LAX Installs “Tooshlights” – Smart Bathroom Stalls – No Peeking Through Cracks or Looking Under Partitions

by Adam

American Airlines Terminal 4 is the first section of LAX to receive the new “smart restroom tooshlights“.

“We’ve all been there. You’re in the restroom and someone shakes the door, peeks through the crack, or looks under the stall partition to see your feet,” said Allen Klevens, CEO and founder of Tooshlights, Fox KIDY reported. “Bathroom lines get long because people don’t know which stalls are available.”

A Tooshlight is essentially a bathroom light that indicates whether each stall is in use using installed smart latches.  The light bulb above each stall turns red or green based on whether the stall is occupied or not. The smart stalls also collect real-time data that airports can use to maintain cleanliness and better deploy resources.

“The real-time data we will be receiving through our new smart restroom technology will help us respond quicker when issues occur and gain base-line data for daily and weekly restroom usage, so we can better plan and deploy our resources, including custodians and maintenance workers,” said Michael Christensen, deputy executive director of the Facilities and Maintenance Group at LAWA, Fox KIDY reported. “Just like a physical traffic management system, these smart restrooms will allow us to do our job better and more efficiently.”

LAX says that if all goes well, the tooshlights will be expanded to all terminals.

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Ralfinho April 9, 2018 - 3:18 am

It’s funny that smart technology is needed to visualize if a stall is occupied or not. I always wondered why restroom stalls in the US never had those “restroom stall doors” like we have here in the western civilization.
Simple doors with a turning knob inside. By turning the knob to lock the door a sign on the outside turns and thus shows whether the stall is occupied or vacant.
First I wondered if the tooshlight technology is really cheaper than simplest door locks but the main reason is, as it seems, to use it for data collection.
Though, you still could use some kind of sensors in normal standard 20th century restroom doors (not those medieval doors used in the US).

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