LIXIL has patented a toilet management system that includes a toilet bowl device, a management device, and a communication device to monitor and manage the toilet’s use situation. The system can detect abnormalities and instruct the toilet bowl device to execute specific functions accordingly, such as stopping a cleaning drainage function. GlobalData’s report on LIXIL gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Toilet management system with automatic abnormality detection and instruction

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: LIXIL Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11866923B2) discloses a toilet management system designed to enhance user experience and maintenance efficiency. The system comprises a toilet bowl device and a management device equipped with an acquirer to gather use situation information, an abnormality detector to identify issues, and an instruction determiner to direct the toilet bowl device to perform specific functions based on detected abnormalities. For instance, the system can prompt the toilet bowl device to halt its cleaning drainage function when an abnormality is detected, ensuring timely maintenance and user notification.

Moreover, the patent details various scenarios where the instruction determiner can guide the toilet bowl device to execute different functions based on the detected abnormalities. These functions include notifying a user or external destination about the issue, automatically closing the toilet lid, locking the room door, activating a deodorizing function, or resuming the cleaning drainage function after specific conditions are met. By integrating these features, the toilet management system aims to optimize toilet maintenance, user convenience, and overall operational efficiency through proactive monitoring and response mechanisms.

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