Flock Expands Into Gunshot And Audio Analytics

By Isabella Cheng, Published Oct 20, 2021, 11:26am EDT

Flock Safety is expanding from its core market of LPR into "audio evidence capture" and most notably gunshot detection, just months after raising $150 million from A16Z.

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Flock announced "Raven", an audio analytic offering that complements its existing "Falcon" LPR offering. Inside this note, we examine how Flock is going to market with this, how they claim the product will work, and what potential performance and privacy concerns this might have based on comments from Flock Safety, the ACLU, and EFF to IPVM.

Flock ********* "*****" - "***** ******** *******"

***** ********** *****, ** audio ********* ****** **** integrates ********** **** *****'* LPR ******* (*******) **** claims ** ****** ******** noise ********* ********** ** a ***** ** ********. Once *** ***** ** detected, ** *** ******* Flock *** ******* ** the **** ** ******* and ******** * **** of ******** ********:

***** ********** ****** **** indicate ****** ** ********, shots *****, ***** ********, vehicles ******* ***, *** sound ** *****. **** detected, *** *********** ***** devices *** ************* ** locate *** ****** ** dangerous ******: **********, *******, street ******, ********* ********* theft, *** *******. **** Flock ** ********** *** location ** *** *****, it ********* *** ******* LPR ****** ** ******* the ******* ******* ** vehicles ** *** *****.

*** *****'* ***** *********** the ******* *** *** it ***** *****:

***** **** **** **** plan ** ***** ********** devices ** ******* ****.

"More **** ******* *********"

***** ***** ***** "**** than ******* *********" ** it *** ****** ***** signatures ***** **** ********, including ********** *****, ***** breaking, *** ****** *****. The***** ******* ********* ***** ***** ********** can ** **** ** specific ***** ** ****** in ********, **** ** street ******, ********, *****-** shootings, ***.:

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Accuracy ********

*** ******* ******* **** any ******** ********* ******, particularly ******* *********, ** the ******** ** *** product. ***** *** *** yet **** *** ********* accuracy *** **** ** the ******* ***** ** detection, *** **** **** that **** "********* **** have **** ******* ** January ****."*** ****** **** ***********'* accuracy**** ****** ***** ******** with *** ******** ******* alerts *** **.

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

***** **** **** *** plan ** **** ********* check *** ****** ****** sending ** ******. ***** told ****, "*** **** is *** ******* ** automatically ***** *** ***** clips *** **** ** police." ******* ***** ********* who *** ***** *** sounds *** ******** ***** also ******** *** ****** that ********* *** ********* is ******* ** *********, or **** *****. *******, at *** ******* ******, when ******** ********* ***** whether ***** ***** ************* between ********* *** ********, Flock *** ********* ** Raven's ******* ** ** so.

Coverage ********

***** ***** ***** ******** by *** ****** **** rather **** **** ****** individually. ***** ********* **** the ****** ** ******* necessary ** ***** * certain **** ******* ** the *********** ** ********* and ***** *** ***** the ***** ** *************. Given *** ***********, ***** "plans ** ********** ** many ***** ******* ** necessary ****** * ****** mile ** ******* **** coverage ** ** ****."

*******, ******** * ******* populated ***** **** ***** become ** *****, ** Flock ********* *** ** plans ** ***** ***** as * ********** ******* seeing ** ** * "perfect ********** ** ****". This ***** * ***** device **** ** ********** with ** ******** ****** camera. ***** ***** ***** may **** ** ************* number ** ******** ****** cameras ** ******* **** coverage **** * ****** mile. ***** **** **** that **** **** **** more ******* ** ******* 2022 ** *** ****** of ****** ********* ** cover ***** *. ******** v. ***** *****.

Pricing *** ******* ********* - *** ** *******, *** * ****** **** ****

*** ***** ** ****** at $**,*** *** **** per ****** ****. *******, Flock ** ********* ******** a ********* "*** ******* customers ******* ** ****** their **** ********* *** get ****** ** **** audio ********* *** ****" by ******** * ****** mile ** ***** *** free **** ***** ** Falcon *** ******* *********.

Starting **** *** ***********, **** ** ****** ** ******* ****

** *** ******* *******, an ******** ***** ** Raven *** ** "***** to ******* **** *** alert ***," **** ***** responding **** ******** **** are "******** **** *** Enforcement *******," *** ******* can "**** ****" ********* funded ******* **** **** access.

*****'* **** ********* *** police *********** *** ********** associations, *** *** *******'****** *** ************* *******.

