Wednesday, December 15, 2010

New Storage Appliances for Simple and Affordable IP Video Management

The DLA 1200 and 1400 Series storage appliances record up to 64 or 128 channels of IP video recording. These intelligent devices eliminate the need for separate NVR server and storage hardware to reduce the total cost of ownership of an IP video system by as much as 45%.

The appliances offer storage capacity of up to 4TB for the DLA 1200 Series or 8TB for the DLA 1400 Series. Their low-maintenance embedded design combines NVR server capability with intelligent video storage to reduce possible points of failure in a system. Powered by Bosch Video Recording Manager software, they offer unique, reliable IP video storage solutions for small- to medium-sized businesses.

The DLA 1200 Series is housed in a compact, ultra-quiet tower chassis that features field-replaceable drives. It supports up to 32 IP video devices and offers the option to scale to up to 64 channels. If you have 16 cameras or less, you can add free Bosch Video Client (BVC) software for a low cost IP video management solution that supports both standard definition and high definition cameras. BVC camera add-on licenses allow expansion of the system to 64 channels, and extra storage capacity can be created by combining several 1200 Series appliances.

The DLA 1400 Series supports the recording of up to 64 IP channels per appliance or up to 128 devices with an optional expansion license. It features hot-swappable, surveillance-rated drives and RAID-5 data protection to ensure maximum system uptime. Scalability up to 512 cameras is possible when using more than one 1400 Series in combination with Bosch Video Management System software.

Both the DLA 1200 Series and DLA 1400 Series IP video storage appliances are very simple to install, use and manage. Wizard-based set-up and centralized configuration reduce installation times by as much as 50%. Once connected to the network and powered up, the appliances are ready to begin recording straight out of the box.

For more information on the new DLA Series, visit .

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

BVMS Offers Support for More Recording Platforms and Improved Ease-of-Use

Release 2.2 of Bosch Video Management System (VMS) software provides a single operator client for all recording platforms. With this expanded support, Bosch VMS version 2.2 enables end users to migrate to the latest recording technology while preserving their previous investments.

Now, customers with a VIDOS Network Video Recorder or DiBos infrastructure can more easily expand their systems to include strategic recording platforms, such as direct-to-iSCSI storage with Bosch Video Recording Manager. Bosch’s advanced recording platforms provide improved redundancy, load balancing and automatic fail-safe capabilities. Together with Bosch VMS, they offer a comprehensive software-based solution for systems with 50 to 500 cameras.

Bosch VMS 2.2 also includes full support for H.264 Main Profile compression technology, which reduces the size of recorded video by an estimated 50% compared with traditional MPEG-4 encoding – without compromising image quality. This significantly reduces network load and storage requirements, an important benefit for customers with large surveillance systems.

More powerful and easier to use than previous releases, the system enables you to display video on several screens and to re-size and re-arrange image panes (cameos) in an intuitive and flexible way. With drag and drop actions, an entire surveillance system can be manipulated on screen. Its simple operation and set-up helps end users save time and money on installation and training costs, ensuring their operators get up and running quickly.

Bosch VMS also provides event and alarm management, and system health monitoring. Enabling operators to act quickly and effectively, the easy-to-follow alarm and system workflows are assisted by built-in intelligence, and a single archive player supports video exporting from all recording platforms controlled by the Bosch VMS. The new software is ideal for stadiums and arenas, factories and warehouses, schools, offices, and urban surveillance applications.

Current users of Bosch VMS with a software maintenance agreement can upgrade to version 2.2 free of charge.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Free Video Surveillance Webinar with Bosch and Security Management Magazine

On November 10 at 1:00 pm ET, Bosch will host a free webinar in conjunction with Security Management Magazine and ASIS International. During the webinar, Product Marketing Managers Willem Ryan and Cheryl Bard will present on how lighting and camera features impact image quality.

