Friday, May 26, 2017

Cybersecure IP Video Solution at the Securing Federal Identity Event

Are you attending Securing Federal Identity 2017 – the government’s identity and authentication event happening on June 6 in Washington, DC? The event features significant policy and technology developments for today’s federal identify and security industry.

At the event, Bosch partner Intercede will showcase our cybersecure IP video solution -- Credentialed High Assurance Video Encryption (CHAVE®). Together, Bosch, Genetec™, SecureXperts and Intercede offer an IP video solution that is resilient against unauthorized access, malware, brute force cracking and other exploit techniques. The solution uses CHAVE technology to ensure highly-secure identification and authentication through multi-factor smart card credentials.

Learn more about CHAVE at http://bit.ly/2dZfFNe

Register for the Securing Federal Identity event at http://www.securingfederalidentity.com/

Thursday, May 25, 2017

LECTUS secure Card Readers Expand to Support New Functionalities and Highest Level Encryption

We've extended the flexibility and security of our LECTUS secure Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP)* series with a new card reader and added functionality. Taken together, these expansions enable both economical adoption of the series and continuous encryption from controller to card.

The new LECTUS secure 1000 reader introduces a smaller form factor – mini-mullion – which has already been deployed successfully in the LECTUS secure Wiegand* series. Not only is this more compact version convenient to use, it comes at an attractive price point that facilitates adoption. For integrators and end users, the new LECTUS secure 1000 brings greater flexibility and enables a wider choice of form factors. It is also possible to mix various form factors in one system which provides a new option at an entry-level price. For installers, handling is identical to the other readers from established series (OSDP and Wiegand) and therefore well-known and easy to use.

We've also expanded the functionality of the complete LECTUS secure OSDP series. In addition to the models already supported, the reader series now supports Bosch-coded MIFARE** classic and MIFARE DESFire EV1 credentials.

The encrypted OSDPv2 protocol of this reader series delivers the highest security for communication between controller and reader. Now, Bosch-coded MIFARE and DESFire EV1 credentials ensure also the highest security between reader and credential.

The new solution also provides increased variety in compatible readers – previously only the LECTUS Duo series supported these credential types. Now with the inclusion of the LECTUS secure OSDP series, customers can choose between different reader models or even mix them according to their specific needs.

*About OSDP and Wiegand protocols: OSDP and Wiegand are communication protocols for interfacing card readers with control panels.

**About MIFARE credentials: MIFARE is the trademark of a series of chips widely used in contactless smart and proximity cards. It is one of the most popular contactless smart card technologies in use.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Remote Portal Updated with Support for Additional Devices and Services and Improved User Interface

If maintenance and services are a core part of your business, then now is the time to capitalize on remote services. They are proving an increasingly essential resource for new business and an excellent tool to improve efficiency. The Bosch Remote Portal provides a gateway to offer remote services and create new service offerings.

The Remote Portal makes remote connection to customer devices quick and easy. Installers can monitor supported devices and perform maintenance and configuration tasks remotely, thus greatly reducing travel to customer facilities, saving time and money.

Registration is free of charge and available at: https://remote.boschsecurity.com/

Once registered, you can immediately use the Connect, Maintain and Manage functionalities of the Remote Portal
  • Connect: Allows you to register customers’ devices with your Remote Portal account
  • Maintain: Enables you to connect to customer devices via the Remote Portal from your office to carry out maintenance work, prepare for an on-site visit, or perform configuration updates
  • Manage: Allows you to grant customers mobile access to their security devices by creating a corresponding user account in the Remote Portal. Customers can then log into Bosch’s mobile app and, for example, instantly and remotely monitor their shop by remotely accessing the shop’s video cameras

The Remote Portal offers services wherever the supported Bosch product is available.

Now, this cloud and browser-based service has been further enhanced so that additional devices can be monitored and maintained via the Remote Portal. The user interface has also been improved.

The enhancement of the Bosch Remote Portal now supports the following additional devices and services:

1.) You can now receive health checks for DIVAR IP 2000/5000 video recording solutions; email alerts are sent if a device loses its connection to the Remote Portal or if recording stops unexpectedly.
2.) As an additional service, “Remote Connect Lite” is provided for DIVAR hybrid and network recording solutions. This service provides Domain Name Services (DNS) for these devices and eliminates the need to interact with 3rd party providers for DNS. The service is free and permits faster set up.

