A new partnership wins bid to put noise acceptability at the heart of cities
The cities of Bilbao and Edinburgh, with SME partners Urban Tide and The Lunar Works, have won a major bid as part of the Horizon 2020 SynchroniCity Programme to invest in new ways noise acceptability can be understood for citizens in the city.
The NoiseAbility partnership was one of 16 successful teams awarded funding under the €3M Call, part of the SynchroniCity project. SynchroniCity focuses on public authorities and businesses collaborating to deploy and scale-up innovative advanced IoT (internet of things) enabled city services in real-life conditions across Europe.
The partnership will pilot innovations in Bilbao, Edinburgh and Eindhoven to help cities understand the context for when noise becomes problematic for citizens. Noise pollution is a recognised, serious impact on health and wellbeing and Edinburgh, Bilbao and Eindhoven have identified noise as a priority to be addressed.
An engagement process will be used to work with citizens, both face-to-face and online, to capture feedback about specific noise occurrences in each pilot area. The data gathered will be fed into IoT Lead Partner, UrbanTide’s USMART platform where it will be linked algorithmically to data collected via noise sensors, placed in strategic locations in each city’s pilot area. NoiseAbility will give cities the capacity to set strategic targets that incorporate noise acceptability as part of their evidence base.
The USMART platform enables the project to pilot the capacity for cities to understand noise in the context of the citizen’s perceived level of noise acceptability.
The project will work strategically for each city in addressing critical issues focusing on specific city-centre locations.
In Edinburgh, the City Centre Transformation Project includes as one of its objectives to improve air quality and reduce noise pollution. The pilot will focus on Edinburgh’s Grassmarket area.
Bilbao has previously undergone a public consultation process called ‘Bilbao Listens’ and has already mapped a noise baseline. In Bilbao, the project will be piloted in Plaza Nueva.
The NoiseAbility Pilot will also take place in the city of Eindhoven, a core member of the SynchroniCity community.
The partnership has been brought together by The Lunar Works which specialises in working with cities at strategic scale.
The pilot will take place between March and September 2019.
Urban Tide Ltd – IoT Lead Partner, owner of the USMART platform.
The Lunar Works Ltd – strategic and engagement partner.
The City of Edinburgh – pilot city.
The City of Bilbao – pilot city.
The City of Eindhoven is a Core City of the SynchroniCity programme and has agreed, as part of the programme, to work with the Partnership to implement the NoiseAbility pilot.
SynchroniCity is an Internet of Things (IoT) Large-Scale Pilot project funded from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No 732240. It is co-funded by the Swiss Confederation, South Korean Republic, and the Mexican Federal Republic. 40 partners worldwide from business, academia, municipalities and NGOs are part of SynchroniCity.