Wednesday, June 7, 2017

No Smoke without Fire: MIC IP Cameras Keep a Watchful Eye above the Canopy of Poland’s Czarne Forests

As the “lungs of the earth”, forests play the crucial role of cleaning the ever-growing emissions produced by human industry. Once a forest fire strikes, timing is vital to bring it under control. Unfortunately, such blazes are usually only detected once they have already spread over a large area. To ensure the timely detection of smoke, the forest inspectorate of Poland’s densely forested Czarne Człuchowskie district turned to Bosch for modern, IP-based cameras.

Full 360º situational awareness Thanks to their full 360º rotation pan and 290º tilt control, two Bosch MIC IP 7000 cameras are all that is required to cover the district’s entire 25,000 hectares of forest for signs of fire. Both cameras display clear images in conjunction with precise coordinates. Once smoke is spotted by surveillance staff, a 30x optical zoom lens enables confirmation of a fire. This ensures a timely response to a blaze, thus greatly limiting damage.

High definition, weather-proof imaging
The camera units, mounted on special 60-meter-high fire masts, provide full awareness even in the most extreme weather conditions, and thanks to rugged housings can operate in temperatures as low as -40°C or as high as +60°C. With a High Dynamic Range (HDR) of 120 dB, the cameras can provide detailed images of both bright and dark areas.

High winds are particularly challenging and can distort images. That’s why the Bosch MIC IP 7000 camera incorporates an image stabilization algorithm, which ensures reliable images, and is engineered to withstand high-impact or continuous low-frequency vibration.

To learn more about MIC IP 7000 cameras, visit http://bit.ly/2sgFvp8

Monday, June 5, 2017

BVMS 7.5 Enhances Forensic Capabilities and Openness

BVMS 7.5 will empower security operators to faster and more efficiently review video footage while increasing openness for storage.

Security operators are often challenged to quickly and efficiently review and collect video footage for incidents. With BVMS 7.5 playback performance is improved when operators are browsing through recorded video at high speed by skipping the rendering of frames, which are not visible to the human eye.

Additionally, BVMS 7.5 includes forensic search as a standard free-of-charge functionality, allowing operators to scan through huge recording databases for a specific event within seconds. The rules for the search are easily defined via a graphical user interface and can be changed even after an event. 

BVMS 7.5 has also further increased the openness of its system to allow for easy integration of third-party software and devices. Following the announcement of Bosch’s collaboration with Sony, BVMS 7.5 is now compatible with the latest generation of Sony cameras and storage devices from third parties can be more easily connected. Furthermore, the OPC (Open Platform Communications) server has been expanded making it easier for Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) Systems to control BVMS.

Finally, communication between the Operator Client and other system components can be exchanged through a single, secure and open channel, making it easier for system integrators to configure the system for remote secure access, using standard internet connections.

Learn more about BVMS 7.5 at http://bit.ly/2sa1eyI








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.