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.
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