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The U-Sound noise sensor has been approved by Sentilo and the city of Barcelona

The Department for Noise Pollution Reduction of Barcelona City Hall has recently successfully tested the Urbiotica U-Sound noise sensor over the requirements for noise sensors to be installed in the city.

The Urbiotica U-Sound is an autonomous and wireless acoustic sensor designed to measure noise in the city. It makes continuous measurements and every minute, it sends a new equivalent continuous sound level value through the communication network. From the data captured by the sensor, it is possible to generate other indicators and alerts for exceeding the previously defined noise levels. The quality of the sensor’s measurement is equivalent to a Class II sound level meter.

Being Sentilo-compatible means it is virtually “plug and play” with the Sentilo data platform.

Read the complete article here: http://www.sentilo.io/wordpress/urbiotica-sentilo-ready-noise-sensor-successfully-tested

Urbiotica will participate at the International Noise Awareness Day

Coinciding with the International Noise Awareness Day, from the 24th to 30th of April, Catalonia will hold the 1st Week Without Noise.

This initiative promoted by the Generalitat de Catalunya aims to carry out various activities in order to raise public consciousness about the problem of noise pollution in the urban environment and to make citizens and administrations aware of the new management and control tools available on the acoustic market.

Urbiotica will participate in these activities offering to the municipalities the possibility to carry out a pilot test of its solution for continuous noise monitoring.

More information about the 1st Week Without Noise at: http://mediambient.gencat.cat/setmanasensesoroll

Noise pollution and its impact on cities today

The importance of its control and management. The real case of Girona. 

The increase in population and frenetic activity of our cities is causing a proportional increase in the noise generated by vehicle traffic, followed by industrial, business and night-life activity.


While it is true that the threshold of noise tolerance varies according to the situation, individual and culture, a survey conducted by the Environmental Agency of the CAM in France showed that people exposed to noise levels of more than 85 dBA suffered a 12% increase in cardiovascular problems, 37% in neurological problems and 10% in digestive problems, in contrast to people exposed to lower levels.

Noise can also affect individuals differently depending on its factors. Depending on the type, duration, place and even the moment when it is produced, it can annoy, irritate and cause convenience, even in some cases altering a person’s physical and psychological state.

Temporary, irreversible or progressive hearing loss is one of the physical effects described and related to noise pollution, as well as blood pressure and heart rate disorders, muscle tension and digestive disorders, among other problems.

Noise can also have psychological consequences for individuals, affecting the stress, mental concentration, learning and productivity of people.

Although the ultimate objective of any city is to improve the life quality of citizens, economic effects are also considered, particularly bearing in mind the budgetary constraints that all administrations are facing currently. Economic costs are clearly reflected in the prices of homes in areas that suffer noise pollution and also evident in the amount of sick leave days and resources allocated to public health resulting from the physical and psychological effects of noise pollution.

 

Noise monitoring in the city of Girona 

Results and conclusions

Thanks to constant technological innovation, the necessary autonomous systems exist today for the continuous real-time monitoring of noise in cities. These systems enable the implementation of new, more efficient, economically viable management models, and therefore improve the quality of life of citizens, which is the priority of any urban action:

  • Transparency with citizens, local awareness and respect.
  • Reduce number of complaints and, therefore, the administrative work associated with it.
  • Reduction in physical and psychological effects to boost citizen well-being and satisfaction.
  • Reduce the economic effects caused by sick leave days and public health costs resulting from noise pollution.

 

Testimonial

“The cost of wireless sensors is less than other methods. In our case, the most interesting thing about the monitoring network is having data continuously, both day and night, rather than the accuracy itself. It has allowed us to highlight the importance of the noise vector and view levels continuously at night. The sensor network now allows us to control changes in noise (peak traffic times and activity in the city) and check what is happening regarding citizen complaints. The public viewer is a way of facilitating access to environmental information to Girona’s citizens and promoting transparency.”

