thyssenkrupp builds on industry 4.0

Mixed reality serves as a new and exceptional tool for producing bespoke products;solution to now be rolled out in Germany and other key markets

thyssenkrupp responds to the challenges of delivering customized home mobility solutions with the introduction of Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed-reality devices in its access solutions business. 

Enabling clients to visualize in real time what products will look like in their own homes and reducing the delivery time to the customer by up to 4x, these devices will serve as an intrinsic tool in providing the ideal home mobility experience.

The demand for such solutions will rise fast: In addition to urban populations growing rapidly, better healthcare and improved standards of living are also enabling people to live longer. The global population is expected to increase from the current 7.4 billion to over 11 billion by 2100 – and is aging. 

In 2016, every eighth person worldwide was already over 60 years old. For Germany, the Federal Statistical Office calculates that in 2060, 69 percent of the population will be in the pension age. These figures show that the mobility of older people in cities is a growing challenge.

Solutions such as stair lifts are already helping to deliver a better quality of life for the elderly, enabling them to live longer and more independently in their own homes. However, the complexity in designing and delivering home mobility solutions for this demographic is three-fold. 

First, no two staircases are exactly the same and therefore each stair lift needs tobe a custom solution specially tailored to individual requirements. Second, today most customers buy these products only when their mobility is already very restricted, making it an emotional experience where they have to accept their new limitations. Third, we live in an age of immediacy and customers want their purchases to be delivered now, meaning that time is of the essence.

It is also clear that the planning for in-home mobility needs to improve. Recent market studied in Germany show that 37 percent of people over the age of 40 would like to remain in their own homes in their old age. However, barely 23 percent of Germans aged between 40 and 49 have thought about this issue. As making our homes comfortable is essential for most of us, the integration of mobility solutions clearly need to be prioritized.

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