Webinar Description:
Whether you’re responsible for the security of an industrial site, corporate office park or defense installation, chances are there’s an area of your facility where the lighting is less than ideal for video surveillance. Vast dark spaces at energy or water processing plants, low light in warehouses or parking lots, and harsh lighting in office lobbies and exterior entranceways obscure the details and hamper threat detection.

Join this webinar to explore the science of surveillance and get a step-by-step guide to capturing useable video in any lighting condition. Learn how:
- Active infrared illumination improves video quality and IP system performance for effective round-the-clock surveillance
- LED degradation impacts security lighting over time
- Infrared sensitivity enables cameras to capture useable images in low light
- Advanced image processing improves detail reproduction capabilities
- Backlight compensation optimizes light levels in scenes with a bright background
- Wide dynamic range ensures detailed images from the darkest and brightest areas of a scene simultaneously

Apply these essential tips to your surveillance system to improve your ability to assess risks, respond to events, and secure important video evidence.

The 45 minute presentation will be followed by a 15 minute Q&A session.

Attendance at the webinar is worth one Continuing Professional Education (CPE) unit.

Register for the live event at:

If you are unable to attend the webinar at the scheduled time, an archived version of the event will be available on the ASIS web site for a full year. The archived webinar will be available at

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Upgrades to the FPA-1000-UL Fire Panel Double Capacity and Enhance Ease-of-Use

A new generation of the FPA-1000-UL Analog/Addressable Fire Panel includes support for up to 508 addressable devices. Using two analog addressable loops, the FPA-1000-UL has doubled its capacity to support larger applications, such as schools, warehouses and office buildings.

Enhancements to the panel’s built-in Web interface have also made operation easier and more secure. New features such as online help and an offline configuration tool make provisioning more efficient. Its Web server and set of interactive Web pages provide an instant means to access important system functions, including status, history files, diagnostic tools and test data.

The upgraded panel also features additional flexibility for programming parameters, such as the ability to activate smoke detector sounder bases by zone and support for "smart" analog devices.

The FPA-1000-UL includes built-in Bosch Conettix IP technology for communicating over local or wide area networks for faster alarm reporting. The panel also alerts to the presence of carbon monoxide and other hazardous gases. This capability helps meet the requirements of new state laws for carbon monoxide and the standards set by the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA 720-2009.

Listed by UL for central station, local, auxiliary, and remote station systems, the FPA-1000-UL Analog/Addressable Fire Panel has essential equipment built into the unit, such as notification appliance circuits, signaling line circuits, programmable relays, a power supply, and DACT. This eliminates the costs of purchasing and stocking these supplies.

For more information, visit

Monday, October 11, 2010

Why do progressive scan cameras help maximize image clarity?

Capturing moving objects is critically important to surveillance applications – for example, getting detailed images of vehicles moving or people running. There are two techniques used to render video: interlaced scanning and progressive scanning – and there is a noticeable difference in quality when it comes to capturing those moving objects!

Interlaced scanning technology was originally created to transfer analog video from the signal source (e.g., camera) to a CRT-based monitor. To create a complete picture, 480 active scan lines are required. The interlace camera divides the one image of 480 scan line image into two groups of 240 scan lines (Fields). One field with the odd and one with the even numbered scan lines, and then alternately sends them at 30 times per second. This delay produces distortion – such as flickering, and when there is motion in the picture motion blur, and “zipper” effect can be seen. While interlaced scanning has worked fine for basic TV, VHS, and analog video cameras, progressive scanning helps to maximize image clarity when moving objects are present.

A progressive scan camera captures the 480 scan line image all at one time. Then quickly sends the picture content line by line in a “progressive” manner. This method of image processing keeps the capture and sending of the complete image together (no field one/field two) thus producing clearer video with sharper motion details and virtually no distortion, zippering, or flickering.

Bosch’s IP cameras now offer all the benefits of progressive scanning – providing much better detail for scenes with moving objects – while maintaining manageable bitrates through the use of H.264 main profile compression technology.

