Flock Expands Into Gunshot And Audio Analytics (Raven)

By Isabella Cheng, Published Oct 20, 2021, 11:26am EDT (Info+)

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 ********* "*****" - "***** ******** *******"

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***** ********** ****** **** ******** ****** in ********, ***** *****, ***** ********, vehicles ******* ***, *** ***** ** metal. **** ********, *** *********** ***** devices *** ************* ** ****** *** source ** ********* ******: **********, *******, street ******, ********* ********* *****, *** example. **** ***** ** ********** *** location ** *** *****, ** ********* the ******* *** ****** ** ******* the ******* ******* ** ******** ** the *****.

*** *****'* ***** *********** *** ******* and *** ** ***** *****:

***** **** **** **** **** ** start ********** ******* ** ******* ****.

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

***** ***** ***** "**** **** ******* detection" ** ** *** ****** ***** signatures ***** **** ********, ********* ********** tires, ***** ********, *** ****** *****. The***** ******* ********* ***** ***** ********** *** ** tied ** ******** ***** ** ****** in ********, **** ** ****** ******, burglary, *****-** *********, ***.:

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Accuracy ********

*** ******* ******* **** *** ******** detection ******, ************ ******* *********, ** the ******** ** *** *******. ***** did *** *** **** *** ********* accuracy *** **** ** *** ******* types ** *********, *** **** **** that **** "********* **** **** **** clarity ** ******* ****."*** ****** **** ***********'* ************ ****** ***** ******** **** *** accurate ******* ****** *** **.

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

***** **** **** *** **** ** have ********* ***** *** ****** ****** sending ** ******. ***** **** ****, "the **** ** *** ******* ** automatically ***** *** ***** ***** *** send ** ******." ******* ***** ********* who *** ***** *** ****** *** accuracy ***** **** ******** *** ****** that ********* *** ********* ** ******* as *********, ** **** *****. *******, at *** ******* ******, **** ******** attendees ***** ******* ***** ***** ************* between ********* *** ********, ***** *** confident ** *****'* ******* ** ** so.

Coverage ********

***** ***** ***** ******** ** *** square **** ****** **** **** ****** individually. ***** ********* **** *** ****** of ******* ********* ** ***** * certain **** ******* ** *** *********** as ********* *** ***** *** ***** the ***** ** *************. ***** *** variability, ***** "***** ** ********** ** many ***** ******* ** ********* ****** a ****** **** ** ******* **** coverage ** ** ****."

*******, ******** * ******* ********* ***** area ***** ****** ** *****, ** Flock ********* *** ** ***** ** offer ***** ** * ********** ******* seeing ** ** * "******* ********** to ****". **** ***** * ***** device **** ** ********** **** ** existing ****** ******. ***** ***** ***** may **** ** ************* ****** ** existing ****** ******* ** ******* **** coverage **** * ****** ****. ***** told **** **** **** **** **** more ******* ** ******* **** ** the ****** ** ****** ********* ** cover ***** *. ******** *. ***** areas.

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

*** ***** ** ****** ** $**,*** per **** *** ****** ****. *******, Flock ** ********* ******** * ********* "for ******* ********* ******* ** ****** their **** ********* *** *** ****** to **** ***** ********* *** ****" by ******** * ****** **** ** Raven *** **** **** ***** ** Falcon *** ******* *********.

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

** *** ******* *******, ** ******** asked ** ***** *** ** "***** to ******* **** *** ***** ***," with ***** ********** **** ******** **** are "******** **** *** *********** *******," the ******* *** "**** ****" ********* funded ******* **** **** ******.

*****'* **** ********* *** ****** *********** and ********** ************, *** *** *******'****** *** ************* *******.

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

****** **** ****'* ****** ** ** hundreds ** ********* ** ******* ***** of ***** *** * **** ** an ********* ********* ******** *** *****, as ***** **** ******* ** *********, making ** ****** *** ************** ** keep. ****** **** **** ***** *** also ***** ****** *********** **** ****** Flock ***** *** ******* *********.

***** *** ****** ** ********* ******* after ********* $*** ******* ******** **** mega ** **** **** *** *** been ********** ** *** **** **** giving **** * **** ***** ***** tens ** ********* ** *******, *** example,* ***** ** ******* **** *** installed ******* ****** ******* *** ***** removed.

