IP Cameras with Audio Capabilities.
IP Cameras with Audio Capabilities
IP security cameras with audio represent a complete means of communication.
End-users of SCW security cameras with audio have any number of specific needs where both audio and visual capabilities are required. Clients report deploying The Paladin 8.0 with its built-in microphone and speaker--at gates, to use the two-way audio through the SCW Go app.
In another example, IP cameras with two-way audio apply to business settings where exterior entryways remain locked for security reasons.
Employees often have ease of entry to facilities via an electronic system such as SCW’s Access Control. However, visitors, salespeople, and clients need to make verbal contact with security personnel to identify themselves and gain entry.
Settings may not be conducive for typical intercoms that lack the weather resistance of IP security cameras. Additionally, IP cameras with audio provide visual images of those requesting admittance.
The singular IP camera system performs the dual function of visual and audio contact, while also keeping a recorded video image for reference. No intercom can do all that!
Stop! Before you get an audio camera, make sure that what you want to do is legal.
Audio recording is heavily regulated while video recording is not
More than 95% of all IP security camera systems do not record audio, mostly because of regulations and laws.
Unlike video, audio recording is heavily regulated by the Federal Wiretap Act of 1968.
Make sure you have consent to record audio using an IP security camera
Hidden IP Cameras with audio recordings are illegal for all non-law enforcement personnel in all areas of the United States. It is illegal to record audio in all of the United States if you do not get the consent of at least one person in the conversation. If you want to record a conversation of which you are not a part, at least one person must give their consent to be recorded.
If you live (or are otherwise currently located) in California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Utah, or Washington, you are required to notify all parties in a conversation that they are being recorded, if you want to record audio.
Surveillance signs must specifically state audio recording
Hanging a "CCTV recording on premises" sign does not give you consent to record audio. You must specifically state that audio is being recorded.
Q. So, hanging an "audio recording on premises" sign counts as consent?
A. In some states, a sign specifically stating that audio recording on the premises can count as consent, but will rely on your lawyers making the argument that the sign was obvious enough not to be missed and specifically included the area of the building where the recording took place.
You should talk to a lawyer about specific plans, but as a general rule, if you are going to hang signs stating audio recording on premises, we strongly suggest hanging them in every area where you want to record.
Make sure your subject does not have the expectation of privacy
Audio or Video recording in places where there is an expectation of privacy is illegal in all areas of the United States. The concept "expectation of privacy" is subjective and can basically be summarized as "if the people having the recorded interaction think they cannot be overheard or believe themselves to be private and alone."
For example, it is always illegal to record audio and video in bathrooms, bedrooms, and retail changing rooms, because people have very clear and established expectations of privacy in these areas.
In most states, an "audio recording on premises" sign at the entrance to your office building probably does not allow you to record audio in a co-worker's private office where they have an expectation of privacy.
HIPPA laws prohibit audio recording
If you have a medical facility or have to conform to HIPAA rules and regulations, you CANNOT record audio on-premise.
As with anything that may be used in court, talk to a lawyer, first.
Our IP cameras with audio
SCW offers a wide variety of IP cameras with audio. Those that come complete with an integrated microphone are listed below. Our IP cameras with audio inputs (like speaker wire) for connecting a microphone follow the first group.
The Radius 5.0 - 26P5M - 5MP 360° Fisheye Dome CameraPre Order$399.00
The Scope 8.0 - 26ZV8 - 4K (8MP = 4x1080P) IP PTZ Camera with 22x Optical ZoomBackordered$2,299.00
The Radius 12.0 - 26P12 - 12MP 360° Fisheye Dome CameraIn stock$899.00