However, it is not possible to capture then send progressive scan video and an interlaced video stream at the same time. But, we understand the importance and ease of camera focus and setup via a standard analog monitor. So, the Bosch engineering team has come up with a unique “service mode” feature. This mode activates the analog output and triggers the camera’s scanning system to move into interlacing mode. Now, the camera can be viewed on a standard analog test monitor. During this time, it is not possible to stream progressive scan video over IP.

When installation is complete and the “service mode” is turned off, the progressive scanning becomes active, and the Bosch IP camera starts to send high quality video images into the IP network.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

VoIP-based Alarm Communications

The advent of digital transmission lines replacing traditional copper PSTN circuits has begun to include using VoIP (Voice over IP) for the audio transmission. The problem with VoIP is that it can compress (like an MP3) or alter (timing or amplitude) the audio signal, which can affect the transmission of the event to the receiver.

See what a normal Contact ID event looks like, how VoIP can alter it and learn about Bosch's solution for this problem at:,0,w.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bosch Open House in Ohio

Meet your Bosch sales team and see our latest surveillance, security and communications solutions.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Crowne Plaza
Cleveland Airport
7230 Engle Road
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130

Hours: 9:30am - 3:30pm (Open House Format - Come and go as you please)
Lunch: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

See what Bosch has to offer. Arrive in the morning and stay for lunch or arrive at lunch and stay the afternoon. Spending a few hours with Bosch will allow you to learn how our solutions can help solve your customer’s most challenging issues. And, you can investigate if selling other Bosch solutions is right for you. The recent integration of the Bosch Security and Communications divisions now gives you access to additional revenue streams for your organization, thus increasing your profits.

Solutions on display will include:

- Video Surveillance - IP and Analog
- Access Control with Video Integration
- Intrusion and Fire Detection - GV3 and FPA-1000
- Public Address and Conferencing Systems
- Intercom and Dispatch Systems
- Professional Audio Equipment

Questions? Please contact:
Mark Milewski
Bosch Security Systems, Inc.
T: (734) 925-2165

Register at:

Monday, September 13, 2010

Video vs. Data on the Network recently published an article about the differences between video and data on the network. The article is written by Bosch's David Brent and also covers decentralization, the differences between various iSCSI implementations, and things to consider when selecting iSCSI hardware.

Check out the article at:

Monday, August 9, 2010

2TB Hard Drive Expansion Kit for the 700 Series

We've introduced a 2TB storage expansion kit for the Divar XF and the 700 Series Network and Hybrid Digital Recorders. The new kit allows you to increase the internal storage capacity of the recorders to up to 8TB.

With the systems’ H.264 compression and the storage expansion kit, the recorders meet more demanding requirements for image quality and retention times. For example, the Divar 700 Series Network Recorder, which supports 32 IP channels, can now hold up to 45 days of real-time, continuous 4CIF recording. The disks can also operate in RAID-4 configuration to prevent the loss of recorded data if a single hard disk should fail. This optional RAID configuration can be added by installing a low-cost software license to any Divar XF or 700 Series Recorder.

The new storage expansion kit contains a 2TB hard disk, mounting screws, an Electrostatic Discharge wrist band and a quick installation guide. The addition of the new kit brings the total number of hard-drive expansion kits for the 700 Series to three, including the 500GB and 1TB options previously available.

The kits support the latest version of Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology that warns you of impending drive failure while there is still time to take preventative action. This technology helps improve system reliability by significantly decreasing the possibility of data loss. As all drives are accessible from the front of the units, you can easily service the drives or add larger capacity disks without having to uninstall the recorders.

For more information on the Divar 700 Series Recorders, visit

Monday, July 26, 2010

New ONVIF Conformant 200 Series IP Dome Cameras

We've added two IP dome cameras to the 200 Series. The NDC-255-P features
a 2.8 - 10 mm varifocal lens, and the NDC-225-P includes a 4.0 mm fixed lens. The cameras are ideal for small offices, retail shops, convenience stores, and classrooms.

