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MachineQ, Toto USA partner to provide IoT-based restroom solutions for facilities managers

MachineQ, Toto USA partner to provide IoT-based restroom solutions for facilities managers

Toto, a plumbing manufacturer with over $5.45 billion in annual sales, has announced a collaboration with Comcast’s MachineQ to expand the availability of IoT-enabled smart restroom products in public restrooms across the US.

Toto USA is part of the larger Toto Global Group, which was established in 1917 in Kitakyushu, Japan. The company specializes in bathroom fixtures and fittings, with an annual sales total of $5.45 billion for 2019 (using the average exchange rate per quarter). Toto USA says it is dedicated to engineering products that respect the environment while meeting people’s expectations for comfort, beauty and performance.

Using MachineQ’s IoT network connectivity platform, Toto’s smart restroom products can help facility managers supervise their workforce, reduce costs and increase consumer satisfaction. This includes reducing bathroom audits, decreasing downtime, increasing employee efficiency and managing costs.

“Utilizing MachineQ’s fully integrated device-to-cloud platform enables TOTO to further increase the value our IoT smart restroom products provide to facilities managers,” stated Hidemi Ishikawa, the CEO of Toto USA. “With MachineQ’s LoRaWAN network, which interoperates easily with other networks, TOTO’s IoT-enabled products easily integrate with facilities’ smart restroom monitoring systems or building automation systems across the US.”

With MachineQ’s cloud-based IoT connectivity platform, Toto says its smart restroom solutions can help facility managers in airports, stadiums, hotels and office buildings solve real-world business issues more effectively.

Steve Salata, vice president and general manager of MachineQ remarked that “With our robust platform and network management in place, Toto can focus on further delivering exceptional public restroom experiences.”

Toto provides IoT-enabled products to create smart, connected public restrooms. These products include Ecopower smart-sensor flush valves for toilets and urinals, Ecopower smart-sensor faucets and auto soap smart-sensor dispensers.

Toto IoT-enabled products provide real-time updates via the Kolo Smart Monitoring System. The technology alerts facility managers and custodial staff to the number of activations, operational abnormalities, user safety issues and consumer traffic. The company says this information allows staff to make informed decisions regarding cleaning and repairs.

Additionally, Toto states that its IoT-enabled products, such as the smart-sensor flush valves, faucets and soap dispensers, provide reliable plumbing functions even in the event of an internet or hardware issue.

Toto’s Ecopower technology also generates electricity with a small internal turbine. It does not require hardwiring to a building’s electrical system or routine disposable battery replacement. Further, it continues to operate in the event of power outages or internet service disruptions, the company says.

In June of 2022, MachineQ unveiled their LoRaWAN-certified device, MQflex, to meet the increasing demand for LoRaWAN edge devices used in asset management and tracking. MachineQ, a Comcast company, demonstrated MQflex at the LoRaWAN World Expo in Paris in July.

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