In various locales throughout the Kansai region, construction is proceeding to change the landscape of many neighborhoods. While the results of construction can make the places we live, learn, work and relax much better, the process can be painful and inconvenient for everyone who has to be near the project. Of course, construction makes noise … a lot of noise.
But Japan displays a continuing commitment to providing another level of service and consideration to all of the people who will have to live with the demolition, repair and building. The exhibit shown below is one example of this. It is a large display of a machine that measures noise and vibrations generated by a road construction project. Not far from this mechanism is a public school, a library and many residences. The machine has a microphone and vibration detector. The LED display shows the decibel level and vibration level for the whole day. Anyone can see the monitor from almost any direction.
If the noise level goes too high, the construction foreman can make corrections. If the vibration level goes too high, the neighborhood residents and workers can make a complaint to the same foreman and construction company.
Osaka Ali doesn’t know if such a system is widespread in other places in the world, but it seems very in character for Japanese society. Care and consideration of others is an artform here. And the Japanese are always seeking ways to improve service so that disturbances to the fabric of life are minimal.
What do you think of this noise and vibration monitor? Do they have this kind of system in your town? If not, would you want it to be used where you live and work? Why or why not?
只今の騷音 Full Noise level today only
只今の振動 Full vibration today only