Irish EPA Publishes Air Quality Annual Report to Coincide with World Lung Day 2020

Irish EPA Publishes Air Quality Annual Report to Coincide with World Lung Day 2020

September 25th marks World Lung Day 2020 and it is a fitting time for Ireland's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to publish its annual Air Quality Report for 2019.


How Coronavirus is Changing the Air Quality Conversation

How Coronavirus is Changing the Air Quality Conversation

Air quality has become an increasingly topical conversation for cities and citizens in response to emerging coronavirus research linking poor air quality to significantly poorer health outcomes for those experiencing the symptoms of Covid-19.


The Invisible Threat of Noise Pollution

The Invisible Threat of Noise Pollution

What are the hidden dangers of noise pollution and how can we protect ourselves?


The least human-made noise pollution in recorded history

The least human-made noise pollution in recorded history

It has certainly been a challenging few months. The team here at Sonitus Systems - like most people - have welcomed any positive news stories emerging from the recent crisis.


Coronavirus Disrupts Crucial Air Quality Research

Coronavirus Disrupts Crucial Air Quality Research

Everything we know about the levels of air pollution on a global scale and the impacts of these on human health comes from scientific research and ongoing studies. This work is critical, so it is perhaps unsurprising that the following article...


Real-Time Noise Monitoring for Smart Cities

Real-Time Noise Monitoring for Smart Cities

As cities around the world start to tentatively re-open, it is inevitable that noise levels will increase alongside these increased levels of human, traffic and industrial activity.


Noise & the Smart City Agenda

Noise & the Smart City Agenda

While there are many definitions of what a smart city is or ought to be, my personal favourite is one that describes a smart city as...


Environmental Monitoring: Priorities for Construction Managers

Environmental Monitoring: Priorities for Construction Managers

Last week, the Construction Industry Federation (CIF) DigiCon 2020 aired live online for the first time. Sonitus Systems hosted the round table discussion on 'Environmental Monitoring: Priorities for Construction Managers'.


Neighbours See Red as Construction Hours Extended

Neighbours See Red as Construction Hours Extended

Earlier this month we published an article confirming that construction companies operating in Ireland have been given de facto permission to continue to work outside of regular or permitted construction hours.


Environmental Monitoring: Guidance from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Environmental Monitoring: Guidance from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

Earlier this month, the Government published the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business to help the country through easing lockdown restrictions on a phased basis.


Air Quality and the Coronavirus

Air Quality and the Coronavirus

The increased awareness of the impact of air quality, and the importance of improving air quality, has led to a spate of smart cities around the world capturing and making available (in real time) air quality information for citizens.


Sonitus Systems: What the Pandemic Sounds Like

Sonitus Systems: What the Pandemic Sounds Like

What does a city sound like? Sounds synonymous with cities include public transport, traffic, vehicle horns, sirens from busy emergency services, street traders, laughter and general bustle, however, it now appears that that is not the full story.


Environmental Monitoring for Compliant Construction Sites

Environmental Monitoring for Compliant Construction Sites

Environmental monitoring has become an increasingly onerous function for urban construction site owners and managers, specifically: noise, dust and vibration monitoring.


AVA Monitoring Case Study

AVA Monitoring Case Study

New case study with our Scandinavian distributor AVA Monitoring, based in Gothenburg, Sweden.


Campbell Associates Case Study

Campbell Associates Case Study

New case study with our UK distributor Campbell Associates.


Sonitus Systems: In Conversation with Dr. Eoin A. King

Sonitus Systems: In Conversation with Dr. Eoin A. King

We catch up with Kildare native, Eoin Anthony King, remotely as Covid-19 restrictions remain in place for Ireland, the US and for many countries across the world.


Covid 19: Improved Air Quality in Ireland

Covid 19: Improved Air Quality in Ireland

In late 2019, prior to Covid-19 warnings, the Environmental Protection Agency found that the air quality in parts of Ireland was likely to breach EU and World Health Organisation guidelines, despite the country meeting EU air quality standards.


As our towns and cities quieten, how is this likely to affect our noise tolerance in the future?

As our towns and cities quieten, how is this likely to affect our noise tolerance in the future?

As towns and cities around the globe fall eerily silent, it is worth reflecting upon our relationship with noise and its impact on our daily lives.


Covid 19: Smartcities Empowering Residents with Air Quality Data

Covid 19: Smartcities Empowering Residents with Air Quality Data

As a direct result of the lockdown and reduced economic activity to combat the spread of Covid-19, improved air quality and reduced air pollution has been reported across China, Italy and Spain.


Air Quality and the Coronavirus

Air Quality and the Coronavirus

In a week of terror-inducing headlines and media features, this one about air quality was not the most significant... unless you have been paying attention to global reporting about deteriorating air quality right across the world.


Dublin City Council Gives Residents & Visitors Noise & Air Quality Insights

Dublin City Council Gives Residents & Visitors Noise & Air Quality Insights

All Dublin residents and visitors to the city can now access real time data on the quality of the air they breathe and on the noise levels in their neighbourhoods thanks to a newly launched website.


