Sound recognition in acoustic monitoring further enhances care through improved efficiency. The extra information layer leads to better prioritisation of alerts.

Sound recognition

While acoustic monitoring in general greatly improves efficiency, limitations of basic systems can lead to false alerts caused by environmental noise. Sounds such as flushing toilets, rain against windows, thunder, music, sirens, etc. can easily trigger attention-demanding alerts, even though the sound is not relevant to a patient’s assistance needs.

Three generations of Acoustic Monitoring

Traditional acoustic monitoring systems generate alerts based on either a volume threshold (1st Generation) or a volume-over-time threshold (2nd Generation).

3rd Generation Acoustic Monitoring significantly builds on this by incorporating the ability to differentiate between different sounds. Patented state-of-the-art technology in advanced audio analytics means noises designated as not relevant can be filtered out or shown with a lower priority. The system can also be set up to alert staff to specific sounds which may cause or indicate resident distress.

By reducing false alarms, 3rd Generation Acoustic Monitoring allows staff to focus better on genuine need, thereby further increasing efficiency and effectiveness.

2nd Generation works together with 3rd Generation. The proven reliability of 2nd Generation systems can now be upgraded with 3rd Generation functionality.
3rd Generation Acoustic Monitoring adds an extra layer of information to alerts, making it easier for staff to prioritise response. Any sound types that are not recognised but still exceed the 2nd Generation thresholds will trigger an alert.

 

   First generation

First Generation Acoustic Monitoring

   Second generation

Second Generation Acoustic Monitoring
 

   Third generation

Third Generation Acoustic Monitoring

Advantages

3rd Generation Acoustic Monitoring builds on the benefits of acoustic monitoring.

Resident benefits

  • Higher quality of care
  • Improved privacy
  • Better sleep cycles

Benefits for the carer

  • Immediate alerts
  • Reduced workload
  • Improved prioritisation
  • Focused care
  • Increased safety

Benefits for the institution

  • Faster response
  • Immediate alerts
  • Faster induction of new staff
  • More efficient deployment of staff
  • Better competitive edge
  • Underlines the quality of the institution
  • Good Return On Investment