Though video surveillance and access control are considered the “bread and butter” of security installations, a conventional system comprised of one or both often experience gaps in situational awareness. When it comes to designing end-to-end healthcare safety and security systems, the ability to hear can prove just as important as the ability to see.
For this reason, integrators are folding audio monitoring technology into their systems as a fundamental tool to systems of all shapes and sizes. In a security setting, sound that accompanies video gives responders so much more information and creates better situational awareness. Consider a guard who is monitoring video cameras. What that guard sees may not comport with the situation on the ground. For example, watching someone running tells you only so much. But if that person is screaming in fear as they run, the guard knows how best to respond.
Because of this, an increasing number of systems integrators are utilizing audio to optimize video surveillance systems for their customers. A proven asset to security, monitoring, and surveillance systems, the audio monitoring technology market has seen steady growth over the past decade, as new applications for the technology have demonstrated that deploying audio streamlines both security and day-to-day business operations. Much like video surveillance, audio monitoring devices offer healthcare safety and security personnel and integrators many advantages—from critical evidence capture to alarm verification and improved real-time response.
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Beyond security, audio also offers industries like retail, education and healthcare improved situational awareness, remote communication, and real-time analytics insights. This white paper explores audio monitoring technology’s extended benefits in the healthcare industry, including its utility in bolstering the efficacy of existing healthcare safety and security solutions and equipping healthcare workers for two-way communication and patient monitoring, as well as best practices for adding audio to surveillance systems.
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