The team at Dublin City Council knew just what they needed - a noise monitoring system that was affordable, automated and reliable enough to let a small environmental team monitor readings from all over the city with limited resources. The City Council operate an open data policy, where all the city’s data is available to public. So in addition to capturing the readings, they needed to be presented online in a way that a non-technical user could find and understand the information. We worked closely with the Council staff to develop the systems needed to meet these requirements.
Reliable and Automated Monitoring
The City Council deployed our EM2010 Sound Level Monitors at key locations around the city in order to measure and analyse environmental noise. After noise mapping had revealed some of the most important areas to focus on, the Council team needed to monitor sound levels to get an accurate idea of noise levels at these sites. To do this they needed 24 hour measurement for 12 months of the year, giving detailed insights into sound levels across all seasons and weather conditions. The EM2010 is fully automated and takes sound level readings continuously, without the need for any user input. The readings are automatically uploaded to a cloud-hosted platform where the data is verified and analysed. The performance of the sound level monitors is checked regularly so the team can ensure that the measurement stations are always operating. This let the Council staff deploy a measurement network and manage it remotely, without the need for regular site visits. The information they needed was delivered automatically, saving time on site visits and man power on analysis. With over 95% data capture at all sites the team collected readings that would not have been possible with more labour-intensive systems.
The automated nature of the EM2010 systems and the competitive pricing allowed the Council to deploy up to 10 times as many measurement sites as they had previously planned with other equipment on the market. This meant the Council could develop a city-wide monitoring network with multiple sites, making them one of the leaders in Europe in urban noise management.