Monday, October 17, 2016

Video Analytics at the Edge a New Built-in Standard

Escalating demand for highly detailed, 24/7 video images produces colossal amounts of data, which requires extensive transmission and storage capacity as well as time-consuming monitoring and assessment. With this in mind, we have announced the roll-out of video analytics inside our cameras (at the edge) as a standard feature. By enhancing our existing and future IP cameras with this technology, we are enabling users to effortlessly search through large amounts of video data and to pinpoint the information that matters most to them.

In the next 12 months, our complete range of IP cameras as of the IP 4000 series will come fully equipped with video analytics at the edge. The starlight family will be the first to feature a full suite of 15 of our new Essential Video Analytics, starting with the DINION IP starlight 6000 fixed box and FLEXIDOME IP starlight 6000 fixed dome cameras. All top of the line IP 7000 and IP 8000 starlight cameras will come equipped with our state-of-the-art Intelligent Video Analytics, offering up to 17 different analytic possibilities.

Add sense and structure to video data
Video analytics inside of the camera create an intelligent video security system, using metadata to  add sense and structure to video data at the point of capture (at the edge) and enabling each camera to operate independently. Decentralizing intelligence in this way eliminates a single point of failure (central analytics server), meaning that if one camera or encoder fails, the system maintains full performance. With built-in (edge) analytics, each camera in the network can then interpret captured video data and alert users of potential security threats in real time based on configurable triggers.

Take appropriate action faster, easier and more efficiently
Video analytics at the edge will allow users to instantly and easily retrieve specific footage from hours of stored video. Also, by focusing on the point where data is captured and only streaming the data that is needed, network strain and storage requirements are significantly reduced. Data streamed can include all image data, or the metadata alone, depending on the specific application requirements. The end results are relevant, immediate alerts and key statistics, enhancing the accuracy of the video security system and reducing the margin of error that comes with 24/7 human live monitoring and in a much more efficient way.

Highest reliability
All Bosch video analytics algorithms are developed in-house together with the automotive division to deliver the most reliable and robust solution for automotive applications, like autonomous driving, as well as network video security solutions.

Essential Video Analytics
Small and medium businesses, large retail stores, commercial buildings and warehouses will benefit from Essential Video Analytics. This suite of video analytics delivers 15 different video analytics algorithms that can be used for smart movement detection as well as business analytics. It allows a single camera solution to be used to enforce health and safety regulations, intelligent intrusion and idle-object detection; as well as to perform crowd density assessment. It also provides useful business metrics for various applications, like retail, such as people counting and crowd density information.

Intelligent Video Analytics
Cameras equipped with Bosch’s state-of-the-art Intelligent Video Analytics have the added capacity compared to Essential Video Analytics, to deliver the highest level of accuracy for mission critical applications such as perimeter protection for airports and critical infrastructures, ship tracking and traffic monitoring. Enhanced with 17 different video analytics algorithms, Intelligent Video Analytics stands out through its ability to differentiate between genuine security events and known false triggers such as challenging environments where snow, wind, rain, water reflections and distance could make images even more difficult to interpret. This ensures that costly false alarms are minimized and enables users to focus on what is most relevant to them.

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Bosch IP Cameras and Recording Solutions Integrate with the Latest Version of Software House C•CURE 9000 from Tyco Security Products

Our IP and HD cameras and recording solutions integrate seamlessly with Tyco Security Products’ C•CURE 9000 security and event management platform from Software House. With the integration, customers can monitor and control Bosch fixed and pan-tilt-zoom IP surveillance cameras and receive video analytic events within the C•CURE 9000 software to gain the additional information they need to respond accurately to system events and alarms.
“As a result of our continued partnership with Tyco Security Products, a wide range of our intelligent IP cameras and video recording solutions are supported by the latest version of C•CURE 9000, allowing mutual customers to benefit from the software’s most recent enhancements,” said Brad Eck, Integration Manager, North America, for Bosch. “This provides users with high quality IP video images and the ability to receive video analytic alerts within C•CURE 9000, helping them to more easily mitigate risk and achieve improved facility control.”
Supported cameras include Bosch panoramic cameras that provide 360-degree surveillance, fixed and moving starlight cameras for monitoring areas with low light conditions, the comprehensive portfolio of cost-effective Bosch IP 4000 and IP 5000 camera families, and more. Video analytic events received from Bosch IP cameras and displayed within the C•CURE 9000 user interface assist security personnel by alerting when pre-defined alarms, such as perimeter breaches or loitering, are triggered.