Advantage ** *********

****** **** ****'* ****** to ** ******** ** thousands ** ******* ***** of ***** *** * year ** ** ********* expansion ******** *** *****, as ***** **** ******* be *********, ****** ** easier *** ************** ** keep. ****** **** **** Raven *** **** ***** police *********** **** ****** Flock ***** *** ******* promotion.

***** *** ****** ** financial ******* ***** ********* $150 ******* ******** **** mega ** **** **** and *** **** ********** in *** **** **** giving **** * **** pilot ***** **** ** thousands ** *******, *** example,* ***** ** ******* that *** ********* ******* proper ******* *** ***** removed.

ShotSpotter *. ***** *******

***** ** ******* ***** 60-70% ***** **** ***********, the ********* ** ******* gunshot *********. ***** ******* $25,000 *** ****** **** per ****, ***** **** IPVM. *************, *********** *******$**-**,*** *** ****** **** per ****, ***** $**,*** *** ****** mile ***-**** "******* ********** fee".

*******, ***********'* **** ******* access ** ** "******** review ******" ***** ** staffed **/* ** "******* acoustic ********" *** ****** and ******** *******. ** the ***** ****, ***** disclosed ** **** **** no ********* *** ******** in *****'* ************ ** audio ***** ** ******. Raven ************* ********** *** audio ** *** ***. Still, ***** ****** ** array ** ***** ********* that *********** **** ***, such ** ****** ****** and ********* ********* *****.

Flock ** *********** *. ***** ***********

***** ********** **** ******* usage ** ***** *. ShotSpotter *** ********* ******* of ******* *********:

*********** ** * **** product *** *** ****** that **** * ******* gun *******, *** *** time *** ********* ** invest ** * ******* of **** *****. ***** was ******** *** *** only *** ********, *** more ***** ** ***** that ***** ********* **********: reckless *******, ******* ****** racing, ******** *****, *** catalytic ********* *****. ******* to *** ****** ****, with ***** ***** *** LTE ************, ** ****** the **** *** **************, decrease ******* *****, *** make ************ *** ******. We **** ***** ********* to **** ****** ** this **** ** ******** technology.

Data ********* **** ** ****** - ** **** **** *******

***** ********* ** **** that ***** ***** ****** the **** **** ********* guidelines ** *** ****** (LPR), ******* **** ** retained ** ** ********* cloud ********* ** ****, **** automatically ******* ** * rolling *****.

ACLU *** *** ** ************** ******* ********

**** *** **** *** EFF ****** ******* ******** consistent **** ***** ********** concerns ***** ***** ****** and ***** ************ ************.

****** ***** *******, ****** ******** ** the **** ******, *******, and ********** *******, ******* out **** ******* ** private ************* ***** ** a ***** ****:

IPVM Image********* ** *** ******** and *********** ** ***** microphones, **** ***** **** pick ** ******’* ******* conversations **** *** ******* protected ******* ********** ************* without *******. **** ***** risk, ******** **** *** high ********** **** **** system **** ******* *****, drawing ****** ******** **** none ** *********, **** law *********** ******** ***** be ******* ** **** into ********* **** **********.

********, *** ****** ***** Attorney**** *********** ********* ***** *****'* intrusion ** ************** ******* and ******** ********* ******* to *** ******:

IPVM Image*** *** ******* ******** about *****’* **** ** deploy *** ***** ********* devices ** ****** ******. EFF ******* ********** *** of ***********, ***** ***** reasons ******* **** ************ technology ******** ** ************** privacy, *** ********* *** safety ** ********* ** giving ****** ********* ******* of **** ***** ***. We **** ** ******* closely ** *****’* *** audio ************ ******.

Flock ******** ** **** *** *** ******* ********

**** ****** *** **** and ***'* ******** ******** on ************** ******* **** Flock *** ***** *******:

***** **** ******* ******** on *** **** (******* on *** ****** ******), to ****** *** ******* triggers ** **** ****** like ********, ***** **********, breaking *****, ** ****** metal. *** ***** ***** is ************* ********* *** not ********. ** ****** other **** ***** ********** are ********, **** **** be ************* *******. ******* to *** ***** ********, Flock ***** ***** ****, so ***** ** ** incentive ** ******* ***** noises.

*******, ***** ********* ** IPVM's ******** ***** *** Flock ******** ** ******* privacy ******** ***** *** accuracy *** ***** ********* criticisms ***** ******** ******* detection:

**'** ********** ***** ***** within *** **** ********** framework ** *** ****** ALPR ******* - ******** data *********, *** *** access ** *** ****, and **** **** *** do **** **. ** adhere ** *** ******* principles ** ****'* ** ethics ***** *** ***'* Policing *******, ******** *** product ******** *** *** true ***** ** ***********. And **'** ***** ** continue ******** ***** ******** to **** ***** ***** mitigating ****** *** ********** privacy.

