I recently had an F/A-18 jet fly over my house and was amazed at how loud it was. That set me to wondering how loud it actually was.

Do any outdoor sensors exist that can track decibel level?

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    Are you asking about senros with an internet connection?
    – Mawg
    Jan 30, 2017 at 8:29
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    Yes, I'd like it connected remotely
    – jterrace
    Jan 30, 2017 at 13:23
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    go a step further, noise cancellation! Jan 31, 2017 at 10:35

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Try pairing a microphone with your favorite IoT platform. The problem with this approach is that, initially, you would have to find a way to calibrate it.

Another option would be the Grove (Arduino).

As for the "outdoor-ness" of a sensor, just shield it from the weather and other disrupting elements.

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    That Grove sensor looks great, but it looks like it caps out at 66 dB :(
    – jterrace
    Jan 30, 2017 at 13:59
  • Getting from a microphone to a sound level measurement ins't trivial, even before you worry about calibration. Feb 1, 2017 at 7:55
  • @ChrisStratton Yeah, I agree that it's not linear, but we all have to start somewhere. I think trial-by-fire is a good start.
    – Aloha
    Feb 1, 2017 at 14:08
  • And how do you get a proper calibration in the range of an F/A-18?
    – Helmar
    Feb 2, 2017 at 20:34
  • @Helmar That's the secret. You don't. Instead, one may go to a studio which can produce equal, or louder, calibrated sound levels.
    – Aloha
    Feb 3, 2017 at 1:00

There is a product called IoTSENS Sound and Noise Sensor. As the specification say, it has following features.

  • Identify areas of high sound intensity of 30-100 dB
  • Low maintenance costs
  • Continuous Measurement
  • Improved sound environment management
  • Indoor and outdoor application
  • Direct connection to SIGFOX and LoRa communications

Another one is TA120, which is also be used in outdoors, with IP65 rating. It can communicate through,

  • Ethernet (RJ45)
  • loop 4-20 mA
  • Wi-Fi
  • 3G modem

(Ethernet is the default option, you can select other options too).


They do already exist, though they're not easy to find. Here's a bluetooth one on ebay for instance. Obviously, however, in order to remotely use that one, you would have to have it constantly paired with a computer that is nearby and connected to the internet.

However, there are also wifi enabled digital sound meters, such as the Noise Sentry RT-W.

Another option is this USB dongle with you are supposed to be able to connect to some sound level meters.


They exist. What is more, your local Council or Municipal Authority is bound to have some. They will either loan or rent them to you.

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