As the demand for remote monitoring and secondary source alarm verification continues to increase, so does the need for audio solutions. The widespread adaption of audio security technology has left many with questions about audio security compliance best practices. It’s important to note that audio monitoring is legal in the United States and many parts of the world.
However, the key to installing audio, while keeping in line with U.S. regulations, centers around smart integration and a few best practices.
1. Post Clear Signage
While it may seem simple, this first step is crucial when deploying audio solutions. Place clear and visible signage communicating that audio and video surveillance are taking place. These signs can be mounted in entryways, reception areas, and front doors. Consequently, those who enter the facility become immediately aware of monitoring. This action removes the expectation of privacy, which is what monitoring policies require for public spaces.
2. Intelligent Design
When deciding on the placement of audio monitoring devices, consider where video surveillance solutions have already been installed. Simply use acceptable camera placement as a makeshift guide for where audio should, and should not, be installed. If a camera should never be mounted in a restroom, neither should a microphone.
3. Reassure the Purpose of Monitoring
Make sure that both staff and visitors alike are aware of the purpose behind the audio monitoring. Reiterate that audio will only be used to investigate and resolve issues. In turn, this will enhance the safety and security of everyone in the facility. Furthermore, it is important to note that the software only listens to sound patterns, as opposed to the words themselves.
These are our audio security compliance best practices. To learn more please visit our audio and the law page for statutes by state. For any questions related to a specific deployment, it is always best to seek legal counsel.