Friday, June 24, 2011

Not all H.264 is Created Equal

Despite being the latest video compression technology standard, the actual performance of H.264 varies significantly. The amount of compression and the resulting image quality are dependent on how it is implemented.

That’s why Bosch employs a superior form of H.264, putting the best this technology has to offer into our H.264 products. This ensures maximum savings in storage and bandwidth, while maintaining the highest possible image quality. The H.264 standard includes several profiles, each one comprising a number of "blocks." Some blocks are optional but Bosch incorporates all blocks belonging to a profile to maximize coding benefits.

Two profiles – Baseline and Main – are relevant to video surveillance. In addition, we have our own implementation of Baseline, known as Baseline Plus.

Standard Baseline profile
The standard Baseline profile is the minimum recommendation for H.264 video implementation. It does not support interlaced video (field coding) therefore the maximum resolution is limited to 2CIF. Even so, it delivers powerful compression capability, reducing storage
requirements by up to 30% compared to MPEG-4. Baseline profile is only used on cameras and encoders without hardware accelleration for H.264.

Bosch Baseline Plus profile
By incorporating an extra element – a field coding block – that supports interlacing and improves frame rate, our H.264 Baseline Plus profile increases resolution to full 4CIF while maintaining the same level of video compression as the Baseline profile.

Bosch Main profile
Offering up to 50% greater compression efficiency compared to MPEG-4, without sacrificing image quality, the Main profile is the top-of-the-line H.264 implementation. However, as it utilizes all coding blocks, it does mean that devices supporting Main profile need to have powerful processing performance.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Over 4,000 People Experience the Safe & Sound Tour

More than 4,000 customers have interacted with Bosch products on the Safe & Sound Tour. Since its debut at ISC West, the tour has travelled more than 3,500 miles to stop in 12 cities across the Western region of the U.S.

Featuring high definition video surveillance, access control, intrusion and fire detection, critical communications, and audio systems, the mobile product display enables you to experience Bosch products designed for a wide range of markets and applications.

This week, the Safe & Sound Tour will serve as a focal point of our presence at InfoComm 2011 in Orlando, Florida. After InfoComm, the truck embarks on a 13-city tour of the Central region during July and August followed by an additional 25 stops in the East and South during the second half of 2011.

To see the Central region series of stops on the Safe & Sound Tour and to preview the interactive product demonstrations, visit

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Repeat of IP Video Webinar with Vine Security Journal

Did you miss our webinar on Wednesday? We're repeating it on June 8! presents: "Expanding Bosch IP Video Systems with Broadband Wireless - Hosted by Redline Communications"

Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT

High-speed wireless technology from Redline lets you easily install video surveillance where cable or fiber installation costs are prohibitive, or where no rights-of-way exist. Redline understands what it takes to design and deploy wireless technology to create a powerful, versatile, and reliable network that is optimized for outdoor surveillance applications.

Understand how Bosch’s IP video systems offer sophisticated features and capabilities - such as advanced compression and Intelligent Video Analysis - that enable dependable and efficient wireless surveillance solutions, and learn about advanced imaging technologies that ensure effective round-the-clock surveillance even in the difficult lighting conditions that are common in outdoor environments.

Mitch Vine, Editor of the Vine Security Journal, is joined in the webinar by:
- Willem Ryan - Bosch Security Systems, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Video Systems , and
- Duval Yeager- Redline Communications, Senior Director of Product Marketing

Together they will discuss the most recent technologies and the best practices for “Expanding Bosch IP Video Systems with Broadband Wireless.”

This will be a 45 minute presentation, with a 15 minute question & answer period.

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