Kimberly-Clark shows smart toilets at Realcomm

  • June 13, 2022
  • Steve Rogerson

Kimberly-Clark is working with Ohio-based Gojo Industries to show the importance of smart toilets at this week’s Realcomm expo in Florida.

Together, they are exhibiting Onvation smart restroom software, debuting technology to help facilities in North America meet the problems of numerous workplaces as they embrace employees returning to the office.

Onvation connected software proactively controls and optimises toilet servicing, provides the intelligence and flexibility to deliver facility management and improve operational efficiencies, and helps organisations meet sustainability goals. This is increasingly important as offices and employers face labour shortages, unpredictable building occupancy rates and increased hygiene expectations.

Realcomm trade show attendees will have the opportunity to interact with Onvation’s technology through on-stand demonstrations of how a smart restroom provides benefits to building users and building management.

“Realcomm is the perfect venue to demonstrate the capabilities of Onvation in helping the commercial real estate industry adopt innovations, such as Onvation, that will help to bring employees back to offices and adapt to working outside of their homes again,” said Juliet Hollyhurst, Onvation’s business operations leader. “Onvation notifications and data insights can help to alleviate post-Covid-19 pandemic hygiene concerns and enable building owners and managers to proactively maintain safe, healthy, clean restrooms that delight their building occupants.”

Onvation leverages IoT technology to enhance servicing efficiency with data-driven, connected software. It monitors, analyses and measures information that directly impacts labour efficiencies and staffing levels as well as visitor experience and hygiene.

Through sensors mounted inside Kimberly-Clark and Gojo Purell smart dispensers, Onvation actively monitors restroom traffic as well as supplies of soap, toilet tissue and hand towels, and then provides real-time data to alert staff when product levels are low and service is needed.

Through real-time notifications, toilets with Onvation technology can save time and resources, ensuring dispensers are only serviced when needed. As Kimberly-Clark research suggests, cleaners could spend 25% of their eight-hour shift checking dispensers in an average building. Onvation can reduce the time spent by more than 90%. It helps facilities achieve up to 75% fewer visitor complaints and contributes to organisations’ sustainability goals with up to 80% waste reduction.

“In today’s workplaces, technology is changing the way facilities are managed, allowing janitorial teams and operations managers to work smarter not harder,” saidHollyhurst. “We’re thrilled to be at Realcomm for the first time, where we have the opportunity to connect directly with our customers and demonstrate the impact Onvation can have on properties that harness the power of smart, connected solutions.”

Texas-based Kimberly-Clark’s brands include Huggies, Kleenex, Scott, Kotex, Cottonelle, Poise, Depend, Andrex, Pull-Ups, GoodNites, Intimus, Neve, Plenitud, Sweety, Softex, Viva and WypAll.