Bosch introduces its Starlight IP cameras - the next real breakthrough in HD security
Bosch introduces its Starlight IP cameras - the next real breakthrough in HD security

The Bosch DINION starlight HD 720P and FLEXIDOME starlight HD 720p RD/VR IP cameras are the next real breakthrough in HD security. In poor light these amazing HD cameras deliver a clear colour image where others show only black and white. And in extreme low-light they deliver a black and white image where others show no image at all! Add the Bosch Video Security app and overcome the bandwidth barrier so you can view HD images from anywhere. Extraordinary low light sensitivity With their high sensitivity in both colour (0.017 lux) and monochrome modes (0.0057 lux), the HD cameras work with minimal ambient light, delivering clear images in a multitude of applications, even where poor lighting is the principle challenge. The 60 fps frame rate helps capture fast-moving objects in applications such as traffic and casinos. Usable images around the clock The starlight IP cameras come with Content Based Imaging Technology (CBIT). This Bosch innovation intelligently combines information from the sensor, image pipe, encoder and Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA) to dynamically optimise the image for every scene. Bosch CBIT-enabled cameras feature two special modes: intelligent Auto Exposure (iAE), which ensures the optimal image of important objects and intelligent Noise Reduction Technology (iDNR) provides the most usable image possible by cleverly optimising the detail-to-bandwidth ratio. By using this iDNR, the image clarity is improved, and the storage requirements are reduced significantly. The 720p starlight HD camera requires up to 30% less bandwidth than other 720p and SD cameras. Use everywhere, view from anywhere By applying the Bosch Dynamic Transcoding Technology, HD quality images can be viewed from any location that has access to the internet, even if the available bandwidth is only 128 kBit/s. The video streams can be viewed from your iPad, iPhone or browser, the free Bosch Viewing Client, or the Bosch Video Management System. Use the App to search for events based on time and date references. Benefit from full IVA support using forensic search, either directly from the App or via the Web browser playback interface. Having found an event or a point of interest, pausing the replay causes Instant Display Enhancement to present the HD image in its original recording quality.

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Bosch presents its Dinion HD 1080p day / night IP camera
Bosch presents its Dinion HD 1080p day / night IP camera

Bosch introduces the Dinion HD 1080p day / night IP camera, the latest addition to the Bosch high definition (HD) portfolio. The high quality camera achieves best-in-class performance, combining full HD resolution images with excellent low light operation and colour reproduction.The Dinion HD 1080p day / night IP camera delivers uncompromising vision even in busy, colourful scenes. 1080p is equivalent to 2 megapixels, conforming to the HD standard. The entire advanced image pipeline, from lens to image processing, ensures images stay sharp throughout the scene. This allows reliable identification of faces, objects and alphanumeric information over a wide area. Operators can zoom in to any part of a scene to examine specific details without losing clarity.A specially selected image sensor enables superior detection and analysis. Images are exceptionally clear, making it easier to identify items, while different colour tones can be distinguished even in poor lighting. Spotting alarm situations is easy and very dependable. Built-in Bosch HD-optimised IVA (Intelligent Video Analysis) flags any events on-screen so that operators never miss suspicious activities. IVA captures comprehensive details of scenes which can be stored for later review using Bosch Forensic Search.The Dinion HD 1080p day / night IP camera features a new, next-generation camera design. Constructed with careful attention to detail, the camera has a professional look and feel and features an extended operating temperature range, making it ideal for hot or cold climates.Installation and setup is very simple. The camera starts up quickly and has a user-friendly control interface. The best-in-class motorised auto-back-focus makes it easy to get the sharpest image the first time. Power over Ethernet means no additional power supplies are needed and the camera is extremely energy efficient, consuming just 3.5 watt.The Dinion HD 1080p day / night IP camera is ideal for a wide range of applications, especially those involving complex, colourful or low light scenes, including city surveillance and safety, arenas, airports, finance and banking, and casinos.

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Smart cameras for challenging lighting conditions: Bosch presents its 1080p HDR cameras
Smart cameras for challenging lighting conditions: Bosch presents its 1080p HDR cameras

