Mall in Thailand sports hands-free elevator; installs foot pedals to prevent contact among shoppers

  • Bangkok’s Seacon Square installed foot pedals to rid the use of fingers in switching floors in one of its elevators
  • The mall aims to install the prototype to 15 more elevators
  • It aims to prevent indirect contact among shoppers while inside the facility

A mall in Thailand was quick to shift to new normal upon reopening its doors to shoppers as the country moves into the second phase of easing its restrictions.

Image by Seacon Square via Facebook

Bangkok’s Seacon Square installed foot pedals to rid the use of fingers in switching floors in one of its elevators. This way, indirect contact among shoppers would be avoided and the possible transmission of the virus would be prevented.

“Due to the pandemic of COVID-19, Seacon Square, we have decided to install initially foot pedals in one elevator as a prototype, and later we will install in another 15 elevators, so it’s safer for shoppers not to get infected,” Prote Sosothikul, Vice President of Seacon Development Company Limited, which manages the commercial area, was quoted in a report.

Image by Seacon Square via Facebook

Two pedals were installed outside the elevator which work as the up or down button. A series of foot pedals were also put inside the elevator for the mall’s floors and parking area. Pedals are also used in opening and closing the elevator.

Stickers were also put on the floor to remind mall goers to keep distance from each other while inside the elevator, which only allows six individuals at a time.

One of the customers who was able to use the prototype elevator said “they did a good job in preparing this. I feel much safer because we use our hands to do various things all the time. Now that we can use our foot to press the elevator, it’s really great.”