Monday, November 13, 2017

Bosch Video Management System 8.0

The new Bosch Video Management System 8.0 (BVMS 8.0) offers stitching, GPU decoding and 64-bit function – all of which allows surveillance operators to respond faster to incidents by monitoring a greater number of video cameras concurrently. BVMS 8.0 offers an additional cost-efficiency, and it supports the latest ‘fusion’ dual-sensor technology.

Stitching: one view compiled from many. The Bosch Video Stitcher, part of BVMS 8.0, combines video from multiple cameras into a single view. It seamlessly stitches multiple high-resolution cameras into a single panoramic view, allowing operators to monitor, for example, a stadium or airfield in an airport, as a single camera. The user can still zoom in and out as needed, but does not need to switch back and forth from one camera to another. Additionally he or she does not need to know which camera is tracking what specifics or where a camera is located and how it is linked to the surveillance network. The user can configure the stitched view; up to 16 cameras can be stitched together.

GPU decoding: more video for less power. Security and IT departments typically equip security operators with multi-monitor workstations or video walls for maximum situational awareness. The need to render more cameras on multiple displays usually places additional strain on a workstation’s performance, with more processing power needed to decode video images as the number of cameras increases.

Now, a superior client performance is possible by using the decoding capacities of the GPU. In this way, multiple ultra-high resolution videos can be displayed in parallel without consuming CPU power.

64-bit function: greater capacity. BVMS 8.0 runs as a 64-bit application, up from 32-bit in its previous versions. This raises the maximum capacity of a single BVMS from 30 management servers with 100 cameras per server to 50 management servers with 200 cameras per server.

H.265 enabled cameras reduce storage and cut costs. With the introduction of Bosch H.265 video compression, cameras can reduce bitrates. With BVMS 8.0, users are able to configure Bosch H.265 enabled cameras, allowing them to greatly reduce bandwidth and storage needs. 

Dual view of new ‘fusion’ optical-thermal cameras.  Bosch’s new MIC IP fusion 9000i camera combines – among many other features - an optical lens with a thermal lens – so surveillance can continue even in a smoke-filled room (with the thermal lens giving video while the optical lens is blocked out).

BVMS 8.0 allows operators to easily switch between the optical and thermal view. Additionally, one of the two streams (depending on which one is open) can be dragged and dropped into a new cameo.

The BVMS Viewer also benefits from the GPU decoding, 64-bit platform and is able to display H.265 cameras.

For more information on BVMS 8.0 visit http://www.boschsecurity.com/corporate/products-and-services/management-software/video-management.html

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Retailers: Is Your Video System Paying Its Way?

In today’s competitive times, getting the most out of your assets is more important than ever. So, retailers are looking everywhere to decrease expenses, but at the same time not diminish or even expand service. Everywhere means every corner of every shop: including the video system. The video system – what’s to improve there? Centralization, standardization, compatibility with legacy systems and labor savings. And there’s even a feature that goes past security: one that can boost revenues by analysis of customer traffic.

One interface fits all 
Whether for shops or warehouses, video systems historically have been built from the ground up, piece by piece, with varying hardware and software that don’t always integrate. We have fused many into one, offering a standardized system with a uniform interface that is the same for every location and every user. Store managers and security staff all use the same interface, eliminating confusion and excess effort, and reducing training time and costs.
 
Easily scales up for the largest retailers 
If you’re worried about covering many sites over a broad area, don’t. Bosch Video Management Systems (BVMS) can watch over 10,000 sites from a single server. All of this can be piped into one monitoring station. This should be enough to take care of even the biggest retailers, with room to spare.

Communicate with analog? Yes we can!  
Migrating to BVMS can be a journey of many small steps. Legacy cameras and recorders – whether analog or Bosch NVRs or DVRs – need not be replaced urgently with their successors. The old guard can still feed into the new, universal interface.

