Bruel & Kjaer UK Ltd. - PRODUCT NEWS
MATRON CUTS THE COST OF LOUD MUSIC AND BARKING DOGS.
Neighbour complaints about loud music and barking dogs cost Local Authorities thousands of pounds, but vital savings are being made using the latest generation of digital noise monitoring systems from sound and vibration solutions manufacturer Bruel & Kjaer UK.
With domestic noise complaints at their highest ever levels, the pressure on personnel and budgets is enormous but Bruel & Kjaer reports that Local Authorities and Housing Associations using its MATRON-3 Neighbour Noise Monitoring System are achieving valuable time and cost savings.
"Investigations can be a lengthy and costly job, often involving many out-of-hours visits," said Martin Williams, Senior Applications Engineer for Bruel and Kjaer UK. "However, since we launched MATRON-3 a year ago, customers have reported significant reductions in workload and expenditure by eliminating much of the time consuming activity."
The system is ideal for investigating intermittent, neighbour noise complaints such as loud music, barking dogs, DIY, verbal abuse, harassment, and other anti-social behaviour.
Hours spent rewinding and listening to Digital Audio Tape (DAT) recordings have been dramatically reduced by DAT-less, digital audio techniques that provide high storage capacity, fast data transfer and great flexibility. Operators can quickly access and analyse data - typically in around 30 minutes - by downloading and playing back recordings through a computer.
"By examining the digital record, you can immediately identify peak noise and go straight to that point. Cross referencing with the complainant's log eliminates time wasted listening to extraneous recordings," explained Williams.
MATRON-3 combines sound recording and continuous noise monitoring, which on DAT systems are separate functions and therefore more time consuming. These older tape based systems also contain many mechanical components, which with time can result in reliability issues.
MATRON-3 provides solid state reliability and records to an industry standard Secure Digital (SD) or Compact Flash (CF) memory card. The system's innovative Type 2250 noise analyser provides fully calibrated and accredited traceable noise results, which in the event of any dispute over values can help avoid the legal ramifications of incorrect analysis.
Operators also benefit from simplicity and speed of set up and ease of use, with very little training. In just a couple of minutes, the microphone and remote control can be connected to the sound analyser secured in the inner case, ready for operation. The case is then locked to prevent interference with the calibrated instrumentation.
The system is transported in a standard briefcase, so that operators arrive and leave properties with the same case, allowing discrete installation without arousing observers' suspicions. An extension cable allows remote positioning of the tripod-mounted microphone and a simple hand-switch enables complainants to start and stop the recording process. A clear indicator on the hand-switch lights to confirm that recording is in progress. Meanwhile, a Class 1 sound level meter continuously measures and stores noise results for comparison before, during and after, so that investigating officers can hear what led to a complainant initiating sound recording and detect any deliberate provocations. The operator can choose to set the pre-trigger sound recording time (up to one minute 40 seconds), timed sound recordings and post-trigger sound recordings (up to five minutes).
MATRON-3 will monitor noise for days on end, providing valuable evidence to help determine appropriate actions.
About Matron 3
MATRON-33 is a robust and reliable system, using memory card storage to eliminate mechanical components. However, when needed, after care is much simpler as calibration or repairs can be booked online and systems are collected free of charge.
A wide range of software and tools is available, enabling fast and efficient processing of results.
Customer support is readily available in the UK by telephone or a user-orientated website (instructions and application notes are available unlike many sales-orientated websites) or a local Engineer can visit to get them started. Training courses or remote webex courses are also available.
A course for users of the 2250 Sound Level Analyzer and 7820 Evaluator software, wanting to get the most out of the software will be running 13th September 2007 in Manchester, and 7th November 2007 in Stevenage.
For more information visit: http://www.bksv.co.uk/default.asp?ID=3565
About Bruel & Kjaer
Brüel & Kjær is a world-leading manufacturer and supplier of sound and vibration solutions for use in a wide range of applications including environmental noise measurements, building acoustics, vibration measurements and quality control for use in the automotive, aerospace and consumer industries, as well as by local authorities. Today Brüel & Kjær has 900 employees and sales offices in 55 countries. Brüel & Kjær is a subsidiary of UK-based Spectris plc. (www.spectris.com). Spectris has annual sales of approximately £656m and employs around 6000 people worldwide in its 15 business units.
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