This Web server runs on one of our 8-faucet controllers!
Our controllers are based on a 486 PC architecture running our own realtime
version of the well-known Linux operating system.
Our proprietary process control software ensures a balance of both
temperature and flow rate, regardless of usage patterns.
Users will enjoy a nice hot shower, without having to adjust the
temperature, or even touch anything at all.
Simply step in front of the viewing area, and the shower turns on.
Instantly, out comes water at the perfect temperature!
Step away, and it turns off.
Our process control system ensures that water is
circulated in the pipes
at the right temperature, even when none of the showers are actually running.
Why a Web-based interface
We decided to use a client/server model for all of our sensors.
Each sensor is implemented through Java applets.
This permits any level of sophistication desired.
While most of our current installations are quite simple
(e.g. little interprocess communication), the degree of interprocess
and interfixture communication can be controlled remotely over the Internet.
This is useful for monitoring usage patterns for generating statistics
(e.g. identifying areas of conjestion in the restroom environment).
By indentifying areas of possible conjestion, these problems can often
be resolved with software. Systems can be reprogrammed to respond
to users in slightly different ways, and therefore user behaviour can
be modified slightly. Through slight modifications in user behaviour,
efficiency and restroom throughput can be increased. For example,
the system might detect that, in a row of hand faucets, the furthest one
is used excessively during certain times of day. It might be determined
that a homeless person is using it for hair washing purposes, especially
if it is somewhat hidden from view. Your system can detect this pattern
of deviant use, and correct it by adjusting the timing on that particular
fixture so that it will time out sooner than the others. This would
effectively move that user to another faucet.
As you can see, slight changes in system parameters can be used to effect
slight changes in user behaviour.
The ultimate in user-satisfaction
In the future, you can imagine the following scenario.
A user approaches the entrance to the
restrooms. Prior to the user entering far enough to
see into the restroom, the lights turn on just before he
enters, so that he is not startled by the sudden onset of light, but
electricity is still saved by not illuminating an empty restroom.
The user approaches a urinal and there is a courtesy flush to freshen the
bowl prior to use. After the user urinates and
steps away, the urinal flushes automatically.
in anticipation of the user's eventual
desire to wash his hands, nice warm water begins to circulate through the
lavoratories. By the time the user walks over to one of the lavatories
and puts his hands under the faucet, where the water turns on automatically,
is already at the right temperature, even though it was not running yet.
Merely anticipating the user's arrival, warm water has been
already circulating in the pipes, before the water is actually switched on.
The user is delighted to find the water at just the perfect temperature.
Meanwhile, electricity is already flowing through the heating elements in
the hand dryer, in anticipation of the blower fan that will soon be activated
automatically by the sensors behind
the VitriView ceramics.
Thus you can see how our intelligent plumbing can monitor patters of behaviour
and anticipate the user's actions. In this way, the happiness of the user
will be maximized.
Helping the user
Our Java applets allow our restroom fixtures to
communicate with each other, and to communicate with remote sites.
Whether you want to delight your users with responsive, predictive fixtures,
or please your users by keeping the restroom crime-free, you can be sure
that everyone will be happier, and your profits will increase.
If crime ever does become a problem, our sensors can transmit crime
statistics back to your central law enforcement facility. The optical
qualities of VitriView ceramics
are outstanding, and will provide you with the best greyscale rendition
and tonal fidelity possible, even in poor light.
If crime is a problem, consider replacing some of your CeramiView
tiles with SafetyGlass tiles (from our
public safety products devision), which are known for their color rendition.
Be sure to white balance your sensors to compensate for the greenish
color cast of flourescent lights. As with all video-based machine vision
technology, we cannot guarantee accurate color reproduction in
the presence of mixed lighting (as when natural daylight entering through
windows mixes with fluorescent lights). If crime is a problem in your
installation, we recommend our ATW (Auto Tracking White) sensors.
Remember that hair colour, eye colour, and even the colour of clothing
are important identifiers of those who might, whether through vandalism
or recklessness, reduce your profits and the satisfaction of your other users.
Rapid aprehension of suspects is important to maintaing a crime-free
airport, shopping mall, arena, or other establishment.
Drug use will fall, and everyone will be happier, except terrorists,
theives, or those
engaged in other forms of criminal activity. Our
privacy enhancing fixtures
ensure that normal users need not be disturbed by police
foot patrols into the restroom areas, or by security guards entering
simply to make inspections. Thus Aquionics will maintain the
cleanliness, safety, security, and privacy of all the occupants
in your buildings.
- B.F. Skinner, Reward and Reward Initiative
as means of behavioural modification.
- J. Bentham, Eudaemonia, on
of the human condition through maximization of society's collective
- C. Shannon, Incrementalist behavioural modification through
imperceptibly small adjustments in reward; making the user happy
through the subconscious flow of information.