NoiseAbility – making sense of noise.

Challenges addressed

Environment & Wellbeing: Noise pollution 

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.

We bring two new cities to the SynchroniCity programme – Bilbao and Edinburgh that have made noise pollution a priority (to be joined by Core City, Eindhoven). These cities are renowned for distinctive compact multi-functional urban form, linked by communal urban spaces and streets that attract high visitor numbers seasonally.

Cities involved 

Bilbao, Edinburgh, Eindhoven