Environmental monitoring is essential to protect our health and well-being from noise pollution. One of the tools that can help us monitor and reduce traffic noise is noise cameras. These devices can measure and identify loud cars and enforce noise regulations.
In Europe alone, 22 million people are affected by noise pollution, according to the European Environment Agency (2020).
Chronic noise annoyance and sleep disturbance affect 6.5 million people in urban areas, posing an equal threat to air pollution.
Today, over 50% of the global population lives in urban areas. By 2050, that will increase to two-thirds, meaning cities must take drastic measures to keep cities safe and healthy.
With our monitoring technology cities are able to monitor noise levels and behavior. The data represents a visual sound map of a specific area with the benefit of know exactly where the sound source is. Enabling cities to reduce noise pollution efficiently and effectively.
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What is environmental monitoring?
For us, environmental monitoring is about using modern technology to measure and analyze environmental conditions. In the case of sound we focus on reducing noise pollution, mainly in urban areas where noise pollution is at its worst and doing most harm.
The gathered data is used to implement improvements and thus reduce harmful and excessive noise to improve the quality of life for people and animals.
Environmental Monitoring use cases examples
Harbors & maritime
Regulations on environmental noise
To reduce the number of people suffering from noise pollution, the European Union has issues the Environmental noise directive 2002/49/EC. This regulation requires cities to publish noise level maps and noise management action plans, every 5 years.
Unfortunately, these traditional measuring models only provide limited insights as the 5-yearly measurements are just a snapshot of the real life situation without taking common changing condition into account.
Sound level show massive differences when you consider the difference between day and night, busy and quiet days and environmental changes. Furthermore, the noise map only indicates the amount of decibels, but don’t reveal where the sound is coming from. So there is no actionable data to help cities reduce noise pollution.
Our Environmental Monitoring system
The Sorama L642 Acoustic Monitor performs continuous environmental sound monitoring in specific areas. It is equipped with 64 MEMS microphones and provides easy-to-interpret visual data to reduce noise pollution in cities.
The L642 series is connected and operated through the free Listener Platform Dashboard. A user friendly interface for setup and configuration and provides insights into sound pressure levels and customer configurable sound events.
To uncover the full potential of the L642’s Environmental Monitoring, you integrate it in your video management software for an integrated approach.
Our product used for Environmental Monitoring
L642 Acoustic Monitor
The Sorama L642V Acoustic Monitor forms the foundation of the Loud Vehicle Detection solution. It is equipped with 64 MEMS microphones and an integrated camera.
Do you want to learn more?
Our team is happy to discuss your situation and explain the benefits for your solution. Get in touch with us or schedule an (online) live demo.