With the launch of its latest 1080p HDR cameras, Bosch Security Systems is setting the standard for High Definition imaging. Featuring intelligent backlight compensation, adaptive noise reduction and outstanding color reproduction, the Dinion and FlexiDome cameras deliver exceptional image quality and a very wide tonal range – even under the most demanding lighting conditions. Integrated, state-of-the-art Intelligent Video Analysis functionality enables more effective surveillance, while compression capabilities ensure minimum bandwidth requirements. A cast-aluminium enclosure withstands the equivalent of 55 kilograms (120 lbs) of force, making it ideal for vandal prone areas and outdoor use. High quality images at all times and under all conditions 1080p HDR cameras use digital imaging technology to deliver remarkable image quality at all times, in both bright and dark environments. Even in high-contrast scenes, or when looking from dark locations into well-lit areas the devices deliver an exceptionally wide dynamic range, to capture more detail in both highlights and shadows. The true day/night cameras deliver images in color or monochrome and switch automatically between the two modes depending on the illumination level. Either mode can also be selected manually via the alarm input, or remotely via a web browser. Outstanding image quality is complemented by the integrated HD-optimized Intelligent Video Analysis and image processing. Important details such as specific objects, license plates or faces are detected automatically and the scene exposure level is adjusted accordingly to increase the usability of the results. To further enhance effectiveness ‘regions of interest’ can be defined. This allows zooming into certain details of the full image. The close-up images are transmitted in a separate stream so that both overview and detail can be viewed at the same time – and all in high resolution. Furthermore, the cameras come with a choice of telephoto, mid-range, and ultra wide-angle lenses, helping to create tailored solutions for unique requirements. Professionalism embraces user-friendliness While delivering highly professional results, Bosch’s 1080p HDR cameras are easy to install, operate and maintain. Three power options, Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), 24 VAC and 12 VDC are available. To increase system reliability, the cameras can be simultaneously connected to both PoE and 12 VDC/24 VAC supplies. To ensure that the technology of the 1080p HDR cameras remains state-of-the-art, remote upgrades are possible whenever new firmware becomes available. An intuitive user interface allows fast and easy configuration over IP to ensure smooth operations. The installation and configuration is supported by the Bosch Video Client Software which is delivered free-of-charge with any HD camera. It also provides easy live viewing of multiple cameras, playback, forensic search and export.  Certified interoperability For multiple camera surveillance set-ups, the interoperability of various devices is a crucial factor to ensure cost-efficiency and functioning of the devices. All 1080p HDR cameras conform to the ONVIF (Open Network Video Interface Forum) which guarantees interoperability between network video products regardless of the manufacturer. ONVIF conformant devices are able to exchange live video, audio, metadata and control information. They are automatically discovered and connected to network applications such as video management systems.

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Highest quality IP video images anytime, anywhere
Highest quality IP video images anytime, anywhere

At IFSEC 2014, Bosch Security Systems took visitors on a technology “journey” showcasing the latest innovations in the world of IP video technology.  Two important technologies that were showcased were 4K ultra HD and starlight technology from Bosch. Both technologies support in delivering the highest quality of relevant IP video images anytime, anywhere.  4K ultra HD technology is enabling you to see every detail, everywhere. This unrivalled level of detail significantly enhances safety and security. Users benefit from superior identification capabilities while viewing live footage and when reviewing events, even when fast moving objects and challenging lighting conditions exist. The first product equipped with 4K ultra HD resolution will be DINION IP ultra 8000 MP that will be introduced during the IFSEC show. This product will be the first product available making 4K ultra HD relevant for IP video surveillance applications. It delivers incredible detail for wide-angle applications while reducing bitrates, network strain and storage costs.  In addition, Bosch showed its starlight HD and MP cameras, which capture video in dimly-lit scenes where other cameras fail and provide color images when others switch to monochrome. Even at night, users benefit by seeing details such as color of clothing or vehicles, which aid in the identification of people and objects and can reduce costs associated with added illumination. After the introduction of the popular DINION IP and FLEXIDOME IP families of 720p fixed cameras, Bosch will introduce a five megapixel camera with starlight technology, the DINION IP starlight 8000 MP. All starlight cameras deliver superior light sensitivity, wide dynamic range, high resolution and the ability to capture fast moving objects, making them the ultimate 24/7 camera for IP video surveillance.  Following the expansion of the starlight family and taking into account the increasing demand for security and safety in extreme application areas, more and more cameras are being deployed in outdoor locations where they are at the mercy of nature and the elements. To ensure continuous operation in harsh conditions like rain, snow and fog to high wind gusts and significant vibration, Bosch Security will reveal its new MIC IP 7000 HD family consisting of  a 1080p wide dynamic range and a 720p starlight version. The imaging performance of this new range of PTZ cameras will ensure optimum video surveillance in challenging conditions like harsh sunlight, low light or even in darkness.  Finally, experience the benefits of our Dynamic Transcoding technology. Limited bandwidth makes it impossible to stream HD video on mobile devices whereas Dynamic Transcoding delivers both smooth live video streaming and instant access to HD (1080p) images when needed. It, in combination with the Video Security app, also enables you to access your video streams anytime and control camera movements from anywhere with your mobile device or retrieve correct data instantly via forensic search. With Dynamic Transcoding we focus on 24/7 remote access and control. 