Smart searching saves time
In a bicycle shop, a red bike is missing: was it stolen or just moved?  Ok, you had a camera monitoring the area where it was parked. Good. But going through the footage to locate when it was removed, irrespective of who took it and why, can take hours of review. Bad. Based on IP cameras with built-in video analytics, we eliminate this with forensic search. Instead of your staff doing the entire review, a computer looks for objects within, entering or leaving an area, traversing a route, loitering and more. The computer never gets tired or bored, and its search rules can be changed after a searched-for event has occurred.

Follow the money
One product display worked, another one didn’t – but why? We can help you answer that by reporting on customer traffic. How many shoppers visited the display, how long did they stay, on which days and at what times – all this can be reported by In-Store Analytics. The solution, that uses our IP cameras with Intelligent Video Analytics, monitors movement without breaching the bounds of personal privacy (movements are stored, but not photos or personal details).

Learn more about BVMS at https://www.boschsecurity.com/corporate/products-and-services/management-software/video-management.html


Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Visit Bosch at ITS World Congress

Are you headed to Montreal at the end of the month? Make sure to visit Bosch at booth #2415 at the ITS World Congress!

We’ll be showing solutions for:
  • Traffic monitoring with NEMA-TS2 certified cameras that are designed to withstand harsh conditions and deliver the highest image quality in a range of lighting conditions
  • Analyzing traffic data with cameras featuring built-in video analytics that can help gather statistics on road usage and vehicle speed
  • Bridges and tunnels with thermal solutions for early detection of events and communication systems for mass notification and radio dispatch
  • Smart parking with options for license plate recognition from Intelligent Security Systems as well as through the Bosch Video Management System
We’ll also showcase integrations with partners, including Industrial ENET and MG Squared, offering mounts designed for the demands of the ITS industry, and we’ll look into the future at what lies ahead for smart cities and pedestrian monitoring.

Featured products will include:

See all of this and get a chance to win a Bosch EasyAquatak 1700 pressure washer with our #SpottheMICCamera Twitter contest!

Spot a Bosch MIC camera installed in or around Montreal. Post a photo of the camera to Twitter with #SpotTheMICCamera and tag @BoschSecurityUS, and you’ll be entered into a drawing for a new pressure washer! Bosch EasyAquatak pressure washers are powerful, versatile and lightweight!

Not yet registered to attend? Learn more about the ITS World Congress at http://itsworldcongress2017.org/

Friday, October 20, 2017

Bosch Associate Wins Customer Service Award



The Customer Communicator newsletter has named Bosch Customer Service Advocate Tim Knab as a Frontline Spotlight Award winner! This award recognizes individuals for making a positive contribution to their organizations by maintaining the highest levels of service quality and professionalism.

Here’s an excerpt from the newsletter:

“For Timothy Knab, understanding customer priorities is essential. Sometimes he is working with a customer with a job six months down the road. And sometimes a security system just went down. ‘So you have to understand the customer, listen to them, understand the priority of what they are facing, and put as much urgency into it as you possibly can,’ Knab says.”

Please join us in congratulating Tim! He serves as an excellent example of Bosch’s customer-first culture.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

#SpotTheMICCamera Contest

Are you headed to the ITS World Congress in Montreal, October 30 – November 2, 2017? You’ll likely catch a glimpse of one of many of our MIC cameras installed in and around the city.

If you see one, we invite you to join our #SpotTheMICCamera contest on Twitter for a chance to win a new Bosch EasyAquatak 1700 pressure washer! Here’s how to participate:
  1. Spot a MIC camera installed in or around Montreal.
  2. Post a photo of the camera to Twitter with #SpotTheMICCamera and tag @BoschSecurityUS
  3. Get entered to win a Bosch pressure washer
It’s that simple! Photos must be posted to Twitter by November 2, 2017 11:59 pm EDT to qualify.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Built-in Intelligence for All-New AUTODOME IP 4000i and 5000i Cameras Opens a New Chapter for Applications Beyond Security

Until now, level of detail has been the key quality parameter for surveillance cameras, as clear images at all times was the most important feature for high security. True, security personnel must see all relevant information in great detail to react quickly and take appropriate action. But what if a moving object leaves the camera’s field of view? The AUTODOME IP family of pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) cameras is the answer. These enable users manually to keep track of persons of interest as they move – even at speed, far beyond a fixed camera’s field of view.

