Audio Usage In Video Surveillance Statistics

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on Mar 28, 2018

Audio is more widely available and easier to use than ever, with many IP cameras building audio in and often making integration as simple as toggling a button.

But how widely is audio used? There still remain many legal and privacy concerns about audio recording.

150+ integrators explained to IPVM: "In the past year, what percentage of cameras did you record audio? Why that percentage?"

Inside we break down the results and include color comments.

Audio Usage Very Rare

Only about 1 in every 20 cameras overall use audio according to integrators:

Moreover, more than half of integrators never record audio:

Inside we examine the top reasons integrators provided, sharing their detailed commentary and providing our analysis.

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*** *** ****** ** ***** ****? ***** ***** ****** **** legal *** ******* ******** ***** ***** *********.

***+ *********** ********* ** ****: "** *** **** ****, **** percentage ** ******* *** *** ****** *****? *** **** **********?"

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Audio ***** **** ****

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****** ** ******* *** *** ******* *********** ********, ******* ***** detailed ********** *** ********* *** ********.

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Audio ************ ********* ** ***

*** ****, ***** ********* ** **** ********** ** ******** ******** or ** ******* ********** ** ** ****** *******. ** *** illegal, ******** ***** **** '**** *******' ** '***-*****' ******* ******** audio **** ***** ******** ******** **** ** *** ****:

  • "*% [** ******* ****** *****] ** ** ***** ********* ***** requires * ***** *******. ** *** *** ***** *** **** recorded *** *** *** ***** ****** *******, ***** ****** ***** occur ***** * ***'* **** ** *** ******** **."
  • "**'* ******* ** ** ** ** *** ******** ** *** do *** **** * *******."
  • "*%. **** ** ** ************* *** ** *************, ***** ** a **** ******* *****."
  • "** *** ***** ** ** ******* *** *** ** ****** audio ******* ***** ******."
  • "******** *** **** ****** **** ********* **** *** ** ******** so **** ********* **** ****** **** **** **."
  • "** *** **** *** *********** ****, *** ********* *** ***** does *** ***** **."
  • "***** ********* ** *** ***** ** *****"
  • "**** ******* **** *********** **** **** **********."
  • "***** ** *** ******* ** ** ******** **** ****** ******* permission ** ****** *** ******* *** ** ** ******."
  • "*%, ***** ********* ******* ******* ** ******* ** ******."

Discomfort *** ***** ***********

*******, **** **** *********, *********** ******* ****** **** ********* ***** is ******** *** ** ***** ** ********* ** ********, *** the ******* ******'* ********** ** ********** *****:

  • "********* *** *** ***** ********** ** ********* ***** *** *** legal ************* ***** **** ** ****."
  • "*%. ******* ******* **** *** ******* ******* ***** **** ***********."
  • "*%, * ** *** ***** ********** *** *********."
  • "**** *** *** ******** ** ******* *** ******** ***. **** are *** ******** *** *** ******** ******** ** ********* *****."
  • "* ***** *** **** ********* ***** ********* *** *** ***** understood ** ********."
  • "** *******, ***** ********* ** "**** ****", ** ****** ****** audio."
  • "***** ********* ** * ***** *********** *** **** ****** *** averse ** ****** ***** ******** ****** ******* *************"
  • "****. *** ****** **** ** *** *********** ********* *****."
  • "** ********* *** ***** **** **** *** ********** *** **** specifically ***** ** ** ******* *** *****."
  • "** ******* *** ********* ******** ***** ***** **********, *** * discourage ** ******** ****** ***** ** * ****** **** ****** in ***** ** **** ******** *** ****** *** ****** ** hearing ***** ********* **** ****."
  • "** **** ********* *** ***** ********* ***** *** ********* **** get **** **** ** ***** ***** **********."

