Monday, November 13, 2017

Bosch Video Management System 8.0

The new Bosch Video Management System 8.0 (BVMS 8.0) offers stitching, GPU decoding and 64-bit function – all of which allows surveillance operators to respond faster to incidents by monitoring a greater number of video cameras concurrently. BVMS 8.0 offers an additional cost-efficiency, and it supports the latest ‘fusion’ dual-sensor technology.

Stitching: one view compiled from many. The Bosch Video Stitcher, part of BVMS 8.0, combines video from multiple cameras into a single view. It seamlessly stitches multiple high-resolution cameras into a single panoramic view, allowing operators to monitor, for example, a stadium or airfield in an airport, as a single camera. The user can still zoom in and out as needed, but does not need to switch back and forth from one camera to another. Additionally he or she does not need to know which camera is tracking what specifics or where a camera is located and how it is linked to the surveillance network. The user can configure the stitched view; up to 16 cameras can be stitched together.

GPU decoding: more video for less power. Security and IT departments typically equip security operators with multi-monitor workstations or video walls for maximum situational awareness. The need to render more cameras on multiple displays usually places additional strain on a workstation’s performance, with more processing power needed to decode video images as the number of cameras increases.

Now, a superior client performance is possible by using the decoding capacities of the GPU. In this way, multiple ultra-high resolution videos can be displayed in parallel without consuming CPU power.

64-bit function: greater capacity. BVMS 8.0 runs as a 64-bit application, up from 32-bit in its previous versions. This raises the maximum capacity of a single BVMS from 30 management servers with 100 cameras per server to 50 management servers with 200 cameras per server.

H.265 enabled cameras reduce storage and cut costs. With the introduction of Bosch H.265 video compression, cameras can reduce bitrates. With BVMS 8.0, users are able to configure Bosch H.265 enabled cameras, allowing them to greatly reduce bandwidth and storage needs. 

Dual view of new ‘fusion’ optical-thermal cameras.  Bosch’s new MIC IP fusion 9000i camera combines – among many other features - an optical lens with a thermal lens – so surveillance can continue even in a smoke-filled room (with the thermal lens giving video while the optical lens is blocked out).

BVMS 8.0 allows operators to easily switch between the optical and thermal view. Additionally, one of the two streams (depending on which one is open) can be dragged and dropped into a new cameo.

The BVMS Viewer also benefits from the GPU decoding, 64-bit platform and is able to display H.265 cameras.

For more information on BVMS 8.0 visit http://www.boschsecurity.com/corporate/products-and-services/management-software/video-management.html

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Retailers: Is Your Video System Paying Its Way?

In today’s competitive times, getting the most out of your assets is more important than ever. So, retailers are looking everywhere to decrease expenses, but at the same time not diminish or even expand service. Everywhere means every corner of every shop: including the video system. The video system – what’s to improve there? Centralization, standardization, compatibility with legacy systems and labor savings. And there’s even a feature that goes past security: one that can boost revenues by analysis of customer traffic.

One interface fits all 
Whether for shops or warehouses, video systems historically have been built from the ground up, piece by piece, with varying hardware and software that don’t always integrate. We have fused many into one, offering a standardized system with a uniform interface that is the same for every location and every user. Store managers and security staff all use the same interface, eliminating confusion and excess effort, and reducing training time and costs.
 
Easily scales up for the largest retailers 
If you’re worried about covering many sites over a broad area, don’t. Bosch Video Management Systems (BVMS) can watch over 10,000 sites from a single server. All of this can be piped into one monitoring station. This should be enough to take care of even the biggest retailers, with room to spare.

Communicate with analog? Yes we can!  
Migrating to BVMS can be a journey of many small steps. Legacy cameras and recorders – whether analog or Bosch NVRs or DVRs – need not be replaced urgently with their successors. The old guard can still feed into the new, universal interface.

Smart searching saves time
In a bicycle shop, a red bike is missing: was it stolen or just moved?  Ok, you had a camera monitoring the area where it was parked. Good. But going through the footage to locate when it was removed, irrespective of who took it and why, can take hours of review. Bad. Based on IP cameras with built-in video analytics, we eliminate this with forensic search. Instead of your staff doing the entire review, a computer looks for objects within, entering or leaving an area, traversing a route, loitering and more. The computer never gets tired or bored, and its search rules can be changed after a searched-for event has occurred.