C•CURE 9000 customers can also choose from a range of certified Bosch recording solutions. These include the Bosch DIVAR IP family of devices that provide safe data storage and easy installation and Video Recording Manager from Bosch, which enables customers to easily manage large data volumes with maximum reliability and reduced costs.
“By staying current with the latest versions of our Software House C•CURE 9000 software and always receiving great support from Software House, Bosch continues to be a prominent and trusted member of the Connected Partner Program from Tyco Security Products,” said Scott McNulty, Senior Product Manager, Connected Partner Program, from Tyco Security Products. “This continued partnership is an example of our commitment to increasing value for our customers by pairing with industry-leading technologies.”
For more information about the integration of Bosch IP products with the C•CURE 9000 security and event management platform from Tyco Security Products, visit

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Celebrating Customer Service Week

We strive to foster complete satisfaction for all customers through world-class service and support. Our associates are committed to this goal and to delivering a positive experience to each customer they come in contact with. And, considering our customer service department handles more than 300 calls every weekday—that’s a lot of hard work!

So, for one week in October, we recognize these valued associates who provide that service to you. Customer Service Week is an international event created to acknowledge the importance of the people who fulfill this important role. Bosch’s theme this year was Service Champions, and we took the week to recognize that delivering excellent service is only possible with a team of dedicated professionals working together. Our associates work diligently on behalf of our customers to answer questions, provide guidance and resolve problems to provide the best possible service. 

Has one of our customer service associates acted as a service champion for you recently? Please share your experience with us by nominating that person for a shining star award - - or leave your comment on our blog for all to see!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Bosch Cameras Help Make Copper Mining in Chile More Secure and Productive

It is a windy business up there, 3,000 meters above sea level, in the Atacama Desert in the Andes in Chile. Digging for copper in the Radomiro Tomic mine of the state-owned mining company Coldeco is rough, rugged, and dangerous. Nearly every week, strong gusts of wind force 24/7 operations to a halt for an hour or two. Every day, clouds of dust or rock avalanches endanger the drivers of the giant trucks and excavators hauling thousands of tons of rocks out of the 3,500 meters long, 1,500 meters wide and 470 meters deep open pit mine. It is all worth it, for a daily copper yield of 800 tons. 

How does Coldeco maintain the highest security in this harsh environment, and still keep its capital-intense operation running at maximum productivity, to compete in the global commodities market? A team of 300 geotechnical experts monitors the operations day and night in a nearby center, and makes decisions to safeguard personnel, machinery, and roads, while interrupting the mining as little as possible.

How? Eleven Bosch cameras give the geotechnical team the observational insights they need to assure the smooth and safe operations of the mine. In every type of weather and lighting condition, even pitch-black night, the cameras installed on cabins around the open pit transmit data and video images to the monitoring center.

Six Bosch MIC 412 and MIC 612 thermal cameras provide standard pictures as well as thermal pictures. The thermal cameras allow the experts to visualize the internal geological conditions, like different temperatures. The temperature of the rock walls, for example, provides information on the strength of the rocks, and enables the expert team to identify in advance the rock faces which are in danger of collapsing.

Another four Bosch MIC 550 cameras, and one MIC IP starlight 7000 HD  camera with infrared illumination, provide further video imagery around the clock, even in complete darkness.

Engineered to work in extreme conditions, the solid metal bodies withstand high-impact (up to IK10 rating) or continuous low-frequency vibration (IEC 60068 rating). The MIC cameras withstand everything nature can throw at them, like temperatures from -40 degree Celsius to +60 degree Celsius, severe winds and 100 percent humidity, the robust design is rated to an industry-leading IP68.

The thermal, infrared, and starlight cameras are all part of the Bosch complete reporting system. This system forms the basis for managing the entire mine. From capturing images from the open pit, to transmitting the videos wirelessly via radio networks to the monitoring center. It enables the geotechnical experts to constantly view and monitor the operations in the pit, analyze the geological condition of the rocks, and take preventive security measures if necessary. The system also records the videos (via a Bosch DIVAR IP 7000 recording unit), allowing the monitoring center personnel to run research queries for historical data analysis and an improved understanding of mine conditions.

Monday, September 19, 2016

New Remote Connect Cloud Service for Intrusion Control Panels

We are now providing cloud-based connectivity to our B and G Series intrusion control panels for remote programming and end-user app connectivity. The new Remote Connect cloud service makes it even faster and easier to connect to the control panels by eliminating the need to change customer router settings, firewall rules or to use Domain Name Service (DNS) to access the systems remotely.

Installers simply create a services account with Bosch and then plug the panel into the network using the on-board Ethernet port or set up a cellular communication connection. The panel reaches out to the cloud without the need to configure the customer’s network for inbound communications. The connection allows RPS and the Remote Security Control app to connect securely from anywhere. Alarm communications are still sent directly to the central monitoring station using standard IP, cellular or PSTN connections and do not utilize the cloud service. 

Each cloud-ready B and G Series Control Panel is programmed with a unique Cloud ID and public key infrastructure (PKI) certificate, allowing mutually authenticated TLS connection to cloud services. Bosch is leading the intrusion market by adopting these advanced IT industry cryptology standards to prevent eavesdropping, substitution and data tampering.

With this new service offering, you have the option to connect direct to the panels or to use the Remote Connect cloud service – choosing the method that will best meet the needs and requirements of each end customer.

