Decentralized sensors to combat noise pollution hit the blockchain


The Silencio network has over 35,000 smartphones working as noise sensors via the Peaq Network blockchain ecosystem in an effort to combat the issue of global noise pollution.

On Sept. 19, the Silencio Network announced its integration with Peaq as it continues to expand its reach to include more noise sensor devices. Silencio reports that the noise sensors in its network cover 176 countries and anticipate working on one million devices by 2024.

The project calls its work “Web3 citizen science,” in which community members receive tokenized rewards for providing “hyper-local” noise pollution data. Cointelegraph spoke with Silencio’s two co-founders, brothers Thomas and Theo Messerer, about the reason behind tokenizing sound data.

Thomas said the seed for the idea was planted over 20 years ago. Growing up with a hearing-impaired parent meant they were always sensitive to noise pollution in different places, along with their experience later in deploying Decentralized Physical Infrastructure Networks (DePINs) in Europe.

“We were captivated by the concept of crowd-sourcing…

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