Thanks to the new user interface, devices can be grouped by customer or location of devices. Additionally, access can now be restricted to defined users or user groups. Information on the device status is aggregated across groups of devices or by customer, allowing installers to quickly check whether customer devices require attention.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

New In-Store Video Analytic Solution for Retailers

In-Store Analytics is a solution to provide retailers with valuable insights on store traffic for improving operations, customer engagement and sales.

As part of the solution, Bosch IP panoramic cameras are installed to provide high visibility of the retail floor. The cameras use on-board Intelligent Video Analytics to create position data of shoppers’ movements. This data is then sent direct to the cloud where it is further processed without video streams ever leaving the retailer’s premise, thus maintaining shopper’s privacy. Unlike many systems that need on-site PCs to pre-process the video streams, limiting their performance to a few cameras per site, Bosch’s solution easily scales to cover even the largest retail stores with a high camera count and large multi-store chains.

In the cloud, position data is mined into performance results and visualizations that are shared with the retailer through customized web interfaces for merchandisers and operations managers.

For merchandisers, In-Store Analytics delivers shopper behavior insights to enable more informed decisions. Sales of retail products often depend on their placement within the store and at what point shoppers see the items on their journey through the retail floor. In-Store Analytics provides merchandisers with store traffic visualization tools, such as a flow analysis, to determine if shoppers are moving through the store in the way that they intended. The solution shows where shoppers walk, stop and dwell, and provides performance metrics such as engagement times and rates, based on the actual number and behavior of shoppers at a display. This helps merchandisers evaluate the performance of each display in the store, providing them the information they need to increase customer engagement with products, which can lead to increased sales and revenue.

For operations managers, In-Store Analytics provides insights into department and store level traffic. Operations managers can use these insights to ensure sufficient staff is onsite to serve shoppers during peak times. Traffic data also enables retailers to track customer service quality over time.
“In-Store Analytics was developed based on input from retailers who stressed the value of actionable data,” said Chris Larcinese, Regional Marketing Manager for Bosch

Retailers will benefit from actionable insights from the solution, as the shopper data delivered by In-Store Analytics has a high accuracy rate. This is due to the superior reliability of the Intelligent Video Analytics that comes standard on Bosch FLEXIDOME IP panoramic 7000 MP cameras, as well as the advanced cloud-based processing algorithms that filter the shopper position data according to individual store environments.

For more information on In-Store Analytics, visit cloud.boschsecurity.com

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Join Bosch at PSA TEC

Attending PSA TEC in Colorado next month? Visit the Bosch booths #50-51 to see our security and communications solutions. We’re showing how intrusion detection, access control, video surveillance and communications technology work together to deliver increased facility security, enterprise-wide control of devices and automated audio announcements.

Test out our latest Bosch security and communications solutions, as well as Electro-Voice ceiling and surface mount speakers!

We’re also offering three training courses at the event:

Technical Certification Course for the New G Series Control Panels
Five Day Course: Sunday, May 7 – Thursday, May 11
  • Recognize how to save time and money by allowing your technicians to receive technical certification to install, program and commission Bosch B8512G and B9512G intrusion panels
  • Learn how direct IP video integration of Bosch cameras to the G Series panels allows the camera to be the sensor and create alarm events based on motion and/or video analytic rules
  • Perform the configuration of alarm communications in a network and cellular environment to include encrypted options

Demystifying Commercial Audio Projects
Tuesday, May 9: 8 – 11:30 am
  • Discover the value proposition of commercial audio and public address systems and how to convert that into new revenue opportunities
  • Explore how to capture more of every project and diversify your existing customer base

Demystifying Commercial Audio Installation
Thursday, May 11: 8 – 11:30 am
  • Identify and articulate the different installation methods, from speaker zoning, cabling, speaker power requirements and density, 70 volt+ vs. 8 ohm and where each is applicable
  • Troubleshoot and identify the proper electronics needed to meet the various styles for commercial audio and paging projects

Not yet registered to attend? Visit www.psatec.com for more info.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Bosch Emphasizes Intelligence, Integration, and Increased Revenue for Customers at ISC West


At ISC West 2017, we will introduce new intelligent devices, demonstrate the power of integrated security and communications solutions, and highlight products and services to help customers increase revenue. Visitors to the Bosch booth will see a completely new portfolio of IP cameras, video analytics that extend surveillance beyond security, services that create recurring monthly revenue opportunities for dealers, and an innovative all-in-one wireless multi-sensor that can be configured as a door/window contact, water or tilt sensor.