The 200 Series IP cameras, now including four models, are easy to install and operate. Each camera comes with a SD flash memory card for storing days of recorded video without a connected PC. No technical expertise is required to set-up the cameras. You just insert the SD card, plug in the camera with a single cable, and viewing and recording starts immediately.

This all-in-one surveillance series can also be easily extended by connecting a video recorder, such as the Bosch Divar 700 Series, or an iSCSI server. H.264 image compression reduces the requirements for storage by up to 50% compared to traditional surveillance technology.

The progressive scan cameras provide professional surveillance with sharp, clear color images – even when objects are in motion. The cameras’ bundled software enables remote viewing, allowing recorded video from multiple cameras to play back on a single PC monitor. The software also makes it easy to archive video and locate specific events quickly using its smart search facility.

In addition, the IP Camera 200 Series features built-in motion, tamper and audio detection that can trigger an action, such as setting off an alarm or increasing recording quality to capture more details in a scene. The two-way audio capability also allows operators to communicate with visitors, employees or intruders via the camera.

Fully compliant with the latest ONVIF standard, the IP Camera 200 Series offers compatibility with other ONVIF surveillance products.

For more information about the IP Camera 200 Series, visit

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

TCP/IP Communications Module for AutoDome

A new TCP/IP Communications Module for the AutoDome Camera System delivers H.264 Main Profile compression, powerful Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA) and alarm handling, and compliance with ONVIF.

The AutoDome Modular uses a platform of interchangeable components for cost-effectively migrating to advanced functionality without replacing the entire camera system. You can add the new TCP/IP Communications Module to any existing AutoDome Modular camera.

This TCP/IP Communications Module uses H.264 compression for DVD-quality video that requires up to 50% less storage space than MPEG4-compressed video, depending on scene and quality settings. With tri-streaming, the module can simultaneously generate two independent H.264 streams with up to 4CIF resolution at 25/30 (PAL/NTSC), images per second, as well as one JPEG stream for viewing on a hand-held device. You can select a low latency H.264 Baseline Profile stream for live viewing and pan-tilt-zoom control, while using a H.264 Main Profile stream for recording high-quality images with maximum compression. With built-in iSCSI support, the cameras can stream compressed video directly to an iSCSI RAID array for storage.

In addition to tri-streaming, the TCP/IP Communications Module's powerful processor can concurrently run Bosch's full-featured IVA software without compromising performance. With IVA, AutoDome Modular cameras process video signals and automatically alert operators to potential security risks. One AutoDome Modular pan-tilt-zoom camera can analyze up to 10 different scenes for loitering, line crossing and other potential threats using a single IVA license - providing a low cost for advanced video analytics.

Sophisticated alarm control allows flexible management of alerts from AutoDome Modular cameras. Rules-based logic enables alarms to trigger a wide range of actions, including complex dome functions. With the new TCP/IP Communications Module, the AutoDome Modular's alarm handling is extended even further with the ability to send notifications via e-mail.

The TCP/IP Communications Module also provides support for the ONVIF standard to ensure AutoDome Modular Cameras will integrate seamlessly with compliant networked video products from different vendors. This provides greater freedom in specifying a system.

AutoDome Modular cameras are offered in four models, ranging from a basic level fixed-position dome to the full-featured 500i-Series Intelligent Pan-Tilt-Zoom Camera. AutoDome cameras equipped with the new module deliver hybrid operation with both Ethernet and analog connections for supporting existing equipment.

Find out more about AutoDome at

Thursday, July 8, 2010

New H.264 IP Cameras

We have launched 40 fixed body Dinion and FlexiDome H.264 main profile IP cameras. The series includes advanced models designed for harsh lighting conditions as well as standard IP cameras suited for well-lit applications. The entire portfolio of new progressive scan cameras captures clear, sharp images and delivers excellent color reproduction.

