I received a call from a hotelier this morning. He has an interesting problem which I thought I'd run by the newsgroup. The hotel has cameras in all the hallways to protect guests from intruders (or other guests?).
The cameras are monitored at a security desk. The problem is security people get bored staring at a monitor and may not be looking when something bad happens.
In a hotel hallway the sound level is usually quite low -- typically >30dB. They would like to install a system to detect audio above a threshold. They don't want to monitor or record conversations -- just activate a flashing light at the security desk if there is a scream or any noise above a given threshold in the hallways.
This should be simple enough. I don't happen to know of a ready-made hardware device that would work as the sensor. If any of you have done this or something similar I'd appreciate your suggestions, which I will pass along to the gentleman.
Thanks in advance.