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Utilising Pyronix’ patented technologies for residential, commercial and light-industrial use, the range consists of Passive Infrared (PIRs), Dual Technology (DT) and DT anti-masking (DT-AM) detectors to provide the ideal solution for any property. KX features With detection ranges up to 30m, curtain and volumetric coverages, animal immunity up to 25kg, auto sensitivity and much more, any combination of KX detectors can cover lounges, kitchens, bedrooms, extended corridors, bedroom areas, workshops, garages - whatever the application, there is a perfect KX. Available in both wired and wireless, every KX detector comes in the same robust and stylish casing, to provide a complete security solution with the same professional, uniform and attractive finish. Two-way wireless technology Utilising Pyronix’ multi-award-winning two-way wireless technology, installation could not be easier, with features like one-push-to-learn and signal strength indicators. These allow the installer to check for optimum signal and learn the KX onto the system without having to refer back to the panel. This maximises convenience, accuracy and the speed of the installation. For light-industrial and commercial use the KX DT range is ideal. Within a DT, both PIR and microwave sensors need to be triggered to sound the alarm, which makes them perfectly suited to harsher environments, such as mechanics workshops, aisles or storage facilities. The range also includes fantastic anti-cloaking, anti-blocking and anti-masking wired variations for Grade 3 installs using the KX15DTAM. The KX detectors are optimised for performance and presentation to deliver the most stylish, dependable and flexible security solution for any internal environment. The KX really is the master of internal intruder detection.
The Avigilon Presence Detector (APD) is a discrete impulse radar device that combines self-learning analytics with impulse radar technology to accurately detect the presence of a person even if they have stopped moving or are hidden. The device scans, learns, and continuously adapts to its environment, helping to reduce false positive events. Designed for indoor locations such as ATM rooms and other closed indoor vestibules within banks, pharmacies, health care facilities and retail stores, the APD can accurately detect a person’s presence through blankets, cardboard, wood and drywall. When integrated with Avigilon Control Center video management software, the sensor is designed to alert operators of security events while still maintaining privacy.
One of the main advantages of Software-as-a-Service solutions is interconnectivity. The cloud allows us to work in a completely different way than was possible before. In the past, an installer would have to get in their van and make a site visit to investigate any complaints or issues from their customer. Now, this can all be done remotely through SaaS-solutions like Vanderbilt’s SPC Connect, changing the entire service interaction quite dramatically. Vanderbilt wants to continue that evolution. Customers now expect very high levels of service from installers. SaaS-solutions are the perfect enabler to achieve this. With SPC Connect, Vanderbilt is delivering an ecosystem that will allow installers to have a better communication environment with their customers. The latest service release of SPC Connect brings installers closer to their customers by creating a platform where they can communicate more freely with each other. This ability to have more open communication between installer and end user, in a secure mechanism such as SPC Connect, will have a significant impact on increasing the level of service for all parties. Customer notifications Installers can communicate through the SPC Connect network directly to their customers. This feature allows installers to create a message that will appear directly in the user’s app and in their email. The messaging editor provides editing capabilities and the inclusion of links. The installer can also download the list of all customers interested in their message. User restrictions This enhancement delivers the security company greater control of the level of service they wish to offer through SPC Connect. The function allows the security company to define what operations are permitted by a user such as: Blocking Email; Blocking Push Notification; Blocking Alarm Verification; Blocking Mobile App; and Blocking Verification Web. Alarm verification via mobile devices If an SPC panel is part of an SPC Connect installer account, then a new feature will activate on the user device that will allow the user to view verification data. If the SPC panel is not part of a company, or the company has chosen to block this feature, then the users of that panel will not see any change. When this enhancement is enabled, when an alarm occurs that has verification, the user will be able to view the data and talk and listen live to site.
