In anticipation of the prestigious 11th annual John Connell Awards – dubbed the ‘Noise Oscars’ – finalists for the John Connell Technology Award 2011 have been announced.
The Institute of Acoustics John Connell Technology Award, established in 2010, recognises and encourages the development of new or enhanced products demonstrating significant technological advancement, and organisations demonstrating a history of sustained innovation across product lines to resolve noise pollution problems.
Speaking about the award, Trevor Cox, President of the Institute of Acoustics, said “We are delighted to once again be sponsors of the John Connell Technology Award. Industry plays a critical role in reducing noise pollution. Developing new, innovative low noise products and solutions is essential if we are to protect the public and the environment from the cacophony of human activity.”
The finalists have been announced as:
Polypipe, Supertube Duct Silencers with Microban protection – The Domus Silencers provide a simple, cost-effective solution to reduce noise from central ventilation systems. They absorb sound over a range of audible frequencies, including traffic noise, noise from the ventilation fan and room to room cross talk, reducing noise levels by as much as 50dB
Limitear AdaptEar – sets new standards in hearing protection by ensuring that professional earpiece users are always protected from excessive noise. The AdaptEar small unit connects between private mobile radios and sensitive earpieces. It helps users to protect their hearing, providing the appropriate attenuation for specific earpieces and the intended listening duration.
Echo Barrier, H1 and suite of products - The H1 acoustic barrier literally soaks up sound around it rather than reflecting it, attenuating noise by up to 30dB. Designed for quick and easy installation on standard Heras fencing or similar, It is aimed at sites where it is important to reduce noise levels and maintain good community relations, such as in residential and public locations.
Linde BOC, Frostcruise quiet cryogenic system - Is an efficient, economical, indirect cryogenic replacement for mechanical, diesel-powered truck refrigeration systems. It provides an eco-friendly solution for the transportation of perishable chilled and frozen. The innovative technology eliminates the mechanical motor, the compressor and harmful refrigerants used by other systems making it significantly quieter and more environmentally friendly than traditional solutions.
The awards are named in honour of the Society’s founder, John Connell OBE, who successfully lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament in 1960 when noise became a statutory nuisance for the first time in the UK.
The ceremony will take place at the Palace of Westminster, on the evening of Tuesday 8th November 2011 and will be hosted by Mike Weatherley MP for Hove and Portslade on behalf of the Noise Abatement Society (NAS) Trustees, and are designed to recognise and promote innovative ideas and initiatives that have made a positive impact on the reduction of excessive noise in the community, helping to improve the aural environment.
The John Connell Technology Award is sponsored by The Institute of Acoustics, and has a judging panel, comprised of:
· John Hinton OBE, Chair of Judging Panel, past President of The Institute of Acoustics (2008-2010), on behalf of the IoA
· Gloria Elliott, Chief Executive, the Noise Abatement Society
· Max Dixon, Town planner and urbanist specialising in noise and soundscape management, formerly of the Greater London
· Stephen Crosher, consultant and technology expert, Fleet Renewables
· Alan Blissett, Environmental Health practitioner, Southwark Council
Gloria Elliott, Chief Executive, the Noise Abatement Society said, “We are thrilled to welcome the Institute of Acoustics as generous sponsors for the second year of the John Connell Technology Award. By working together in this way with industry, trade associations, government, local government and public bodies we can help to further the uptake of quiet alternatives to traditionally noisy solutions thereby protecting the public and reducing noise pollution.”