Mixed ***** *** ***** *********

** *** **, *** **** ********** *** ************ ** ****** audio **** ***** ** ***** (*** **** *****), ******** **** ********** (**:************* ** *******) ******** ******** **. ** *** ******** ** US ******, *** ** *** *************** ********* ******** *** ************ and ******* ** ** ** ***** *** ***** *********:

  • ******-***** *******: ** ***** ** ** ******, *** ******** ***** ******** in *** ********* **** *******. ** **** *****, *** *** user *** **** *** ************ ****** ** *** ********** *****, and ********* *** **** ***** ******* ********** **********. ** *******, 40 ******/********* *** '****** *****' *************, ******** *** ****** ** electronic **. '** ******' *** ******* ** *** *** ************ could ** ***** ******* ******* ********* *** ******* ******* ********.
  • ****/***/***-***** *******: **** ******** **** ** *** ******* ** * ********* to ******* *** ** ***** **** **** ********* ** ****** place. ******* ******** ******* ** *********, **** ** *********** ** there, ** *********** ******** ***** ********* ** *** ** ***** surveillance, *** ****** ****** ** ** * ****** ************* ** interview ******.

******, *** ********** *******, *******, *** *********** ****** *** ********-***** consent ***** ********** ******* ** ****, ** ** *********** ***********.

****, ** ******** ** ******** ************ *****, ********** *** ***** ********* ** *** ****** *** *** also ******* ****** *** ************* ** *********. *** ********* ********** of ******* *********** ** *** ***** **** *** ********* ** collect ***** *****, *** **** ****** ******** ***** **** ******** with ***** ****** *********, **** **** ******* ******* ********** ***** ports ** ********** ***********.

******, **** ***** ********* ***** ********** ********** ********** ** ********** the **** *** *** ********* *********. *** ****, ***** ********* is ****** *** **** ******* **** *******.

No ******** ****** *** *****

**** ** **** ***** *** *****, ******** ****** ** ****. Several ******** ***** **** **** ***** ********* ***** ** '****' in ******-***** ******* *************, ********* ****** ** *** *** *** it *** *** ******* ** *** ***** *** **:

  • "*%. ** *** ***** * ***********. **** ****** ** **** requires * ***** *******,******* ***** **** ** ****** *****."
  • "**** *******. ** *** **** *** **. **'* *** * legal ***** ******* ** *** * *** ****** ******* ***** as **** ** ***** *** ***** ** ********** ** ****, there ** ** *****."
  • "*%, ** ******** *********** *** ***** *********."
  • "*, **** ** * *** ***** ******* ***** *** **** clients ***’* **** **."
  • "****. *** ****** ** ********."
  • "***** ** *** ** ********* ** *** ****** ****."
  • "**** **** *%. ******* *** *** ******* *****."
  • "**** **** *%. **** ********* *** *** ****** *** **."

Audio **** ** ****** ********* ***** & ********* *****

*******, **** ********** *** ****** *** ***** *********, ********** ** law *********** ********* ***** *** **** *** ****** *****. **** color ******** ***** ***** ***** ** *** ********** ***** ***** surveillance ** ********* ****:

  • "* ***** ** ****** *% ** *%. ***** ********* ** a ***** *********** *** **** ****** *** ****** ** ****** audio ******** ****** ******* ************* **** ** ****** *** ********* applications."
  • "*** **** ******** ** **** **** ******** **** ***** ** jail ** ** ********. ** ** ******* ***** **** ***** as **** ** ********* *****."
  • "** *** ****** ****** ****** ***********. **** ****** ****** ******* of ***** ********."
  • "***** ********* *** ******* *** ****** ******** ********* **** ** law ***********/*********** ** ******** *********, ** **'* *** **** ** a **** *****. "
  • "**** ** ********* ***** *** *** ***********"
  • "***** ********* *** **** ******** ** *** ***-*********** ************* ** the ********* *****."
  • "**** **** *% ** *** ******* ********* ****** *****. **** were *** ********* *** ****** ******* ********* *****."
  • "*** * ******/********* ******** ***********. ********* ** ******** ** *** record *****."
  • "** **** ***** ** **** ** ******** ** *** **** so ********* ** ********* **** *** **** ******** ***** ** a ********* ********."