Consisting of two independent Passive Infrared (PIR) sensors and one microwave sensor, the Tri-Technology (TT) of the XDL12TT-AM utilises Tri-Signal Detection Logic to identify the presence of an intruder. Therefore, all three sensors must be activated sequentially in quick succession to create an alarm. This enhances the detector’s immunity to environmental disturbances and limits the risk of false alarms. Highly secure sequential detection With Dual-Vision Pet Immune Technology, each PIR sensor of the XDL12TT-AM has its own dedicated volumetric field of view. The top PIR detects outwards and up, while the bottom PIR detects outwards and down, without overlapping. This setup, alongside Tri-Signal Detection Logic, delivers highly secure sequential detection and increases its tolerance to pet immunity. This is just a glimpse of the innovative features of the XDL12TT-AM! The next level of perimeter protection is here!
The BX Shield is a series of curtain outdoor motion sensors with up to 12m detection range on each side. Ideal for the detection of people in the immediate boundary of your home or office building, the outdoor detectors feature four PIRs, two on each side. The left and right detection area can be set up completely independently from each other. The BXS-RAM is the wireless bi-colour model with anti-masking. Independent left/right motion detection The outdoor motion sensor’s detection range, sensibility and alarm output can be set independently on the left and the right. The detection distance can easily be set at 2.5m, 3.5m, 6m, 8.5m to 12m on each side, and the sensitivity can be set from low to extremely high, detecting as small a difference in temperature as 1 degree Celsius. The BX Shield can be easily connected to a fixed dome CCTV camera to send a visual alarm when people enter the immediate boundary of the premises. Versatile design The BX Shield curtain sensor has been designed with the user in mind. A 90-degree unlocking system allows easy access to the settings area, while a spirit level helps to fix the sensor on straight. Black and silver face covers are available, enabling the outdoor curtain sensor to blend into its environment. Four PIRs in one sensor Why two PIR in each side? - To offer the best performance needed in an outdoor environment. On each side, the BX Shield motion sensor features two passive infrared beams; one pointing towards the floor and one pointing away from the sensor. Both beams need to trigger to confirm the detection. This system will ignore small to medium-sized animals such as dogs and detect only people. Applications Buildings Perimeters Approach House Key features Wireless curtain PIR up to 12m per side with anti-masking Completely independent detection setting Versatile and easy-to-install design Not affected by environment or small animals Connect to new or existing wireless alarm panel The BXS-RAM is a battery-powered sensor (no cabling requested) in which most wireless transmitters available in the market can be fitted. This enables the sensor to connect to an existing or new wireless alarm panel. The anti-masking function ensures that if the alarm panel will be notified if someone has sprayed, covered the sensor or changed its position.
The Enforcer 32WE APP is a professional high-security wireless solution that delivers maximum security, flexibility, potential and opportunities for installers and users alike. Fewer call-outs With remote programming and diagnosis of the system using InSite UDL software via the PyronixCloud, the Enforcer 32WE APP system can be checked and even amended without having to send an engineer to site. This means there are fewer call-outs for the installer, or, should an engineer still be required to go to the site, any issue can be pinpointed before their arrival, which means much greater efficiency. This makes the system a much more profitable solution for their business. Efficient and flexible installation The initial installation is also much more efficient and flexible, utilising the PyronixCloud and two-way wireless technology. Setting up an account on the PyronixCloud avoids the difficulty of having to set up static IP, while the sheer volume of Pyronix two-way wireless peripherals with features like one-push-to-learn and signal strength indicators (SSI), alongside wired expanders, allow the installer to tailor any installation to perfectly protect any property. Property protection Users can rest assured knowing that the Enforcer 32WE APP is a superior security solution, that can meet their property needs, with simple and non-invasive fitting and expandability. Another key benefit for the user is the HomeControl+ App, which gives complete real-time control of their system from anywhere in the world. So, the system not only protects the property but provides the user with complete functionality, with remote arming and disarming, as well as control of any wired automation outputs. They can even check the status of every device on the system in real-time and much more. This is just a glimpse of what the Enforcer 32WE APP is capable of. Feature-full, expandable, efficient and easy, the Enforcer 32WE APP is truly a superior wireless security solution.