Each camera features advanced H.264 main profile video compression for broadcast-quality video that requires up to 50% less storage space, depending on scene and quality settings. Every detail in the image is captured without compromising frame rates – an important feature for recognizing objects, such as a person’s face.

Built-in IVA, available as a licensable option, alerts to suspicious activity, such as loitering or perimeter breaches, for earlier threat detection. Forensic Search quickly locates events in recorded video.

Support for the ONVIF standard ensures the new FlexiDome and Dinion IP cameras integrate seamlessly with compliant video products from different vendors.

New Series Includes 2X-Dynamic Technology
The NBN-498 and NDN-498 series of the fixed body and dome IP cameras feature our 2X-Dynamic Technology with 20-bit processing – twice the power of conventional cameras.

The cameras use 2X-Dynamic and wide dynamic range sensors to analyze images pixel-by-pixel and produce the most detailed view of scenes with difficult lighting. The cameras reveal more than is visible with the human eye alone, making them ideal for day/night surveillance or applications where the most detailed images are required.

2X cameras also feature Smart Backlight Compensation (BLC) to optimize light levels for objects of interest in scenes with a bright background. Smart BLC automatically analyzes images and enhances details to provide the best result.

With the addition of the 40 new FlexiDome and Dinion series products, we now offer IP cameras to cover every area of your facility – regardless of lighting or environmental conditions. Our IP cameras are well-suited for a wide variety of applications, including outdoor perimeters, traffic monitoring, correctional facilities, parking lots and garages, casinos, and industrial and critical infrastructure facilities.

For more information on the new Dinion and FlexiDome H.264 IP cameras, visit

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

VoIP-based Alarm Communications

We've introduced a new release of our central station receiver software that improves the processing of alarm signals modified by VoIP or digital phone networks. The software's digital signal processing technology enhances the performance of receivers when interpreting these signals by more than 75%.

The new software improves the ability of the Conettix D6600 and D6100i Communications Receivers to interpret control panel signals even if they do not meet the formatting requirements of the communications protocol. The receiver software analyzes the alarm signals to decode those that have been modified by VoIP or digital phone networks.

This software update will help compensate for changes in phone circuits without having to modify or replace system hardware.

You can download version 1.35 of the Conettix D6200 central station receiver software free of charge from our website -

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

700 Series Digital Video Recorders

The Divar 700 Series H.264 digital video recorders have fully-automated device discovery and assignment, built-in set-up wizards and an embedded design. This results in system installation for the new series that is 50% faster than traditional PC-based video recording solutions.

The 700 Series Hybrid Recorder, formerly called Divar XF, is designed for applications using a mix of analog and IP cameras. It supports up to 16 analog cameras and 16 IP cameras.

The 700 Series Network Recorder is an all-in-one IP video management solution containing everything to store and manage surveillance video in a single, easy-to-install box. This Network Recorder supports up to 32 H.264 IP cameras.

Both devices allow management of IP camera profiles and features, such as motion detection, within the recorders themselves, eliminating the need for configuration through a PC. The recorders' embedded design coupled with H.264 compression technology lowers the cost of ownership by reducing software maintenance requirements and decreasing storage utilization.

Four internal hard disks, with available RAID-4 technology, assure maximum protection of recorded video and deliver uninterrupted system reliability even in the event of a drive failure. The drives are accessible from the front of the unit for easier servicing and to provide the flexibility to add larger-capacity disks when needed. Using the Bosch storage expansion kit, the recorders can save up to 8TB of video data. You can also choose to further increase capacity, up to 120TB, and centralize storage using network-attached iSCSI arrays that provide even greater resiliency.

Text data can be integrated with the video recorded by the 700 Series. This feature, available as a licensable option, is useful with license plate recognition systems for parking lot management and in stolen vehicle searches. Text support can also help reduce shrinkage and detect fraud through remote monitoring capabilities for ATM or point-of-sale transactions. The recorders also include a Smart Search feature, which saves time by searching for motion only within selected areas of the recorded video.