This illustrates how the new AUTODOME IP cameras are improving video security. What opens a new chapter in the usage of video cameras is their built-in video analytics as a standard. The new AUTODOME IP cameras now add metadata to all captured video images. This data can be used to improve security by automatically alerting users once pre-defined criteria are met or for other uses beyond security. For example: enforcing traffic regulations, enforcing no-parking zones, detecting vehicles driving the wrong way and delivering occupancy data (the number of vehicles entering or leaving a parking garage) for smart, more efficient parking.

Their built-in Essential Video Analytics enable the AUTODOME cameras to understand what they are seeing. They generate metadata to add sense and structure to the video footage, instead of just capturing and storing video images. They not only detect objects, they deliver associated data like size, speed, shape, direction, and color. They automatically distinguish between the object types such as person, car, bike, motorcycle or truck.

Because it’s possible to set certain alarm rules, such as someone approaching or climbing over a fence, security personnel is alerted the moment the alarm rule is triggered. It can even be configured to recognize changes in speed (running), shape (crouching) or aspect ratio (falling). When searching for evidence, metadata in combination with the forensic search functionality allows instant retrieval of relevant footage from hours of stored video.

The AUTODOME IP 4000i is designed for indoor use. Its discreet housing blends into interior décor. It comes with full pan and tilt control, plus 12x optical zoom that identifies fast-moving objects in 1080p resolution at distances of up to 88 meters at 60 frames per second.

For indoor and outdoor applications with a larger surveillance area, there is the AUTODOME IP 5000i. With its 30x optical zoom, 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second video, fast-moving objects can be identified at up to 190 meters during daytime, even in challenging lighting conditions.

For larger distances and complete darkness, there is the AUTODOME IP 5000i IR. It performs identically to the AUTODOME IP 5000i during daytime, and at night identifies objects at up to 150 meters. Its built-in, infrared beam ensures optimum illumination regardless of zoom level.

All AUTODOME IP 4000i and 5000i cameras offer Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction and Intelligent Streaming, now also combined with H.265 video compression. Depending on the content of the scene, this reduces bitrate by up to 80 percent. It helps to keep video data manageable, while substantially reducing network strain, storage requirements and costs, without compromising functionality and image quality.

Friday, September 8, 2017

MIC IP starlight 7000 HD on Display at 2017 Power Grid Resilience Summit

At the 2017 Power Grid Resilience Summit, September 18-20 in San Diego, a design, build, master integration custom solutions provider The Security Oracle, Inc. (TSO), will display a MIC IP starlight 7000 HD ruggedized PTZ camera as a part of a suite of technology that comprises its Remotely Controlled Active Denial System (RCADS), the only third-party validated physical protection system that can actually protect NERC CIP-014 regulated electric power transmission sites.

In 2014, TSO presented this scalable, turnkey Non-Lethal Threat-Based Systems Approach to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and Edison Electric Institute (EEI) in Washington, DC. This Threat-Based Systems Approach transforms current passive grid security into an affordable active denial physical protection system that will ‘Protect Against Attacks’ as required by FERC Order 802.
“RCADS is a disruptive robotic platform move that empowers organizations to dynamically reconfigure access control and emergency communications systems to adapt to new security threats in sub-second response time and address all applicable NERC CIP regulatory physical security requirements,” said former EEI Security Committee Member Charles Butler, CPP, CEO of The Security Oracle. “TSO promotes defense-in-depth best practices for protecting critical assets and transforms physical security from passive detection to real-time situational awareness and accelerated response to demobilize intruders in seconds with non-lethal actuators that include directed high intensity sound, lights, and strobes.” 
“The MIC IP starlight 7000 HD ruggedized PTZ was specifically selected for this mission,” said Lloyd Uliana, Business Development Engineer for Bosch. “Gathering data from multiple sensors, such as gunshot and radar, TSO’s artificial intelligence enables  multiple MIC IP cameras to simultaneously track one or more intruders on a prioritized basis from multiple angles, while automatically maintaining an optimal level of surveillance. The proven use of MIC IP starlight 7000 HD cameras in extreme operational environments also makes them the ideal imaging platform for critical infrastructure in high risk environments.”
For more information on MIC IP starlight 7000 HD cameras, visit http://bit.ly/MICIPstarlight7000HD

For more information on the Power Grid Resilience Summit, visit https://powergridresilience.iqpc.com/


Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Bosch at ASIS: See How You’ll Benefit from our New Products and Integrated Solutions

Visit the Bosch booth #3333 at ASIS 2017 to see our integrated security solutions that include intrusion detection, access control, video surveillance and monitoring, and audio communication!