Intrusion can be very invasive, damaging and expensive for any industrial or commercial business. The damage of machinery or the theft of goods can potentially be devastating. Not only that, but each commercial and industrial property can vary dramatically in terms of the level of security required, along with the conditions of the installation. Aisles, machinery and varying environmental conditions are all considerations, as is the required function of the security system and the ability to monitor it safely and remotely. So, which security system can deliver the right solution? Look no further than the Pyronix PCX46 APP: A professional high-security hybrid solution that delivers maximum security, convenience, flexibility and potential. Tailored security for individual needs Tailor the security system to meet the individual needs of the property, with the full range of Pyronix devices. Whether wired for Grade 3 requirements (large casing PCX46 APP) or utilising the multi-award-winning two-way wireless technology for any Grade 2 requirements, you can deliver the ideal system for the property and provide the user with full assurance that they are paying for the best possible security solution. For environments such as show rooms, factories, garages, shop floors, entrances or exits, there is the Pyronix range of KX detectors, which utilise Dual Technology (DT) and offer resolute detection in areas with changing conditions. If there are any drafts or fluctuating temperatures, there is the perfect KX. There is also the XD range of external detectors that utilise Tri-Technology (TT), as well as Anti-Masking and Anti-Blocking options. These can offer any external areas the protection they need, as well as be utilised to set off lights. Whether the installation requires sensors, detectors, sirens and much more, this is all possible and easily accomplished with the PCX46 APP. PyronixCloud and HomeControl+ Utilise this security system and you can also benefit from the PyronixCloud and HomeControl+ App infrastructure. The user will obtain remote control of their system from anywhere in the world, while you benefit from remote diagnostics and programming, as well as easy set-up. The HomeControl+ App delivers unrivalled control over the property for the user, with the ability to: arm and disarm, control any automation outputs, check the status of every individual device on the system, see their event history and much much more, all in real-time. So, whether the user is at work, on holiday or in bed, they are always informed and always in control. This is particularly useful for any business owner or manager, where it may be advantageous to monitor the access to the building, as well as any automation outputs added to the system. A more profitable business solution With remote programming and diagnostics of the system using InSite UDL software via the PyronixCloud, there are less call-outs for you and therefore less costs. This makes the PCX46 APP a more profitable solution for your business, as systems can be fully managed remotely and even when a call-out is necessary, your engineer will know what the issue is before arriving at the site. Furthermore, you can also generate recurring revenue streams by offering PyronixCloud management services.
Looking for a hybrid system with the adaptability and expandability of a wireless system? The search is over! With remote programming and diagnosis of the system via the PyronixCloud, there are less call-outs for the installer and therefore less costs with the PCX 46 APP. This makes the system a more profitable solution for the business. Tailored installation The initial installation is also more efficient and flexible, thanks to the PyronixCloud, while the sheer volume of Pyronix peripherals available allow the installer to tailor any installation to perfectly protect any property. Users can be assured that they are paying for a superior security solution, that can meet the individual needs of their property, with easy expandability. Utilising wired and wireless devices also makes it a less invasive system to fit, with less need to move furniture, take up carpets or drill holes. Another key benefit is the HomeControl+ App, which gives users complete real-time control of their system from anywhere in the world: arm and disarm, control automation outputs, checking the status of every device on the system and much more. This is just a glimpse of what the PCX46 APP is capable of. Adaptable, functional, feature-full: The PXC46 APP is the ideal security solution.
