There is a way to "be there" without physically "being there." It’s a matter of adding a new dimension to an existing vision.
Tying a network of loudspeaker systems with high levels of sound power and voice clarity can provide the missing real-time response to incidents captured by video surveillance systems. Video surveillance is a well-established technology for public safety departments and private security agencies to monitor incidents and collect the evidence needed to solve crimes and prosecute perpetrators.
But there will still be a lag in the time it takes for officers to respond with an active, on-site presence unless the video is coupled with sound. As a surveillance system monitors an event, dispatchers can send officers, fire fighters or EMTs to the site and provide warnings and instructions to those involved in the incident. In addition, cameras are generally equipped with microphones, which can relay sound from the scene back to dispatchers, providing true two-way communication in real time.
Incidents can occur on city streets, college and school campuses, hospitals, office and industrial parks, theme parks and zoos and other public venues. The real-time response can be as specific as video seen by monitors and dispatchers. The key is assigning an identifiable address for each speaker and the cameras to which it is linked. In technology, this is known as an IP address. Just as each camera is assigned an IP address that can identify its physical location through a database in a central base station that serves a command center, each speaker can have a similar IP address.
This capability opens a number of possibilities for developing and implementing policies and procedures for responding to incidents in any type of jurisdiction. IMLCORP has a loudspeaker system for any of the many scenarios you can envision.
As the designer and manufacturer of outdoor loudspeaker systems for high-clarity voice communications in all types of emergencies and for tactical operations, we have developed SoundCommander® SC360 wide-area fixed-location systems and deployable systems, including the SC1100 series and SC5600 acoustic hailing device (AHD) that can all integrate with other emergency response and mass notification technologies. Dispatchers and commanders will be able to communicate directly with people involved in any kind of emergency in real time and help responders to act more efficiently at the scene to better serve public safety needs.