Internet Age Dawns on Neighbour Noise Investigations

Brüel & Kjær launches first web-based Neighbour Noise Nuisance Monitor

UK - Environmental Health Officers can now use live Internet connectivity to remotely monitor investigation progress with Bruel & Kjaer's 'MATRON Live' Neighbour Noise Monitoring system.

Using unattended noise monitoring equipment for investigating persistent noise complaints has been standard practice for many years with local government noise control officers. The results, however, may sometimes be invalid due to operator error, complainant tampering, incorrect setup or equipment damage - all of which can go undetected until the equipment's recovered seven days later and it is too late to correct. Arranging a repeat investigation is time consuming, costly and frustrating for both the officer and the complainant.

Live Internet connectivity, with the installed equipment to monitor progress of the investigation, is an entirely new practice which keeps the noise officer in touch with their equipment 24/7, by sending them regular e-mail updates of measurement status, instant e-mail alerts when tampering or damage occur and real-time display via the internet of noise level trends from the installed equipment.

The low cost and wide availability of wireless Internet coverage throughout the UK presents local authorities with an opportunity to reduce the cost of noise nuisance investigations by facilitating a 'Get it right first time' approach when using web-based noise nuisance monitoring equipment.

Existing users of the Bruel & Kjaer MATRON systems can upgrade their equipment to MATRON Live with a minor hardware upgrade. This allows all MATRON users to benefit from the new, smarter technology, helping to minimise their noise nuisance workload.

For more information about MATRON Live from Brüel & Kjær, please visit:

About Brüel & Kjær
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.

We design and manufacturer sound level meters, microphones and accelerometers, conditioning amplifiers, calibrators, noise and vibration analysers and software. To see our full range and for more information, please visit or contact our sales team: telephone +44 (0) 1763 255 780 or email:

Brüel & Kjær also runs a variety of training courses throughout the year, from basic introductions on noise and it's effects to more specialised classes teaching customers how to get the most out of their equipment. To see our full training course calendar, visit:

Free, online training courses - conducted by our expert engineers - run throughout the year too. For registration details and the latest planned web training sessions, visit:

Brüel & Kjær has two UK-based laboratories which are UKAS accredited to the international standard ISO/IEC 17025. Brüel & Kjær can provide traceable or accredited calibration for sound level meters, microphones, calibrators, artificial ears, conditioning amplifiers and accelerometers. To book a service or for more information, please contact our service department on +44 (0) 1763 255 780 or visit:

Brüel & Kjær has 1150 employees, with sales offices in 55 countries. Brüel & Kjær is a subsidiary of UK-based Spectris plc ( which has annual sales of £787m and employs around 6,000 people worldwide in its 13 business units.

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