Preventing nightly noise with technology and nudging

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In this living lab project we used soundsensors, on-edge sound classification and realtime actuation to diminish nightly noise caused by people in the streets leading in and out the nightlife centre of Leuven.

We experimented with different nudging techniques (psychological motivational techniques) such as projected animations in the street and dimming and intensifying the public lighting. The effect of the different interventions was measured using the realtime data captured by the sensors. We saw a decrease of almost 30% in noise peaks caused by human sources. This project will be further rolled out in the city in the coming years.