Audio Usage In Video Surveillance Statistics

By: 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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*** *** ****** ** audio ****? ***** ***** remain **** ***** *** privacy ******** ***** ***** recording.

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****** ** ******* *** top ******* *********** ********, ******* their ******** ********** *** providing *** ********.

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*** ****, ***** ********* or **** ********** ** strictly ******** ** ** heavily ********** ** ** simply *******. ** *** illegal, ******** ***** **** 'dual *******' ** '***-*****' consent ******** ***** **** being ******** ******** **** of *** ****:

  • "*% [** ******* ****** audio] ** ** ***** recording ***** ******** * party *******. ** *** 2nd ***** *** **** recorded *** *** *** given ****** *******, ***** issues ***** ***** ***** I ***'* **** ** get ******** **."
  • "**'* ******* ** ** so ** *** ******** if *** ** *** have * *******."
  • "*%. **** ** ** installations *** ** *************, which ** * **** consent *****."
  • "** *** ***** ** is ******* *** *** to ****** ***** ******* prior ******."
  • "******** *** **** ****** laws ********* **** *** be ******** ** **** customers **** ****** **** from **."
  • "** *** **** *** enforcement ****, *** ********* our ***** **** *** allow **."
  • "***** ********* ** *** legal ** *****"
  • "**** ******* **** *********** make **** **********."
  • "***** ** *** ******* to ** ******** **** unless ******* ********** ** client *** ******* *** to ** ******."
  • "*%, ***** ********* ******* consent ** ******* ** Canada."

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

*******, **** **** *********, integrators ******* ****** **** recording ***** ** ******** due ** ***** ** executing ** ********, *** the ******* ******'* ********** of ********** *****:

  • "********* *** *** ***** interested ** ********* ***** and *** ***** ************* scare **** ** ****."
  • "*%. ******* ******* **** and ******* ******* ***** GDPR ***********."
  • "*%, * ** *** fully ********** *** *********."
  • "**** *** *** ******** to ******* *** ******** yet. **** *** *** prepared *** *** ******** involved ** ********* *****."
  • "* ***** *** **** regarding ***** ********* *** not ***** ********** ** everyone."
  • "** *******, ***** ********* is "**** ****", ** nobody ****** *****."
  • "***** ********* ** * niche *********** *** **** people *** ****** ** having ***** ******** ****** special *************"
  • "****. *** ****** **** is *** *********** ********* audio."
  • "** ********* *** ***** they **** *** ********** but **** ************ ***** me ** ******* *** audio."
  • "** ******* *** ********* skittish ***** ***** **********, and * ********** ** strongly ****** ***** ** a ****** **** ****** in ***** ** **** managers *** ****** *** stress ** ******* ***** employees **** ****."
  • "** **** ********* *** about ********* ***** *** typically **** *** **** down ** ***** ***** department."

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

** *** **, *** laws ********** *** ************ to ****** ***** **** state ** ***** (*** **** *****), ******** **** ********** (ie:************* ** *******) ******** prohibit **.  ** *** majority ** ** ******, one ** *** *************** generally ******** *** ************ and ******* ** ** be ***** *** ***** recording:

  • ******-***** *******: ** ***** ** be ******, *** ******** party ******** ** *** recording **** *******. ** most *****, *** *** user *** **** *** surveillance ****** ** *** consenting *****, *** ********* can **** ***** ******* additional **********. ** *******, 40 ******/********* *** '****** party' *************, ******** *** matter ** ********** **. 'in ******' *** ******* or *** *** ************ could ** ***** ******* special ********* *** ******* qualify ********.
  • ****/***/***-***** *******: **** ******** **** or *** ******* ** a ********* ** ******* and ** ***** **** such ********* ** ****** place.  ******* ******** ******* is *********, **** ** willingness ** *****, ** essentially ******** ***** ********* by *** ** ***** surveillance, *** ****** ****** it ** * ****** eavesdropping ** ********* ******.

******, *** ********** *******, signage, *** *********** ****** for ********-***** ******* ***** complicate ******* ** ****, it ** *********** ***********.

****, ** ******** ** our ***** ************ *****, ********** *** ***** equipment ** *** ****** way *** **** ******* impact *** ************* ** recording. *** ********* ********** of ******* *********** ** the ***** **** *** optimized ** ******* ***** audio, *** **** ****** recorded ***** **** ******** with ***** ****** *********, even **** ******* ******* integrated ***** ***** ** integrated ***********.