Reduce ***** ** ******* ** **% ** ****

*****'* ***,******* *******, **** *****'* **** is ** ******** ***** in ******* ** **% within *** **** * years, *** ***** **** help ***** ******* ***** goals:

***, ******* **** ****, I **** ** ****, we *** * ****** goal ** ****. ***'* reduce ***** ** ******* by **%. *** **** is, * ******* ***** reader ***** ** *** going ** **** **** kind ** ******. *** that's *** **'** ***** the *****, * ***** of *** **** ****** that *** ****** * crime ***** **'* ********* and **** ** ******* on **** ****** *** is **** ******.

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**** ** ********* **** I ********* ** *** conference ******* **** *****. I ******* ***** ** going ** ** *** of *** ******* ***** surveillance *********, ** ***** in *** **, ** the *** ** *** decade. **** *** ******** out * ****** ********** in *** *** *** clearly ***** ** ******** that, **** ***** ********* unlimited **** *******, ** expand ********** *** ****** a ***** ******* ************ provider. * *** **** release ** *** ***** of **** ********** **** make.

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***** ** ***** ** be *** ** *** biggest ***** ************ *********, at ***** ** *** US, ** *** *** of *** ******.

**, *’** **** **** word ** **, *** this *** ** ********.

***? ***’* ***** **** the ********* ******:

***, ******* **** ****, I **** ** ****, we *** * ****** goal ** ****. ***'* reduce ***** ** ******* by **%.

****** ****? **** ***** he ****** **** ******* his *******’* ******* **** LPR, ***** ** ****** fast.

** ** ******* **** his ******* *** ******* rising ***** ***** *** indeed ****** *** ***** in *** ** ** 25% ** **** * yrs ******* ** *** introduction ** ***** ********* w/ ********** ***?

* ********** *******, *** this ** * ***** new *****. ****** * challenge *** ** **** a ***** ******** ******* CEOs ********* **** ********** this ****** ** ***** BS.

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****** * ********* *** to **** * ***** security ******* **** ********* that ********** **** ****** of ***** **.

*** ***'* ****** ******! I *** ***** ** respond **** *********** *** you ******* ** **** 'major'....

* ***** **** *** that *** **** ** reducing ***** ** **% is *********** *** * give ***** *** ****** for ****** * **** that's *** ***** ****** money. ****'* *******'* **** for ****? ** ******** for $** *******? * am **** ****-****** ***** that. * **** **** no ******** **** *******'* prime ********* ** ******** other **** ****** ** being ********.

** ** ******* **** his ******* *** ******* rising ***** ***** *** indeed ****** *** ***** in *** ** ** 25% ** **** * yrs ******* ** *** introduction ** ***** ********* w/ ********** ***?

**, **** ** ****, next **** **** **** roll *** **** *** products, *** **** ** 2023, ***.

*****, * ***'* ***** he ** ***** ** reduce ***** ** **% but * ***** **'* a ******** ********** **** to *** *** *** I ** ***** **** have * ****** ********** to ****** *** ** the ******* ***** ************ providers.

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*****, * ***'* ***** he ** ***** ** reduce ***** ** **% butI ***** **'* * ******** ********** **** ** *** ***

****... ******** ***** ** a ******** ********** **** to *** ***. *** using **** '***' ** market ******** **** **** never ******* *** **** seems ****-****** ** **.

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**, **** ** ****, next **** **** **** roll *** **** *** products, *** **** ** 2023, ***.

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* **** ***'** ****** but ******, ** ** example, *** * **** possibility *** *********. ** Flock ******* *** ******** operations, **** ***** *** cameras ** ** **** areas, ***** ******* *** monitoring ***** ** ********* by ******.

**** ****, ***** *** regulatory ****** (*** ************) and ******* ******** (*** public ***** ** *********** concerned ***** ************ ****** following ****) **** ******* me ** **** ** a **** ** **** type *********** ****** **** the **** *** *****.

**'* ******* **** * years *********** '********' *** ***** delivery *******:

*******, ***** ** ** still *** **** ******* -*** **** ******** ** Amazon’s ***** ******** ***** | ***** **

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*** ***'* ****** ******!

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

******** *** ***** ** accept * *********, *** even ** *** **** to **** * **** preposterous *****, **’* *** likely ** ** * flattering *********** ** *** case.

********* * ***** ***** any ******** ********* **** the ******* ** ***** to ** **********. *’* sure **’* *** **** good ****.