Additional information on the B and G Series Control Panels that provide combination intrusion and fire detection, access control, Bosch IP camera integration, and SmartHome device integration is available at

Monday, September 12, 2016

Demonstrating Integrated Security and Communications Solutions at ASIS

At ASIS 2016 in Orlando, Florida, we are highlighting how integrated systems provide powerful solutions for common security concerns while reducing cost and complexity for end users. The interactive display featuring our latest products and systems demonstrates how to protect sensitive areas, manage video and security data, automate announcements and alerts, and enhance security around the clock. 

Attendees will learn how our G Series Control Panels enhance facility security with intrusion detection, access control and IP camera integration through the Bosch Video Management System. Leveraging the full capabilities of G Series systems enables you to automate functions for simplified operation. For example, by presenting access control credentials, authorized personnel can automatically unlock doors, disarm the intrusion detection system and turn on the lights at a facility.

Integrating the G Series Control Panels with our IP cameras and the PAVIRO Public Address System provides added protection of sensitive areas, such as locations with high value assets. Requiring dual authentication to disarm an area and combining that technology with video analytics and automated audio announcements maximizes security for high risk locations. For example, it can allow security personnel to be notified if unauthorized individuals attempt to touch valuable assets and immediately trigger a pre-recorded audio announcement to alert the individuals that their actions are being monitored.

Audio integration is also beneficial for initiating pre-recorded messages based on security events. Activating an emergency pull station or pressing a wireless panic button can automatically trigger the public address system to play emergency instructions through a loudspeaker and notify facility personnel through two-way radios.

Monitoring security data is simplified through the DIVAR IP 3000 all-in-one video management system, which combines a network recorder, storage array, client workstation and integrated Bosch Video Management System software. With this solution, operators can view cameras, control panel and public address system status and events on a graphical map, as well as control streams and arm and disarm the panels via the Bosch Video Management System software. Authorized personnel can also view video remotely via mobile devices and tablets, anytime from anywhere.

To enhance security around the clock, central monitoring stations equipped with Cloud-based Monitoring Services from Bosch can monitor facilities via video for alarm verification. For example, if an emergency alarm is issued at a facility, Cloud-based Monitoring Services enables the central station to verify the alarm through live and recorded video. If there is a true emergency situation, the operator can dispatch local authorities and provide audio intervention as needed.

Customers can benefit from integrated solutions whether they choose a complete Bosch solution or software from another industry provider. Bosch IP cameras and control panels are compatible with a range of security software solutions from other industry providers. Additional details on the Bosch Integration Partner Program are available at

For more information on integrating security and communications solutions to enhance facility security, visit us at booth #2727 at ASIS 2016 or online at

Thursday, September 8, 2016

B Series Panels and Peripherals Available through Anixter, TRI-ED, and ScanSource

We are making our B Series Intrusion Control Panels and peripherals available to more customers in the U.S. through distribution agreements with Anixter, TRI-ED, an Anixter company, and ScanSource, Inc. Previously accessible only to customers who purchase direct from Bosch, the most advanced intrusion control panels available for small to midsize applications are now open to all security dealers and integrators through Anixter, at TRI-ED’s more than 56 branch locations across the U.S., and through ScanSource, a leading global provider of technology products and solutions.
“Local and online availability of our B Series Intrusion Control Panels and peripherals enables Bosch customers to purchase our products in the way that is most convenient for them, making it even easier to meet timelines for fast-turnaround projects,” said Brian Wiser, President of Sales – North America, Bosch Security Systems, Inc. “It also brings solutions for commercial intrusion, video, access, home automation and residential fire to new security dealers and reseller partners who require innovative, integrated security solutions for their customers.”
B Series are flexible systems that fit a range of facility configurations – from retail stores and banks to schools, office buildings, homes, and more. In addition to commercial intrusion and residential fire detection, B Series panels offer access control, Bosch IP camera and Z-Wave Smart Home device integration, and remote command and control with free apps.
“Anixter provides complete security solutions to our customers; when, where and how they need them,” says Pat Comunale, President – Global Security Solutions at Anixter. “We are pleased that Bosch has enhanced their channel to market for this solution. Introducing the Bosch B Series products into our Tri-Ed branches enables dealers to offer a broader solution to their customers."

“ScanSource has had a strong relationship with Bosch for several years, and this agreement deepens our physical security line card with B Series control panels and peripherals that enable our reseller partners to deliver fully integrated systems to their customers,” said Christie Hamberis, Senior Vice President, ScanSource Networking and Security. “We look forward to providing this unique security solution to our reseller partners, along with the value-added services and support they have come to expect from ScanSource, such as dedicated sales support, product education and technical support.”
Educational sessions at TRI-ED branches and web seminars available through ScanSource will provide customers with information on the B Series Intrusion Control Panels. We will also support customers with video tutorials for installation assistance as well as online training courses – all available on a dedicated mobile-friendly webpage for easy access. 

For more information about B Series Intrusion Control Panels and product details, visit