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Hooning Prevention: NoiseNet presents new technology to resolve disruptive vehicle noise

Updated: Feb 23

Here at NoiseNet, we pride ourselves on being a world leader in smart noise monitoring. Now, we’re proud to announce that we are teaming up with Spectur, a leading developer of smart city and security camera applications on a new venture that aims to reduce (and hopefully eliminate) excessive and disruptive vehicle noise – also known as “hooning”.

Pairing NoiseNet’s PinPoint directional noise monitoring technology with the robust efficiency of the Spectur STA6’s modular power and mounting solutions, we can capture noise where it occurs – not where it might occur. This hardware array contains 3 key elements: a 180 or 360 degree camera array to track vehicles, a NoiseNet PinPoint smart noise monitor to provide high precision decibel readings coupled with directional noise tracking, and a number plate recognition system. This is all linked to a sophisticated machine learning-powered back-end which automatically organises the data gathered from noise detection, noise level measurement, integrated audiovisual vehicle tracking and automated number plate recognition into a clear and readable dashboard format.

Together, NoiseNet and Spectur provide councils, police and other government departments aiming to resolve hooning issues with "event snapshots" that cover the build-up, the hooning event and a period of post-event audio and video. This snapshot pairs automated vehicle identification with date/time decibel readings, audio & video recordings, and event type classification on a single dashboard. A quick human review can then package up these files for enforcement teams (or referral to enforcement activities). NoiseNet and Spectur are able to provide expert witness backup to ensure maximised enforceability.

Our second phase of development will include triangulation of hooning noise from the monitoring locations (and potentially from other NoiseNet monitors or Spectur security camera systems if density permits) to allow police or security officers to track the location of street racing and/or hooning activities, even providing a mapped location of offending vehicles in real-time.

NoiseNet and Spectur are looking for partners to work on deploying and testing this technology in the field. Trials will be ready to commence from April/May 2024. As for all NoiseNet pilot programmes, those participating will obtain many ancillary benefits including lifetime discounts on this and other NoiseNet services.

If hooning or noisy vehicles (trail bikes, modified exhausts, air braking) is an issue affecting your community, please let us know at the link below so we can open a discussion on how we can support you:

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