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When interrogating a witness or suspect, the last thing an officer wants to be concerned with is whether the audio monitoring system is fully functional. And for good reason: Imagine a witness interrogation yielding a smoking gun-type of confession and not having the recording stand up in court due to poor evidence collection standards or crackling audio from faulty equipment. This concern highlights the story of the Chicago P.D., a police department with over 12,244…
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As consumers, we're comfortable with the use of audio in everyday life. Think of the last birthday party you attended. There's a good chance at some point, someone during the celebration captured a few moments on video. Was there audio in the video? Of course. Audio is a necessary component to video which provides rich context to what would be an otherwise silent movie. As consumers, audio is a part of the fabric of our…
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Contraband smuggling. Physical assaults. Prison overpopulation. Limited staff.  For correctional workers, these are just some of the challenges you face each day. Safeguarding facilities from both internal and external threats is absolutely imperative. Thankfully, cameras have increased monitoring capabilities. However, with budget cuts limiting staff hours, there's a limit to how many eyes can actually monitor from the control room. It begs the question: Should you be employing more technology to improve operational efficiency?  Think about…
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According to the School Survey on Crime and Safety, during the 2017-2018 school year, 71 percent of schools reported at least once incident of violent crime and nearly a quarter reported an incident of bullying had happened in the previous week. Each day, schools have to grapple with incidents of bullying, hate speech, fights, disorder, drug use and more. It is imperative that schools implement new and rigorous methods to address these problems.  Bolstering School…
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On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed his much-anticipated “American Rescue Plan Act” into legislation, following his pledge to supply robust relief to the American people within the first 100 days of his administration. From a bird’s eye view, the package mobilizes a dual-pronged effort, (1) to mitigate the economic effects of the pandemic and (2) to fight the virus itself. According to the Security Industry Association (SIA), this relief and stimulus package is urgently…
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The COVID-19 pandemic has been hard for everyone, but the hospitality industry has been hit especially hard. By the end of 2020, Commercial Real Estate Services predicted that the last two quarters of that year would be the worst on record for hotel occupancy, due to stay-at-home orders, travel restrictions, quarantines, and ongoing fear of non-essential travel.  But that isn’t the end of the story: Just like every other resilient industry, hotels and hospitality have…
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Why Audio?

April 29, 2021
It's 2021 and it's time for a different approach to security. Audio technology, once viewed as a nice-to-have-but-not-necessary component in a security solution, has shown its value by providing an operational benefit across a large number of industries. In short, audio has become essential for optimal security. The time for audio to take its rightful place -- not just as an add-on, but as an essential element of surveillance -- is now. Putting Things into Perspective…
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1. Base Stations and Microphones are Better Together When you want the best audio monitoring solution that lets you get up and running fast, without hassles or accessories to worry about, ask for Louroe Electronics’ ASK-4 kits. Louroe’s ASK-4 kits deliver the ultimate in system compatibility, convenience, and performance. No interface issues or connectivity conundrums. Everything you need to deploy an audio security solution is included and works together seamlessly. For example, the 100 Series…
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The need to fully secure government buildings and public spaces has never been greater because threats to government institutions have been on the rise. The recent Capitol Insurrection provided one tragic example, but even though that incident is over, the threat is ongoing and, by some assessments, increasing every year. Video surveillance is a good first step towards greater security, but is not sufficient. In this article, we’ll examine several reasons why audio is essential…
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With an increasing number of online and brick-and-mortar retailers in the security industry, finding the right one could prove to be a challenge. Objective differences aside, each distributor channel has its own strengths and weaknesses. One product line will be stocked by one outlet while another will be exclusively sold online. Not exactly ideal, but it's part of the industry. With the right approach, however, you can use multiple outlets to shop smarter, more efficiently,…
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1. The Anywhere Advantage: Additional Evidence, Alarm Verification & Accountability The Verifact® A can capture audio almost anywhere, thanks to five factors: 30-foot diameter sound pickupWide frequency responseOmni-directional recording capabilityMay be located up to 1000 feet from the base receiverQuick-and-easy mounting to ceiling or wall This ability to capture clear sound where other solutions can’t (or where others perform poorly) makes the Verifact A the perfect choice for a wide range of audio security applications,…
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It's time to dispel some myths about microphones and audio products in the security space.  If you're a security professional considering the use of audio in your next project but are hesitant due to any number of reasons, then read on. In this article, we'll tackle popular myths like analog vs digital technology, the legality of audio products in security monitoring, and more. The end result should be a more confident recommendation and use of…
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Audio presents many benefits to security professionals: Alarm verification, crime deterrence and prevention, and conflict resolution, to name a few. These benefits stem from the increased operational oversight and situational awareness given by audio monitoring technology. To the end-user, these are invaluable. And to security professionals offering and installing audio? Well, the benefits lie somewhere else. Revenue. Every business wants to increase their revenue. Whether you're a large security integrator installing equipment in corporate settings…