The CO8M is a Carbon Monoxide (CO) alarm device designed to identify dangerous levels of Carbon Monoxide and present an audible alarm on detection. This fully wireless device is fitted with a memory feature which will record all detections, alerting home owners to potentially dangerous events which have occurred whilst the home is unoccupied. The CO8M uses a proven electrochemical sensor which has been individually calibrated and tested in Carbon Monoxide (CO) gas to ensure accuracy. When dangerous levels of Carbon Monoxide are detected, the siren will sound and a red LED will flash to indicate an alarm status. The front panel is fitted with LED lights to indicate alarm, operation, fault, test and diagnostic conditions. The aesthetically pleasing design means this will not look out of place mounted on either the wall or ceiling of any property. The CO8M is fully compatible with all Honeywell Galaxy intruder control panels, (G2, Galaxy Flex and Dimension), and can also be used with the Domonial panel. For more information regarding the CO8M or any of our Intruder products, please visit www.honeywell.com/security/uk.Add to Compare
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With the ever-growing availability of video data thanks to the low cost of high-resolution video cameras and storage, artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning analytics now have become a necessity for the physical security industry, including access control and intrusion detection. Minimising human error and false positives are the key motivations for applying AI technologies in the security industry. What is artificial intelligence? Artificial intelligence is the ability of machines to learn from experience using a multi-layer neural network, which mimics the human brain, in order to recognise items and patterns and make decisions without human interference. The human brain is estimated to have 86 billion neurons; in comparison, the newest Nvidia GPU Volta has 21 billion transistors (the equivalence of a neuron), which offers the performance of hundreds of CPUs for deep learning.AI can learn continuously 24 hours per day every day, constantly acquiring, retaining and improving its knowledge In addition, unlike humans, AI can learn continuously 24 hours per day every day, constantly acquiring, retaining and improving its knowledge. With such enormous processing power, machines using Nvidia GPU and similar chips can now distinguish faces, animals, vehicles, languages, parts of speech, etc. Depending on the required complexity, level of details, acceptable error margin, and learning data quality, AI can learn new objects within as fast as a few seconds using Spiking Neural Network (SNN) to a few weeks using Convolution Neural Network (CNN). While both SNN and CNN offer advantages and drawbacks, they outperform tradition security systems without AI in terms of efficiency and accuracy. According to the research reports of MarketsandMarkets, the market size of perimeter intrusion detection systems is projected to increase from 4.12 billion USD in 2016 to 5.82 billion USD in 2021 at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 7.1%. Meanwhile, the predicted market of AI in security (both cyber security and physical security) will grow from 3.92 billion USD in 2017 to 34.81 billion USD by 2025, i.e., with an impressive CAGR of 31.38%. Legacy perimeter intrusion detection systems Legacy perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDSs) are typically set up with the following considerations: Geographical conditions: landscape, flora, fauna, climate (sunrise, sunset, weather conditions, etc.), whether there are undulations in the terrain that would block the field of view of cameras Presence or lack of other layers of physical protection or barriers Integration with other systems in the security network: camera, storage, other defensive lines (door, lock, alarm, etc.) Types of alarm triggers and responses System complexity: intrusion detection with various types of sensors, e.g., microwave sensors, radar sensors, vibration sensors, acoustic sensors, etc. Length of deployment Local regulations: privacy protection, whether the cameras/sensors must be visible/hidden/buried, etc., electromagnetic interferences that may affect other systems such as oil rigs or power plants Human involvement: on-site personnel arrangement, human monitoring, human action in response to alarms AI object detection can easily distinguish different types of people and objects Pain points and benefits of AI The conditions listed above correspond to certain requirements of an intrusion detection systems: minimal false alarm, easy setup and maintenance, easy integration, and stable performance.AI by nature is designed to learn, adapt itself and evolve to work in multiple conditions: it should be integrated with existing video recording systems Minimal false alarms: False alarms lead to increased cost and inefficiency but are the main problem of PIDSs without AI technology, where animals, trees, shadows, and weather conditions may trigger the sensors. AI object detection can easily distinguish different types of people and objects, e.g., in a region set up to detect people, a car driving by, a cat walking by, or a person’s shadow will not trigger the alarm. Therefore, the amount of false alarms can be reduced by 70% to orders of magnitude. Easy setup and maintenance: Legacy PIDSs without AI must account for terrain, line of sight of cameras, sensor locations; any changes to the system would require manual effort to recalculate such factors and may disturb other components in the system. In contrast, AI PIDSs enable the system administrator to access the entire system or individual cameras from the control room, configure the region and object of interest in the field of view of cameras