Kimberly-Clark Professional announced that it is partnering with GOJO Industries to exhibit its Onvation smart restroom technology at the Realcomm 2022 expo from June 15-16 in Orlando, Fla., debuting its technology to help commercial facilities in North America meet the diverse challenges of numerous workplaces as they embrace employees returning to the office.
Kimberly-Clark Professional says its Onvation connected software platform proactively controls and optimizes restroom servicing, providing the intelligence and flexibility needed to deliver world-class facility management, while improving operational efficiencies, and helping organizations meet their sustainability goals.
The company contends that "all of the above" is increasingly important as offices and employers face labor shortages, unpredictable building occupancy rates and increased hygiene expectations.
Smart restroom benefits
The Realcomm expo is a premier industry event focused on automated business solutions and state-of-the-art enterprise technologies for the commercial and corporate real estate industry. Realcomm trade show attendees will have the opportunity to interact with Onvation's technology through in-booth demonstrations regarding how this smart restroom platform provides a series of benefits to both building users and building management.
Specifically, according to a press release, the Onvation system leverages the internet of things (IoT) to enhance restroom servicing efficiency via data-driven, connected software which monitors, analyzes and measures information that directly impacts labor efficiencies and staffing levels as well as visitor experience and hygiene.
Through sensors mounted inside of Kimberly-Clark Professional and GOJO Industries' Purell® smart dispensers, the Onvation solution 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.
Juliet Hollyhurst, Onvation's business operations leader, explained:
"Realcomm is the perfect venue to demonstrate the capabilities of Onvation in helping the commercial real estate industry adopt innovative solutions...that will help to bring employees back to offices and adapt to working outside of their homes again. 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."
Through real-time notifications, restrooms with Onvation technology save time and resources, ensuring dispensers are only serviced when needed.
As Kimberly-Clark Professional research suggests, cleaners could spend 25% of their 8-hour shift checking dispensers in an average building. The manufacturer contends that the Onvation platform reduces the time spent on this task by more than 90% per year, and may help facilities achieve up to 75% fewer visitor complaints, while contributing to organizations' sustainability goals via 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," concluded Hollyhurst. "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."