ANNOISY is short for “annoying noises”. The idea is simple: fighting annoying noises in your neighborhood socially.
ANNOISY is a mashup of social platforms enabling users to point the source of noise and measure it. We have created a special Sound Analyzing System to automate recognition of noise type and intensity (dB) from the recorded file. After mapping the noise, user can share the point to social networks and start a Fight to draw attention of the community. We have a mobile application to download for most phones to make the map pointing and sound recording easy and smooth.
We are also providing an Area Creation tool for organizations and universities to manage noise pollution in their campuses.
We believe that mapping the problem and sharing it with your local community is the best way to fight against noise pollution.
The main points of our philosophy are:
Most of the time we concentrate on Air, Water, Litter and Soil pollution but forget about Noise pollution hitting us with stress and damaging our physiological and psychological health. Other sources of noise pollution are car alarms, emergency service sirens, barking dogs, appliances, power tools, lighting hum, audio entertainment systems, loudspeakers, and noisy people.
The word "noise" comes from the Latin word “nausea” meaning seasickness. Indeed, noise pollution can cause seasickness, annoyance and aggression, hypertension, high stress levels, tinnitus, hearing loss, sleep disturbances, and other harmful effects.
With this initiative we are demanding a stress-free future and offering a technological solution to manage noise pollution in urban areas and make people or companies responsible for annoying noise.
Noise pollution is excessive, displeasing human, animal or machine-created environmental noise that disrupts the activity or balance of human or animal life.
We distinguish the following categories of annoying noises:
Here is HOW YOU CAN HELP:
Together we can make a real difference.
ANNOISY promotes positive corporate social responsibility together with the responsibility to sustain human community and environment. We have to create a special environmental monitoring system for responsible organizations to monitor the noise pollution they create in the local community. Our concepts of CSR are:
Corporate assessment of campus or work for noise should be carried out by a competent person and should:
Annoisy maintains a GetSatisfaction forumwhere members can discuss ideas and suggestions on how we can improve the ANNOISY website with other members and staff. If you have any such thoughts or suggestions, we encourage you to post them in this forum so that others will be able to comment on them as well. If you would like to leave feedback directly to us, you may email us at email@example.com.
If you are representing a City, an Organization or a University's administration and believe, that you have to manage any particular area, you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request the ownership.
Also, We are always looking for people all over the world, who want to help growing the project. Please contact us, if you have time to contribute - thanks.
For other help, support, general requests or press inquiries, please email us at email@example.com.
Armnet Awards 2011 - Annoisy.org is the winner in nomination of "Best Innovation of the Year".
When you use the Annoisy website you provide us with three types of information: personal information that you disclose in the course of creating your account and creating your profile, content information that you disclose such as public and private information on noise pollution, reviews, photos, and corporate information, and web site use information such as IP addresses and pages accessed, which is collected by us as you interact with our web site.
We store information that you submit or we collect, including personal information, content information, and web site use information. Additionally, we display much of this information to other users of the site.
Except as indicated, the information you submit in creating your account or completing your profile is generally displayed to other users of the site. However your email address is not displayed to users. Your city, state, and country information will be displayed to all users. We do not display your full name to protect you from anyone willing to find you.
Content that you submit such as noise point, comments, and photos will be publically displayed, and will be displayed alongside such content, attributing you as the creator of such content.
We may use your full name and email address for the purposes of sending you notifications of activities on this site (such as invitations or messages from other users), or for updates regarding our website (subject to your email preferences as described below).
We use website use information we collect for nonpersonal purposes such as monitoring the health of our severs, administering the website, improving our website, and for non-identifying statistical purposes, for example to gauge the interest in various portions of our website.
By using Annoisy, you are consenting to have your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States.
We may distribute any information you make publically available on the website, such as your profile information and noise points, to third parties, who may display this information on other platforms (i.e. other websites, media, etc). Your full name, email address, or any other personal information which is not displayed publically on our site will not be disclosed to such parties.
We may be required to disclose user information if required to do so by law or if we in good faith believe that an information request by law enforcement or private litigants meets applicable legal standards, to comply with a legal request, to prevent fraud or other illegal activity, to avoid liability or protect our rights and property.
This website contains links to third party websites which with we have no affiliation, and which may have different privacy practices. You are advised to read the privacy policies of such sites, and we are not responsible for their privacy practices.
Annoisy sends emails to users for the purposes of notifying them of events on their fights, as well as to inform users of news and updates regarding our website, and (very rarely) when we need to communicate with a user directly. You may opt-out of email notifications and news updates by using the general profile under the account information portion of your profile, or by using the links provided at the bottom of all such emails.
Control over most personal information on Annoisy is readily available through the tools on the profile portion of our website. Users may modify or delete any of their profile information at any time by logging into their account, and may modify or remove reviews they have written on the page where their review is posted. Other communications sent via the Annoisy site, such as private messages, or public comments of forum posts, cannot generally be modified or deleted.
Members may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request that we close their account. Upon receiving such a request we will make all reasonable efforts to remove your profile information and any reviews you have written from our website, however other private and public communications you have made cannot generally be removed. Additionally some information may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time but will not generally be available to other users of the Annoisy website.
Annoisy takes appropriate and industry standard precautions to protect the information of our users. These measures include internal reviews of our data collection, storage, and processing practices, information security measures, and physical security measures.
Because the communication capabilities of the Annoisy website are not recognized as secure communications, we request that you do not send any private information through the Annoisy website. You hereby acknowledge that Annoisy is not responsible for any intercepted information sent via the Internet, and you hereby release Annoisy from any and all claims arising from or related to the use of intercepted information or communications sent via our website.
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