A new study looking at the average noise levels in offices has found that open-plan offices may be a significant contributor to employee stress levels.
New data from the European Environment Agency (EEA) shows that despite half of European cities still suffering from poor air quality, Dublin and Cork have cleaner air than average.
While the world became quieter during periods of pandemic lockdowns in
major cities, as businesses start to reopen and something resembling normal life resumes, so too will noise.
As cities all around the world ease workers back into workplaces, building owners and managers are looking at ways to make this transition easier for people.
Over the past few years, Google has been fitting many of their Street View cars - which are a familiar sight in towns and cities all around the world - with pollution sensors designed to track
air quality in urban areas.
The smart cities conversation has moved on. Leading city managers and local governments are now focusing on healthy cities, and heart healthy cities in particular, enabled by tech.
Air quality is becoming just as much
of an issue for would-be home buyers as other environmental concerns, like flood risk and land contamination, when it comes to buying a home.
How have the changes brought about by the pandemic impacted on government projects for Smart Cities?
Balancing climate change action with noise management
Still some distance to travel to tackle the effects of noise pollution.
Positive moves by Irish government to tackle air pollution
Noise reduction is one of the few benefits of the global pandemic, but there is also a downside.
Last month, Noise News International published the first in a series of articles by Walter Montano documenting the history of global actions seeking to control noise.
A stark headline in the UK publication The Guardian earlier this month cautioned that 'Air pollution will lead to mass migration'.
There has been an increased awareness of - and emphasis on - the monitoring of indoor air quality over recent years and this awareness heightened over the past 10 months, in the context of Covid-19.
Tackling noise in the workplace comes down to understanding the basic principles of effective acoustics and incorporating these into interior design and fitout materials.
Clean Air Week is an annual, global, awareness-raising campaign designed to inform and educate members of the public about the quality of air in their region and the importance of protecting and, indeed improving that.
How can sensor technology be integrated into building designs to help promote the comfort and wellbeing of the people that use them?
Smart buildings are full of devices that are entirely dumb until they are connected to the internet. It is the connectedness that makes a smart building smart.
As countries around the world introduce varying levels of restrictions on movements, are there unexplored benefits to these measures?
People's exposure to environmental noise halved during the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent restrictions, according to researchers who analysed data from the recently published Apple Hearing Study.
According to a recently published article by Cork-based journalist Darragh Bermingham, the air pollution fight has been forgotten amid the pandemic.
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.
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.
What are the hidden dangers of noise pollution and how can we protect ourselves?
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.
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...
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.
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...
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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 has become an increasingly onerous function for urban construction site owners and managers, specifically: noise, dust and vibration monitoring.
New case study with our Scandinavian distributor AVA Monitoring, based in Gothenburg, Sweden.
New case study with our UK distributor Campbell Associates.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 City Council has pledged to address air quality concerns and to improve air quality by 2030.
This week at Sonitus Systems, we would like to introduce you to our newest team member.
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.
Quite a few countries and cities in Asia are struggling with air quality and thus potentially causing a myriad of health implications to residents.
According to a recently published article by Darragh Bermingham on EchoLIVE.ie, Cork is one of the most air-polluted places on the planet.
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.
The Irish public has now been asked to provide feedback on the wind energy development guidelines recently published by the Government.
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.
Earlier this summer Tayto Park found themselves making news headlines when they were denied planning permission for a €14 million rollercoaster...
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.
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.
Proposed changes to noise regulations at Dublin Airport could mean big changes for local residents and the airport management alike.
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.
While the main event may now be over, bangers and bonfires are likely to take a few days to
fully fizzle out.
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.
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.
Noise is one of the most pervasive and underestimated hazards in the modern workplace.
The world is growing increasingly noisy and action is needed for people to protect their hearing.
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.
Paul McDonald of Sonitus Systems recently appeared on Jess Kelly's Tech Talk show on Newstalk to discuss noise and the challenges it poses.
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.
A €14m rollercoaster for Tayto Park has been refused due to the noise implications and impact on four local residents.
It has been a particularly busy time for our growing team here at Sonitus Systems...
Paul McDonald of Sonitus Systems recently appeared on iPropertyRadio to discuss Smart Cities.