“With Bosch technology and services, integrators can design intelligent systems that better mitigate risk, enhance facility control, and provide business benefits outside of their customers’ traditional security needs,” said Brian Wiser, President of Sales – North America. “Our solutions help integrators provide added value to customers by improving safety, increasing efficiency, and delivering business insights based on video data. These capabilities give our channel partners advantages over their competitors, helping them win business and drive growth.”

Intelligent Devices
At ISC West, we will introduce a renewed portfolio of IP cameras, all featuring video analytics at the edge as a standard feature. The IP 4000i, IP 5000i, and IP 6000i fixed dome, box and bullet cameras provide indoor or outdoor, day or night, discrete or visible video security. And with built-in video analytics as standard, they offer the ability to start repurposing captured video data for uses other than security alone. The AUTODOME IP 4000i, 5000i and 7000i locate, track and zoom in on objects quickly and easily. With a resolution of 1080p and 30x optical zoom, users can easily identify objects over large distances and have total control over what they choose to see.

MIC IP moving cameras combine a rugged design with built-in Intelligent Video Analytics that is specifically designed for the most demanding environments. Even in the most extreme conditions, video analytics can further improve the level of security or enable the video data to do more than security alone. The new MIC IP fusion 9000i camera offers a unique feature in terms of video analytics: metadata fusion. It fuses the metadata of the camera’s built-in optical and thermal imager, providing users with full situational awareness regardless of the video stream that is being watched. For example, even if the source of an alarm is not visible in the optical imager stream, the thermal imager will still detect it and alert the user—helping them focus on unseen things that need attention. Another innovation offered by both MIC IP models is video analytics in motion. An operator is alerted, or the camera’s Intelligent Tracking feature is triggered, the moment a moving object or person is detected while the MIC IP camera is panning, tilting or zooming.

By offering built-in video analytics as standard, Bosch enables customers to interpret video data at the source and to re-assign it to help them make smarter business decisions. In the future, video analytics will help customers achieve up to 100 percent utilization of the huge amounts of video data collected—using the hidden potential of video to monitor presence to reduce utility bills, identify patterns in customer activity, and much more.  

In addition to video analytics as standard, the new portfolio of IP cameras includes the latest intelligent bitrate management techniques combined with H.265 compression to reduce bitrate by up to 80 percent. The cameras also feature various software and hardware measures, such as a built-in Trusted Platform Module, to keep video data secure.

At the show, we will also introduce In-Store Analytics, a solution that uses intelligent Bosch IP panoramic cameras to give retailers valuable insights on store traffic. This cloud-based service uses position data generated by the cameras to provide detailed information on how shoppers travel through a store and interact with the displays. This helps retailers evaluate the performance of displays to give them the information they need to increase customer engagement with products and drive additional sales.

Increase revenue with new services
Bosch will also highlight its Installer Services designed to help customers build their recurring monthly revenue. These include cellular data plans for intrusion and fire control panel communications, services for home or business automation, and a Remote Connect Cloud service for remote programming and end user app connectivity for B and G Series integrated security solutions. Installer Services from Bosch help dealers maximize revenue and streamline operations with the ability to manage the services through an intuitive web portal. 

A Remote Portal service also makes it easier to connect to Bosch cameras and recording solutions. Using Remote Portal, dealers can increase the efficiency of technicians and create chargeable services for monitoring, maintaining and configuring these devices remotely. As a result, technicians spend less time and money traveling to customer sites.

Integrated security and communications solutions
ISC West attendees will learn how Bosch B and G Series Control Panels enhance security with intrusion and fire detection, access control, Bosch IP camera integration and remote command and control with free apps. Integration with Z-Wave, ZigBee and Wi-Fi devices for home or business automation is possible with the G450 Gateway, being previewed at the show.