We're showing how to:
  • Increase facility security and automate functions for easy operation
  • Protect sensitive areas with video analytics, dual authentication and audio announcements
  • Use the Bosch Video Management System for enterprise-wide control of video and security devices
  • Trigger and execute audio announcements based on fire or security events
  • Enhance security around the clock through remote video monitoring services
Experience the benefits of an integrated system and get details on our latest products and services, including:
And learn how our products integrate with a range of security software solutions from other industry providers.

Click here for free expo hall registration. Use code 151E17.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Bosch Solution for Protection of ATM Vestibules

One of the nation’s largest financial services companies recently sought a solution to track and deter people from loitering in its ATM vestibules. The solution needed to enable monitoring center personnel to be alerted to loitering and to view video remotely to verify the alarm. 

The Solution
FLEXIDOME IP starlight 7000 VR cameras are now installed in ATM vestibules at more than 25 branches throughout the southeastern United States. The cameras are equipped with on-board  Intelligent Video Analytics as standard and are programmed to alert to a person who enters and remains in the vestibule for longer than a pre-defined time.

Analytic alerts are received by the company’s digital recording solution, which notify monitoring center personnel of an event. The operator can then view live and recorded video from the camera to determine if a person is continuing to loiter, requiring action.

Benefits
FLEXIDOME IP starlight 7000 VR cameras deliver high quality images of the ATM vestibules, while the built-in Intelligent Video Analytics provides reliable and accurate detection of a person loitering.

Following a successful pilot test, Bosch cameras with on-board video analytics have become the standard solution for improved ATM vestibule security at the company.




Monday, August 28, 2017

New Members of the Sales Team in Canada

Don Maxey
We have appointed two new associates to expand our inside sales and application design teams in Canada. With these appointments, we aim to provide enhanced support for customers of Bosch security products and for customers of Sony video security products in the country.

Don Maxey, Application Design Specialist, joins the Bosch team with 18 years of experience in security system sales, design and project management. His role is to support Bosch security integrators and distributors in Ontario in their efforts to win new business using Bosch products and solutions.

Wisam Abou-Diab, Inside Sales Representative, has joined the company to provide support to Bosch monitoring center partners in Canada. In addition, he will assist the field-based Sony team as they work with Sony customers of video security products in Canada. 
“We are continuing to expand in Canada to provide customers with the support they need to achieve growth using our products and solutions,” said Jacquelyn Davies, Vice President of Sales – Canada, Bosch Security Systems. “This strategy is strengthening our relationships with channel partners and is an essential part of our customer-first culture.”
Wisam Abou-Diab
“Extending inside sales support in Canada to include Sony video security products will help our customers stay informed about and benefit from our latest imaging advancements,” said Kelly Priest, Vice President Americas for the Sony Video Security Business Unit. “With this additional investment, we are expanding our reach in this important market.”
To contact Bosch sales associates and manufacturers’ representative firms in Canada, visit www2.boschsecurity.us/en/contact. For Sony video security products, visit boschsecurity.com/sonyvideosecurity/us/en/support-resources/contact-us



Thursday, July 20, 2017

Turn Intrusion Panels into Hubs to Meet Customer Needs

When customers come looking for a way to protect a facility against intruders, they may be thinking of an intrusion system with motion, glass break and possibly beam detectors. Their questions may focus only on costs and basic capabilities, so it is up to the integrator to educate them on the comprehensive solutions that are available.