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

***** ** ******* ***** **-**% ***** than ***********, *** ********* ** ******* gunshot *********. ***** ******* $**,*** *** square **** *** ****, ***** **** IPVM. *************, *********** *******$**-**,*** *** ****** **** *** ****, ***** $**,*** *** ****** **** ***-**** "service ********** ***".

*******, ***********'* **** ******* ****** ** an "******** ****** ******" ***** ** staffed **/* ** "******* ******** ********" who ****** *** ******** *******. ** the ***** ****, ***** ********* ** IPVM **** ** ********* *** ******** in *****'* ************ ** ***** ***** to ******. ***** ************* ********** *** audio ** *** ***. *****, ***** covers ** ***** ** ***** ********* that *********** **** ***, **** ** street ****** *** ********* ********* *****.

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

***** ********** **** ******* ***** ** Raven *. *********** *** ********* ******* of ******* *********:

*********** ** * **** ******* *** big ****** **** **** * ******* gun *******, *** *** **** *** resources ** ****** ** * ******* of **** *****. ***** *** ******** for *** **** *** ********, *** more ***** ** ***** **** ***** community **********: ******** *******, ******* ****** racing, ******** *****, *** ********* ********* theft. ******* ** *** ****** ****, with ***** ***** *** *** ************, we ****** *** **** *** **************, decrease ******* *****, *** **** ************ far ******. ** **** ***** ********* to **** ****** ** **** **** of ******** **********.

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

***** ********* ** **** **** ***** would ****** *** **** **** ********* guidelines ** *** ****** (***), ******* data ** ******** ** ** ********* cloud ********* ** ****, **** ************* ******* on * ******* *****.

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

**** *** **** *** *** ****** privacy ******** ********** **** ***** ********** concerns ***** ***** ****** *** ***** surveillance ************.

****** ***** *******, ****** ******** ** *** **** Speech, *******, *** ********** *******, ******* out **** ******* ** ******* ************* could ** * ***** ****:

IPVM Image********* ** *** ******** *** *********** of ***** ***********, **** ***** **** pick ** ******’* ******* ************* **** are ******* ********* ******* ********** ************* without *******. **** ***** ****, ******** with *** **** ********** **** **** system **** ******* *****, ******* ****** response **** **** ** *********, **** law *********** ******** ***** ** ******* to **** **** ********* **** **********.

********, *** ****** ***** ************ *********** ********* ***** *****'* ********* ** conversational ******* *** ******** ********* ******* to *** ******:

IPVM Image*** *** ******* ******** ***** *****’* plan ** ****** *** ***** ********* devices ** ****** ******. *** ******* government *** ** ***********, ***** ***** reasons ******* **** ************ ********** ******** on ************** *******, *** ********* *** safety ** ********* ** ****** ****** erroneous ******* ** **** ***** ***. We **** ** ******* ******* ** Flock’s *** ***** ************ ******.

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

**** ****** *** **** *** ***'* specific ******** ** ************** ******* **** Flock *** ***** *******:

***** **** ******* ******** ** *** edge (******* ** *** ****** ******), to ****** *** ******* ******** ** loud ****** **** ********, ***** **********, breaking *****, ** ****** *****. *** other ***** ** ************* ********* *** not ********. ** ****** ***** **** those ********** *** ********, **** **** be ************* *******. ******* ** *** other ********, ***** ***** ***** ****, so ***** ** ** ********* ** capture ***** ******.

*******, ***** ********* ** ****'* ******** about *** ***** ******** ** ******* privacy ******** ***** *** ******** *** civil ********* ********** ***** ******** ******* detection:

**'** ********** ***** ***** ****** *** same ********** ********* ** *** ****** ALPR ******* - ******** **** *********, who *** ****** ** *** ****, and **** **** *** ** **** it. ** ****** ** *** ******* principles ** ****'* ** ****** ***** and ***'* ******** *******, ******** *** product ******** *** *** **** ***** to ***********. *** **'** ***** ** continue ******** ***** ******** ** **** crime ***** ********** ****** *** ********** privacy.

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

*****'* ***,******* *******, **** *****'* **** ** ** decrease ***** ** ******* ** **% within *** **** * *****, *** Raven **** **** ***** ******* ***** goals:

***, ******* **** ****, * **** my ****, ** *** * ****** goal ** ****. ***'* ****** ***** in ******* ** **%. *** **** is, * ******* ***** ****** ***** is *** ***** ** **** **** kind ** ******. *** ****'* *** we've ***** *** *****, * ***** of *** **** ****** **** *** detect * ***** ***** **'* ********* and **** ** ******* ** **** before *** ** **** ******.