Dublin pledges to improve air quality by 2030

Dublin pledges to improve air quality by 2030

Dublin City Council has pledged to address air quality concerns and to improve air quality by 2030.


Have you met...Sherlock?

Have you met...Sherlock?

This week at Sonitus Systems, we would like to introduce you to our newest team member.


Air pollution responsible for half of childhood asthma cases in Barcelona

Air pollution responsible for half of childhood asthma cases in Barcelona

As reported in a recent article by Pippa Neill in Air Quality News, air pollution is to blame for almost half of all asthma attacks in children in the city of Barcelona.


Asia's Poor Air Quality is Cause For Concern

Asia's Poor Air Quality is Cause For Concern

Quite a few countries and cities in Asia are struggling with air quality and thus potentially causing a myriad of health implications to residents.


One of the most air-polluted places on the planet is in Ireland

One of the most air-polluted places on the planet is in Ireland

According to a recently published article by Darragh Bermingham on EchoLIVE.ie, Cork is one of the most air-polluted places on the planet.


Fresh objections to Tayto Park rollercoaster despite 14 noise reduction measures

Fresh objections to Tayto Park rollercoaster despite 14 noise reduction measures

Nuisance noise and the threat or prospect of more noise from this theme park favourite has been the cause of local residents objecting to previous planning applications for a new €15.5 million rollercoaster.


Noise Limit Rules for Wind Farms

Noise Limit Rules for Wind Farms

The Irish public has now been asked to provide feedback on the wind energy development guidelines recently published by the Government.


Public Consultation On Smoky Fuel Ban Planned

Public Consultation On Smoky Fuel Ban Planned

According to recent reports, the Irish government is set to ask citizens if they want to ban the burning of all smoky fuels including turf, peat, wood and coal.


Quieter Rollercoaster Proposed for Tayto Park

Quieter Rollercoaster Proposed for Tayto Park

Earlier this summer Tayto Park found themselves making news headlines when they were denied planning permission for a €14 million rollercoaster...


Air Quality in Ireland and Europe

Air Quality in Ireland and Europe

As we head into the depths of winter, high levels of fine particulate matter (PM) - typically associated with the burning of smoky solid fuel - increases.


Railway Noise Monitoring

Railway Noise Monitoring

It has been reported that neighbours are struggling to sleep due to nearby train noise and vibrations, which are rattling their homes and causing sleep disruption.


Aircraft noise and protecting communities

Aircraft noise and protecting communities

Proposed changes to noise regulations at Dublin Airport could mean big changes for local residents and the airport management alike.


Construction Noise Monitoring on Large Scale Projects

Construction Noise Monitoring on Large Scale Projects

According to the European Environment Agency, environmental noise contributes to up to 12,000 premature deaths in Europe each year. Construction noise in particular can cause a myriad of problems, especially for local residents.


Halloween Noise Monitoring

Halloween Noise Monitoring

While the main event may now be over, bangers and bonfires are likely to take a few days to fully fizzle out.


Air Quality Monitoring With Sonitus Systems

Air Quality Monitoring With Sonitus Systems

According to latest reports, parts of Dublin city centre are likely to breach EU and World Health Organisation guidelines for air quality in 2019, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.


Nuisance noise is no longer an acceptable part of city living

Nuisance noise is no longer an acceptable part of city living

According to a recent article in the Irish Examiner, almost 4,000 complaints have been lodged over noise from Dublin Airport in the first half of 2019.


Industrial Noise Monitoring

Industrial Noise Monitoring

Noise is one of the most pervasive and underestimated hazards in the modern workplace.


Finding Some Tranquility in an Increasingly Noisy World

Finding Some Tranquility in an Increasingly Noisy World

The world is growing increasingly noisy and action is needed for people to protect their hearing.


Noise Monitoring and Concerts

Noise Monitoring and Concerts

If you are attending concerts in Ireland (or anywhere), it is advised that you wear some sort of hearing protection due to the high sound levels usually above 85 decibels at a concert.


Sonitus Systems' Paul McDonald appears on Newstalk

Sonitus Systems' Paul McDonald appears on Newstalk

Paul McDonald of Sonitus Systems recently appeared on Jess Kelly's Tech Talk show on Newstalk to discuss noise and the challenges it poses.


If the birds are struggling to communicate and the mussels are stressed, how is noise affecting us?

If the birds are struggling to communicate and the mussels are stressed, how is noise affecting us?

Latest research from Queen's University shows that man-made sounds mask signals between birds, hampering their ability to communicate with each other through song.


Tayto Park €14m rollercoaster refused due to noise impact on residents

Tayto Park €14m rollercoaster refused due to noise impact on residents

A €14m rollercoaster for Tayto Park has been refused due to the noise implications and impact on four local residents.


Mid-year check in from the team at Sonitus Systems

Mid-year check in from the team at Sonitus Systems

It has been a particularly busy time for our growing team here at Sonitus Systems...


Sonitus Systems' Paul McDonald on iPropertyRadio

Sonitus Systems' Paul McDonald on iPropertyRadio

Paul McDonald of Sonitus Systems recently appeared on iPropertyRadio to discuss Smart Cities.