Thursday, March 26, 2009

An IP system that is and isn't

Samuel Pfeifle wrote this story for Security Systems News about a new system that went into Gaylord National Convention Center.

Analog cameras connected via NVT on CAT-5e (so that they could swap them out for IP cameras one day if and when their security director, Webb Rizor, feels the time is right). Home runs to closets of VIP X1600s which are recording Direct-to-iSCSI with an impressive security operations center with multiple VIDOS Monitor Walls. Pure virtual matrix.

Seems like another good example of the pragmatic use of cutting edge and mature technology to solve the problem reliably. Thanks ADT, Steve and the others at Chesapeake Marketing, for ensuring the success of this prestigious project.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Hands-on experience

Bosch is putting a ton of effort into the ISC show this year. We're including more of a hands-on experience rather than the more traditional observe-my-demo approach.

The IVA game in particular will spark a lot of interest, and controversy. But before people fire away with the usual attack of 'over-selling video analytics', and how some people think Bosch is 'low-end analytics', I encourage them to come and see it for themselves - we want people to experience IVA, not just watch a demo, and that's not easy in a tight and chaotic space. The game uses 100% authentic Bosch home-grown video analytics. Come and see how the game works, and if that doesn't give you the depth of insight you are looking for, come to the Conversion Center of the booth where we will have 4 different hands-on examples of real video analytics at work. I'll be there, with other experts and you're welcome to take over the keyboard and drive.

No more canned clips. Play around and decide for yourself whether it is ready for You.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Hybrid H.264 recorder

Bosch just announced its latest Divar XF recorder, the H.264 DVR that's just had a major brain transplant to join the DiBos as another hybrid recorder. Unlike the DiBos which focuses on MPEG-4 and JPEG cameras, the Divar XF is a pure H.264 recorder that accepts both analog cameras as well as Bosch's H.264 cameras and encoders. People will probably be familiar with Bosch's Dinion IP, FlexiDome IP, AutoDome IP and the Extreme IP cameras as well as the VIP X1600 and VideoJet X10/20/40 encoders, but with the Divar XF-specific firmware upgrade to v3.7 these cameras and encoders will stream H.264 to the Divar XF.

Firmware 3.7 is ONLY designed to record those devices on Divar XF. Please don't upgrade your VIDOS, BVMS or DiBos edge devices' firmware to v3.7 - you will have a bad day.

The other great thing about the Divar XF v2.0 is the internal RAID - a Bosch first. You don't have to use a RAID configuration - it's a licensable option, but if you do then you will sacrifice one of the hard drive's capacity for parity information, and therefore be able to survive a single drive failure with no loss of video. So with the 4TB model you will have 3TB usable. As you will no doubt remember that the drives are field replaceable from the front, so don't feel obliged to send your unit in for a drive replacement, especially since it is full of your corporate sensitive video.

Finally we've also released some models with internal DVD burners. IP video is great, and with its flexibility comes lots of components. It is quite amazing how hybrid recorders have evolved to contain so much functionality in such a small embedded unit. It's power is its simplicity.