With real-time 4CIF recording, the 700 Series is ideal for applications where a high level of detail is required, including retail, banking, corrections, and transportation and commercial buildings.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

VIP-X1XF H.264 Encoder

The VIP-X1XF H.264 encoder has a built-in hardware accelerator for Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA). It is capable of transmitting two independent high-resolution video streams at 25/30 images per second over IP networks. This gives you the flexibility to simultaneously record two video streams from one camera on different media. For example, the streams can record centrally on iSCSI drives as well as on local media, such as an SD card, for redundancy.

The encoder's H.264 compression reduces network load by up to 50 percent compared to conventional compression technologies. Our low-latency Main Profile H.264 implementation gives you DVD quality video, while reducing storage costs and bandwidth usage.

IVA 4.0 is embedded in the encoders, so they can autonomously detect suspicious behavior, such as loitering, idle objects, object removal and line crossing. IVA 4.0 runs on the encoder's dedicated Field Programmable Gate Array hardware accelerator to process video in real-time. With a compact size that makes the new encoders easy to install near cameras, you have the option to only transmit video of IVA alarms over the network to further reduce bandwidth requirements.

Support for the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) standard ensures the new VIP-X1XF encoder is easy to install - integrating seamlessly with compliant video products from different vendors. With our proprietary Bilinx support built-in, the VIP-X1XF also gives you the ability to remotely configure analog cameras and control PTZ functionality without additional cabling.

Find out more by clicking here.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

New G Series Control Panels

G Series Control Panels now support dual, simultaneous, wired IP and GSM/GPRS communications to help integrators meet a wider variety of customer requirements.

You can learn more about the new GV3 panels at

Monday, June 21, 2010

AutoDome Easy II H.264 IP Cameras

We've enhanced our AutoDome Easy series with the introduction of a durable PTZ IP camera for indoor and outdoor applications. The AutoDome Easy II IP camera is designed to bridge the gap between fixed minidomes and traditional PTZ cameras and comes with features not found in other compact PTZ domes.

Ideal for discreet surveillance applications in large retail stores, banks, schools and commercial office buildings, the AutoDome Easy II IP is less than half the size and cost of traditional PTZ dome cameras. A single AutoDome Easy II IP provides as much coverage as four fixed minidomes, allowing you to monitor a larger area with fewer cameras and reducing system installation and maintenance expenses.

To lower bandwidth consumption and storage costs, the new camera uses H.264 compression for DVD-quality video with reduced bit rates. The AutoDome Easy II IP can generate two independent H.264 streams with up to 4CIF resolution and one JPEG stream simultaneously. Tri-streaming allows the camera to produce high-quality images for live viewing and recording while concurrently sending JPEG images to a remote server or device. Built-in iSCSI support also enables the camera to stream video directly to a network-attached iSCSI RAID array for storage.

The AutoDome Easy II IP features 360-degree high-speed continuous rotation along with variable pan and tilt speeds. The 120x (10x optical/12x digital) zoom autofocus camera gives you an increased monitoring range and incorporates the latest digital imaging technology for sharper images that capture all the important details in a scene. With excellent sensitivity to below 1.0 lux, the AutoDome Easy II IP provides clear color images even in low light conditions.

Optional Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA) enables the AutoDome Easy II IP to process video signals and automatically alert operators to potential security risks. IVA allows the AutoDome Easy II IP camera to autonomously detect suspicious behavior, including loitering, idle objects, object removal and line crossing. With this intelligence at the edge, you have the ability to only transmit video of IVA alarms over the network to reduce bandwidth requirements and improve operator response times.

The AutoDome Easy II IP is easy to install and operate. Proportional zoom and built-in automatic focus assure optimal camera control and viewing at all zoom levels. Ninety-nine preset positions allow you to view critical monitoring areas with the touch of a button. In addition, compliance with the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) specification guarantees compatibility with other network video products, regardless of manufacturer.