******, **** ***** ********* below ********** ********** ********** in ********** *** **** and *** ********* *********.  For ****, ***** ********* is ****** *** **** trouble **** *******.

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

**** ** **** ***** for *****, ******** ****** is ****. ******* ******** noted **** **** ***** recording ***** ** '****' in ******-***** ******* *************, customers ****** ** *** ask *** ** *** are ******* ** *** extra *** **:

  • "*%. ** *** ***** a ***********. **** ****** NY **** ******** * party *******,******* ***** **** to ****** *****."
  • "**** *******. ** *** asks *** **. **'* not * ***** ***** because ** *** * one ****** ******* ***** as **** ** ***** are ***** ** ********** as ****, ***** ** no *****."
  • "*%, ** ******** *********** for ***** *********."
  • "*, **** ** * one ***** ******* ***** and **** ******* ***’* need **."
  • "****. *** ****** ** customer."
  • "***** ** *** ** important ** *** ****** base."
  • "**** **** *%. ******* did *** ******* *****."
  • "**** **** *%. **** customers *** *** ****** for **."

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

*******, **** ********** *** common *** ***** *********, especially ** *** *********** interview ***** *** **** and ****** *****.  **** color ******** ***** ***** areas ** *** ********** where ***** ************ ** typically ****:

  • "* ***** ** ****** 1% ** *%. ***** recording ** * ***** requirement *** **** ****** are ****** ** ****** audio ******** ****** ******* circumstances **** ** ****** and ********* ************."
  • "*** **** ******** ** ours **** ******** **** audio ** **** ** PD ********. ** ** booking ***** **** ***** as **** ** ********* rooms."
  • "** *** ****** ****** police ***********. **** ****** likely ******* ** ***** concerns."
  • "***** ********* *** ******* our ****** ******** ********* ties ** *** ***********/*********** at ******** *********, ** it's *** **** ** a **** *****. "
  • "**** ** ********* ***** for *** ***********"
  • "***** ********* *** **** required ** *** ***-*********** installations ** *** ********* rooms."
  • "**** **** *% ** all ******* ********* ****** audio. **** **** *** installed *** ****** ******* interview *****."
  • "*** * ******/********* ******** application. ********* ** ******** do *** ****** *****."
  • "** **** ***** ** have ** ******** ** the **** ** ********* is ********* **** *** very ******** ***** ** a ********* ********."

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

** * ****** ******, other ***** ***** ***** recording ** **** ** for ********** *********, *******, or ****** '******' *****:

  • "** **** **** ***** for **** **** / PD ************, *** ********** clients ** *** **** any ********* ***** ****** they **** *** ***** from ********* *************."
  • "*** **** ****** *'** worked **** ***** ********* as ** *********** ***** surveillance ** ** *** enforcement *** ******/******* *********. "
  • "*%. ******** ** ****** offices."
  • "**%. *** ******* ** typically *** *** ******* equipped **** *****(***/*******) ************. They *** ********* ** public ***** *** *** audio ***** ****** ** a **** ******** ************* of *** *********. "
  • "** ******* ******* ** a *** ** *******, and ** ** **** required ** *** ** two ***** ** * school. * *** ** school ********* *** **** weary ** ***** ***** unless **** ********** **** it."
  • "**'* **** *** ** have *** ***** ******** where **'* ********."
  • "* **** ** * school *** ** ****** the ***** ******* *** to ********** ** ******** and ******** **** ******* out ** *** *******. the ********** ** *.* percent ** *** ******* is *****"

******, *** ********** ***** is ********** ** ******** by ***** ********* ** integrator **** ******** ********. For ********* *** ************* government *********, ***** ********* requirements *** **** ******.

Comments (31)

** **** ***** ********* and **********, **'* *** of ***** ****** ***** it's **** ** **** when *** **** **, even **** *** ***** used.

*** * *** **** laws **** ** **** with "**********", *** * have *** **** **** about ******* **** **** only *********.

** **** ******** *** audio ****** ***** ***. Here's ** ********. **** someone ***** ** ** house *** ******* *** button ** ** *******, Skybell ******* *** ***-*** audio.

*** ** ** **** I **** ** ****** the **** ********* ***** recoding ** * ******** integrator but ********* **** *******, Ring, ****** *** *** of *** ***** ******** companies ***'*?

***** ************ ******* **** audio ***** ** ***** a ******** *******.

*** ** ** **** I **** ** ****** the **** ********* ***** recoding ** * ******** integrator *** ********* **** Skybell, ****, ****** *** all ** *** ***** doorbell ********* ***'*?

