Supporting the capacity for cities to understand noise from the viewpoint of citizens, using IoT at the heart of citizen-centric engagement. Our vision is to demonstrate that cities can holistically incorporate noise measurement into their management of urban spaces. This pilot supports the capacity for cities to understand noise from the viewpoint of citizens, using IoT at the heart of citizen-centric engagement; and with intelligent data at the core of city-based multi-layered responses. By linking noise monitoring to other city and citizen-centric data via USMART – a data integration and insights platform – and to the acceptability of noise to specific citizen ‘personas’, we can unleash a powerful predictive tool for noise planning, linked to other strategic city objectives to mitigate noise pollution. Our project will engage with citizens throughout the pilot using an online tool to track noise acceptability – establishing a relationship between specific user groups and noise types, levels, and duration – which will help to validate our citizen personas.
The challenge is to incorporate noise measurement into their management of urban spaces, planning, traffic management, events, construction all have an impact on the noise levels in our cities, the challenge is to help municipalities better account and plan for this. A report published by the World Health Organisation identified environmental noise as the second largest environmental health risk in Western Europe. Placing the social cost at between £60 billion and £100 billion per annum.