Surface, wall, recessed and pipe mount options, and an Outdoor Installation kit ensure the AutoDome Easy II IP fits nearly anywhere. The heavy-duty, tamper-resistant aluminum housing and rugged polycarbonate bubble protect the camera for constant operation, ensuring years of reliable operation even in tough environments.

For more information on the AutoDome Easy II IP, visit

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Firmware 4.1 for IP Video Products

Firmware 4.1 makes our IP video products easier to install and operate. The firmware provides Universal Plug & Play functionality for automatic detection and configuration of cameras and encoders on Microsoft Windows PCs. In addition, support for Bilinx allows accessibility to Dinion and FlexiDome analog camera menus via the web browser of any connected VideoJet X Series or VIP X1600 encoder for easier setup and changes.

Firmware versions 4.0 and 4.1 make our IP video products fully compliant with the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) specification for device discovery, configuration and MJPEG support. This ensures standardized communication for interoperability between network video products from different vendors. Working with products that comply with the standard results in simplified installation and greater freedom in specifying a system.

And, Firmware 4.1 includes privacy masking with Bosch Dinion and FlexiDome cameras to enable sensitive areas in a scene, such as windows, to be grayed out to preserve privacy. If you use the Bosch Video over IP Lite Suite, you can also export images directly to a PC - now without additional licenses.

Firmware 4.1 is available for Bosch Dinion IP, FlexiDome IP, Extreme Series IP, AutoDome IP Series cameras, as well as VideoJet X encoders and VIP X1600 multi-channel encoders and decoders.

Friday, May 14, 2010

IP Video Compatibility Zone

We have launched a web site that details the IP video devices, firmware versions and features supported by a variety of software offerings from Bosch and other suppliers. The new IP Video Compatibility Zone provides displays the products and features - such as tamper detection, streaming capabilities and alarm notifications - that are supported by 12 head-end systems from Bosch and third-party suppliers. You can select multiple products and systems at once to compare compatibility across a customized set of suppliers and devices.

Two planning tools are also provided on the new site. The Firmware Compatibility matrix identifies the firmware versions that are ideal for Bosch IP cameras, encoders, DVRs and software. In addition, an Encoder-Decoder Compatibility chart outlines compatibility between camera/encoder configurations and decoders for both H.264 and MPEG-4 compression. You can download the Firmware and Encoder-Decoder Compatibility charts for offline reference.

To access the Bosch IP Video Compatibility Zone, visit

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Compatibility with Lenel OnGuard

Bosch has received Lenel factory certification for the interface of our IP video products to OnGuard version 6.3.

The integration allows you to verify system events and alarms by viewing live and recorded video from Bosch devices directly in the OnGuard user interface. You can also operate PTZ functionality of Bosch cameras within the OnGuard software and set recording parameters to change based on system events. H.264 compression, Intelligent Video Analysis and Automatic Network Replenishment, which recovers recordings from buffered video in edge devices when a network interruption occurs - are also supported.

The Bosch cameras and encoders tested for certification, include Dinion IP, FlexiDome IP, Extreme Series IP, AutoDome Modular IP, and the 200 Series IP cameras, as well as VideoJet X, VIP X and VIP X1600 encoders. The Divar XF Series Hybrid Digital Recorders, DiBos Digital Video Recorders, and Video Recording Manager also integrate with the OnGuard system.

Find out more by visiting our IP Resource Center at

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

IR for IP Workshop

Bosch and ADI Ottawa are hosting a workshop on infrared illumination for IP video systems.

During the workshop, Murray Kreuzer, our Extreme CCTV sales specialist for Canada, will explain how Bosch's 3D Diffuser (Black Diamond) Technology works. The Diffuser delivers a significant benefit to a security system by adding infrared illumination to nighttime scenes. When using infrared illumination to reduce the noise present in nighttime scenes, equipment such as video encoders and DVRs will operate at a lower bitrate with the result of large savings in storage costs.

