In 2015, Smart Public Washrooms Look to Become a Thing

SCA, the producer of the Tork brand of professional hygiene products, has launched one of the first intelligent systems that join the Internet of Things.

The Tork EasyCube offers real-time restroom traffic and usage data with 24/7 visibility, aiming to ultimately helping reduce the number of restroom complaints and increase overall tenant and customer satisfaction.

The Internet of Things is the network of physical objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors and connectivity to enable a greater value or service by exchanging data.

In November 2014, research agency Gartner forecasted that 4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30 percent from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020.

“Before Tork EasyCube, the only way maintenance staff would know if towels, tissue or other restroom supplies were low or out, was through manual checks at each location. Now, all you need to do is check your smart device,” said Jimy Baynum, marketing director of channel development at SCA’s Away-from-Home Professional Hygiene business in North America.

Tork EasyCube utilizes connected restroom equipment such as dispensers for toilet paper, towels and soap.