News and Events
In our newsletter for this month, we talk about a compelling scientific paper that was presented at the Noise-Con 2017 conference. The paper presented the tangible benefits of Active Volume Control, an exclusive feature of the Soft dB sound masking system. You will also discover why France has reduced the legal sound limit for concerts and night clubs. But first, let’s start with an invitation to meet with our Sound Masking Team at IFMA’s World WorkPlace Conference in Houston.
This week in the Soft dB newsletter you will discover a sound masking installation in one of the most beautiful buildings in London. In addition, the sound masking team continues to grow with a new representative among its ranks and new international distributors. Montreal offices change of address to settle in larger spaces, in the same neighborhood
Article - Effect of noise comfort in openplan offices
The Number One Enemy of Open-Plan Offices: NOISE! According to a recent study, 70% of US companies opt for open-plan offices, this proportion is 60% for French companies(1). Unlike the 1990s, when this type of space was found mainly in communications and high-tech companies, open-plan offices are now found in all types of businesses. This choice of office configuration comes with its share of problems, of which noise is the worst.
A modern pharmacy concept using Sound Masking System ! Amongst other innovations and new concepts based on Well-Being, the owners of this new pharmacy chose Soft dB Sound Masking Systems to improve the confidentiality of discussions between clients and pharmacists
SmartSMS-NET - The New Volume Control
With the smartSMS-NET Volume Control the end-users can adjust the volume of sound masking and music for any given zone.
Masking Sound in the World of Open Office Spaces
The rise of open office spaces has generally been seen as a net positive in improving collaboration and communication within the workplace. While there’s no denying these kind of workplaces have brought many organizations closer together through promoting consistent teamwork — the jury is still out with regard to its effects on workplace noise.
Article: “The Sound of the Changing Work Environment"
Open office environments face these three problems: 1. Their office is too loud and disruptive because the sound travels throughout the space without the physical barriers to stop it . 2. Their office is too quiet, there is no background sound at all and when people do talk their co-workers can hear every single word, sneeze or laugh in the entire space (open and closed offices). 3. There are oral privacy issues that need to be addressed regarding HR, legal, HIPPA confidential conversations, mostly in private offices. Sound masking can be used to treat these three issues…
Article: “Soft dB breaks the silence” (french)
(Québec) Du bruit, Soft dB n’en fait pas beaucoup. «C’est dans notre ADN de ne pas faire de bruit», pousse André L’Espérance, fondateur et président de cette discrète entreprise technologique du quartier Montcalm, à Québec. «Notre système de masquage sonore, c’est le joyau de notre porte-folio», s’enthousiasme le vice-président Jean-François Cauchon qui est aussi l’un des six actionnaires de l’entreprise. «Le contrat de 22 millions $ que nous venons de décrocher auprès d’un revendeur texan illustre bien le fait que notre technologie a fait ses preuves et qu’elle répond à un besoin, notamment avec la popularité des environnements de travail offrant des aires ouvertes.»
IFMA's World Workplace (2017/10)
On October 18 and 19, the Soft dB Sound Masking team for North America will be at the IFMA’s World WorkPlace Conference at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. You will find us at booth 1305. Stop by and talk to us about your sound masking project: you will receive a Soft dB speaker for your smartphone ! Please visit the IFMA web site for more information.
NOISE-CON 2017 (2017/06)
Soft dB is an active member of the acoustic scientific community and is proud to make a contribution by presenting a paper at Noise-Con 2017. The title of the paper is ‘Adaptive Volume Control for Sound Masking’. The aim of the paper is to show how the real-time analysis of the sound level distribution in the open plan office environment can be used to efficiently adapt and control the volume of the masking sound. In particular, a number of analyses based on real life sound masking installations were performed to determine optimal acoustic comfort and privacy.
For more information please visit Noise-Con 2017 web site at:
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