Smart floor has been the leading supplier of sturdy and durable lightweight floors and accessories for minibus taxis in the Benelux for more than 10 years, providing flexible and safe solutions for all makes and models. Our ingenious fastening technology allows minibus taxis to be converted at the flick of a wrist from group transport to wheelchair transport. Not to mention the option of easily fitting comfortable VIP seats.
Wheelchair Vans and Transporters can now be converted from ambulatory transport to wheelchair transport and back as often as needed, taking just a few seconds per seat. The vans with Smart floor can fit up to four standard wheelchairs or twelve ambulatory passengers!
Smart floors are already in a wide variety of buildings, including homes, offices and hospitals. For example, at Cleveland’s Global Center for Health Innovation, administrators and researchers wanted to solve many of the recurring problems hospitals face, including patient falls and equipment theft. Smart floors with antennas built into their base are able to pick up data from employee badges, equipment badges, patient wristbands and more. The floor can monitor the location and status of patients, personnel and equipment. Administrators set up alarms to alert them to possible equipment theft and patient accidents. Smart floors in emergency wards can help medical staff keep track of patients in many ways.
Smart Floors at Home
Similar technology is going into smart homes. For example, an elderly patient living at home can receive audio instructions when he wanders into the wrong room or takes the wrong path down a hallway. Sensors in the floors detect the movement and trigger an announcement that alerts the patient when he’s in the wrong area.
IBM has also made considerable strides in “intelligent floors” that know what’s happening on the surface. It uses an electronic, multi-touch covering with sensors layered throughout. The initial purpose of the intelligent floor was for use in surveillance and medical monitoring. In the surveillance realm, the company sought to reduce the number of false alarms that occur in homes and businesses. On the medical front, their system detects falls by patients, signifying a possible heart attack or other emergency. The system “knows” what is happening and alerts the proper medical authorities, caretakers and emergency personnel to respond to the situation.
Another recently developed smart-floor technology is from a company called Future Shape. The system is dubbed as the “SensFloor.” It uses a system of sensors layered into textiles in the floor. This floor transmits radio signals from sensors to a collection location.
Foot Power Generates Electricity
In addition to security and medical applications, some entrepreneurs are using the energy displaced by people walking on floors to generate power. Floor tiles and sensors collect the kinetic energy from people’s footsteps and convert it into energy stored in batteries. Later, when energy needs increase, the stored power swings into action. During the World Cup in Rio, energy-collecting tiles buried beneath a soccer field allowed the teams to play after dark.
As the smart home evolves, smart flooring is developing right along with it. There are several technological solutions at this point, though none has become a standard for the home-building industry yet. However, it might not be long before you are generating power for your own home by simply walking around. How’s that for a new way to live off the grid? And should you fall on the way to the kitchen to make some soup, your smart floor might just save your life.
The Cozy Floor by Blue Diamond Industries, LLC is a self supported, self cleaning hot water heated floor system, designed to eliminate the use of bedding under calves.
Food processing facilities
The Sun Wash self-cleaning floor coatings provide a washable finish and are developed to withstand the high traffic and humid conditions such as those present in food processing facilities.
Mechline Developments’ Sani-Floor consists of a suction pump and automatic waste lifting. The system can be installed in any food production area to take care of spills hygienically and safely.
Many public toilets, such as the Sanisette, have self-cleaning floor mechanism.