We’ve already told you about Canadian inventor Mark Nesdoly and his Noise Snare, a device invented to track down offensively loud vehicles for the purposes of police ticketing. Now, the Noise Snare has competition in the market: The Hornet Advanced Noise Control System.
The Hornet Advanced Noise Control System uses multiple microphones, paired with a video camera, to detect when a louder-than-normal vehicle travels through a roadway. Once such a vehicle is detected, it uses the information from those microphones and the camera to figure out which vehicle it is, using triangulation. The designer claims it’s very effective; he says he can get to within 25 mm of the source of the noise.
The usual plea police use when they are pressed regarding their inaction on loud pipes is that they’re simply not able to ticket riders when they don’t observe the offense. With the Hornet (like the Noise Snare), the unit can be left at an intersection or roadway, collecting data without an officer required to physically observe the offense, which allows them to more effectively fight the problem, or raise more revenue, depending how you look at it.
You can read more about the Hornet Advanced Noise Control System here at Gizmag.
The technology, if it really works, could be an important weapon in the war against loud pipes. While the similar Noise Snare has been implemented already, we haven’t heard many stories of its adoption by police departments. It would very interesting to see these systems compared to each other, and it will be even more interesting to see if the Hornet system is finally the weapon the police can use to end loud pipes across North America.