Is It Possible to Build A Quieter Future?

An NYU professor is using sensors to reveal the impact of excess noise and to empower those most affected by it.

The drone of a leaf blower. The blare of a siren. Beyond a certain decibel and duration, everyday noises could be damaging our health and impeding our lives. The first step to changing this reality and building a quieter future is understanding the severity of the issue we have on our hands—and in our ears—right now. That’s where Tae Hong Park comes in, with his sensors that feed environmental noise measurements into the cloud, and a digital platform that maps and visualizes that data. Capturing data and organizing it in a clear, compelling way is the first step to making a difference.