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BTA 2011 Innovation Award results

Published 12th January, 2012 by Neil Nixon

BTA 2011 Innovation Award results

The BTA Innovation Awards recognise innovation in three key areas of ‘away from home’ toilet provision: new products, new services and efficiency improvements. A panel comprising members of the BTA management committee judged each nomination and decided the winners for each award. The awards were presented to the winners during the 2011 Loo of the Year Awards Event.

The Centrego Toucan Ego was awarded the ‘new product’ award. The Toucan Eco device is a revolutionary product that converts tap water and a small quantity of salt into a combined disinfectant and cleaner using electrochemical activation (ECA). The science of ECA has been around for some time and there are larger units that produce chemical free alternatives to disinfectants and detergents. The Toucan Eco is the first of its type and size making it an affordable entry point into this environmentally friendly cleaning regime. The fluids are cheap to produce and are made on the spot, saving transportation costs as well as packaging and carbon footprint.

The ‘new service’ award was presented to the City of London for its innovative Community Toilet Scheme (CTS). The CTS is considered to be a great achievement. It has increased toilet provision across the City and built better relationships with local businesses by promoting trade and increasing footfall into their premises. The City takes great pride in achieving the highest concentration of members (50) in the smallest geographic area (square mile) within the shortest period of time (four months). Unlike some other local authorities, the City was not looking to replace any of its facilities by the CTS, rather supplement what it had.

Healthmatic won the ‘efficiency improvements’ award for its Moxie Remote management system for remote council assets. Maintaining, staffing and the open/close routines of council assets can be highly wasteful of precious resources as well as very difficult to manage in an efficient manner. Moxie is a completely configurable tool, located within the service room of a building, which empowers the manager to monitor activity within the building as well as schedule routine events like the opening and closing of toilet building doors.

“The Loo of the Year Awards Event, promoted by the BTA, is a once a year opportunity for providers of publicly accessible toilets to network with product and service suppliers and celebrate the very best in ‘away from home’ toilet provision,” said Mike Bone, director of the BTA. "It also provides an ideal opportunity to recognise the cutting edge of washroom product development and service provision through the presentation of the BTA's annual Innovation Awards.”

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