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

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