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* ***** ***** *** relevant ********* **** *** Santana ** ***** ** be **********

** ****:

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** ** *******, ** areas ***** ******* ********* is ****** ****, *** requirement ***** ** *** durable ******** *** ********. It ******* ******* ******, nor *****, ***** **** in ***** ***** ****** they're **********.

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**** ***** ***** *** feedback ** ********* ******** and *** ******* ****:

** ********* ******* ******* and ******* ** **-** poles, ** **** *** difficult ** *****. ********, the ******** ****** ***** to ***** ** **** the ***********. ********* ****'* been **** ** ** issue. **** ***** ****, in *** **** **** instance ** *********, *** customer ******* **** **** work **** *** ********* according ** ************ *** ********, ***** ** ******* to ******.

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*********** **** #* ***** for ******** ** ********* vandalism ** ***** *********, the ********* ** ***** St ***** *******.

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…*** ********* ** ***** St ***** *******.

*’* *** **** *** understand **** ***** ** good ***.

**’* *** ***** *** protecting *** ****** ** North ** *****.

**’* ***** ** ******* the ****** ** **-****** from *** ****** ** North ** *****.

**** **** * *** to *********’* ************.

**** * **** ** their******* *******” *** **** ** if *** ***** **** their ********* *** ******** diversity **********.

***** ** * *******…

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*** ******* ** ** again. ****** *** ********** eyes *** **** ** neighborhoods. *’* **** ****** recognition ** **** ******** by ***** ******** *****. I ***** ****** ****** use **** **** ****** registered ** ***** ****?

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*’* **** ****** *********** is **** ******** ** other ******** *****

**** ****, **** ** spoke *********'* ***, ** **** us**** **** ** *** have ***** ** ******* facial ***********, ****** *******, and ******* *** ********.

*** ***** **** ******* in *** ****** *** given **** ********** ** facial *********** ********* ** rise *** **** **** a *** ****** *** doing *** **** ***** outdoor *********, *'* ** surprised ** **** ****** in **** ********* *** time ****.

**** ****, **/**** **** get **** ***, ** would ** ********** **** to ****** **** ****** recognition *** ***** **** as * ********** ** their ******** ********. **** already ** ********** ******* plates **********, *************, ** least **** ***** ****** it ** ***** *** shots ** ****** ****** across *** *******, ***.

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*** ****** ****** **** just ******* **** **** on *** ****** *** less ********* **** ****** for ***** "******** ***** systems" . ** * suspect ***** ** ***** and *** ** *** have *** ******** ** respond ** ** , what **** *** ****** accomplished?

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*** ***** *** ** bad * ****'* **** it *** ****** **.

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**** **** ** ******** does ***** ****** ** real **** ** **** the **** ** *** vehicles **********?

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***** ******** ** ******** ** the***'* ******** ***** *********** Center (****), **** ***** ***** law *********** ****** ******* of ****** ****, ******* other ******.

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*** **** *** **** can ******* ** *** FBI's ****** ** **** time?

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*** **** ** ** a *** ***** ** cop ********** ************.

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***, *** **** ** be * **** ** a *** *********** ****** that **** ***** (*** thus ******* *** ****** to ****).

********** *** ******* *********** that *** *** *** ALPRs (**** *** * significant ******** ****** *** Flock) ***’* **** ****** to ** ****.

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********** *** ******* *********** that *** *** *** ALPRs (**** *** * significant ******** ****** *** Flock) ***’* **** ****** to ** ****.

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*********-***** ******* *** **** be ***** ** *** LPR *******, ******** *** private ******** **** ** and *** ** *** agreement ****** **** ***** local *** *********** ******.

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* ***** ********* - I ******* ** **** Flock ** ******* *** MOU ******. ******* ******* can ********* **** *** NCIC *** ****, **'* just **** ******* ********* have ** ****** ** those **** ****/******'* **** that **** **** *****. The ****** *** **** to *** *********** ****.

****'* **** ***** ****:

*********-***** *******, **** *** I ***** *** **** my ************, ** ********* with *** **** *** list. *******, ** * stolen ******* **** *** in *** **** ******** drove ** ** ************ camera, *** ****** ***** register **** *** **** an ***** ** ** local *** ***********. *******, I - *** ******* resident - ***** ***** know **** ********. ************, neighbors *** ******* ********* are *** ********** ** access ***** **** **** and ***** ***** **** that **** *****. **** law *********** *** ******* those ******.

**, ** *******, *********-***** cameras *** **** ** alert ** *** *********** from *** ****,*****, ** ****** *** lists (******* ** *** enforcement), *** ******* ********* are *** ********** ** know **** ** ** those ****** ********.

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