within minutes, and adjust with ease as often as necessary. Computing knowledge and even specific security training are not required to set up a secured PIDS with AI because AI PIDS is designed to relieve humans from knowing the inner working of machines. Easy integration with complementary technologies: Legacy PIDS without AI relies on physical technology, which are often proprietary and require complete overhaul of systems to function smoothly. On the other hand, AI by nature is designed to learn, adapt itself and evolve to work in multiple conditions, so AI PIDS is easily integrated with existing video recording (camera) and storage (NVR) systems. AI also eliminates the need for physical wireless or fiber-based sensors; instead, it functions based on the videos captured by cameras. Furthermore, AI enables easy and instantaneous combinations of multiple layers of defense, e.g., automatic triggering of door lock, camera movement focusing and access control as soon as a specified object is detected in the region of interest, all set up with a click of a button. Stable performance and durability: Legacy PIDSs without AI requires complicated setup with multiple components in order to increase detection accuracy. More components mean a higher probability of malfunction in the system, including exposure to damages (e.g., sensors can be destroyed) and delay in detection, while human monitoring is inconsistent due to human fatigue (studies have shown that a person can concentrate in mundane tasks for only up to 20 minutes, and the attention span decreases even more rapidly when humans are faced with multiple items at once, e.g., multiple camera monitoring screens). AI significantly reduces, if not completely eliminates the need for human involvement in the intrusion detection system once it is set up. In addition, AI reduces the risk of system malfunction by simplifying the hardware sensors needed. Minimising human error and false positives are the key motivations for applying AI technologies in the security industry Additional benefits of AI in intrusion detection Artificial Intelligence is undeniably reshaping every business and weaving into every aspect of daily lifeMaximal detection capability: The most advanced AI intrusion detection system today provides an all-in-one solution to distinguish any combination of alarm-triggering criteria beyond perimeter protection. Using AI, the system administrator can configure as many zones with different settings and object of interests as necessary, which include detections for specific colors or attributes (e.g., person not wearing the required uniform or carrying food/drink), numbers and dwell time (e.g., group of more than 5 people loitering), or movements (e.g., cars moving faster than the speed limit). In addition, AI can accurately pinpoint the location of event occurrence by displaying the camera that records the event in near real time, i.e., with few-second delays. Lower security operation cost: By minimising the number of false positives and human involvement while maximising ease of use and stability, AI intrusion detection systems significantly decrease the total cost of ownership. Companies can reduce the large security personnel overhead and cost of complicated and expensive legacy PIDSs systems. McKinsey Global report in June 2017 shows that proactive AI adopters can realize up to 15% increase in profit margin across various industries. Artificial Intelligence is undeniably reshaping every business and weaving into every aspect of daily life. In security, legacy systems are giving way to AI-based systems, and the first enterprises to adopt AI-based systems will soon, if not immediately, benefit from such investment. By Paul Sun, CEO of IronYun, and Mai Truong, Marketing Manager of IronYun
Currently some retailers operate two separate speaker systems in their stores: one for broadcasting background music and one for announcements Twenty years ago, IP network cameras launched a revolution in video surveillance. Today, network audio systems are about to do the same for the speaker market. Back in 1996, the predominant video cameras were analogue. They weren’t intelligent. They required an expensive and complex head-end of recording and monitoring systems. And their scalability was limited. When IP video systems came on the market they provided a much more scalable solution, one with powerful, native intelligence and most the functionality residing in-camera. It’s no wonder that analogue sales are waning while IP network sales are overtaking the industry. A similar supplanting of technology seems inevitable for speaker systems as well. Today’s speakers are relatively inexpensive and “dumb” devices. They have no local intelligence. They require complex head-end equipment – mixers, amplifiers, etc. – that make them expensive and difficult to scale. Intelligent network audio systems, on the other hand, present a much more scalable solution. And like their IP camera counterparts, they provide far more power and functionality than what is currently on the market. Replacing separate systems with an all-in-one solution Initially, network audio systems will be targeted to the retail marketplace. Currently some retailers operate two separate speaker systems in their stores: one for broadcasting background music and one for announcements. The former is generally linked to a streaming or canned music source and the latter is usually tied to the Voice over IP (VoIP) telephone system. For businesses trying to protect their bottom line, maintaining and managing those two separate systems is a costly and inefficient proposition. Retailers will find that the new, intelligent network audio system is a much better option. These all-in-one systems handle background music and announcements in a single, easily managed all-in-one