Why we care for Noise


Noise can be harmful or simply be something you want to avoid at certain times. Our noise map indicates noise exposure in different areas to the community. Results can for example be used by individuals to create awareness about their noisy neighborhoods and for health studies. We are in particular interested in gathering noise levels in an efficient and load minimizing way for our participants.

Noise - what it could be Average decibels (dB)
Leaves rustling, soft music, whisper 30
Average home noise 40
Normal conversation, background music 60
Office noise, inside car at 60 mph 70
Vacuum cleaner, average radio 75
Heavy traffic, window air conditioner,
noisy restaurant, power lawn mower

80-89 (sounds above
85 dB are harmful)

Subway, shouted conversation 90-95
Boom box, ATV, motorcycle 96-100
School dance 101-105
Chainsaw, leaf blower, snowmobile 106-115
Sports crowd, rock concert, loud symphony 120-129
Stock car races 130
Gun shot, siren at 100 feet 140
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The goal of the NoiseBay experiment is to gather noise levels and create a public noise map. We are in particular interested in collecting noise levels by solely using smart phones and in a load reducing manner for the devices and participants.

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