**** ***'*, ******? * don't **** *** ***** have *** ***** ** confirmed ****? * ** curious ** ***** ****.

* ***'* **** *** mention ***** ****, ****** or ******* ******* *** ******** to ****** ***** *** regarding ***-*** ***** *********. Doesn't ****** **** ***** that **** *** **** and ******* ************ ********* that ******** ***-*** ***** and **** **'* ***** for **** **** **. 

****** ******** **** ****, * ***** **** same ******** ** ****. 

*** ***** *********** *** have ******* ***** ****, but *** ****** **** gave **** *** ********* is ******* ******* ******** rings *** ******** ** outside **** ***** *** there ** ** '********** *********** ** *******'.

****, ******* *** ********** video **** ** ******* to ******** *** ****** than ******** ** ********** use ** ********** * significant ****** ** ***** enforcement.

**** **** ** **** have ***** ** ** cases ****** ***** ***** they **** **** ***** defendants ** ********* * party ******* ****, *** that *** ******** ** their ******** **** ***** recorded ******** *******, ***** have **** ********* *** decades.

**** *** **** ****, those ********* *** *** overt *** ********** ** these ********** ******, ** I'll ***** **** *** Skybell *** *******.

***** **** **** *** Skybell *** *** ****** the **** *****/***** ** any **** ** **** the ***** ** **** once *** ******** ** pressed?

* **** ***** ***’** going **** **** *** that *** ** ******** thought. ****** **** ****** consent. ******* *** *** set **** ** ** record ** ****** **********. 

* ***** *** *** in *** ***** ** the ***** **** ***** when *** ****** ******* the ****** *** ** you *** **** *** app ** **** ***** and ****** ** ** any **** **** ***** lead ** ******. 

**** ******** ****** ** PA **** *** ******** for ********* ***** ** their ******.

* ***** ***** ********* happens **** **** ****** ***** and ****** **** *** in ******* ** ******* finds *** *******.   * met **** * ****** store ***** *** *** recording ***** ** *** of *** *******.   ** said ** *** ** he ***** ****** ** *** conversations ******* ********* *** customers ** ** ***** teach ****.  * **** him **** ** *** doing *** ******* *** ** any ** *** ********* found *** ** ***** get ** *******. ** didn't **** ** ** walked ****. 

 **** *** *** ***** laws ** ** ** *** want **** ***** *******.

 

***** *******? *** * read ******* *** **** a ****** ****** *** and ** *** ********** to ** **** *********** which ** *** **** we’re *****. **** ** what ******** **. * think *** **** *** mostly ********. *’** **** at ** *** *** links *** ******. 

** ****** *** ** *** KIRSCHENBAUM, *** **** ***** in ** **** *****. 

**** ** *** **** that ***** ** ***** use **** ******* ******* after *********.  ** ***, they *** ******* ******** given *****'* **********.

******* ******* ******* ** Kirschenbaum ***********, **** ** the ****** **** *** in * ******** **** the ********** ** ****** with ***** **** ** the ************** ** *** end ****, *** *** integrator.

***** *** ***** *** sent **** *** ******* a '**** ****' ******* even ** *** ****** is *** ****** *******.

*************, **** ***** '**** View' ***** ** ******* (you **** ** ******** unmute ** ** ****), but ** ***** ** recorded. ** *'* *** sure **** *** **** legal ******* ** **** a ********* *****.

**** ******* ************* ******/****** video *** ***** ******** when *** **** ****** is ******* ** **** motion ********* ********* *********.

 

***** * ***** **** some ****** *** **** a **** ** ****. I *** ** * seminar * ****** ** years *** ********* ** a ****** *** ********** an ******* ***** * home ******** **** ******* and ** *** ******** - ** ***** ************ they ********** **** ******** to ******* **** *** done *** *** ********* could *** ** **** as ******** ** *** first **** ** ******* had ***** *******. 

******* *********.  ** ******** you ****

******** *** ** ********** on * ***** ** law, *** * ***** the ******** **** ******* recordings **** ** ********** expectation ** ******* ** a **** **** ***. Look ** *** *** YouTube ****** ** ******* scenes, **** ********, **** never *** ***** **** even **** ********** ******* they ******** ********.

*'* ****** ** ******** to *** *** **** lawyer, *** ********* ******* can ** ** *** as ********* ********* ** as ****'* ****** *** just *** ******* **** might ******* **** ** do **** *** **** on ****** **** ***** for **********.