Follow the money
One product display worked, another one didn’t – but why? We can help you answer that by reporting on customer traffic. How many shoppers visited the display, how long did they stay, on which days and at what times – all this can be reported by In-Store Analytics. The solution, that uses our IP cameras with Intelligent Video Analytics, monitors movement without breaching the bounds of personal privacy (movements are stored, but not photos or personal details).

Learn more about BVMS at https://www.boschsecurity.com/corporate/products-and-services/management-software/video-management.html


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Visit Bosch at ITS World Congress

Are you headed to Montreal at the end of the month? Make sure to visit Bosch at booth #2415 at the ITS World Congress!

We’ll be showing solutions for:
  • Traffic monitoring with NEMA-TS2 certified cameras that are designed to withstand harsh conditions and deliver the highest image quality in a range of lighting conditions
  • Analyzing traffic data with cameras featuring built-in video analytics that can help gather statistics on road usage and vehicle speed
  • Bridges and tunnels with thermal solutions for early detection of events and communication systems for mass notification and radio dispatch
  • Smart parking with options for license plate recognition from Intelligent Security Systems as well as through the Bosch Video Management System
We’ll also showcase integrations with partners, including Industrial ENET and MG Squared, offering mounts designed for the demands of the ITS industry, and we’ll look into the future at what lies ahead for smart cities and pedestrian monitoring.

Featured products will include:

See all of this and get a chance to win a Bosch EasyAquatak 1700 pressure washer with our #SpottheMICCamera Twitter contest!

Spot a Bosch MIC camera installed in or around Montreal. Post a photo of the camera to Twitter with #SpotTheMICCamera and tag @BoschSecurityUS, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a new pressure washer! Bosch EasyAquatak pressure washers are powerful, versatile and lightweight!

Not yet registered to attend? Learn more about the ITS World Congress at http://itsworldcongress2017.org/

Friday, October 20, 2017

Bosch Associate Wins Customer Service Award



The Customer Communicator newsletter has named Bosch Customer Service Advocate Tim Knab as a Frontline Spotlight Award winner! This award recognizes individuals for making a positive contribution to their organizations by maintaining the highest levels of service quality and professionalism.

Here’s an excerpt from the newsletter:

“For Timothy Knab, understanding customer priorities is essential. Sometimes he is working with a customer with a job six months down the road. And sometimes a security system just went down. ‘So you have to understand the customer, listen to them, understand the priority of what they are facing, and put as much urgency into it as you possibly can,’ Knab says.”

Please join us in congratulating Tim! He serves as an excellent example of Bosch’s customer-first culture.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

#SpotTheMICCamera Contest

Are you headed to the ITS World Congress in Montreal, October 30 – November 2, 2017? You’ll likely catch a glimpse of one of many of our MIC cameras installed in and around the city.

If you see one, we invite you to join our #SpotTheMICCamera contest on Twitter for a chance to win a new Bosch EasyAquatak 1700 pressure washer! Here’s how to participate:
  1. Spot a MIC camera installed in or around Montreal.
  2. Post a photo of the camera to Twitter with #SpotTheMICCamera and tag @BoschSecurityUS
  3. Get entered to win a Bosch pressure washer
It’s that simple! Photos must be posted to Twitter by November 2, 2017 11:59 pm EDT to qualify.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Built-in Intelligence for All-New AUTODOME IP 4000i and 5000i Cameras Opens a New Chapter for Applications Beyond Security

Until now, level of detail has been the key quality parameter for surveillance cameras, as clear images at all times was the most important feature for high security. True, security personnel must see all relevant information in great detail to react quickly and take appropriate action. But what if a moving object leaves the camera’s field of view? The AUTODOME IP family of pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) cameras is the answer. These enable users manually to keep track of persons of interest as they move – even at speed, far beyond a fixed camera’s field of view.

