The Soothing Voice Of Otis
Linda DeMartino provides comfort to many people during those brief but vaguely unsettling elevator rides.
She reassures them everything’s OK when the elevator is stuck: “Please do not be alarmed. We are experiencing a temporary power interruption.”
She’s the guide that tells them where they’re going: “Fourth Floor.” “Going Up.”
DeMartino is the increasingly popular voice inside elevators manufactured by Farmington-based Otis Elevator Co., the world’s largest elevator company.
“It’s kind of like having a little mom in the elevator, saying ‘Be careful now,”’ said the former Otis secretary.
Before DeMartino, almost all talking elevators were male and had a synthesized sound.
But technology has improved. And with some help from DeMartino, the female voice has become the choice for those who want their elevators to talk.
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