Bosch AutoDome series for a new generation of thinking

Product Profile

Bosch Security Systems' AutoDome modular camera system is a series of IP-enabled dome cameras comprising intelligent, interchangeable modules that enable installers to update camera functionality quickly and cost-effectively, whilst allowing end-users to migrate to more advanced technologies in the future without having the associated costs of replacing the entire dome.

The AutoDome range is based on five interchangeable modules: the CPU (determining fixed or PTZ capability as well as advanced functions eg. privacy masking, motion detection and tracking); camera (including choices of whether fixed/PTZ, colour or day/night, and zoom range); housing (for indoor and outdoor applications); communications (to determine how video/data will be communicated to the matrix switch, DVR or IP video system); and power supply (to meet site-specific installation requirements).

The flexibility is such that a ‘core' product can be upgraded or adapted as needs change, for example from analogue to IP, colour to day/night, or to include advanced features such as motion detection. The design is such that cameras can be moved between different housings when special coverage is needed, or as site plan requirements change, quickly and safely and without removing the power.

"Migrating from a basic dome with a fixed camera to a high-speed PTZ with advanced features such as AutoTrack II intelligent tracking can be done quickly and easily, without requiring dome removal or rewiring," explains Paul Wong, Managing Director of Bosch Security Systems. "Similarly, AutoDome's Ethernet communications module allows installers to add IP functionality while maintaining connectivity to existing analogue inputs and outputs."

AutoDome camera modules are available with state-of-the-art technologies that are designed to deliver optimum image clarity, camera control and sensitivity to meet the most demanding of environments. With horizontal resolution of up to 540 TVL, the cameras generate more TV lines than conventional CCTV systems, resulting in sharper images for more accurate identification.

All products within the range have hybrid connectivity, allowing the simultaneous support of IP (MPEG-4) and analogue (coax) formats. "Total cost of ownership is a major issue facing businesses, and AutoDome has been designed with this in mind. A business that opts for analogue technology today is protected if it decides to migrate towards IP technology tomorrow. Using AutoDome means a business can upgrade to IP at its own speed - all at once or one camera at a time - without being forced to choose one technology over another form the outset, and without compromising on performance."

"Investment is also protected because AutoDome easily integrates with the entire range of Bosch surveillance products including Allegiant matrix switchers, DiBos and Divar digital recorders, and the VIDOS IP-based video management system."

The AutoDome series supports a variety of standard and optional video and data transmission methods including Bilinx (over coax and UTP), fibre, and even TCP/IP over Ethernet. Remote control, configuration, and firmware updates can also be performed using the same connectivity.

"What is perhaps most unique about the new AutoDome series is not just its performance capabilities but as much the thought that has gone into the product in terms of its ‘physical' design," Paul continues. "The new compact housing is now 15% smaller than the previous generation of products, and all tethers have now been replaced by hinges, making them much easier and safer to install, especially when the need to work safely at height is paramount."

"The hinged arm provides access to the power supply without having to take the whole dome down, and a built-in surge suppression technology protects all power, data and video inputs. Being easy to ‘access', means time spent on routine maintenance can be dramatically reduced, and if a part does need upgrading or replacing, a new one can simply be inserted without having to take the whole dome apart."

The AutoDome series is the culmination of 10 years research and development, and has been subjected to the most comprehensive and rigorous endurance and performance tests. All enclosures are IP66/NEMA 4X rated, impervious to dust and protected from strong jets of water. The protection of a rugged, polycarbonate bubble, recessed set screws and recessed bubble latch are standard on all housings.

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Technical Specification

Make Bosch
Manufacturer Bosch Security Systems
Model code VG4-513-ECE2WF
Series AutoDome 500i Series
Chip Inch Size 1/4
Colour Type Colour / Monochrome
Resolution TVL 470
Sensitivity lux 0.0013
Dome Type Variable Focus
Pan Speed o/ sec 0.1 ~ 120
Digital (DSP) Yes
Indoor/Outdoor Outdoor
Tilt Speed o/ sec 0.10 ~ 120
Mount Type Wall
Electrical Specifications Voltage: 230 V AC
Focal length 3.5 ~ 91
Presets 99
Auto Gain Control Yes
White Balance Yes
S/ N (Signal/ Noise) Ratio dB 50
Synchronisation Line-lock
Signal Mode PAL / NTSC
Video Output 1.0 Vp-p, 75 ohms
Zoom Ratio 26x
Network Properties Interface: RJ-45
Network Protocols: TCP/IP
Physical Specifications Dimensions mm: 188 x 374 x 470
Environmental Specifications Operating Temp oC: -10 ~ +40
Operating Humidity %: 0 ~ 90
Protection: IP66
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