At the workshop, you can see how both video image quality and bandwidth management are improved by testing Bosch cameras in no/low-light and then with added IR illumination.

Workshop Details:
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
1:00 - 3:00 pm
ADI Ottawa
201-1366 Triole
Ottawa, ON K1B 3M4

Call ADI Ottawa at 613-745-2000 or contact Jason Gobeo at to reserve your spot at the workshop.

Find out more about 3D Diffuser (Black Diamond) Technology, by clicking here:

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bosch's Booth at ISC West

This year, we're holding the ultimate skills competition at our ISC West booth - #18011. Visit us there and put our products to the test. See for yourself how our video, access control, and intrusion and fire detection products outperform the competition.

Here's a quick preview of what you'll see:

Judge camera image quality next to the competition.
Experience the difference 20-bit processing and 2X-Dynamic can make in challenging lighting conditions. Our new Dinion 2X IP cameras reveal more than is visible with the human eye alone.

See how our tough AutoDome Easy II pan-tilt-zoom camera captures all the important details with sharp, clear images.

Save time with easy-to-install CCTV products.
Set up our 200 Series IP cameras in three easy steps.

Reduce installation costs with our AutoDome Modular Camera System featuring pre-terminated, color-coded wiring and interchangeable modules.

See how to install recording technology 50% faster with our Digital Network Recorder 700 Series.

Measure the performance of intrusion systems.
Try to sneak past a series of intrusion detectors. Our Professional Series improve catch performance and virtually eliminate false alarms.

Get a preview of our new G Series Control Panels and test their faster command and event processing capabilities.

Experience our feature-packed fire panel.
Check out the equipment built-into the FPA-1000-UL Compact Fire Panel, while you access the system from your smartphone.

Witness the power of access control with video integration.
Access Easy Control v2.1 provides greater facility control through one web-based interface for security.

ISC West - Breakfast & Lunch Info Sessions

Heading to ISC West? We're hosting breakfast and lunch sessions each day with our product experts.

Venetian Level 3
San Polo Room — 3401A-3506

Here's the schedule. Sign-up at

Wednesday, March 24
Conquer the Darkness
Use infrared illumination to enable around-the-clock image capture for 24/7 surveillance
Breakfast Session: 9:00 – 10:00 am
Dedicated ONVIF Lunch Session: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Thursday, March 25
Integration through Partnership
Understand Bosch’s partnership strategy and see a live demo of our IP video products integrated with third-party access control software
Breakfast Session: 9:00 – 10:00 am
Dedicated LENEL Lunch Session: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Friday, March 26
Emerging Trends in Intrusion Technology
Explore new market developments and intrusion technology advancements
Breakfast Session: 9:00 – 10:00 am
Lunch Session: 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

ONVIF on Wikipedia

ONVIF - the industry forum that is developing a global open standard for the interface of network video products - recently created a page on Wikipedia. To learn more about ONVIF, check out the page on Wikipedia:

Monday, February 8, 2010

Making the Transition from POTS recently posted an article on how the alarm industry is getting prepared for the transition to alternate forms of communication. The article indicates the industry is feeling added urgency due to AT&T's request to cease providing landline services:

"With the news that telecom giant AT&T has asked the federal government for permission to stop providing landline telephone services, also referred to as 'plain-old-telephone-service' or POTS, dealers and central stations must begin to focus on alternative communication platforms to use for alarm signal transmissions."
If you've traditionally relied on POTS as a primary means of alarm communication and are looking to learn about other forms of communication, check out the webinar we recently hosted with SecurityInfoWatch.

The webinar focuses on using corporate networks or the Internet for security systems and describes how upgrading intrusion and fire systems to communicate over this IP infrastructure can be as simple as installing a module to convert conventional control panels. Using IP for alarm communications delivers a number of benefits over POTS, including higher security, faster data transmissions and reduced costs. During the webinar, we also cover the various technology considerations for IP alarm communications, including the differences between IP and Voice over IP and the equipment needed.

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