When a city is smart, it expects the city upkeep, municipality and cleanliness to be smart too! So, a modern smart city needs to equip itself with smart cleaners!! The human mind is wired to judge a place by its cleanliness in the first 10 seconds. May be in time to come the smart cleaners will beat this ten seconds TAT and give us cities and homes that are always spick n span.
Smart Cleaners - A New Way To Clean Cities
So, would we all agree that smart cities need smart cleaners? Well, in a smart city, it certainly ranks up there among the top priorities. Smart clothes with their self-cleaning capabilities are already creating a buzz. Now we can also talk about smart cleaning equipment for homes and offices like robotic vacuums and wireless floor cleaners with multiple sensors and 360-degree visibility.
This kind of smart-cleaning equipment, which are being developed by the likes of Denmark based Nilfisk, can be used in homes, schools, hospitals, airports, manufacturing units and even the streets. Wireless robotics ensures this equipment cleans on its own and then sends performance reports of the areas cleaned, the time taken, etc., all via the IOT sensors.
How Technology Will Influence Smart Cleaning
Imagine IOT implementation to an extent, where soap dispensers in washrooms whose IOT sensors send data to a tracking team, each time soap is dispensed. It gives them data about which washroom area is being heavily used at specific times of the day, which helps them plan their cleaning activities. This too can be automated, where the washroom must be cleaned after every 60 pushes of the soap dispenser.
This smart cleaning system is also a good way of saving operational costs. How? Well, before smart cleaning devices and sensors, the washrooms were being cleaned at regular intervals, regardless of their usage. Now, with the sensors tracking usage patterns, cleaning routines are also adjusted accordingly.
Also, money and time related to maintenance activities are saved because regular site visits and checks for faulty and broken equipment have become redundant. When an equipment or facility needs attention for repairs, the smart cleaning sensors will tell us. It is now entirely need-based.
Ensuring All round Business intelligence
The cleaning data that is collected from sensors in smart streets and smart homes, parks, hospitals, etc. give the city administration enough information to plan very precise cleaning activities. For instance, weather sensors in the streets, buildings, etc. can give a clear picture of whether heavy rains will require more storm water drains to be opened, or a heavy snowfall day requires more cleaning robots to hit the streets. Even a study published by IBM has given a clear picture of how IoT will dominate the cleaning domain in near future.
Autonomous robotic floor cleaners come with an intelligent vision to distinguish people and obstacles. They also have building maps inbuilt and are GPS enabled to be able to navigate easily for cleaning activities. Believe it or not, data-supported on-demand cleaning is here and we hear no one complaining!