Jon Bond, Head of Projects at Roca UK, explains how the bathroom brand has adapted its fleet of products to utilise touchless technology in order to offer new innovative solutions that cater to the demands from modern travellers….
In the past year, the hospitality industry has seen an increased emphasis on hygiene with unprecedented demand for non-contact products in hotels and restaurants.
Prior to the pandemic, technologies such as mobile key cards were already being used in some hotels. These additions help to enhance the guest experience, helping guests feel safer and more in control. Touchless check-in points and touchless guestroom locks all have their part to play, and touchless technology in the bathroom is now more important than ever.
With growing demand for zero-contact bathroom solutions, manufacturers have rushed to introduce new touchless products and innovations, to deliver increased levels of hygiene. From basin mixers that activate automatically when they detect a user, to electronic flush plates with movement sensors, and mirrors with lights that are switched on with a simple gesture – Roca offers a range of touchless solutions which provide an extra layer of hygiene and safety within the bathroom.
Roca’s EM1 Touchless dual-flush valve offers zero contact and maximum hygiene, reducing the need to touch the flush buttons. With a minimalist design, the EM1 valve can be simply retrofitted to upgrade an existing push button to an automatic flush plate, making it quick and easy to install with minimal effort. There is no electric connection needed and it is powered by 4 AA batteries (not included) that guarantee more than 40,000 flushes.
It is also easy to use – with just a simple wave of the hand, the EM1 recognises the required flush (full or half flush volumes) and with the sleek sensor ‘push button’, you can flush your WC in an easy and hygienic way.
Electronic Basin Mixers
Roca’s range of electronic basin mixers, including the Loft-E range, feature an infrared sensor which activates the water flow when presence is detected and shuts off automatically when the hands are removed, avoiding direct contact. The lack of contact not only improves hygiene, it also prevents the build-up of droplets and fingerprints on its surface, resulting in a cleaner product for longer. Roca’s electronic basin mixers offer a highly hygienic and effective solution to fight the spread bacteria and to reduce the use of water in the home.
Easy installation is guaranteed. The electronic mixers are available in a battery or mains operated system which means they can be installed in any commercial bathroom, regardless of the availability of a power outlet in the area of usage. The battery-operated versions are exceptionally durable with alkaline batteries which guarantee over 250,000 uses.
A further innovation means both greater safety and additional savings – the electronic device stops the water flow after a pre-set period to promote moderate use and prevent the unnecessary waste of water.
Touchless mirrors with LED lights
Mirrors with integrated touchless technology, such as the Prisma Comfort and Iridia models, allow hotel guests to activate functions such as the ambient light or demister device through movement, meaning less direct contact from hands, allowing the glass to remain clean and clear.
Electronic operating plates for toilets
The EP-1 and EP-2 electronic operating plates offer similar touchless flushing capabilities for wall-hung and back-to-wall WC’s. With a stylish, contemporary design and easy installation, they are similarly activated by the wave of a hand.
With a backlit surface divided into two stripes which are alternatively activated depending on the type of flush (partial or full), they also benefit from an additional ‘automatic’ option in which the toilet is instantly cleaned when the user approaches or when a specific time has passed after its use.
Roca’s Touchless solutions are suitable for a wide variety of settings within the hospitality environment, providing an extra layer of safety and reassurance within the hotel bathroom.
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