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