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Bosch Security Systems extends Dinion camera range with Dinion IP
Bosch Security Systems extends Dinion camera range with Dinion IP

Bosch Security Systems has launched Dinion IP – its proven Dinion camera with integrated IP network connection - in response to the growing market demand for greater flexibility, improved camera functionality, reduced cost of ownership and improved accessibility.Jeremy Hockham, UK Managing Director of Bosch Security Systems explains: “Internet Protocol (IP) has revolutionised the way the world communicates and it is now set to transform CCTV surveillance systems.   Installers are receiving more and more requests for IP-enabled cameras as their customers recognise the benefits of IP-based surveillance installations in comparison to traditional solutions.” Bosch’s Dinion range of fixed cameras was first launched in 2002 meeting the need for affordable, high-performance CCTV imaging, and it then later introduced the DinionXF series to offer high performance Colour and Day/Night models addressing the critical issues of sensitivity and dynamic range. The new Dinion IP cameras combine all the benefits and reliability of the Dinion range with a network video server that transmits video and control data over IP network which means that images can be transmitted to several receivers simultaneously.  Dinion IP cameras have tri-streaming technology: dual MPEG-4 and JPEG compression modes simultaneously allow a dedicated stream at one frame rate for recording and a different stream for live viewing, while JPEGS can be streamed to other devices such as a PDA. With an Ethernet connection and analogue BNC output, Dinion IP cameras offer customers a hybrid solution as they can be connected to existing analogue CCTV equipment, whilst still offering the additional flexibility and scalability of IP-based CCTV systems.  Installation is straightforward and they are easy to configure via the IP network: configuration settings can be stored as computer files and copied from one camera to another and settings can be uploaded to many cameras in the network simultaneously. The Dinion IP and DinionXF IP cameras have in-built intelligent functionality, like alarm management with relay output, event handling, alarm input and motion detection.  Dinion IP is fully compliant with the IEEE 802.3af Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) standard. PoE means that installation is easy and additional cabling is eliminated as cameras do not require a local AC power source.  An additional benefit with PoE installations is if the network is supported by an uninterruptible power supply (UPS), Dinion IP cameras can continue to operate even when there is a power failure.  Bosch’s DinionXF IP and Dinion IP cameras can be fully integrated into Bosch’s VIDOS Video Management System and DiBos Digital Video and IP Recorder and Transmission System.  These cameras complement the other innovative IP products such as the VIP and VideoJet families of encoders and decoders and the VIDOS and NVR (Network Video Recorder).

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Bosch MIC IP 7000 HD series presents IP video surveillance built to resist practically anything
Bosch MIC IP 7000 HD series presents IP video surveillance built to resist practically anything

Punishing winds, relentless rain, huge temperature fluctuations, clouds of dust or high-impacts. No matter how tough conditions get, your surveillance operation must never stop. The MIC IP 7000 HD series combines all our expertise in mechanical engineering and IP video surveillance in a single solid camera design. Built to resist practically everything. As tough as they get Each MIC IP 7000 camera delivers the highest quality of relevant video images in the most challenging environments. The Intelligent Defog feature, which can be activated manually or automatically, improves visibility when viewing foggy or other low-contrast scenes. The integrated silicone wiper and washer keeps the glass clean and our Window-defrosting function makes sure MIC IP cameras capture the highest quality video no matter how cold it gets. State-of-the-art technology Built-in Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction (IDNR) technology saves up to 50% bitrate at the source, which significantly reduces your storage costs and network strain without compromising on video quality. Thanks to intelligent backlight compensation, (moving) objects of interest can be easily identified in scenes with simultaneously bright and dark areas. And our Intelligent Video Analysis technology ensures Intelligent Tracking. Now you can automatically track moving objects based on predefined alarm rules or with a simple click. Light on maintenance Because they operate in such harsh environments, these cameras are specifically designed to be heavy duty but light on maintenance. Remote firmware updates can be done from anywhere. The virtually indestructible housing and self-cleaning ability eliminate service visits to the critical locations in which these cameras usually operate. Easy installation and remote access The out-of-the-box installation allows you to pre-program the MIC IP 7000 HD while it is still in the box. Thanks to MIC DCA mounting accessories, the installation becomes even easier. With the hinge feature it only takes a single installer to hook the MIC to the DCA mount and safely connect the electrical wires to the camera, saving time and installation costs. Add the VIDEOJET connect 7000 with integrated high Power over Ethernet support and a built-in network switch, and you can easily connect multiple IP cameras along perimeters or highways. Our patented Dynamic Transcoding technology gives you instant 24/7 access to smooth live streaming video and HD images on mobile devices, regardless of available bandwidth