This illustrates how the new AUTODOME IP cameras are improving video security. What opens a new chapter in the usage of video cameras is their built-in video analytics as a standard. The new AUTODOME IP cameras now add metadata to all captured video images. This data can be used to improve security by automatically alerting users once pre-defined criteria are met or for other uses beyond security. For example: enforcing traffic regulations, enforcing no-parking zones, detecting vehicles driving the wrong way and delivering occupancy data (the number of vehicles entering or leaving a parking garage) for smart, more efficient parking.

Their built-in Essential Video Analytics enable the AUTODOME cameras to understand what they are seeing. They generate metadata to add sense and structure to the video footage, instead of just capturing and storing video images. They not only detect objects, they deliver associated data like size, speed, shape, direction, and color. They automatically distinguish between the object types such as person, car, bike, motorcycle or truck.

Because it’s possible to set certain alarm rules, such as someone approaching or climbing over a fence, security personnel is alerted the moment the alarm rule is triggered. It can even be configured to recognize changes in speed (running), shape (crouching) or aspect ratio (falling). When searching for evidence, metadata in combination with the forensic search functionality allows instant retrieval of relevant footage from hours of stored video.

The AUTODOME IP 4000i is designed for indoor use. Its discreet housing blends into interior d├ęcor. It comes with full pan and tilt control, plus 12x optical zoom that identifies fast-moving objects in 1080p resolution at distances of up to 88 meters at 60 frames per second.

For indoor and outdoor applications with a larger surveillance area, there is the AUTODOME IP 5000i. With its 30x optical zoom, 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second video, fast-moving objects can be identified at up to 190 meters during daytime, even in challenging lighting conditions.

For larger distances and complete darkness, there is the AUTODOME IP 5000i IR. It performs identically to the AUTODOME IP 5000i during daytime, and at night identifies objects at up to 150 meters. Its built-in, infrared beam ensures optimum illumination regardless of zoom level.

All AUTODOME IP 4000i and 5000i cameras offer Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction and Intelligent Streaming, now also combined with H.265 video compression. Depending on the content of the scene, this reduces bitrate by up to 80 percent. It helps to keep video data manageable, while substantially reducing network strain, storage requirements and costs, without compromising functionality and image quality.

Friday, September 8, 2017

MIC IP starlight 7000 HD on Display at 2017 Power Grid Resilience Summit

At the 2017 Power Grid Resilience Summit, September 18-20 in San Diego, a design, build, master integration custom solutions provider The Security Oracle, Inc. (TSO), will display a MIC IP starlight 7000 HD ruggedized PTZ camera as a part of a suite of technology that comprises its Remotely Controlled Active Denial System (RCADS), the only third-party validated physical protection system that can actually protect NERC CIP-014 regulated electric power transmission sites.

In 2014, TSO presented this scalable, turnkey Non-Lethal Threat-Based Systems Approach to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Edison Electric Institute (EEI) in Washington, DC. This Threat-Based Systems Approach transforms current passive grid security into an affordable active denial physical protection system that will ‘Protect Against Attacks’ as required by FERC Order 802.
“RCADS is a disruptive robotic platform move that empowers organizations to dynamically reconfigure access control and emergency communications systems to adapt to new security threats in sub-second response time and address all applicable NERC CIP regulatory physical security requirements,” said former EEI Security Committee Member Charles Butler, CPP, CEO of The Security Oracle. “TSO promotes defense-in-depth best practices for protecting critical assets and transforms physical security from passive detection to real-time situational awareness and accelerated response to demobilize intruders in seconds with non-lethal actuators that include directed high intensity sound, lights, and strobes.” 
“The MIC IP starlight 7000 HD ruggedized PTZ was specifically selected for this mission,” said Lloyd Uliana, Business Development Engineer for Bosch. “Gathering data from multiple sensors, such as gunshot and radar, TSO’s artificial intelligence enables  multiple MIC IP cameras to simultaneously track one or more intruders on a prioritized basis from multiple angles, while automatically maintaining an optimal level of surveillance. The proven use of MIC IP starlight 7000 HD cameras in extreme operational environments also makes them the ideal imaging platform for critical infrastructure in high risk environments.”
For more information on MIC IP starlight 7000 HD cameras, visit http://bit.ly/MICIPstarlight7000HD

For more information on the Power Grid Resilience Summit, visit https://powergridresilience.iqpc.com/