NÚRIA MAYOL RAMON. Finance and Sustainability Area of the Girona City Council

 

Contact:  communication@urbiotica.com

Urbiotica launches a solution for urban noise control with its new U-Sound sensor

Urbiotica launches its new U-Sound device, the autonomous wireless noise sensor designed to measure noise in the city. After 2 years of R&D, several months of testing and the project already successfully implemented and running, the company continues to expand its range of latest generation technology solutions for more efficient and sustainable management of smart cities.

Noise pollution has become one of the main environmental problems in today’s increasingly built-up cities. Noise caused by night-life areas, traffic, building work and roadworks is affecting the health and well-being of citizens causing stress and dissatisfaction among citizens and increasing public health costs.

Urbiotica’s proposal is to implement a noise monitoring network for the continuous monitoring in real time of city trouble spots and the use of alerts when the established limits are exceeded. The new solution allows:

  • Noise monitoring 24h a day, 7 days a week completely autonomously and with the quality of a class II sound level meter. It enables the creation of a permanent monitoring network for controlling a city’s trouble spots and configuring alerts for cases where the established noise levels are exceeded, in order to reduce nuisances and citizen complaints.
  • Remote access to data: The information sent by the sensor and the resulting indicators are stored on the Urbiotica platform, which means the data is accessible in real time and measurements can be consulted remotely.The information generated by the system is accessible to both the manager and citizens through the web tool VisorAcustic. This helps to keep citizens involved and informed, and promote transparency too.
  • Design, robustness and durability: U-Sound was designed to integrate with the aesthetics of the environment, to guarantee the robustness of the hardware and communications, and to therefore have a 10 year useful life.

Urbiotica’s noise monitoring system has already been introduced in the city of Girona. The project deployed jointly with the city council involved the setting up of five sensing points with traffic and night-life related noise problems. Through VisorAcustic inhabitants can access information in real time on noise in the city and those responsible for managing noise pollution receive notifications when noise limits are exceeded for immediate action, particularly necessary in night-life areas.

Links of interest:

Contact:  communication@urbiotica.com

Our network to control noise, at the first acoustic congress in Catalonia

We are extremely satisfied both by the interest in and the success garnered by our solution for noise monitoring at the first edition of the AcustiCat Congress.

Our team presented the noise monitoring network with a real time demonstration of the technology and the project implemented in the city of Girona. We also outlined the benefits of taking continuous measurements in the most conflictive areas.

AcustiCat, the first Catalan acoustic congress, was held on 28 and 29 April. The conferences, which were held at the Sabadell Conference Centre, was attended by 350 people, with 48 speakers and 13 sponsors. Different debate and reflection activities were conducted, as well as round tables, solutions and demo workshops with solutions to specific noise problems in the urban environment.

We are happy to see that the sector is aware of the importance of integrating the latest technological innovations from the Internet of Things to its projects, for more efficient and effective management of urban noise.

For further information, please take a look at our solution for noise monitoring.

  Other links of interest:

Contact:  communication@urbiotica.com

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Our network to control noise, at the first acoustic congress in Catalonia

We are extremely satisfied both by the interest in and the success garnered by our solution for noise monitoring at the first edition of the AcustiCat Congress.

Our team presented the noise monitoring network with a real time demonstration of the technology and the project implemented in the city of Girona. We also outlined the benefits of taking continuous measurements in the most conflictive areas.

AcustiCat, the first Catalan acoustic congress, was held on 28 and 29 April. The conferences, which were held at the Sabadell Conference Centre, was attended by 350 people, with 48 speakers and 13 sponsors. Different debate and reflection activities were conducted, as well as round tables, solutions and demo workshops with solutions to specific noise problems in the urban environment.

We are happy to see that the sector is aware of the importance of integrating the latest technological innovations from the Internet of Things to its projects, for more efficient and effective management of urban noise.

For further information, please take a look at our solution for noise monitoring.

 

Other links of interest:

 

Contact:  communication@urbiotica.com

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