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**** ** ********* **** * ********* at *** ********** ******* **** *****. I ******* ***** ** ***** ** be *** ** *** ******* ***** surveillance *********, ** ***** ** *** US, ** *** *** ** *** decade. **** *** ******** *** * strong ********** ** *** *** *** clearly ***** ** ******** ****, **** their ********* ********* **** *******, ** expand ********** *** ****** * ***** overall ************ ********. * *** **** release ** *** ***** ** **** expansions **** ****.

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***** ** ***** ** ** *** of *** ******* ***** ************ *********, at ***** ** *** **, ** the *** ** *** ******.

**, *’** **** **** **** ** it, *** **** *** ** ********.

***? ***’* ***** **** *** ********* hubris:

***, ******* **** ****, * **** my ****, ** *** * ****** goal ** ****. ***'* ****** ***** in ******* ** **%.

****** ****? **** ***** ** ****** that ******* *** *******’* ******* **** LPR, ***** ** ****** ****.

** ** ******* **** *** ******* can ******* ****** ***** ***** *** indeed ****** *** ***** ** *** US ** **% ** **** * yrs ******* ** *** ************ ** audio ********* */ ********** ***?

* ********** *******, *** **** ** a ***** *** *****. ****** * challenge *** ** **** * ***** security ******* **** ********* **** ********** this ****** ** ***** **.

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****** * ********* *** ** **** a ***** ******** ******* **** ********* that ********** **** ****** ** ***** BS.

*** ***'* ****** ******! * *** going ** ******* **** *********** *** you ******* ** **** '*****'....

* ***** **** *** **** *** goal ** ******** ***** ** **% is *********** *** * **** ***** CEO ****** *** ****** * **** that's *** ***** ****** *****. ****'* Verkada's **** *** ****? ** ******** for $** *******? * ** **** half-joking ***** ****. * **** **** no ******** **** *******'* ***** ********* is ******** ***** **** ****** ** being ********.

** ** ******* **** *** ******* can ******* ****** ***** ***** *** indeed ****** *** ***** ** *** US ** **% ** **** * yrs ******* ** *** ************ ** audio ********* */ ********** ***?

**, **** ** ****, **** **** they **** **** *** **** *** products, *** **** ** ****, ***.

*****, * ***'* ***** ** ** going ** ****** ***** ** **% but * ***** **'* * ******** worthwhile **** ** *** *** *** I ** ***** **** **** * strong ********** ** ****** *** ** the ******* ***** ************ *********.

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*****, * ***'* ***** ** ** going ** ****** ***** ** **% butI ***** **'* * ******** ********** **** ** *** ***

****... ******** ***** ** * ******** worthwhile **** ** *** ***. *** using **** '***' ** ****** ******** that **** ***** ******* *** **** seems ****-****** ** **.

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**, **** ** ****, **** **** they **** **** *** **** *** products, *** **** ** ****, ***.

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* **** ***'** ****** *** ******, as ** *******, *** * **** possibility *** *********. ** ***** ******* has ******** **********, **** ***** *** cameras ** ** **** *****, ***** cameras *** ********** ***** ** ********* by ******.

**** ****, ***** *** ********** ****** (FAA ************) *** ******* ******** (*** public ***** ** *********** ********* ***** surveillance ****** ********* ****) **** ******* me ** **** ** * **** to **** **** *********** ****** **** the **** *** *****.

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

*******, ***** ** ** ***** *** from ******* -*** **** ******** ** ******’* ***** delivery ***** | ***** **

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

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

******** *** ***** ** ****** * challenge, *** **** ** *** **** to **** * **** ************ *****, it’s *** ****** ** ** * flattering *********** ** *** ****.

********* * ***** ***** *** ******** statement **** *** ******* ** ***** to ** **********. *’* **** **’* got **** **** ****.

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* ***** ***** *** ******** ********* from *** ******* ** ***** ** be **********

** ****:

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** ****:

****?

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** ** *******, ** ***** ***** gunshot ********* ** ****** ****, *** requirement ***** ** *** ******* ******** and ********. ** ******* ******* ******, nor *****, ***** **** ** ***** areas ****** ****'** **********.

