Essity has been granted a patent for a method of determining resource usage information for a facility. The method involves receiving resource usage data from a location in the facility, applying a criterion to identify usage data associated with a predetermined event, and transmitting data indicating the occurrence of the event. This reduces the amount of data that needs to be transmitted. The patent also includes a data collection device and system for implementing the method. GlobalData’s report on Essity gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Method of determining resource usage information for a facility

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Essity AB

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11769109B2) describes a method for determining resource usage information in a facility using electronic sensors and a data collection device. The method involves establishing a wireless communications channel between the sensors and the data collection device, which is housed within a consumable dispenser. The sensors emit a detection signal towards the consumable resource and detect the reflected signal to determine the amount of consumption. The sensors generate resource usage sensor data based on the signal intensity of the reflected detection signal and the location of the dispenser in the facility. This data is wirelessly transmitted to the data collection device.

The data collection device applies a criterion to the resource usage sensor data to determine when a predetermined usage event associated with a change in the resource state of the location has occurred. If the criterion is met, the data collection device assembles a message indicating the type of usage event and the associated resource usage sensor data. This message is then transmitted to a server via a second communications channel. If the criterion is not met, the resource usage sensor data associated with the predetermined usage event is not transmitted but may be stored in the data collection device.

The patent also describes additional features, such as applying a threshold to the resource usage sensor data, transforming the data using a filtering algorithm, and determining the proportion of resource usage sensor data that satisfies the criterion. The method can be used for various types of usage events, including low fill level, high fill level, emptying, and refill events.

The patent also includes claims for a system comprising dispensers or waste bins, sensors, and a data collection device. The data collection device receives the resource usage sensor data from the sensors, applies the criterion, identifies usage data, assembles a message, and transmits it to a server or stores it based on the criterion being met or not.

Overall, this patent presents a method and system for accurately determining resource usage information in a facility using electronic sensors and a data collection device. The method allows for efficient transmission of relevant usage data while minimizing unnecessary data transmission.

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