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Audio monitoring provides increased situational awareness, expanded monitoring capability, and serves as an effective deterrence against crime. Throw in secondary incident verification and increased evidence collection and you'd be hard pressed to find a better complementing technology to your existing video surveillance. The question is, what are the top locations for audio? Let's find out. 1.  High-Traffic Areas Hallways, building corridors, and facility entrances are all high-traffic areas perfectly suited for audio. When used with video, audio provides…
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For a limited time in 2021, eligible entities — including municipalities, state-recognized tribes, school districts, and other local government agencies — have the opportunity to access complete funding for security and law enforcement costs necessitated by reopening, as part of Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) response to the global COVID-19 emergency. These unprecedented matching funds can be used to help end-users strengthen their systems amidst reopening concerns. FEMA’s Cost Share on Security Costs In 1979,…
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 Audio is an essential security technology, giving customers a more complete surveillance solution and enhancing situational awareness for security operators. Integrating audio monitoring devices security systems has a multitude of advantages, ranging from alarm verification to added business intelligence. Below are the top ways that audio devices can increase the functionality and footprint of security systems: Secondary-Source Alarm Verification According to a COPS report, between 94 and 98 percent of alarms nationwide are false. With…
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Audio is on the Rise Security Business revealed that nearly 20% of integrators added audio detection to their service offerings in 2019, with rising demand from commercial, residential, and government sectors for comprehensive security solutions.  But audio isn’t a security fad. These audio monitoring solutions have continued to gain popularity as powerful evidence recorders that capture vital information beyond the camera lens.  Advantages of Adding Audio  Aside from heightened evidence capture, audio surveillance systems bolster…
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Analog or IP? This is one of the most basic considerations when choosing an audio solution. When it comes to security technologies, there is often the common misconception that digital is always better than analog, but each has its own merits depending on the deployment’s needs.  Analog devices, like the Louroe Electronics Verifact ® A, are often seen as a more traditional and cost-effective option while IP microphones, like the Louroe Electronics Digifact ™ A,…
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Violence within correctional facilities has been a growing concern for both guards and prisoners alike. Increasingly, wardens are finding themselves searching for solutions that offer additional security, allow for better monitoring, and supplement surveillance systems already in place. Adding audio to a security camera has proven to be a popular method to better capture audio signals while monitoring detention centers.  Aside from safety concerns, authenticating incident reports and clarifying “he-said, she-said" disputes can be difficult…
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As a systems integrator, chances are, you have probably completed dozens, hundreds, or even thousands of video surveillance installations. You know exactly what to do when your customer needs CCTV or wants to expand their system. But what do you do when your client asks you to add audio to a security camera? Today, more end users are wanting to deploy audio for alarm verification, dispute resolution, visitor management, remote monitoring, quality assurance, employee training,…
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Security for correctional facilities is crucial to the safety of both staff and inmates. Many U.S. prisons and jails are overpopulated, where physical altercations can easily break out. While most facilities deploy some type of video surveillance and access control system, audio is an often-overlooked technology when it comes to safeguarding these sites. For those looking to create a more reliable, complete solution, deploying audio security systems with analytic software is the answer.  Statistics The…
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Audio for Houses of Worship

December 21, 2020
Some of the most daunting environments to keep safe, in the minds of security professionals, are “soft targets.” These places are often populated by larger groups of people and typically lack security measures, making them particularly susceptible to threats. Examples include shopping centers and movie theaters. Among the most vulnerable, however, are houses of worship.  Not only do religious institutions tend to allocate the least of their resources to security measures, relative to other soft…
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Across the United States and much of the world, lawmakers are implementing public health and safety measures to keep economies open while simultaneously preventing the spread of COVID-19. As businesses tentatively return to “business-as-usual”, what has been considered “usual” will undoubtedly continue evolving. Perhaps the most apparent changes will be how consumers interact with retail environments, like supermarkets, hardware stores, or local small businesses. For retailers, this means social distancing measures, mask mandates, meticulous sanitation…
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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 surrounding compliance requirements. Audio monitoring is very much legal in the United States, where there is no expectation of privacy or when prior consent has been given, whether it is expressed or implied.  The key to installing audio, while keeping in-line with…
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Audio has become an increasingly important element for retailers and brick-and-mortar retail success thanks to a variety of factors that not only increase security solutions but also provide helpful insights into business operations.   Enhancing Loss Prevention In today's retail environment, with shrinking margins and increasing competition, it is vital for retailers to invest in audio security and loss prevention technologies in order to protect their assets, as well as reduce employee theft and shoplifting. …
