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UK Government Invests in Smart Cleaning Technology

UK Government Invests in Smart Cleaning Technology
12 February 2021

A space management technology company has been provided with a grant by the government’s Innovate UK fund, to provide a smart cleaning solution to help tackle the pandemic.

Cleverly’s smart technology integrates with sensors to collect occupancy data, helping FMs to allocate cleaning resources more efficiently, and allow a building’s visitors to safely use recently-cleaned rooms or desks.

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing up to £25 million in the best “game-changing and commercially viable innovative or disruptive ideas” in 2021.


Hygiene Anxiety


Despite COVID secure guidelines for workplaces, three out of four people still feel there is a moderate to high risk of germs in an office building. Cleverly’s intention is to provide a transparent, effective means by which employees could feel comfortable that their workplace was being cleaned - not just on a regular basis, but based on usage.

Utilising desk and room sensors to detect presence and usage, work orders are generated. These are then routed to the appropriate on-site or remote teams and operatives, using Cleverly's workflow automation engine. The solution can integrate with calendars, room booking systems or CAFM software.


Cleverly screenshot

Picture: a screenshot from the Cleverly app, showing how a user can view the cleaning status of various rooms in a building


Response to Increased Cleaning Costs


Cleverly’s smart cleaning solution can be quickly deployed to help companies struggling with increased cleaning costs in the face of the pandemic. For cleaning companies, they can allocate resources in a more targeted manner. By ensuring that only those desks, meeting rooms and other assets that have been used are thoroughly cleaned, cleaning suppliers can improve efficiency without sacrificing quality.

Director of Cleverly, Adam Edgell-Bush, said “Here at Cleverly, we are always focused on helping buildings and spaces respond to use and adapt to occupier requirements. Today, our corporate partners are saying that their colleagues want a clean and safe workplace.”

Picture: a photograph of a person mopping the floor of a corridor

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 12 February 2021


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