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 http://bit.ly/2ddJyLx

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 ipp.boschsecurity.com.

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

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 http://bit.ly/BSeriesSystems

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Visit Bosch at ASIS

Visit the Bosch booth #2727 to see our integrated security solutions that include intrusion detection, access control, video surveillance and monitoring, and audio communication!
We're showing how to:
  • Increase facility security and automate functions for easy operation
  • Protect sensitive areas with video analytics, dual authentication and audio announcements
  • Use the Bosch Video Management System for enterprise-wide control of video and security devices
  • Trigger and execute audio announcements based on fire or security events
  • Enhance security around the clock through video verification and intervention services
Experience the benefits of an integrated system and get details on our latest products and services, including:
  • The B6512 Control Panel delivering an integrated security solution for midsized facilities
  • Starlight cameras with improved light sensitivity and a wider choice of resolutions
  • New video recording solutions that grow with your business needs
  • The PAVIRO Public Address System that supports up to 492 audio zones with flexible architecture that keeps component count low
Get free expo hall registration at http://bit.ly/2beqbNu

Featured Event: Data Security Educational Session
Last year more than 1,600 data breaches occurred throughout the world with over 75% of those happening in the United States. As more and more physical security devices touch the network, it is essential those devices are trusted and resilient against attack. Attend this session to learn about:
  • The fundamentals of data security
  • Bosch's four step approach to maximizing data security
  • Technology requirements for safeguarding video surveillance data
  • A unique IP video solution for mission critical applications and infrastructure protection
Monday, September 12
10 - 11 am
Orange County Convention Center
Room #W209A

Register at https://www2.boschsecurity.us/app/asis-data-security/

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Ocularis 5 from OnSSI Adds Support for Bosch Panoramic Cameras

The strategic partnership between Bosch and OnSSI has resulted in new integration capabilities with the Ocularis IP video surveillance and security platform. Ocularis 5.2 now supports client-side dewarping of streams from our FLEXIDOME IP panoramic camera family.

FLEXIDOME IP panoramic cameras offer a full 180-degree or 360-degree overview of an area in a single view. Available with five or 12 megapixel resolution at high frame rates, the cameras provide a complete overview without blind spots and easily capture moving objects. Dewarping of the panoramic streams within Ocularis 5.2 eliminates the image distortion caused by the cameras’ fish-eye lens.
“Blind spots can seriously undermine the reliability of video surveillance, but our panoramic cameras offer a solution by enabling operators to oversee everything in an area with superb clarity,” said Brad Eck, Integration Manager, North America, Bosch Security Systems, Inc. “Viewing detailed dewarped overview images within the powerful Ocularis video and event management platform improves the quality of any security operation – providing our mutual customers better visual information about critical events.”
Bosch and OnSSI work together to continually enhance capabilities for customers. Before this latest release, the Ocularis platform already supported video analytic events delivered from Bosch IP devices and the Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction (IDNR) feature of Bosch IP cameras, which cuts storage costs and significantly lowers network strain by reducing bitrate by up to 50 percent. Other features supported include edge recording to prevent loss of video during network or server failures, multi-streaming, tamper and motion detection, and more.
“Many OnSSI customers rely upon the advanced capabilities supported by the combination of Bosch cameras and IP devices with the Ocularis video and event management platform,” said Mulli Diamant, Vice President of International Business Development, OnSSI. “The additional integration of these new panoramic cameras gives installers powerful new tools to address an even wider array of application scenarios and improve situation awareness for users.”
For more information on the Bosch devices and features supported by Ocularis from OnSSI, visit the Integration Partner Program portal at ipp.boschsecurity.com

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Video: Starlight Cameras in Action

Our starlight cameras were used for filming "Holland – Natuur in de Delta" -- an amazing movie about Holland’s rich natural environment. Thanks to our starlight cameras, EMS films managed to capture video of a beaver at night for the first time ever in the Netherlands.