As we all know, one of the most common problems people face in public spaces is finding an available bathroom. In crowded areas, like airports, shopping malls, office complexes, and stadiums, it can be challenging to find a restroom with an available stall. That’s where bathroom occupancy counters come in handy.
A bathroom occupancy counter is a device that helps to monitor the number of people who are currently using a restroom. This technology has been around for a while, but it has become increasingly popular due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s part of SenSource’s real-time occupancy counting system. In public restrooms, it is important to limit the number of people who are using the facilities at one time to maintain social distancing guidelines.
The bathroom occupancy counter works by using people counting sensors that detect when someone enters or exits a restroom. The devices are typically mounted on the ceiling of the restroom entrance and use PoE connectivity to communicate data to a cloud-based reporting platform. For added security, the sensors are equipped with privacy filters. The software then uses the data collected by the sensors to calculate the number of available stalls and sends this information to a display panel located outside the restroom.
The display panel can be an LED display, a tablet, a TV, or a simple sign that indicates whether the restroom is occupied or available. If the restroom is occupied, the display panel will show a red light or the word “occupied.” If the restroom is available, the display panel will show a green light or the word “available.”
In addition to providing restroom users with information, SenSource’s bathroom occupancy counters include reporting tools and alerts for admins. Easily verify occupancy compliance or uncover the need for additional restrooms by reporting each restroom’s historical occupancy and usage.
Bathroom occupancy counters have several benefits. First, they can help to reduce wait times for people who need to use the restroom. By knowing which restrooms are available in advance, people can quickly find an available location, saving them time and frustration.
Second, bathroom occupancy counters can help reduce germs and viruses’ spread. By limiting the number of people who are using the facilities at one time, there is less chance of people coming into contact with each other and spreading germs.
Finally, bathroom occupancy counters can help to improve the overall experience of using public restrooms. With the convenience of knowing which restrooms are available, people can feel more comfortable and confident when using the facilities, making their experience more pleasant.
In conclusion, bathroom occupancy counters are a useful tool for managing public restrooms. By using sensors to monitor the number of people using the facilities, they can help to reduce wait times, limit the spread of germs, and improve the overall experience of using public restrooms. As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, bathroom occupancy counters will become even more important in helping to keep people safe and healthy.
Learn more about real-time occupancy counting.