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Street Noise Reduction Systems Ltd is a world leader in covert traffic noise surveillance products and systems. We also provide noise audit services to municipal and industrial clients.

Virtually everyone is annoyed by traffic noise in general, and especially by unreasonably loud vehicles in particular. Whether it's a racing engine or the thumping of a car stereo, traffic noise is an unnecessary intrusion into the life of every urbanite. The owners of loud vehicles deliberately choose to modify their exhaust systems or turn their stereo's volume up because police forces generally don't have the time or the manpower to enforce noise bylaws. This virtually guarantees that they can sonically assault the public at any hour of the day with impunity.

Not anymore.

The Noise Snare is a vehicle mounted fully automatic covert traffic noise monitoring system. The Noise Snare's sensors and microphones are small and easily concealed which assures that drivers are not aware of its presence. When the Noise Snare detects a loud vehicle, it records a short video of the offender with stereo sound. The sound the offending vehicle makes as it passes by permits it to be singled out even in heavy traffic or on multi-lane roadways. Evidence taken from the video allows law enforcement officials to ticket the vehicle's registered owner.

Enjoy the short video of real violations captured using the Noise Snare below. Please note that the licence plates in the video have been deliberately obscured due to privacy concerns.

Dr. Mark Nesdoly
President
Street Noise Reduction Systems Ltd.
SNR Systems website
780-999-6932


Europe introduces new rules to cut noise pollution from traffic

By ClickGreen.org.uk staff, Friday, 09 Dec. 2011

European roads will be 25% quieter within two years. The European Commission has today proposed to reduce the noise pollution produced by cars, vans, buses, coaches, light and heavy trucks by a quarter. Noise limit values would be lowered in two steps of each 2 decibels (dB) for passenger cars, vans, buses and coaches. For trucks the reduction would be 1dB in the first step and 2dB in the second step. The first step is to apply two years after the publication of the text, once approved by the EP and Member States, and the second step is foreseen three years thereafter. Altogether, these measures will reduce vehicle noise nuisance by around a quarter.

In addition, the Commission intends to introduce a new and more reliable test method to measure sound emissions. Moreover, it is proposed that electric and hybrid electric vehicles can be fitted optionally with sound generating devices, which would make these cars safer. Noise emission limits have not changed since 1996 despite in-creasing traffic. The World Health Organisation concluded that traffic-related noise may account for 1 million healthy years of life lost per year in Western Europe. Hence, reduction of traffic noise is essential to improve the health and quality of life of Europe's citizens.

Today’s proposal will significantly reduce the levels of environmental noise and consequently the number of people affected by it. Vice-President Antonio Tajani, responsible for Industry and Entrepreneurship said: "Noise emissions due to road traffic, from which our citizens are suffering, will be significantly reduced. Our proposal will lead to quieter motor vehicles on our roads and a healthier environment. Our proposal will also make international rules

for industry clearer, so it will be easier for European manufacturers to sell cars outside the EU.”

The proposal will ensure that the noise levels of new vehicles will be measured by a new and more reliable test method. To this end, so-called additional sound emission provisions (ASEP) will be included. These are preventive requirements, which will ensure that the sound emissions of a vehicle under street-driving conditions will not differ significantly from what can be expected from the type-approval test-result for this specific vehicle. So-called 'Approaching Vehicle Audible Systems' requirements shall ensure that only adequate sound-generating devices are used, which will also lead to a harmonisation of the applied technology. The fitting as such would remain an option for the vehicle manufacturer. This will increase road safety and undoubtedly help avoiding road-accident injuries.

Having the same basic rules throughout the EU makes it easier to buy, sell and use vehicles in any Member State – and ensures equal health, safety and environmental standards across the EU. With this proposal the current EU rules applicable to noise emissions from vehicles will be updated and further aligned with internationally recognised UN standards. This should enable to improve market access for European car manufacturers in those third countries, which are contracting parties to the UNECE Agreement of 1958 and, thus, boost the competitiveness of the European industry.
The proposal of the European Commission is now to be submitted to the European co-legislators, the European Parliament and to the Council.



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