Bruel & Kjaer / Endevco - PRODUCT NEWS

Another domestic noise complaint. Domestic noise complaints are on the increase - up 44% since 1990 according to the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health's Annual Report 2000. And most of these complaints require time-consuming investigations frequently in unsociable hours. Brüel & Kjær has launched its new MATRON-II system, specially designed to meet the needs of Local Authorities investigating domestic noise complaints. Housed in a discreet standard briefcase, MATRON-II greatly reduces the workload of Local Authority Officers by doing most of the time consuming work. MATRON-II is capable of monitoring noise for days on end and provides valuable evidence to help Investigating Officers take appropriate action. MATRON-II is perfect for investigation of all types of domestic noise complaints including loud music, barking dogs, DIY, verbal abuse and harassment and other anti-social behaviour. The system is designed to be in line with the "Best Value" concept for total cost of ownership and is simple to use enabling the equipment to be operated by complainants in-situ. The system is installed in the complainant's property with the officer calibrating the sound level meter, setting the unit to record and locking the case to prevent any interference with the calibrated instruments. The microphone is positioned at the point of the alleged nuisance and the tape can then be operated by the complainant via simple remote control. Ideal for mediation or prosecution cases, MATRON-II recordings are admissible in a court of law and provide valuable evidence for Investigating Officers in pursuing noise complaints. The fact that the system can be operated by the complainant enables Investigating Officers to avoid many of the difficulties associated with noise complaints, particularly those taking place during unsociable hours. MATRON-II offers Local Authorities a highly effective weapon in the battle against domestic noise complaints. There are two MATRON-II systems. One comprises a Class 1 sound level meter, type 2238, a Class 1 calibrator, type 4231, a Sony TCD-D8 digital audio tape (DAT) recorder, simple remote control for recordings, tripod, microphone extension cables and power supply plus cables. The second is a similar system without the logging sound level meter although this type of system must be used with caution. In most cases, the microphone will be located indoors but may also be positioned externally using a longer extension cable and a weatherproofed outdoor microphone kit. Accessories include Windows® based software for graphical presentation of recorded results and a loudspeaker with integrated amplifier for playback of recorded tapes. Brüel & Kjær also provides optional calibration and service support to ensure the MATRON-II systems continue to operate within specifications. According to the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health's Annual Report 2000, local authorities in the UK recorded 115,860 domestic noise complaints between April 1999 and March 2000, a rise of almost 44% since 1990. __________________________________________________ For more information, please contact :- Bruel & Kjaer, Bedford House, Rutherford, Close, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1 2ND. UK Tel: +44(0) 1438 739000, Fax: +44(0) 1438 739099 E-mail: Web site: December 2001
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