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There are a number of advanced security solutions available today that can help law enforcement be more effective in detecting threats as well as protecting the public. One of these modern marvels is the deployment of intelligent audio technology, as we will see below. But first, let’s explore the key challenges that law enforcement agencies face. Fighting Crime with Fewer Staff Deterring and preventing violent crimes, such as homicide, robbery, and aggravated assault, are key…
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For brick and mortar retailers, the holiday shopping season is easily the most chaotic time of year.  According to a study by the Jack J Hayes International Annual Retail Theft Survey, over 1.2 million shoplifters and larcenous employees were apprehended during the 2015 holiday season alone.  With the increased traffic, comes increased risks, leaving business owners vulnerable to theft. By combing audio monitoring solutions alongside video surveillance systems, retailers can better protect their assets during…
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The National Federation of International Business estimates that $600 billion is stolen annually and as many as 30 percent of the average company's employees are guilty of theft. For many retailers, this statistic is all too real, leaving many worried about which employees they can truly trust, which can affect employee relations. Finding a security solution that both deters crime and assesses incidents that do occur can be a challenge. While video surveillance can show…
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Municipal, state, and federal governments all have a vested interest to enhance public safety. Citizens must feel safe as they enter national parks, federal museums, post offices, city buildings, customs and immigration offices, and other government facilities. Security plays a vital role and agencies must implement the right technologies to aid their crime deterrence efforts. While video surveillance has long been deployed in government applications, audio security devices are being increasingly adopted to expand situational…
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Violence in schools has been a growing concern across the nation for parents and school administrators alike. Protecting the hundreds of students, teachers, and staff that work on campus each day is a constant challenge. As more and more crime prevention technologies become available to the education sector, districts like Littleton Public Schools in Colorado are finding new equipment to enhance on-campus safety.  From heated disputes to possible gun violence, schools face a unique set…
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At Louroe Electronics, we have made it our mission to provide the highest-quality audio capture and response technology. Since 1979, Louroe has provided best-in-class audio monitoring and safety solutions to protect people and property. We understand the value of forming strong relationships with our integration partners and go above and beyond to make sure you succeed when you use our products.  Increased Profits New product offerings mean new and additional sources of income for your…
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Questions surrounding audio monitoring and the law are some of the most frequent inquiries we receive. The legality of audio is often questioned by security integrators and end-users alike due to a lack of information on this topic and fears of consequences that could ensue from non-regulatory compliance. In fact, audio monitoring is very much legal in the United States when there is no expectation of privacy or when prior consent is given, whether it…
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Two-way audio devices provide tangible benefits for both security and communications, making this multi-faceted technology pivotal for deployments across a variety of vertical markets. Law Enforcement Law enforcement departments respond to at least 36 million alarm activations per year. Of those alarms, between 94 and 98 percent are false, costing police departments $1.8 billion annually. By adding audio to video surveillance systems, operators can verify alarms by listening to live or recorded audio from the…
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Audio in Retail

September 21, 2020
Audio in retail can do much more than just secure your brick-and-mortar location; it can provide valuable business insights, protect you from liabilities, and help you to better understand the challenges your company faces.  According to the 2017 Organized Retail Crime survey by the National Retail Federation:  40% of companies have experience cargo theft within the last year. 63.3% of retailers said they have fallen victim to fraudulent returns of stolen merchandise. 94.4% of surveyed retailers believe…
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Integrators across the security industry are well aware of the need for the increased use of alarm verification methods, specifically through the use of audio technology. With sky-high false alarm rates and undermanned police departments, this issue is not only costly for your end customers but dangerous as well. When unverified alarms are received by police, they are often not prioritized. If a crime is in-fact taking place, the police may not arrive in a…
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With the unfortunate rise of violent episodes in public spaces, architects and engineers are working harder than ever to create safer and more secure facilities. Effective and secure building design involves the use of a variety of technologies to deter, detect, and respond to threats and aggressors. One technology not to be overlooked is audio capture as an important addition to any complete security solution. By utilizing audio monitoring and surveillance technology, operators can better…
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There are more than 12,000 local police departments in the United States, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics report, Local Police Departments, 2013: Personnel, Policies, and Practices. About 48 percent of these departments employed fewer than 10 officers in 2013. With limited staff, police departments are looking to security technologies to act as a force-multiplier and improve crime deterrence initiatives. For law enforcement facilities around the nation, video surveillance alone doesn’t provide a complete…
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Among the many prominent trends within the security industry this year, we found three that are especially relevant to audio applications. Check out our list below. Network Audio Solutions: First, the transition from traditional analog audio systems to intelligent network audio solutions is making waves in the physical security world. Convincing end users that the distribution of digital audio across an IP network may take time because analog audio collection has been the norm for…
