Three Ways People Counting Technology Improves Public Restrooms

people counting technologyMaintaining public restrooms at your business is a task that is often taken for granted. Many businesses have no janitorial staff that is assigned to keep the restrooms clean, relying on customers to notify them when the bathrooms run out of toilet paper, the commodes are inoperable, etc. While this may seem like an effective way to keep labor cost down, a customer or patron may view your business or establishment as poorly-managed if you can’t even keep your restrooms maintained. People counting technology can help keep your restrooms well-managed without the cost of extra labor.

1. Keep ‘em stocked. No one likes to run out of toilet paper.

People counting technology will generate reports of how many people have gone in and out of the public restrooms. With one installed in each restroom doorway (men’s room and women’s room), you can monitor how much traffic each restroom is receiving. Once a benchmark, or predetermined number of people entering and exiting the restroom, has been achieved, you will know it is time to check to see if the bathroom needs stocked with toilet paper, soap, and paper towels. This can be especially helpful for large venues such as amusement parks and event centers where multiple bathroom facilities are spread across a large area.

2. Keep ‘em clean. Dirty bathrooms send customers and patrons headed for the hills.

Setting benchmarks with people counting technology can also help alert you to the possibility that the restrooms may need cleaned and the trash cans changed. Overflowing trash cans can lead to paper towels and other discarded items on the bathroom floor, which is an unpleasant sight to your customers. Again, as soon as a target number has been reached, you will know it is time to check the restrooms. The more people using the facilities, the more likely the bathroom may need serviced. In this way, you are more likely to discover acts of vandalism before customers do. You can then attempt to ameliorate the situation before customers see it and narrow the window of time to determine when it occurred. You can then check security footage outside of the bathroom to narrow down possible suspects. If the vandalism is done with ink or paint, it will be easier to scrub off when it is fresh rather than allowing it to dry.

3. Keep ‘em working. Clogged commode? Not for long.

Using people counting technology to set maintenance benchmarks doesn’t just assist in keeping the restrooms clean, it can also help keep the sinks, commodes, and hand dryers working properly. Restrooms with poorly-functioning hardware can give customers the impression that the business is doing poorly because it cannot afford to replace or repair their bathrooms. As soon as the target number is reached, you will know to do a maintenance check in the bathrooms. These routine maintenance checks can help prevent the possibility of poorly-functioning commodes. A clogged or dysfunctional commode could lead to overflows which can cause problems such as floor damage (inside and outside the bathroom), product damage (if in a retail environment, the water could flow out of the bathroom and into your store), loss of business and poor customer service (if you have to close your store or bathroom while repairs are made), and unpleasant smells (which can provide an unpleasant experience for your customers). All of this can cost your business customers and money.

Investing in people counting technology to assist in keeping your restroom facilities up to par is sure to be an investment that generates a positive return. Your customers will keep coming back and spread the word that your bathrooms are clean, stocked, and well-maintained.