solution. Much like IP video cameras, IP network audio systems are intelligent devices Intelligent network audio systems Much like IP video cameras, IP network audio systems are intelligent devices. They come as a complete audio solution in a single unit, including on-board intelligence, equaliser, amplifier, mixer, digital signal processor, microphone, power supply, and loudspeaker, as well as streaming functionality and network connectivity through a PoE port. They also come with built-in SIP support which makes it easy to integrate them with a company’s VoIP telephone system for live announcements. They have open API for integrating into different subsystems, or for having additional functionality running as an app on-board the speaker, making the network audio system future-proof and ready to support additional music streaming solutions. Installation: Installation is simple because these all-in-one solutions are pre-configured to work and sound great right out of the box. No extra hardware is needed, nor do they require any audio expertise to operate. High quality audio: As full-featured sound systems, intelligent network audio systems are designed to deliver high-quality music playback and clear speech announcements. Combining two functions in one unit makes managing announcements and background music simpler and helps retailers create a uniform atmosphere and consistent service policy across multiple store locations. Programmability: A manager can pre-program audio schedules centrally as well as adjust the timing and volume of music and live and pre-recorded voice announcements on the fly. Easy self-monitoring: The built-in microphone provides a way for retailers to verify that the speaker is operating properly. The speaker can send a test tone through the system which the built-in microphone will pick it up to verify functionality. Seamless integration: As IP-based technology, the intelligent network audio system easily integrates with other systems on the network. For instance, when tied into the store’s surveillance system, the cameras can trigger an alert to the audio system to play a welcome message when someone enters the store. A more advanced application might involve video analytics to detect a customer’s age and gender and trigger a command to the audio system to begin playing a certain type of music. Conversely, if a certain type of patron crosses the threshold the camera may trigger an alert to the audio system to stop streaming music altogether. Or if the camera analytics detects suspicious loitering, it can trigger an alert to the audio system to play a warning message. Announcements can be scheduled or triggered by an event captured by a network surveillance camera, such as someone entering the store Scalable and customisable Since the audio system is IP-based retailers can add or remove individual speakers from the network in an instant to accommodate changing needs. Versatile operating options: Because they are intelligent, programmable devices they can be addressed and controlled individually or in groups. Through a smart interface, a retailer can send a command to a single speaker or a unified command to multiple units simultaneously. By creating zones to address groups of loudspeakers a retailer can direct different background music, live or pre-recorded announcements or control and change the volume for each unit individually and/or synchronise music and announcements for different clusters. Multiple audio sources: The ability to play music is integral to intelligent network speakers. When it comes to sourcing that music, the devices leave the path wide open. Retailers can draw from the speakers’ preinstalled audio player application. They can create and schedule their own MP3 playlists from audio streaming services. Or they can air local playlists that they’ve compiled and stored on an SD card residing within the network audio system. Announcements can be scheduled from pre-recorded audio files or, as mentioned above, triggered by an event captured by a network surveillance camera. On the horizon In addition to being smarter, easier to manage, more cost-efficient, and more scalable than their dumb predecessors, these new intelligent network audio systems are designed on open platforms. This provides unlimited potential for integrating the sound system with a retailer’s other communications and security systems. It also opens up the possibilities for strategic deployments in other business sectors that would benefit from intelligent network audio systems such as schools, hospitals, and banks. Building on the open platform design, third-party developers will be able to create add-on applications that will further increase the functionality and adoption of intelligent network audio systems across industries for many years to come. Save
Deploying audio solutions would flag incidents not caught on camera With the increasing number of campus shootings and lockdowns, security is a top priority for schools. Decision-makers are looking to repair the inefficient security measures on campuses by either upgrading their current systems or installing state-of-the-art technologies to enhance situational awareness. Traditionally, security personnel have relied on video as the primary method of monitoring. However, this strategy is outdated, similar to how watching silent movies is now obsolete. A security team who solely uses video to evaluate a situation is left with data that is limited and many times inconclusive. Only with the integration of audio into existing security systems is a security officer able to fully understand the gravity of a situation and be better equipped to respond to the danger. Many leaders in the education sector have begun to emphasise the importance of adopting audio in monitoring programs and security protocols