Other ****** ** ********** ***** ***

** * ****** ******, ***** ***** ***** ***** ********* ** used ** *** ********** *********, *******, ** ****** '******' *****:

  • "** **** **** ***** *** **** **** / ** ************, our ********** ******* ** *** **** *** ********* ***** ****** they **** *** ***** **** ********* *************."
  • "*** **** ****** *'** ****** **** ***** ********* ** ** accompanied ***** ************ ** ** *** *********** *** ******/******* *********. "
  • "*%. ******** ** ****** *******."
  • "**%. *** ******* ** ********* *** *** ******* ******** **** audio(Mic/Speaker) ************. **** *** ********* ** ****** ***** *** *** audio ***** ****** ** * **** ******** ************* ** *** situation. "
  • "** ******* ******* ** * *** ** *******, *** ** is **** ******** ** *** ** *** ***** ** * school. * *** ** ****** ********* *** **** ***** ** using ***** ****** **** ********** **** **."
  • "**'* **** *** ** **** *** ***** ******** ***** **'* required."
  • "* **** ** * ****** *** ** ****** *** ***** offices *** ** ********** ** ******** *** ******** **** ******* out ** *** *******. *** ********** ** *.* ******* ** our ******* ** *****"

******, *** ********** ***** ** ********** ** ******** ** ***** verticals ** ********** **** ******** ********. *** ********* *** ************* government *********, ***** ********* ************ *** **** ******.

Comments (31)

** **** ***** ********* *** **********, **'* *** ** ***** things ***** **'* **** ** **** **** *** **** **, even **** *** ***** ****.

*** * *** **** **** **** ** **** **** "**********", but * **** *** **** **** ***** ******* **** **** only *********.

** **** ******** *** ***** ****** ***** ***. ****'* ** question. **** ******* ***** ** ** ***** *** ******* *** button ** ** *******, ******* ******* *** ***-*** *****.

*** ** ** **** * **** ** ****** *** **** regarding ***** ******** ** * ******** ********** *** ********* **** Skybell, ****, ****** *** *** ** *** ***** ******** ********* don't?

***** ************ ******* **** ***** ***** ** ***** * ******** picture.

*** ** ** **** * **** ** ****** *** **** regarding ***** ******** ** * ******** ********** *** ********* **** Skybell, ****, ****** *** *** ** *** ***** ******** ********* don't?

**** ***'*, ******? * ***'* **** *** ***** **** *** heard ** ********* ****? * ** ******* ** ***** ****.

* ***'* **** *** ******* ***** ****, ****** ** ******* require *** ******** ** ****** ***** *** ********* ***-*** ***** recording. *****'* ****** **** ***** **** **** *** **** *** install ************ ********* **** ******** ***-*** ***** *** **** **'* legal *** **** **** **.

****** ******** **** ****, * ***** **** **** ******** ** ****.

*** ***** *********** *** **** ******* ***** ****, *** *** answer **** **** **** *** ********* ** ******* ******* ******** rings *** ******** ** ******* **** ***** *** ***** ** no '********** *********** ** *******'.

****, ******* *** ********** ***** **** ** ******* ** ******** use ****** **** ******** ** ********** *** ** ********** * significant ****** ** ***** ***********.

**** **** ** **** **** ***** ** ** ***** ****** court ***** **** **** **** ***** ********** ** ********* * party ******* ****, *** **** *** ******** ** ***** ******** fall ***** ******** ******** *******, ***** **** **** ********* *** decades.

**** *** **** ****, ***** ********* *** *** ***** *** definitive ** ***** ********** ******, ** *'** ***** **** *** Skybell *** *******.

***** **** **** *** ******* *** *** ****** *** **** audio/video ** *** **** ** **** *** ***** ** **** once *** ******** ** *******?

* **** ***** ***’** ***** **** **** *** **** *** my ******** *******. ****** **** ****** *******. ******* *** *** set **** ** ** ****** ** ****** **********.

* ***** *** *** ** *** ***** ** *** ***** only ***** **** *** ****** ******* *** ****** *** ** you *** **** *** *** ** **** ***** *** ****** in ** *** **** **** ***** **** ** ******.

