Nuisance from too loud vehicles
Approach on how to reduce the nuisance from unnecessarily loud vehicles in cities. Read more.
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The city of Leuven in Belgium limits noise nuisances from nightlife for its citizens and prevent damage to the hearing of the nightlife participants. The city has issued regulations that require establishments that play loud music to limit the sound levels and monitor these levels continuously. Munisense supplied the noise monitoring system to about 100 establishments and provides their management and the city with compliance data. The system consists of a sound meter, a display that shows the real-time sound levels, and an on-line portal to view violations and historical data. For more information please see www.horecasense.nl (in Dutch).
Noise monitoring in combinatie met nudging technieken heeft geluidsoverlast voor bewoners in het uitgaansgebied van Leuven sterk gereduceerd.
Onze noise monitoring stations (geluidmeters) die naast alle gebruikelijke geluidparameters ook geluidsherkenning leverden werden gekoppeld aan nudging systemen. Het ingestelde geluidniveau in combinatie met gedefinieerde geluidherkenningsparameters werd gebruikt als trigger voor een scala aan nudging technieken. Het meest effectief bleken de nudging boodschappen die direct op straat werden geprojecteerd aan de overlast veroorzaker(s). Deze lichtprojecties zorgden voor een verlaging van de geluidsoverlast met 30%. Deze slimme technologie helpt de Leuvenaars aan een betere nachtrust en een gezonder leefklimaat.
Roaring motorcycles and cars cause a lot of nuisance, both in nature reserves and in cities. The same goes for Amsterdam and Rotterdam. No fewer than 19% of adult Amsterdammers suffer serious noise nuisance from this.
Drivers are often unaware of the nuisance they cause and can do a lot themselves to reduce this nuisance. And research shows that they are willing to do so.
These drivers are alerted to this with attention signs that light up when a vehicle is detected that is too loud.
All noise peaks and other noise data are collected in real time and are immediately visible in an online dashboard. This provides insight into the intensity of the loud vehicles, the effect of the warning signs and other measures. In this way, the municipality has its finger on the pulse at all times.
An innovative noise monitoring station - the Geluidduider (sound interpreter) - is used for the detection of the vehicles. In addition to all usual sound parameters and noise peaks, italso determines the location of the vehicle and the type of vehicle (with AI), measures the speed and direction. Part of the project is to gradually refine this functionality in the project.
The trial with these attention signs in Amsterdam and Rotterdam will last all summer.
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Both the Municipality of Zaanstad and Vlaardingen recently awarded their tender contracts for the management of its groundwater monitoring networks to Inpijn Blokpoel Ingenieurs, now known as SOCOTEC Geotechnics, and Munisense for equipment and ICT. The tenders include all aspects of monitoring wells: data collection, maintenance of the measuring network, quality checks and visualization of the data in a municipal and public portal.
To begin with, the approximately 400 monitoring wells in total will be equipped with telemetry and autonomous sensors. These sensors send groundwater levels to the portal via LTE-M several times a day, where the data is immediately made available to the municipalities.
This guarantees Zaanstad and Vlaardingen in-depth insight into the current situation and long-term trends of groundwater quantity, which is important for policy issues and development.
In addition to the status of the monitoring networks and quality assurance of the groundwater data, Zaanstad en Vlaardingen also gain insight into comparisons of results, spatial distribution, changes over time and other analyses. All this with a high level of data reliability and superior data quality.
Residents and visitors of Rotterdam are familiar with the phenomenon when the weather is nice: unnecessarily accelerating cars and motorcycles, ignoring speed limits, strolling traffic, noise from blasting exhausts and loud music.
Residents and visitors of Rotterdam are familiar with the phenomenon when the weather is nice: unnecessarily accelerating cars and motorcycles, ignoring speed limits, cruise traffic, noise from blasting exhausts and loud music.
In many places in the city, Rotterdam has to deal with a group of traffic asocials who repeatedly display this behaviour. This has major consequences for quality of life and road safety. Rotterdammers are massively annoyed by the behavior of these administrators.
Rotterdam Traffic Saso Approach
Since 2021, the municipality, police and the Public Prosecution Service have started a summer offensive against anti-social behavior in traffic. A joint attempt has been made to tackle the problem by means of control actions by the police, interventions in the outdoor area, technology (such as speed cameras) and communication.
Valuable experiences of recent years form input for the Rotterdamse Verkeersaso Approach. Where measures for the short and long term are distinguished. This is just the beginning, interim monitoring and adjustments ensure continuous development. Together we make a fist against traffic asocials and we get to the front of the problem!
The Municipality of Rotterdam will be launching many new actions from this summer:
- Fine for 'unnecessary noise nuisance' for, for example, accelerating unnecessarily hard, tuned cars with banging exhausts and loud music. Fine: € 280!
- Municipal enforcers hold targeted actions in streets where there is a lot of nuisance. Enforcers observe, report and impose the order subject to periodic penalty payments.
- Setting up a special enforcement team 'traffic safety team' that enforces traffic anti-social behaviour.
- Impose neighborhood and area bans on traffic permits
- Talk to car rental companies to ensure that traffic operators who make repeated mistakes are no longer able to rent cars.
- Noise monitoring using sound meters
We install sound meters at various locations for the Municipality of Rotterdam. This allows the municipality to monitor noise nuisance and, in collaboration with the Enforcement Traffic Aso team and the police, to determine more specifically which locations and time periods are eligible for enforcement.
The sound meters can be fitted with a matrix board on which the perpetrator is alerted to the nuisance caused and the amount of the fine.
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Wij hebben dit QC protocol al voor een groot deel in onze portal geïmplementeerd, zodat het berekenen en valideren van waterstanden volgens dit protocol verloopt.
De komende tijd wordt dit QC protocol ook in al onze installatie en netwerkbeheer trainingen geïntegreerd.
*) Kwaliteitsborging grondwaterstands- en stijghoogtegegevens: Protocol voor datakwaliteitscontrole (QC) (versie 2.0)
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