**** *** ****** ** your ********** *** ****** a *** ******* ** video.  **** ***** **** automatically ****** ***** **** it.  *** *** **** commit * *****?  ** course ***.

*** *** ********** ******* that ******* *** ************ applications ** ***** ***** relates ** ************ ** privacy.  ** * ************ whose **** ******** ** audio *** ******** *******, we **** ******* ** all ** ****** *** nearly ** ********* (********* Spain *** ******) **** both ****** *** ******* sector *************.  *** **** time **'** **** ****** get **** ***** ******* for ***** *** ** for ************* *** ** defined ** ** **** 2510 (*), ***** ** explicitly ****** *******.

**** ** *** ******'* put * ****** ** a ********, ***** *** are ***** ** ***'* advise ***** *****.  **'** not ****** ** *** residential ****** ******* ***** is **** * ********** expectation ** ******* ** homes.  ***** *** **** areas ***** ***** ***** ought ** ** ********, such ** ** ****** interview *****.  ** * suspect ********* ** * crime, ***** ******** ***** won't **** *** ** court. 

** ***** *** ***** where ***** ** *********** and ***** ***** **'* not, *** ******** ***** compliance *** ************ ** privacy *** ** **** in * *************** ***. ** should *** ** * deterrent **** **'* *********** to *** *****.

* ******* **** **** responses ********* **** ** was ******* ** ************* with * ***** ******* to ** ***** **********. It *** ** **** legally ** ** ******** for ******* ** ***** consideration ** * ********. For ******* *** $** they ******* ** ****** voice **********. 

**** *** *** ******** about ***** *********? *** "machine" ** ********* *** that *****'* *********** **** the ***** ** ******** or **** * ***** is *********. 

*** *** *** ********* work ** ** ********* for ********* ***** ******** at ********* ***********.  **** don't ****** ** *****, so ** * ***** there ** * ****** level ** ******* ** using ********* **** ***** is ** ***** ******* audio *********.

**** ** *** *********** survey, ********** *** ****** manufacturers *** ***** ** pay ******* *** ****-* AAC ******. (**** *.***, G.726 **. ******* ***)

** ***** **** ** the *** ********, **** is, ** ** ****** worth ****** ** ***** per * ****** *** audio ********* **** *** codec ***** ** ****** used ** ********?

* ** ******* **** and ***** *** ** necessary ** ******* ** free ****/***. *** ******* for ****?

**** **** *** ********. I ** ******* ** *** the ************* *** ****** paying *** ****. ** there ****** ** *****?

*** *** ***** *** list ** ********* ** the ********* ********.

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

** ** **** **, I'd *** **¢ ** a ****** ***** **** in * ****** *** to ****. **** ***** be *** ***********? *********** 2 ********* ******** ** firmware, *** **** * licensed ***** *** *** other *******? * ***** trying ** ******** *** different ******** ** ********, or *** ********* ******** of ****** **** *** without *** ***** ****** too **** ******* ** maintain. **** **** *** MIC ***** ********, ** has ** **** ** most ****... * ******? It ***** ** **, though ** ****** * haven't *** *** *******, that **** *** ***** more ******* **** **** coming **** ***** ****** than ******, *** * think ****'* **** ******* it **** ****'* ***** it ** *** *** maintain ** ** ***** optional.

** ** **** **, I'd *** **¢ ** a ****** ***** **** in * ****** *** to ****. **** ***** be *** ***********?

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

****, *****, ** **** 1 ** ***** ** cameras **** ****, ** does *** **** ** cents *** ****, ** costs $**, *.*., *** spent ** ***** ** times *** **** * uses **.

* *** ******** ** the **** ***** ** economy, *** * ***'* think **'* ** ****** as ****. ***** ** one ** ***** ****** that **** ** *** used **** ****, **** you **** **, *** still **** **. *** if **** ***** ****** does *** **** **, then **** *** ******* else's ******. *** * propose *** **** ** maintaining *** ********* ***** of ******* ***/** ******** would ** ****** ********** to **** *** ***** save ** *** *** not **** ***** ** most ** **** ****** line, ** ***** ** it.

*** **'* * ***** enough **** **** **** a *********** ********** * think ** ****** ************* into * ******. *****, maybe ****** **** ** a $** ********** ** camera ****** ****** *********, but ***** **** ****** to ****** ** ***** $5 ** $** *** camera ** **** **** every ****** ** ***** X **** *** *** audio ** ** ** needed ****** ***** * who **** **** ** be ******* *** ** spec *** ***** ****** that *****'* **** *****?

