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RBS gets smart

IoT technology offers an opportunity to replace wasteful, unsustainable paper towels with smart hand-dryers that both cut waste and enable FMs to run a more efficient washroom

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) has announced savings of £35,635 in operational costs one year after installing 80 Savortex EcoCurve 550D smart hand-dryers at RBS Premier Place, its high-profile London building. This represents a one-year payback on its investment.

Previously, an RBS building like this one typically used 14 tons of paper towels every year. Switching to the smart dryers has eliminated much of this waste, equating to a carbon saving of 95.4 per cent. Real-time data collected on site demonstrates savings of 3.14 million paper towels in total, reducing CO2 usage by almost 4,500 kilos in less than 13 months.

Savortex’s dryers, based on Intel hardware, use in-built sensors to monitor dryer usage and washroom footfall in real time, then wirelessly report the data to the web for analytics and alerts. Cleaners can inspect washrooms based on actual footfall rather than a random schedule that may result in unnecessary visits.

Each client’s data is wirelessly reported to Savortex’s intelligent data portal. The data can be fed to FMs to drive efficiencies and cost savings, such as allowing businesses to centrally and remotely manage the cleaning of their washroom facilities from the cloud.

Savortex’s adDryer plays a video in response to someone drying their hands, providing an opportunity to engage consumers with tailored messages. This allows businesses to use real data to push content and drive additional revenue streams.

John Hayes, Head of Property at RBS, comments: “In the past, corporate responsibility and cost management were relatively separate activities. However, in recent times these two agendas have moved much closer together. We at RBS chose to undertake a trial with Savortex as we felt that they had created a product which recognised that investment in resource efficiency also needs to be commercially sustainable.”

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