'HowLoud' Calculates the Loudness Factor for Different Neighborhoods

By: Katherine Pendrill - Apr 26, 2016
References: kickstarter & digitaltrends
'HowLoud' is a new service that helps prospective buyers or renters figure out how noisy a neighborhood will be. When moving to a new area, few consumers consider the level of sound coming from traffic, industrial activities and other sources of urban noise. This service provides a handy noise score so that consumers can 'hear' their house before they move.

HowLoud was created by Brendan Farrell as a way to calculate the level of noise in urban areas. The service works by taking account of traffic, air traffic, businesses and other sources of urban noise. A mathematical model is then used to generate a 3D digital sound profile of the area. Finally, a score is assigned to each address, which ranks the noise level out of 100. Similar to platforms such as Walk Score, HowLoud is designed to give consumers more information before buying or renting in a certain area.

Farrell has already successful mapped the city of Los Angeles and is now raising funds via Kickstarter to expand the project.