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Government facilities across the nation face unique challenges in everyday operations– from vandalism to active shooter incidents to cyber breaches, the list goes on. While video surveillance, access control, and intrusion detection technologies are often deployed in these environments, they are not always able to provide complete situational awareness. For this reason, audio monitoring equipment presents a key value for government agencies and government-owned facilities. Here are a few examples. Courthouses Courthouse entryways can greatly…
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For many years convenience store owners have seen security systems as just that, a system in place to create a safer environment for customers and employees alike. Increasingly this mentality has been changing, with many business owners looking for added value in the solutions they choose– from operational intelligence to customer service insights. Adding audio security systems has proven itself as a popular method to both secure a store and reap additional benefits.  Aside from…
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The Integrator’s Guide to Audio Audio monitoring solutions and sound are an attractive offering for any integrator as audio provides security functionality for customers and distinguishes an integrator’s portfolio from other competitors. Follow this guide for where you can install Louroe Electronics’ best-in-class audio monitoring solutions. Parking Lots Utilize the Louroe TLO in parking or outdoor areas to give security staff the ability to monitor and disseminate important information over the loudspeaker. When paired with…
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Police respond to approximately 36 million alarm activations per year, at an estimated annual cost of nearly $2 billion. In 2016, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) reported that over 98% of all alarm calls in the United States were false. These false alarms not only waste countless police hours but can also be costly to all involved. In many cities, like Seattle, end users can even face fines of up to $115…
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With national concerns around school safety at an all-time high, it is imperative for administrators to take proactive steps towards enhancing security for students, in every facet of their educational environment. While many school security programs focus efforts on securing the physical campus, one often overlooked area of school security is transportation, specifically school buses, which many students use daily for their commute to and from school. A simple method to enhance incident detection is…
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When designing, planning, and constructing a new building, there are many factors that must be taken into consideration. One often overlooked aspect is the integration of physical security technology into the building’s design. When it comes to security design, many will immediately think of barbed wire, metal spikes, large fences, and other eyesores. Is it possible to design secure buildings that are also aesthetically pleasing and welcoming? Of course, and it’s simpler than you may…
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According to the American College of Physicians, workplace violence occurs so frequently within the healthcare industry that many workers, unfortunately, consider it a part of their job. Between 2002-2013, the rate of serious workplace violence– defined as acts where staff are required to take days off to recuperate– was more than four times greater in healthcare than in the private industry on average, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. What’s more, according to OSHA,…
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In the ever-changing world of security technology, staying up to date with the latest technologies from all manufacturers can be a challenge for distributors. From deciding on the best business partners to stocking the most useful equipment, there are many areas that can draw the focus away from the bottom line. Not to mention, there is the added challenge of finding products that solve common issues that all dealers and integrators face. This is where…
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Healthcare facilities, whether they be hospitals, clinics, or offices, often require a heightened level of physical security to keep both patients and professionals safe from threats. Many of these facilities face unique challenges, from epidemic outbreaks to patient behavioral issues. Administrators and security personnel are constantly looking for proven, yet innovative ways to protect their facilities from external and internal dangers. Adding audio solutions to a healthcare facility’s security system can aid in a variety…
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Ebola is a rare and deadly disease, and 2014 marked its largest outbreak. The World Health Organization categorized the epidemic as a public health emergency, forcing many hospitals across the United States to spring into action for preparations. In the midst of the outbreak, a hospital in New York was fast-tracked to set up a specialty ward to prepare for possible Ebola patients that could arrive from JFK International Airport.  The medical center needed a…
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Audio Monitoring for Sleep Studies Polysomnography, also known as a sleep study, is a test used to diagnose patients with possible sleep disorders. Devices record brain waves, heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and breathing, along with eye and leg movements throughout the night. During these studies, cameras that produce both video and audio, are used in conjunction with medical sensors to verify the information and give a more complete picture for sleep physicians. Unfortunately, audio…
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Deploying audio monitoring solutions in healthcare facilities can yield substantial benefits for the health professionals working there. The reasons are quite simple:  1. Conflict Resolution  Audio recordings can be reviewed to resolve verbal conflicts between patients and healthcare administrators and receptionists. While human memory can sometimes be fuzzy and flawed, audio provides a verbal record of what happened.   2. Helpful Validation  Audio recordings can also be used to verify tests and provide data. This…
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