EPA To Watch You In The Shower ➠ At Hotels ➠ Big Brother Wants In On Intimate Time!
The Environmental Protection Agency wants to use wireless technology to monitor you in the shower when you travel.
The agency has awarded a $15,000 grant to three researchers at the University of Tulsa to “develop a novel low cost wireless device for monitoring water use from hotel guest room showers.”
The researchers say that most hotel guests do not monitor their water usage and therefore “millions of gallons of potable water are wasted every year.” So obviously the solution is an app.
“This device will be designed to fit most new and existing hotel shower fixtures and will wirelessly transmit hotel guest water usage data to a central hotel accounting system,” reads the proposal.
“The proposed wireless device will have three main components: a flow meter, an embedded system and software, and a resource accounting system. This technology will provide hotel guests with the ability to monitor their daily water online or using a smartphone app, and will assist hotel guest in modifying their behavior to help conserve water.”
Tyler W. Johannes, an associate professor at the University of Tulsa and one of the three partners trying to develop the app, told the Washington Free Beacon that the goal is to get all of us to cut our showers short by one minute.
Johannes and his team assumed the average hotel shower lasts 8.2 minutes, using 17.2 gallons of water per guest per shower.
“Initially our device/app seeks to get hotel guests to reduce their water use by 10 percent or to reduce their showers by about one minute,” he said.
The team hopes to see their device and app adopted by major hotel chains.