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**** ***** ***** *** ******** ** vandalism ******** *** *** ******* ****:

** ********* ******* ******* *** ******* on **-** *****, ** **** *** difficult ** *****. ********, *** ******** design ***** ** ***** ** **** the ***********. ********* ****'* **** **** of ** *****. **** ***** ****, in *** **** **** ******** ** vandalism, *** ******** ******* **** **** work **** *** ********* ********* ** our********* *** ********, ***** ** ******* ** ******.

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*********** **** #* ***** *** ******** on ********* ********* ** ***** *********, the ********* ** ***** ** ***** laughed.

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…*** ********* ** ***** ** ***** laughed.

*’* *** **** *** ********** **** flock ** **** ***.

**’* *** ***** *** ********** *** people ** ***** ** *****.

**’* ***** ** ******* *** ****** in **-****** **** *** ****** ** North ** *****.

**** **** * *** ** *********’* Associations.

**** * **** ** ***** “******* *******” *** **** ** ** *** agree **** ***** ********* *** ******** diversity **********.

***** ** * *******…

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*** ******* ** ** *****. ****** the ********** **** *** **** ** neighborhoods. *’* **** ****** *********** ** next ******** ** ***** ******** *****. I ***** ****** ****** *** **** with ****** ********** ** ***** ****?

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*’* **** ****** *********** ** **** followed ** ***** ******** *****

**** ****, **** ** ***** *********'* ***, ** **** ****** **** ** *** **** ***** to ******* ****** ***********, ****** *******, and ******* *** ********.

*** ***** **** ******* ** *** future *** ***** **** ********** ** facial *********** ********* ** **** *** they **** * *** ****** *** doing *** **** ***** ******* *********, I'd ** ********* ** **** ****** in **** ********* *** **** ****.

**** ****, **/**** **** *** **** big, ** ***** ** ********** **** to ****** **** ****** *********** *** offer **** ** * ********** ** their ******** ********. **** ******* ** government ******* ****** **********, *************, ** least **** ***** ****** ** ** cover *** ***** ** ****** ****** across *** *******, ***.

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*** ****** ****** **** **** ******* more **** ** *** ****** *** less ********* **** ****** *** ***** "advanced ***** *******" . ** * suspect ***** ** ***** *** *** do *** **** *** ******** ** respond ** ** , **** **** you ****** ************?

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*** ***** *** ** *** * didn't **** ** *** ****** **.

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**** **** ** ******** **** ***** access ** **** **** ** **** the **** ** *** ******** **********?

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***** ******** ** ******** ** ******'* ******** ***** *********** ****** (****), **** ***** ***** *** *********** inputs ******* ** ****** ****, ******* other ******.

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*** **** *** **** *** ******* to *** ***'* ****** ** **** time?

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*** **** ** ** * *** owned ** *** ********** ************.

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***, *** **** ** ** * part ** * *** *********** ****** that **** ***** (*** **** ******* has ****** ** ****).

********** *** ******* *********** **** *** and *** ***** (**** *** * significant ******** ****** *** *****) ***’* have ****** ** ** ****.

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********** *** ******* *********** **** *** and *** ***** (**** *** * significant ******** ****** *** *****) ***’* have ****** ** ** ****.

******

*********-***** ******* *** **** ** ***** to *** *** *******, ******** *** private ******** **** ** *** *** an *** ********* ****** **** ***** local *** *********** ******.

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* ***** ********* - * ******* in **** ***** ** ******* *** MOU ******. ******* ******* *** ********* with *** **** *** ****, **'* just **** ******* ********* **** ** access ** ***** **** ****/******'* **** that **** **** *****. *** ****** are **** ** *** *********** ****.

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

*********-***** *******, **** *** * ***** put **** ** ************, ** ********* with *** **** *** ****. *******, if * ****** ******* **** *** in *** **** ******** ***** ** my ************ ******, *** ****** ***** register **** *** **** ** ***** to ** ***** *** ***********. *******, I - *** ******* ******** - would ***** **** **** ********. ************, neighbors *** ******* ********* *** *** authorized ** ****** ***** **** **** and ***** ***** **** **** **** place. **** *** *********** *** ******* those ******.

**, ** *******, *********-***** ******* *** send ** ***** ** *** *********** from *** ****,*****, ** ****** *** ***** (******* by *** ***********), *** ******* ********* are *** ********** ** **** **** or ** ***** ****** ********.

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