**** ******** ****** ** ** **** *** ******** *** ********* audio ** ***** ******.

* ***** ***** ********* ******* **** **** ****** ***** *** people **** *** ** ******* ** ******* ***** *** *******. I *** **** * ****** ***** ***** *** *** ********* audio ** *** ** *** *******. ** **** ** *** so ** ***** ****** ** *** ************* ******* ********* *** customers ** ** ***** ***** ****. * **** *** **** he *** ***** *** ******* *** ** *** ** *** employees ***** *** ** ***** *** ** *******. ** ****'* care ** ** ****** ****.

**** *** *** ***** **** ** ** ** *** **** some ***** *******.

***** *******? *** * **** ******* *** **** * ****** months *** *** ** *** ********** ** ** **** *********** which ** *** **** **’** *****. **** ** **** ******** me. * ***** *** **** *** ****** ********. *’** **** at ** *** *** ***** *** ******.

** ****** *** ** *** ************, *** **** ***** ** on **** *****.

**** ** *** **** **** ***** ** ***** *** **** enacted ******* ***** *********. ** ***, **** *** ******* ******** given *****'* **********.

******* ******* ******* ** ************ ***********, **** ** *** ****** ones *** ** * ******** **** *** ********** ** ****** with ***** **** ** *** ************** ** *** *** ****, not *** **********.

***** *** ***** *** **** **** *** ******* * '**** View' ******* **** ** *** ****** ** *** ****** *******.

*************, **** ***** '**** ****' ***** ** ******* (*** **** to ******** ****** ** ** ****), *** ** ***** ** recorded. ** *'* *** **** **** *** **** ***** ******* as **** * ********* *****.

**** ******* ************* ******/****** ***** *** ***** ******** **** *** bell ****** ** ******* ** **** ****** ********* ********* *********.

***** * ***** **** **** ****** *** **** * **** at ****. * *** ** * ******* * ****** ** years *** ********* ** * ****** *** ********** ** ******* where * **** ******** **** ******* *** ** *** ******** - ** ***** ************ **** ********** **** ******** ** ******* they *** **** *** *** ********* ***** *** ** **** as ******** ** *** ***** **** ** ******* *** ***** consent.

******* *********. ** ******** *** ****

******** *** ** ********** ** * ***** ** ***, *** I ***** *** ******** **** ******* ********** **** ** ********** expectation ** ******* ** * **** **** ***. **** ** all *** ******* ****** ** ******* ******, **** ********, **** never *** ***** **** **** **** ********** ******* **** ******** outdoors.

*'* ****** ** ******** ** *** *** **** ******, *** sometimes ******* *** ** ** *** ** ********* ********* ** as ****'* ****** *** **** *** ******* **** ***** ******* them ** ** **** *** **** ** ****** **** ***** for **********.

**** *** ****** ** **** ********** *** ****** * *** seconds ** *****. **** ***** **** ************* ****** ***** **** it. *** *** **** ****** * *****? ** ****** ***.

*** *** ********** ******* **** ******* *** ************ ************ ** noted ***** ******* ** ************ ** *******. ** * ************ whose **** ******** ** ***** *** ******** *******, ** **** product ** *** ** ****** *** ****** ** ********* (********* Spain *** ******) **** **** ****** *** ******* ****** *************. The **** **** **'** **** ****** *** **** ***** ******* for ***** *** ** *** ************* *** ** ******* ** US **** **** (*), ***** ** ********** ****** *******.

**** ** *** ******'* *** * ****** ** * ********, there *** *** ***** ** ***'* ****** ***** *****. **'** not ****** ** *** *********** ****** ******* ***** ** **** a ********** *********** ** ******* ** *****. ***** *** **** areas ***** ***** ***** ***** ** ** ********, **** ** in ****** ********* *****. ** * ******* ********* ** * crime, ***** ******** ***** ***'* **** *** ** *****.

** ***** *** ***** ***** ***** ** *********** *** ***** where **'* ***, *** ******** ***** ********** *** ************ ** privacy *** ** **** ** * *************** ***. ** ****** not ** * ********* **** **'* *********** ** *** *****.

