Sentinel – From Noise Monitoring to Noise Management: A Better Way to Deal With Noise Issues

Sentinel - From Noise Monitoring to Noise Management:  A Better Way to Deal With Noise Issues
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Environmental noise standards and legislation are typically based on the principles of noise monitoring instead of noise management. There is a crucial difference between these principles. Monitoring, being after the fact, can only inform about past problems and is usually based on relatively simple legal limits rather than on the current situation. Management, however, can avoid problems and, in addition, capture trends reflecting what’s currently happening. There is also a mismatch between what standards and legislation permit and what modern technology can provide through broad band communication, the internet, mobile phones, and increasing computing power. Real-time monitoring of noise, weather and process parameters, advanced assessment parameters, comparison with predictions, etc, and communicating effectively with the public are increasingly used to efficiently manage environmental noise compliance and impact. This enables operators to prevent noise exceedances and optimize relations with the surrounding community and authorities. This paper will provide examples of how real-time information, predictive alerting, correlation of different data sets and cooperation with the surrounding community can help to efficiently manage environmental noise compliance, impact and to build community tolerance, providing an even better way to deal with noise issues than simply following the letter of current standards and legislation.


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