Introducing Sphero: Revolutionary urinals with built-in intelligence
January 28, 2020: Ideal Standard, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of bathroom solutions, has launchedSphero, its new collection of pioneering urinals.Designed in partnership with the award-winning StudioLevien, the Sphero collection features stylish aesthetics and usesbuilt-in smart technology which allows for greater levels of cleanlinessand water saving capabilities in all commercial spaces. The new range marks a step forward in urinal performance, meeting the needs of professionals and users alike.
The intelligentSpherorange comprises three differently-sized models. These are available to suit a variety of installation types within any high and medium traffic premiumcommercial settings, such as airports, hotel washrooms, or gymnasiums.The Mini, Midi and Maxiversions each have unique featuresthat will meet the needs ofspecifiers, architects and designers, as well as end-users both today and well into the future.
Midi and Maxi house innovative, smart technology aimed at boosting washroom well-being, whereas Mini is designed to suit more compact spaces.There are traditional flush, waterless and Smart Hybrid models within the range and they are all designed with flexibility in mind and can be converted from one type of flush to another. For example, a standard flush Maximodel can be transformed into a hybrid version if the needs of the building owner change.
Robin Levien, head of Studio Levien, worked closely with Ideal Standard’s product teams to fashionthe collection’s distinctive circular, concave shape. Its formhas been created to specifically minimise splashing and, as such,improve the cleanliness and efficiency of the urinal.The rimless design eliminates hidden surfaces and the build-up of bacteria-contaminatedstanding water – a key issue for end-users and maintenance teams with traditional urinals.
RobinLeviencommented:“Today’s commercial spaces need washroom solutions which meet theevolving health and wellbeing needs of society. We know that occupants are increasingly prioritising comfort and hygiene above all else, so it’s important that we cater for these preferences. We wanted Sphero to stand-out in the market, with a unique minimalist shape that supports the requirements of everyone who interacts with it.”
SelectedMaxiand Midi models host ourinnovative Smart Sensortechnology, offering those responsible for washrooms in commercial buildings enhanced levels of hygiene, and a more environmentally friendly solution.The intelligent sensor inside the urinals measures urine concentration rather than human presence, which means it only flushes the system when required, and not on every usage. In high-traffic environments,this revolutionary technology set to Hybrid mode uses around 10 times less water than conventional urinals or infrared solutions.
Thanks to the intelligent positioning* of the sensor it can also detect waste blockages as well ascartridge or battery end of life. The spreader features an integrated LED warning light that provides a distinctive alert when the sensor detects flow, power or cartridge issues.
Easy to specify, quick to install
Ideal Standard also offersan installation template* for Sphero’s Maxiand Midi models with an incorporated rubber sealwhich eliminates the need for engineers to use sealant when installing the product. The template includes alevelling slot, pre-holes and marked information for quick and easy installation. The patented easy maintenance bracket*provides innovative hinges so engineers can access the inner workings of the urinalswhile they are in situ.The bracket means Sphero opens like a door, so you can perform maintenance without removing the ceramic from the wall.All of the products needed for installation, including pre-wall frames, inlet connections and waste pipes, can be supplied by Ideal Standard, making full specification much easier.
Meeting tomorrow’s demands
The MaxiSmart E-Hybridmodel has been developed to link to amobile app which allows facility managers and building owners to change from default Hybrid mode to Standard or Waterless. It also gives them the possibility to adjust settings such as the frequency of the flushes as well as the flush volume.Additionally, it allows them to examine usagedata in real time andit provides them with diagnosticsfor corrective action.
Frederick Trzcinski, Marketing & Innovation Director, Ideal Standard MENA commented: “At Ideal Standard, we work closely with our customers to positively impact the future of modern commercial buildings. We believe in designing for the people, but also innovating for the planet. This was the thinking behind our Sphero offering, which brings hygiene, user comfort and easy maintenance together thanks to intelligent designs and smart technology. This new collection features stylish aesthetics allowing for greater levels of cleanliness, and water saving capabilities. Water is our most precious resource and our next generation of products will help address the growing global challenge of climate change.”
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