COVID-19 Response: A scalable hand sanitizing sensing solution: IoT enabled hand sanitizer and soap dispensers

Research Area(s): Internet of Things, Social Innovation, User Experience Design | Funder: NSERC | Program: COVID-19
PI Name: Timothy Wong | Faculty/Department: Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology

Mero is a technology innovator in the facility management automation industry, serving commercial properties with wireless IoT devices that monitor the metrics behind washroom use and waste. With the recent spread of the COVID-19 virus, hand sanitizer use is at an all-time high. For commercial properties to sustainably provide sanitization to the public, monitoring of their supply is a must. With Mero's sensing technology, this process is streamlined and readily available, but some refinement of the product remains. This grant will enable Mero to develop a scalable, repeatable retrofit solution to incorporate their sensors into existing hand sanitizer and soap dispensers regardless of the dispenser vendor, as well as create the packaging and training manuals necessary for commercial use. This technology will help keep essential workplaces, communities and cities safe during and post the COVID-19 pandemic.