With partial containment, the traffic halved in Geneva. A unique opportunity to take benchmark noise measurements to improve urban policies.

Our intelligent acoustic sensor hosted by the HEPIA (Haute Ecole du Paysage, d’Ingénierie et d’Architecture de Genève de la HES-SO) tracks and qualifies traffic  in the City from its sound, thanks to the coupling of acoustics and artificial intelligence.

Traffic gradually resumes in the city

Covid19 has significantly slowed down urban activity. One obvious indicator is the reduction in traffic and related noise. Below, traffic in Geneva before and during the partial containment ordered in Switzerland. A normal work week and a “confined” week. Traffic has nearly halved on rue du Jura, near the Geneva University of Engineering (HEPIA), part of the HES-SO.

We are looking at a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study a city in such specific and quiet circumstances. Only now can we gather the sound-related baseline data for policy-making as we move forward form here and maybe “back to normal”. This data can be used as benchmarks for the development of future noise policies.

Securaxis SONAL allows city authorities uninterrupted and real-time monitoring of the return of urban activities. Where will the process start? Which geographical spaces will be first “ reoccupied ” ? How fast? Such data would be of critical importance after this period of confinement for cities that wish to introduce necessary changes.

Such data would be of crucial importance after this period of containment for cities wishing to introduce urban changes in favor of the well-being of citizens, particularly in terms of traffic, noise and pollution.

picture ©LUTZ / MAPS / 2020