including Guy Grace. Grace is an industry veteran with over 31 years of security experience. He is a Steering Committee Director for PASS, the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools, as well as the Director of Security & Emergency Preparedness for Littleton Public Schools. “Sound and sight are the new dynamics in school surveillance so to say,” Grace said. “I look at it as we need both.” The security director also affirmed that audio monitoring, especially when conducted through two-way solutions, is a great tool to provide accountability. “All of your first customer service interaction between your office staff and your visitors starts there at that intercom. Sometimes in very rare situations, it can get volatile,” Grace explained. “So it’s good to have, for those types of situations, the ability to hear and record what’s going on at your key customer service points.” Benefits of audio on campus When audio is paired with video, security needs are met and additional evidence is gained. Integrating microphones with cameras gives staff access to more details about a suspect or scene. Voices, names, languages spoken and directives are just a few examples of what information can be aggregated. This additional data is crucial for first responders as they assess the suspect’s intentions and threat level. When audio is paired with video, security needs are met and additional evidence is gained Video cameras are effective surveillance tools, but they are not able to capture everything. A small school may only have a few cameras installed throughout their grounds, creating surveillance blind spots for select buildings or areas. Meanwhile, a large entity, such as the Los Angeles Unified School District, which has over 900 schools, has hundreds of cameras. These cameras cannot be monitored at all times. In both cases, deploying audio solutions would automatically flag incidents not caught on camera, as well as alert central station guards of what surveillance zones need to be closely monitored. Dissuading young offenders Beyond detection, audio monitoring creates opportunities for prevention. In a situation where a rowdy teen walks onto school property after hours, a two-way audio unit allows security to speak to an individual remotely in real-time. Having the ability to communicate in real-time can be a powerful warning that dissuades a trespasser from vandalising the property or committing other offences. Conflict resolution Conflict resolution is another key benefit of audio monitoring. Bullying is one of the most prevalent issues concerning school communities today. According to the National Centre for Education Statistics, about 22 percent of students ages 12-18 reported being bullied at school. Installing microphones at a school’s key traffic or interaction points provides accountability by documenting what is said, which can then be used to resolve disputes or placate verbally hostile individuals. Audio analytics for aggression detection In addition to audio monitoring equipment, school administrators should also consider deploying audio analytics solutions. Specifically, aggression and gunshot detection are some of the best security tools in the campus security market when it comes to detection, intervention and deterrence. They are the next generation of monitoring; equipping security teams with critical information and enhancing perimeter security. Aggression detectors are capable of accurately recognising duress in a person’s voice. The software automatically and objectively detects the presence of rising human aggression, anger or fear, and subsequently warns staff by a visual alert or alarm trigger. As a result, end users can identify high-risk situations in real-time and prevent acts of physical aggression before they happen. "Audio analytics solutions are the next generation of monitoring; equipping security teams with critical information and enhancing perimeter security" A gunshot detector recognises firearm discharge from various firearms in different settings. Within seconds of a gunshot, the software accurately classifies and triggers an immediate notification through a designated VMS. Security staff can then verify the alert, effectively reducing the reaction time of first responders. Audio monitoring: Privacy best practices The benefits of integrating audio monitoring and sound detection into a school security solution are clear, but before any administration implements these systems, they need to understand the correlation between monitoring and privacy. The federal law indicates that when there is no expectation of privacy, such as in a public place, monitoring is supported. What school administrations need to focus on as they deploy surveillance solutions, is removing the expectation of privacy. Here are few best practices. Post clearly visible signage stating that audio and video surveillance are taking place on the premises. Typical places for mounting these signs can include school fences, main entrances and the main office. Notify students that the school is under surveillance by stating it in the student code of conduct. This increases awareness and reduces a school’s liability should an individual claim he or she did not see a sign on campus. Remind school staff of the purpose of the monitoring equipment. Reiterate that security personnel will only use audio to investigate and resolve wrongdoings so as to enhance the safety of staff and students. Conclusion Audio monitoring is quickly gaining attention in the education sector. It is a technology that is a cost-effective add-on to an existing system, making it an affordable solution. Moreover, audio yields a high return on investment, and for that reason, we will likely see schools across the country continue to adopt it.
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