September 20th, 2021

How to Optimize Washroom Occupancy Management Protocols

Public washrooms are one of the highest-trafficked areas of any building. As they are relatively smaller spaces, toilets can quickly get crowded and difficult to manage. 

However, you can optimize washroom maintenance and management with the power of the Internet of Things (IoT), footfall analytics, and related technologies. It’s also an efficient approach to control occupancy and ensure social distancing in the “new normal.”

What Is Footfall Analytics?

People counting and footfall analytics measure the number of people entering and exiting a building or a specific area. By engaging in footfall counting and analytics, you can determine critical metrics like the number of people using the washroom, high traffic hours, and much more.

How Does Footfall Counting Work?

IoT-powered solutions like Vemcount leverage intelligent sensors to accurately and anonymously count the number of patrons entering and exiting a specific area like a washroom. This approach helps eliminate overcrowding and maintain safe levels of occupancy and hygiene. 

Whether it’s a shopping mall, office, or stadium, you can leverage this real-time occupancy management data to initiate cleaning and maintenance protocols. You can also use footfall counters with digital signs outside the washroom to alert visitors and janitorial staff whenever the facility is occupied (or not).

You can also use the same digital signs at malls and events to display ads while people wait to enter the restroom. This approach helps businesses quickly get a return on their investment. 

What Are They Key Benefits of Washroom Occupancy Monitoring?

Footfall counters come with a whole host of benefits. In the washroom occupancy context, people counting technologies provide the following benefits:

1. Washroom Cleaning On-Demand

You can leverage anonymous footfall data to establish a consistent level of hygiene and cleanliness. When washroom cleaning is demand-based, you can better use your resources to ensure that the janitorial team cleans when needed. For example, you can set up an alert to initiate washroom cleaning staff after ten people have used the facility. 

2. Ensure Social Distancing 

In a post-pandemic world, you can keep your staff and customers safe by limiting the number of people using the washroom at any given time. In this scenario, digital screens can ensure that people enter only after another exits the facility.

3. Optimize Staff Scheduling and Inventory Management

Footfall and occupancy data will allow you to see the bigger picture. In this case, you can better plan staff schedules and divert cleaning resources to high traffic hours and areas. This approach also helps better manage inventory and keep janitorial staff engaged. 

4. Improved Stakeholder Experience

When your public washrooms are cleaned and adequately maintained consistently, your staff, customers, and all stakeholders will have enhanced washroom experiences. This approach also helps reassure all customers and staff that their health and wellbeing are a priority.

5. Optimized Cost Savings

When your facilities are consistently clean and hygienic, you can reduce the spread of illness. This approach can have a direct impact on the number of sick days taken by employees. 

Furthermore, with the help of smart sensors and footfall analytics, you can better manage your resources and eliminate waste. For example, you can use footfall counters with other intelligent technologies to switch the lights off in unoccupied washrooms. 

Footfall technologies like Vemcount are scalable and ensure regulatory privacy compliance. You can also quickly get the data you need to improve hygiene and cleaning procedures and optimize facilities management protocols. 

To learn more about people counting and occupancy management solutions, give us a call or schedule a commitment-free consultation.