* ******* **** **** ********* ********* **** ** *** ******* in ************* **** * ***** ******* ** ** ***** **********. It *** ** **** ******* ** ** ******** *** ******* is ***** ************* ** * ********. *** ******* *** $** they ******* ** ****** ***** **********.

**** *** *** ******** ***** ***** *********? *** "*******" ** listening *** **** *****'* *********** **** *** ***** ** ******** or **** * ***** ** *********.

*** *** *** ********* **** ** ** ********* *** ********* sound ******** ** ********* ***********. **** ***'* ****** ** *****, so ** * ***** ***** ** * ****** ***** ** privacy ** ***** ********* **** ***** ** ** ***** ******* audio *********.

**** ** *** *********** ******, ********** *** ****** ************* *** needs ** *** ******* *** ****-* *** ******. (**** *.***, G.726 **. ******* ***)

** ***** **** ** *** *** ********, **** **, ** it ****** ***** ****** ** ***** *** * ****** *** audio ********* **** *** ***** ***** ** ****** **** ** surveyed?

* ** ******* **** *** ***** *** ** ********* ** opposed ** **** ****/***. *** ******* *** ****?

**** **** *** ********. * ** ******* ** *** *** manufacturers *** ****** ****** *** ****. ** ***** ****** ** check?

*** *** ***** *** **** ** ********* ** *** ********* webpages.

*** ********* ****

** ** **** **, *'* *** **¢ ** * ****** small **** ** * ****** *** ** ****. **** ***** be *** ***********? *********** * ********* ******** ** ********, *** with * ******** ***** *** *** ***** *******? * ***** trying ** ******** *** ********* ******** ** ********, ** *** different ******** ** ****** **** *** ******* *** ***** ****** too **** ******* ** ********. **** **** *** *** ***** hardware, ** *** ** **** ** **** ****... * ******? It ***** ** **, ****** ** ****** * *****'* *** any *******, **** **** *** ***** **** ******* **** **** coming **** ***** ****** **** ******, *** * ***** ****'* been ******* ** **** ****'* ***** ** ** *** *** maintain ** ** ***** ********.

** ** **** **, *'* *** **¢ ** * ****** small **** ** * ****** *** ** ****. **** ***** be *** ***********?

***** *** **** ** *** ******, ******** *****.

****, *****, ** **** * ** ***** ** ******* **** that, ** **** *** **** ** ***** *** ****, ** costs $**, *.*., *** ***** ** ***** ** ***** *** only * **** **.

* *** ******** ** *** **** ***** ** *******, *** I ***'* ***** **'* ** ****** ** ****. ***** ** one ** ***** ****** **** **** ** *** **** **** much, **** *** **** **, *** ***** **** **. *** if **** ***** ****** **** *** **** **, **** **** buy ******* ****'* ******. *** * ******* *** **** ** maintaining *** ********* ***** ** ******* ***/** ******** ***** ** almost ********** ** **** *** ***** **** ** *** *** not **** ***** ** **** ** **** ****** ****, ** close ** **.

*** **'* * ***** ****** **** **** **** * *********** standpoint * ***** ** ****** ************* **** * ******. *****, maybe ****** **** ** * $** ********** ** ****** ****** pretty *********, *** ***** **** ****** ** ****** ** ***** $5 ** $** *** ****** ** **** **** ***** ****** of ***** * **** *** *** ***** ** ** ** needed ****** ***** * *** **** **** ** ** ******* not ** **** *** ***** ****** **** *****'* **** *****?

* *** **** *** **** * **** ****, *** ** axis ******* **** *****- ** ***** *** *.*** ***** ****** only ***** * *** ** ** ** ****/* , *** for *** (*** *** ***** ****** ***** ****/******* ****** **** an * ( * ***’* ****** )) *** ****** ***** go **** * *** *** *** *** ** ** ** kHz, *** *** *** ***** ** **** * **/* *** the *** ** ** *** **/* *** ****** ).

* ***’* **** ** ***** ** * ***** ***** ****** for **** ** **** * ******** ** ****, *** *** can **** *** ********** ** *** ****** ****** **** *** higher *** **** ***** ******** (** *** ***** ******).

