23. abril 2021

NoiseScout news – more control of what details are shared and up to 2 TB of storage

NoiseScout news – more control of what details are shared and up to 2 TB of storage

NTi Audio continues to improve NoiseScout for customers with a NoiseScout subscription. Recent enhancements in Managed Mode provide finer control of what details are visible in Shared Views. In Gateway Mode, Daily Timetables and support for up to 2 terabytes (TB) of storage increase available storage by over 62x. Both modes benefit from new external 4G routers and automatic system re-boots.


Share Views enhancements -greater control over what information is shared

The original, intended audience for Shared Views in NoiseScout Managed Mode was people within your own organization.
As NoiseScout has become more popular, we have expanded Share Views for people outside an organization, up to and including the general public.
Recent enhancements make NoiseScout a more customizable tool for sharing relevant noise and alarm data with both internal and external partners.

Within an organization

Company management and other people within your organization can have complete visibility of:

  • system status – is the system running and are there any unacknowledged alarms?
  • list of recent alarms – details about when alarms occurred and the level. Optionally, the ability to listen to audio recorded during the alarms.
  • periods and limits – what are the alarm limits and do they vary within a day (e.g. lower limits at night) or by day of the week (e.g. weekend versus weekday)?

Separate links to site-wide, multiple terminal views versus single noise terminals views make NoiseScout easier to navigate for non-specialist colleagues. 
Share links with only the views that a colleague needs, instead of providing access to all the organization’s monitoring locations, possibly across multiple sites.
Giving limited Share View access instead of full access also limits who can change settings or acknowledge alarms. Only users with the NoiseScout userID and password have full access.

External to your organization

Many NoiseScout systems show external partners that your organization takes noise seriously and documents that your organization is below limits from local noise ordinances.
For external audiences, finer control on what information is shared is desirable. Too much detail to the wrong audience can generate irrelevant questions (e.g. what is LAFmax, why were limit values set?)

For this reason, NTi Audio has added the ability show/hide distinct details in Shared Views.

Options for distinct details on shared views

Now, it is possible to individually enable/disable visibility in public Shared Views:

  • Periods & Limits – What are the system’s alarm limits during defined time periods?
  • Alarm Status – Either a checkmark with a green background for no unacknowledged alarms or an exclamation mark with a red background showing there have been noise exceedances. 
  • Alarm List and Incidents – A detailed list of alarms showing time and level of alarms. Viewers can see both the unacknowledged alarms and the alarms acknowledged/cleared by a super-user.
  • Alarm audio wav files – If audio recording is enabled on the system, can a viewer with a Share View listen to the recorded audio?
  • Configurable temperature units – Shared Views can show temperature with units of degrees Fahrenheit (°F) or Celcius/Centigrade (°C).

It is nice to get recognition from the public that your organization is a “good neighbor” with regard to noise. NTi Audio now allows an organization’s logo to appear in the top, righthand corner of Shared Views.
Simply send your logo to your local NTi Audio partner. Here are the image requirements:

  • maximum size is 50px x 200px
  • .png, .jpg, .gif, .bmp are supported

Technical enhancements improve NoiseScout’s capabilities and resilience

NTi Audio continues to improve NoiseScout through firmware updates. A complete list of enhancements can be found here

Here are some recent enhancements:

  • Improved system resilience – NetBox will automatically reboot itself and the attached XL2 if it cannot reach our servers for 12 hours.
  • Support for new, external 4G/LTE routers – The transition from 3G to 4G networks continues. External 4G routers promote continued connectivity. New external 4G routers use less power than the old, internal 3G routers while providing more customization (e.g. ability to automatically reboot the router if it cannot ping a web address).
  • Daily Time Table – Schedule repeated, daily measurements in NoiseScout Gateway Mode.
  • Massive Data Storage, up to 2 TB – in NoiseScout Gateway Mode, more than 5 years of logging levels and spectra, 3 years of logging with compressed, continuous audio or 4 months of logging with full-bandwidth, continuous audio are available.