The smart washroom of the future

Have you ever seen such a paper checklist in a toilet room? They often hang next to the door, with date, time and signature registration. Often they are filled in, in groups of 3 or 4 notes below each other, which seem to be very similar to each other …..

From stupid to smart washrooms and toilet groups

These checklists are a good example of yesterday’s washroom: a routine, uncontrolled and potentially unnecessary check on a piece of paper. The information on the paper will only be processed and evaluated if the executives get it at the end of the week. And it only serves to check if something is not filled in completely.

Evidence based toilet lady

How different was the experience when washrooms still had a toilet lady at the door! The presence of this miss served several goals: they welcomed you, could solve problems for you, and kept an eye on how often a washroom was used, and could decide when to clean. This was true evidence based cleaning.

Digital toilet groups with sensors

For a restaurant, it is still possible to use a toilet lady. But for (semi) public washrooms it’s too expensive to use a physical person. And this is what the internet or things can solve. Wireless sensors enable us to digitally register what the toilet lady used to do: how many people have used the laundry room since the last cleaning, how much toilet paper is there and how much is still on the towel roll, the trash can be emptied to become? In short: evidence based cleaning.

Big Data in toilet groups and washrooms

But it gets even better: digital recording of the measurements means we can analyze the historical data to discover trends. And if the data sets are large enough, we can use big data analysis to make real-time predictions. The ultimate goal: optimization (a simple example: make a round along full trash cans instead of making a round because it’s six o’clock).

IoT and sensor workshop

In order to make full use of the possibilities of IoT (internet or things) we have created a workshop. In this workshop, we help companies to discover the potential of IoT for their business. A few tips:

  1. What is the business case? Measuring something can make you get more work. More work means more time, and it takes more money. The IoT business case for evidence based cleaning should be a clear cost savings or service improvement.
  2. Do not measure anything just because it’s possible. Always ask yourself honestly: what does this measurement give us?
  3. Choose the right partner. Software and hardware are two very different branches of sport. Software lives in a laboratory-like perfect world, while hardware is dealing with the physical world, which is often unpredictable and limited. The ideal partner understands this and is realistic.
  4. Small steps are the ideal way to get started with Iot. The ideal partner can facilitate this.
  5. Do it. Do it now.

This blog article was written by Jorus Everaerd, Chief IoT Officer @Facility Apps.