 * *** **** *** what * **** ****, and ** **** ******* with *****- ** ***** the *.*** ***** ****** **** ofree 8 *** ** ** to ****/* ,  *** for *** (*** *** other ****** ***** ****/******* starts **** ** * ( I ***’* ****** )) the ****** ***** ** from * *** *** the *** ** ** 48 ***, *** *** bit ***** ** **** 8 **/* *** *** way ** ** *** kB/s *** ******  ).  

* ***’* **** ** there ** * ***** level ****** *** **** or **** * ******** by ****, *** *** can **** *** ********** in *** ****** ****** rate *** ****** *** rate ***** ******** (** *** would ******). 

 ** ******* *.*** *** *.*** only **** **** ** low bit ***** *** *** sample ***** (* **** seem ** ******** ***** being *** ******** ****** for ****).

 

*********** ***** ** *** license *** *** ***. Do *** **** ** there ** **** * license *** ** ****** AAC ? ** **** the ******* *** **** apply ** *** ******** side. ( **  ** ***** a ******* *** *** something **** ** ** camera ****** *** ** an ******, ** *** a *** ** ** able ** ******/******** *** audio) 

** ** *****, *** license *** ****** ** decoding **** (***) ** well ** ******** **** (IP ******). **** **, 0.5$ *** ****** ******* or *******, *** *.**$ for *****(******* *** *******).

* ** * *** of ***** ********* *** police ******** ** ************* rooms, ***** *** ******* areas. **'** *** ******* ***** Louroe ******** *** ****** them **** ******** *******.

 

** **** ***** ****** trying ** **** ** audio **** ***** **** the *******. 

*** *********"*%, ***** ********* ******* consent ** ******* ** Canada."** * ********** *********.

******** **** ******* *** prohibits *** "******************* ** *********************."

** *** **/*** **** argued (*** ****** *********** accepted) **** *** **** no ********** *********** ** privacy ***** ** ******. Places ***** *** ** gain * ********** *********** of ******* ******* *** be **** ***** *** legally **********.

*********** ** *** **** be ********** ****** **** recording ***** ** * large **** ** *** the ******* ************ ** a ********************** *** ***** ** stated ** ********** ****** been ********* *** ******* purpose. *** ***** **** as ****** ***** *** audio *** ** ****** things **** ******* **** indicate ******* ** ********, gunshots, ***. ** ***** was ***** ******** ** a ******* **** *** example ** ** ****** unlikely *** *** ************ would ** ***********. ** audio ** *********************** ****** ***** ***** conversations **** **** ****** would **** ***** ** 184 *** *** ***** readily ***** ** ****?

* ****** **** **** the ** **** ******* an ********* ** ********* as **** ** *** party ***** ******* *** that ***** ** ******** involved ** *** *************. For ******* * *** secretly ******** * ************ with ** **-**** ******* his ******* ***** *** lawful ******* * ************ (* ***** ** not ******* *** ********* and ********* **). **** however ****** ********** ** applied ** **** ************ scenarios.

** **** * ***** say **** ***** ********* in ****** ** * grey **** *** ******* situational, ****** ******* *** point ** ** ******** case *** **** ****** otherwise. ******* **** **** audio ****** ** ******** and ******** ***** *** potential ******** *** ** state ** ** ********** illegal ** **********.

 

 

******* **** **** ** our **** ** ***** this *******, ***** ****** started **********. **********, **** have ***** ******* ** their ****** *** *** time. *** ***** ** being ****** ** *** amazon *****, *** **** tell ** **** **** are ******* *** ******* to ****** **** **** have ****** ***** (*** directly ** *****). ** this *** ***** ************? Can *** ******** **** a ******* ********* ****** like ****? 

** ****, *** *** planning ** ******** ******* Audio ***** *** ************ options? **** * ***** check ****** *** ****** there *** *** ******* with * ***** ** audio ********** ** *******, requiring ***** ***** *******. The ***** ***** ****** normally ******** *** *** power ****** *** *************. Most ******* **** ***** options ******* ** *** connection *** *** *** output *******. **** ****** the ******* ******* ** the ***** ******* ** within * *** ****** in * **** ******** setting; *** ******* ****** will **** ** ********. We **** * *********** in ** **** ****** reception **** ***** *** overall **** ** ****** volume *** ****** **-** square ****** (***-*** ** feet). *** ******** ***** be ***********? ****** *****.

******: **** ******* *** been ***** ** *** own **********:******* *** ***** ************ Option *** ****** ********* Area (**-***** / ***-*******)

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