Leveraging the full capabilities of B and G Series Control Panels enables email and text notifications for event alerts. Integration with Bosch IP cameras allows viewing images of system events, such as a video snapshot of the person who disarmed a system. Bosch IP cameras with video analytics can also activate points on the security control panel when alarms are triggered.

Integration with Bosch public address offerings, such as PAVIRO public address and evacuation systems or PRAESIDEO digital public address and emergency sound systems, is beneficial for initiating pre-recorded messages based on security events. Activating a pull station can automatically trigger the public address system to play emergency announcements through a loudspeaker as well as notify facility personnel through two-way radios using the Telex Radio Dispatch system (IP-224).

Monitoring security data is simplified with the Bosch Video Management System. Operators can view cameras and control panel status or events on a graphical map. They can also trigger messages or live speech to the public address system and control streams and doors, and arm and disarm the panels via the software. To enhance security around the clock, central stations using Video Monitoring Services from Bosch can verify alarms through live and recorded video before dispatching authorities.

Integrated systems are possible whether customers choose a complete Bosch solution or use software from another provider. Bosch IP cameras and control panels are compatible with solutions from a range of industry partners.

Innovative wireless sensors
Bosch continues to expand its family of wireless detectors for use in ZigBee compatible security and home automation systems. The portfolio now includes two motion detectors, a Pet Friendly PIR as well as the only ZigBee certified Pet Friendly TriTech on the market, using a combination of PIR and Doppler radar to minimize false alarms. A new door/window detector is also being launched. This innovative device supports the widest magnet gap width of any door window contact, providing installation flexibility and maximum false alarm immunity from misalignment or changing installation conditions. With a built-in Microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) based sensor, the same compact device can also serve as a tilt or water sensor to provide dealers with the ability to detect leaks or floods, freezing conditions, and more. Every transmission from these detectors also includes temperature and lighting condition readings for use in improving the energy efficiency of home automation systems. In addition, a new glass break detector being previewed at the show brings Bosch’s industry-leading false alarm immunity and detection performance acoustic based signal processing technology to a ZigBee compatible device.

For more information, visit ISC West booth #11053 or www.boschsecurity.us

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

I-View Now Integrates to Bosch Video and Intrusion Solutions for Alarm Verification

I-View Now has integrated intrusion control panels, IP cameras and digital recording solutions from Bosch with its platform for video alarm verification. A Software as a Service (SaaS) provider, I-View Now’s video verification interface brings security system signals, video sources, and internet-connected devices into its cloud platform to give central station operators, authorized emergency responders, and end users better information to prioritize their resources. It allows monitoring personnel to look in and assess the cause of an event at a site using video clips that include pre-alarm footage.

With the integration, security dealers and integrators can now program Bosch B and G Series Intrusion Control Panels to report alarms to the I-View Now cloud service as well as to the central monitoring station receiver. This allows Bosch dealers to offer these video alarm verification services to end users, creating new recurring monthly revenue opportunities.

Bosch DIVAR IP recording solutions and IP cameras are also supported by the I-View Now platform. With this integration, central station operators benefit from the highest quality of IP video images as they work to determine the source of an alarm at a monitored facility. Bosch IP cameras are designed to deliver detailed images even in difficult lighting conditions—providing central station operators more information surrounding events for improved situational awareness.
“With our Integration Partner Program, we strive to give our customers greater choice in the security platforms they use with Bosch IP cameras, recording solutions, control panels, and more,” said Brad Eck, Integration Manager – North America for Bosch. “This integration enables Bosch dealers and integrators to grow their businesses with video alarm verification services offered through I-View Now monitoring center partners. As a result, end users will benefit from a solution that combines high quality and reliable security systems from Bosch with video alarm verification services that provide local authorities with important information when responding to an alarm.”
"We're thrilled to further our relationship with the premier brand Bosch and provide their dealers the opportunity to enhance their solutions with central station video services which helps create more valuable accounts for their businesses," said Larry Folsom, President of I-View Now.
For more information on the integration of Bosch intrusion control panels, IP cameras or digital recording solutions visit the I-View Now booth #25151 at ISC West or online at i-viewnow.com