Smart tech company honoured for IoT innovation at ‘the Noise Oscars’
Smart Technology company, Eave, which has developed a unique hearing conservation system using noise mapping technology and digital headsets, has won the John Connell Innovation Award recognising original thinking in reducing the negative impact of noise.
The John Connell Award, also known as ‘the Noise Oscars’, are organised by the Noise Abatement Society (NAS) with the aim of championing initiatives and advances which benefit the public by targeting unnecessary noise. The 18th award ceremony took place at the Palace of Westminster on 23 October 2019, where Eave won first prize in the Innovation category.
Eave has developed a revolutionary solution to noise in the workplace, combining Smart Technology and creative product design to tackle the problem of hearing damage in industries such as construction and rail. The award specifically recognises Eave’s work with Costain Group PLC and Skanska at the high-speed rail project, HS2.
The system uses digital ear defenders which protect workers’ hearing at the same time as gathering noise data. This information is then transferred to a unique cloud-based noise mapping software platform, called Peak, where it is displayed and analysed to produce accurate information about every worker’s noise exposure across a workplace or site, allowing employers to see what measures of proactive noise management need to be put in place.
Eave headsets also use cutting edge ‘hear through’ technology, allowing wearers to continue to hear environmental sound and communicate with colleagues without removing their ear defenders, not only providing better hearing protection but also radically improving safety in noisy workplaces.
At the heart of Eave’s innovation is its mission to prevent occupational hearing loss, the most common workplace disease despite being 100% preventable. Founded by former NHS audiologist, Dr David Greenberg, whose research focused on the impact of noise on hearing and communication, Eave is using the latest IoT (Internet of Things) technology to take a proactive approach, preventing noise induced hearing loss before it even starts.
Gloria Elliott OBE, Noise Abatement Society Chief Executive, said, “This is an extremely welcome innovation for comprehensive long term hearing protection in the workplace”.
“We are thrilled and honoured to win this award – we see it as testament to the work we do at Eave to eliminate the isolation and loneliness caused by hearing loss. Our goal is to transform the way people hear at work, tackling the dangerous noise levels which are leading to an epidemic in hearing loss. This award helps progress this vital mission and we are delighted!” said Dr David Greenberg, Eave CEO and founder.
Eave is a smart technology company created to help with the prevention of avoidable deafness through the monitoring of, and protection against, damaging noise levels. Founded by clinical and research audiologist, Dr. David Greenberg, EAVE’s mission is to prevent occupational hearing loss, while raising awareness of the isolating and often debilitating impact of deafness.