Posted by:McKinley Hackett August 25th, 2016

Ok, I made the title to grab your attention.

In the world of needing to use a bathroom outside at parks and construction sites, companies like United Site Services has devised a great way to make sure portable restrooms are clean and accessible.


Typically some staff person at a park or at a construction site is responsible for checking on the status of the portable restrooms. If restroom needs cleaning, they place a service call. Smartphones now play a role in making it easier for the staff to call in for an unscheduled cleaning, vastly improving the ‘user’ experience.

Future Technology (IoT)

Instead of digging into the technical backend integration to support the improved service, which you can read about at case-study-uss , let us take a moment and envision what future technologies, like The Internet of Things, will do for our outdoor restroom experiences.

  • Sensor to measure odor levels
  • Near Field Communications (NFR) telling people where the closest ‘stop’ is located
  • Sensors to measure and report status
  • Users (or Porta Potty) report maintenance needs
  • Data collected about usage, frequency, and time

Imagine this: a restroom recognizes that it is full, requests a service call, and then changes it visual status to either direct people to a different location or place itself into maintenance mode.

6 Best Field Service Apps

The following list was developed by United Site Services at

Scoop MAE enables field data collection for reporting safety issues via mobile device SmartBidNet is a tools for managing vendor relations Pitcu Guage allows you to calculate the size and slope of a roof iBluePrint helps to develop custom floor plans PunchLists compiles photos and notes into layouts for emailing or storing Construction Master Pro is an advanced calculator for measurements and conversions

A Better World

The fun thing about discussing the topic of combining technology with a simple restroom is it is something we have all experienced and will all appreciate the continued advancements and improvements by companies like United Site Services are making on our behalf.

Let me know of the thoughts in the comment section below.

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