** ******* *.*** *** *.*** **** **** **** ** *** bit ***** *** *** ****** ***** (* **** **** ** remember ***** ***** *** ******** ****** *** ****).

*********** ***** ** *** ******* *** *** ***. ** *** know ** ***** ** **** * ******* *** ** ****** AAC ? ** **** *** ******* *** **** ***** ** the ******** ****. ( ** ** ***** * ******* *** for ********* **** ** ** ****** ****** *** ** ** iPhone, ** *** * *** ** ** **** ** ******/******** AAC *****)

** ** *****, *** ******* *** ****** ** ******** **** (NVR) ** **** ** ******** **** (** ******). **** **, 0.5$ *** ****** ******* ** *******, *** *.**$ *** *****(******* and *******).

* ** * *** ** ***** ********* *** ****** ******** in ************* *****, ***** *** ******* *****. **'** *** ******* using ****** ******** *** ****** **** **** ******** *******.

** **** ***** ****** ****** ** **** ** ***** **** video **** *** *******.

*** *********"*%, ***** ********* ******* ******* ** ******* ** ******."** * ********** *********.

******** **** ******* *** ********* *** "******************* ** *********************."

** *** **/*** **** ****** (*** ****** *********** ********) **** you **** ** ********** *********** ** ******* ***** ** ******. Places ***** *** ** **** * ********** *********** ** ******* however *** ** **** ***** *** ******* **********.

*********** ** *** **** ** ********** ****** **** ********* ***** in * ***** **** ** *** *** ******* ************ ** a ********************** *** ***** ** ****** ** ********** ****** **** ********* for ******* *******. *** ***** **** ** ****** ***** *** audio *** ** ****** ****** **** ******* **** ******** ******* in ********, ********, ***. ** ***** *** ***** ******** ** a ******* **** *** ******* ** ** ****** ******** *** one ************ ***** ** ***********. ** ***** ** *********************** ****** ***** ***** ************* **** **** ****** ***** **** under ** *** *** *** ***** ******* ***** ** ****?

* ****** **** **** *** ** **** ******* ** ********* to ********* ** **** ** *** ***** ***** ******* *** that ***** ** ******** ******** ** *** *************. *** ******* I *** ******** ******** * ************ **** ** **-**** ******* his ******* ***** *** ****** ******* * ************ (* ***** ** *** ******* *** ********* *** ********* it). **** ******* ****** ********** ** ******* ** **** ************ scenarios.

** **** * ***** *** **** ***** ********* ** ****** is * **** **** *** ******* ***********, ****** ******* *** point ** ** ******** **** *** **** ****** *********. ******* that **** ***** ****** ** ******** *** ******** ***** *** potential ******** *** ** ***** ** ** ********** ******* ** inaccurate.

******* **** **** ** *** **** ** ***** **** *******, their ****** ******* **********. **********, **** **** ***** ******* ** their ****** *** *** ****. *** ***** ** ***** ****** on *** ****** *****, *** **** **** ** **** **** are ******* *** ******* ** ****** **** **** **** ****** about (*** ******** ** *****). ** **** *** ***** ************? Can *** ******** **** * ******* ********* ****** **** ****?

** ****, *** *** ******** ** ******** ******* ***** ***** for ************ *******? **** * ***** ***** ****** *** ****** there *** *** ******* **** * ***** ** ***** ********** or *******, ********* ***** ***** *******. *** ***** ***** ****** normally ******** *** *** ***** ****** *** *************. **** ******* with ***** ******* ******* ** *** ********** *** *** *** output *******. **** ****** *** ******* ******* ** *** ***** options ** ****** * *** ****** ** * **** ******** setting; *** ******* ****** **** **** ** ********. ** **** a *********** ** ** **** ****** ********* **** ***** *** overall **** ** ****** ****** *** ****** **-** ****** ****** (150-210 ** ****). *** ******** ***** ** ***********? ****** *****.

******: **** ******* *** **** ***** ** *** *** **********:******* *** ***** ************ ****** *** ****** ********* **** (**-***** / ***-*******)

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