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Increasing digitalization also opens up new possibilities in the world of ropeways. With SMART Ropeway, Doppelmayr/Garaventa is focusing its innovation capability in order to make the daily work routine even easier and more efficient for our customers – because the future of rope-propelled mobility is digital and that mobility is connected to its environment. We work on this vision day by day and are constantly developing intelligent technologies. Our journey has long since begun.

The term SMART Ropeway is an acronym for the five key areas of expertise: Service & Applications, Mobility & Experience, Advanced Connectivity, Relations & Reliability and Technology & Innovation. By combining all SMART areas of expertise, Doppelmayr/Garaventa is shaping the future of rope-propelled mobility.

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Service &
Applications

Our customers have a perfect overview of their ropeway installation. With the help of innovative products and services as well as intelligent data management, all the information regarding operation, maintenance and spare parts orders is available at all times.

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The ropeway control system, Doppelmayr Connect, is a major milestone in the digitalization process. With its comprehensive functions, intuitive operation and clear structure, it makes the daily work of ropeway personnel much easier. Recorded data is used for statistical evaluation and, as the next step, for further optimization.

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With the “Ropeway Assistant” on our customer support website, customers have a simple and convenient means of ordering spare parts and tools for their installation. Customer service is significantly enhanced and more efficient as a result.

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Fast and simple problem solving is crucial in day-to-day ropeway operations. With effective remote maintenance, our customers are quickly connected with our specialists and receive immediate help around the clock – for the efficient maintenance and repair of their Doppelmayr/Garaventa installation.

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Mobility &
Experience

A trip on a ropeway is not only a comfortable means of transport for getting from A to B, but – thanks to SMART Ropeway – becomes a multifaceted interactive experience. Comfort and mobility are taken to a whole new level by innovations such as fully automated, self-propelled systems, onboard infotainment and other digital experience offers in the cabin.

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Urban ropeways are far more than a practical addition to car, bus and rail travel. They harbor huge potential as a cost-effective means of transport. With their small structural footprint, which is limited to the towers and stations, ropeways are a valuable extension of the urban infrastructure and simultaneously open up a new transport level – the next level of mobility.

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Are autonomous ropeways a long way off? Not exactly. In Val Thorens in France, Doppelmayr/Garaventa has already built two installations of this kind. With new technologies and ideas, development of this mode of operation is ongoing for efficient use in a wide range of applications.

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A ropeway is both a means of a transport and an attraction at the same time. In addition to the breathtaking views, passengers traveling in the OMEGA V cabin get to enjoy comprehensive infotainment offers. The occupants have free, individual access to the internet or to tourist information such as weather reports at any time during the trip. And they can even play their favorite songs in the cabin via their cell phone.

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Advanced
Connectivity

Doppelmayr/Garaventa employees already work with highly integrated, cutting-edge systems. In combination with intelligent connectivity of the ropeway itself and other system subscribers, it is ultimately the customer who benefits in terms of greater flexibility, faster response times and higher transparency and currency.

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For Doppelmayr/Garaventa, ICT means the innovative connection of ropeway control and cabin – for greater efficiency in day-to-day operations and a maximized ride experience. Cabin functions such as lighting, ventilation, air-conditioning, seat heating and two-way communication can be controlled centrally using the straightforward ropeway control system, Doppelmayr Connect – and this can be done individually for each cabin.

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Relations &
Reliability

Connectivity creates trust. Furthermore, the collaboration with customers and suppliers is facilitated by organization and knowledge management across national boundaries. Digital platforms improve direct communication and promote dialog, and systematically focus operational know-how.

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Technology &
Innovation

The continuous development of the product portfolio and constant innovations are what defines Doppelmayr/Garaventa as market and technology leader. Value added for the customer are the magic words: All development efforts are focused on that goal.

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With the development of the D-Line, Doppelmayr/Garaventa has created the visionary basis for new technology and digitally integrated thinking. This latest-generation ropeway system incorporates no less than 205 new developments, 31 innovations and 14 patents. Top passenger comfort, quiet operation, simple, time-saving maintenance and many more features make the D-Line first class.

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In addition to new and further developments of components in-house, Doppelmayr/Garaventa also relies on innovative minds in the start-up scene. As a cornerstone investor of Speedinvest, the company provides support for fresh ideas and new technologies from young startups that harbor great potential for ropeways.

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Consummate design. Well conceived. Atmospheric. The iconic shape that has been exceptionally successful for decades makes it unique. Ultramodern ropeway technology is perfectly integrated. The OMEGA V cabin from CWA is made for the future.

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Intelligent sensor technology and the continuous analysis and monitoring of components increase the efficiency and availability of ropeway installations in ongoing operations. The rope position detection system, Nexo (RPD Nexo), identifies a deviation of the rope from normal position at an early stage, which significantly reduces the risk of deropement. Constant monitoring of rope position using cutting-edge technology guarantees absolute operational efficiency for the ropeway operator and maximum safety for the passengers.

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The topic of digitalization was also of major importance when developing the brand-new 3S cabin, the ATRIA. Entirely in line with SMART Ropeway, the ATRIA is also connected and integrated into the Doppelmayr Connect ropeway control system. The electromechanical door drive system, for example, is state of the art and all part of the basic cabin equipment. It enables the reversal of door movement as well as audiovisual signals to indicate opening and closing – an enhanced comfort feature for passengers, especially for those with visual or hearing impairments.