Participatory noise mapping

Matthias Stevens, Ellie D'Hondt

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Participatory sensing allows for a person-centric approach to gathering environmental measurement data with, in principle, high gran- ularity in space and time. Here we report on a citizen science experiment for noise mapping a 1 km2 area in the city of Antwerp using NoiseTube, a participatory sensing framework for monitoring ambient noise. At the technical side, we set up measuring equipment in accordance with offi- cial norms insofar as they apply, also carrying out extensive calibration experiments. At the citizen side, we collaborated with up to 10 volunteers from a citizen-led Antwerp-based action group. From the data gathered we construct purely measurement-based noise maps of the targeted area with error margins of about 5dB, comparable to those of official simulation-based noise maps.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdjunct Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Pervasive Computing (Pervasive 2011), San Francisco, CA, USA, June 12-15, 2011
EditorsDaniela K. Rosner
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-21725-8
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011
EventUnknown -
Duration: 1 Jun 2011 → …


Period1/06/11 → …

Bibliographical note

Rafael 'Tico' Ballagas and Daniela K. Rosner


  • sustainability
  • participatory sensing
  • noise pollution
  • crowdsourcing
  • internet of things


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