Customers understand their basic needs, but they look to the integrator for the best way to address these requirements. If they come with a specific system in mind, ask a few probing questions to get them thinking about their needs in a new way.

Explain how the intrusion control panel can act as the hub that enables integration of other technologies for a system that addresses their security concerns while reducing cost and complexity. Integrating additional technology with the intrusion system provides a customized solution.

Combine Systems
Systems that integrate intrusion, fire, and access can provide significant value and convenience. The system can automatically disarm when an access door is opened, or lock the doors when the system is armed. If a fire alarm occurs, the doors can unlock to allow for fast access by first responders. Users benefit from easy operation with only one system to learn, while gaining a lower cost of ownership.

Monitor for Business Efficiency
Using the intrusion system to monitor doors and hatches, or even refrigerators/freezers and more, when the system is disarmed allows it to expand beyond security to help users better manage their businesses. The system can be programmed to allow normal use, but ensure that a door is returned to normal by activating a local alert or sending a report if it has been open too long. Flexible delays can be programmed to reduce the chance of a nuisance activation, while still maintaining the desired security. This can be used to alert that a loading dock door is still open after a delivery is completed, helping to reduce HVAC costs and prevent unsecured doors during business hours. Monitoring roof hatches can reduce risk of damage from adverse weather conditions if a hatch is inadvertently left open. With refrigerators/freezers, it can alert retail store or restaurant personnel if equipment is malfunctioning, preventing loss of perishable goods.

Integrate Video
Video can provide situational awareness when control panel events occur. Tampering with a motion detector causes the intrusion system to trigger a nearby camera to send a video snapshot via email or text to facility or security personnel. 

Cameras equipped with video analytics can also initiate intrusion system events when pre-defined alarms are triggered. An analytic alert can fault a point on the system’s control panel, which prompts the panel to communicate the alarm to the central station or to send a video snapshot to the user. This helps to alert to potential risks before or as they occur—such as detecting a perimeter breach after hours.

Integrating intrusion detection and access control technologies within the video management system gives users centralized control of security and video devices and doors. This increases efficiency and simplifies system operation.

Keep Watch Remotely
Combine these technologies with services that enable the monitoring center to intervene at the time of a security risk, and you have a powerful deterrent that may prevent damage and theft. Video monitoring services can enable an operator to intervene with audio. Once an alarm is transmitted to the monitoring center and verified through video images, the operator can take immediate action with audio intervention using a nearby camera that is equipped with a loudspeaker. If intruders are warned that they are on camera and that the local authorities have been contacted, they may leave the area.

Amp it up with Audio

Audio integration is also beneficial for initiating pre-recorded messages based on security events. For example, activating an emergency pull station or pressing a wireless panic button can trigger a public address system to play emergency instructions through a loudspeaker and notify facility personnel through two-way radios.

Add Automation

Adding in automation capabilities enables control of other connected systems, such as lighting, heating, cooling, and more from a smartphone or tablet for effortless home or business control. Integrators can program manual, scheduled, or location-based “scenes” that fit the customer’s needs. For example, the user can lock doors, arm the security system, turn off interior lights and adjust the thermostat by selecting Away on a smart phone app.

The examples described here demonstrate the many ways to increase security and make systems easier to use – providing customers with solutions that meet their needs in ways they may not have known were possible. With this achieved, the integrator becomes a trusted partner and advisor, which helps to establish a valuable long-term relationship.

You can learn more about Bosch control panels that enable integrated security solutions at http://bit.ly/2ddJyLx

Friday, June 30, 2017

Get Easy Access to Training

Our new center in Ontario, California, provides easy
access to hands-on training for customers on the West Coast.
Did you know Bosch has six training centers across the nation to make it easy for you to get trained and certified on our products?

Our newest location in Ontario, California opened this spring and will host trainings on the Bosch Video Management System, B and G Series Control Panels, and on our communications systems throughout the summer and fall.

You can also find these and other courses at our training facilities in Burnsville, MN, Fairport, NY, Greenville, SC, Lancaster, PA, and Lincoln, NE.

Find a course schedule and descriptions at http://bit.ly/2sm4Tuh





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.

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