It will be available in selected markets in early 2022.

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For further information, please contact: 
Hanna Rutanen, Director, External Communications, KONE Corporation, tel. +358 41 507 1361, media@kone.com

Notes to editors:

About Red Dot 
Dating back to 1955, the Red Dot Design Award is today one of the world's largest and most recognized design competitions with more than 18,000 entries. The competition breaks down into three disciplines of Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. In 2021, designers and organizations from around 60 countries entered products in the Red Dot Award: Product Design competition. The products were evaluated in a process lasting several days by a jury of some 50 international experts. When judging the products, the jury assessed various criteria such as degree of innovation, functionality, formal quality and longevity.

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Read more about KONE Lane and KONE Office Flow
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Previous press releases are available at https://www.kone.com/en/news-and-insights/releases/ including: 
November 5, 2020: Introducing KONE Office Flow and innovations for high-rise, making buildings smarter, safer and more adaptable for a changing urban world
May 7, 2020: KONE DX Class elevators win four prestigious Red Dot Design Awards
November 29, 2019: KONE DX Class elevators take the industry into a new era - the world's first elevator series with built-in digital connectivity as standard

About KONE
At KONE, our mission is to improve the flow of urban life. As a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, KONE provides elevators, escalators and automatic building doors, as well as solutions for maintenance and modernization to add value to buildings throughout their life cycle. Through more effective People Flow®, we make people's journeys safe, convenient and reliable, in taller, smarter buildings. In 2020, KONE had annual sales of EUR 9.9 billion, and at the end of the year over 60,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. in Finland.

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