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Bosch MIC IP 7000 HD family goes IP - capturing relevant details in the harshest environments 24/7
Bosch MIC IP 7000 HD family goes IP - capturing relevant details in the harshest environments 24/7

Bosch Security Systems now offers the MIC family of ruggedized pan-tilt-zoom cameras for reliable surveillance in the most difficult outdoor locations and other challenging environments, combining high-quality HD imaging with an IP68/NEMA 6P-rated IP architecture. The new MIC IP 7000 HD family delivers the highest quality of IP video surveillance images everywhere, even in areas with extreme conditions like roads or highways, transportation facilities, city surveillance and critical infrastructure sites. The cameras withstand a wide range of harsh conditions – from -60 to +60 degrees Celsius with up to 100 percent humidity, as well as rain and snow, high wind gusts and significant vibration. The new MIC IP starlight 7000 HD camera delivers HD video images in extreme low light situations and captures moving objects in 720p HD resolution at up to 60 frames per second. It delivers video images where others fail, even down to 0.01 lux. Clear HD images are captured in colour down to 0.05 lux – when others switch to monochrome – to reveal accurate colour details that support significantly in security event identification. Its ability to capture fast moving objects and excellent performance in extreme low light situations make the MIC IP starlight 7000 HD ideal for securing, for example, areas along highways. The MIC IP dynamic 7000 HD offers 1080p resolution and captures multiple exposures of the same scene to provide maximum detail in areas with both bright and dark lighting conditions. The wide dynamic range and intelligent backlight compensation ensure that moving objects or specific objects of interest are enhanced and can be easily identified in scenes with simultaneously bright and dark areas, which typically challenge standard cameras. Both cameras also feature intelligent de-fog technology to dynamically adjust camera contrast settings to deliver the best quality in scenes affected by fog, smog, mist or other low contrast scenes. Detection of objects of interest in complete darkness is ensured by the optional MIC illuminators. These illuminators consist of both IR and white light LEDs, and operators can switch between the two light sources with a single click. This enables detection of objects up to a distance of 175 meters. Intelligent Video Analysis Another differentiating feature of the MIC IP 7000 HD family is built-in Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA). It helps to focus on relevant situations by alerting you when needed, or automatically tracking objects of interest. IVA also adds sense and structure to video data by adding metadata already in the camera. This allows the quick retrieval of the relevant images from hours of stored video. Metadata can also be used to deliver irrefutable forensic evidence or to optimize business processes based on, for example, people counting or crowd density information. By smartly using the camera’s ability to simultaneously combine 8 of the 15 available IVA rules, complex tasks are made easy and false alarms are reduced to a minimum. Among other uses, IVA can assist in monitoring unmanned stations or pipelines where people are not expected during normal operations, and since security guards cannot be everywhere all the time or watch everything at the same time, IVA alerts can also be sent to mobile devices when needed. In addition, intelligent Tracking (iTracking) automatically tracks moving objects based on predefined alarm rules or a simple click. By intelligently distinguishing between single and multiple reference points, iTracking will provide uninterrupted tracking. Optimal capture of the object of interest is assured by dynamically adjusting the field of view. With intelligent tracking, it becomes easier never to lose track of objects of interest. 24/7 remote access and camera control Limited bandwidth makes it impossible to stream HD video on mobile devices whereas Dynamic Transcoding delivers both smooth live video streaming and instant access to HD (1080p) images when needed, regardless of available bandwidth. Combined with the Video Security app, users are allowed access to camera controls, live video streams and HD images via a mobile device anytime and from anywhere. It also enables you to instantly retrieve the correct video data from hours of recorded material. The new MIC IP 7000 HD family is fully supported by Dynamic Transcoding in combination with either one of the Bosch DIVAR IP recording solutions or a Bosch VIDEOJET transcoder. Lower storage costs and network strain To reduce storage costs and network strain the new MIC IP starlight 7000 HD and MIC IP dynamic 7000 HD cameras feature intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction (iDNR). The benefit of this intelligent technology is that it leads to bandwidth only being used when needed. When there is little or no movement in the scene, less bitrates is required. Therefore, iDNR actively analyses the scene distinguishing between relevant information such as moving objects and image noise artefacts. The degree of noise reduction is adjusted accordingly so that important objects are captured and image noise artefacts suppressed, optimizing the camera’s bitrates. Thus, iDNR saves up to 50% on bitrates and hence storage and network strain without compromising video quality. Local storage on the camera further enhances network performance by compensating for short network outages, so ensuring that video data is continuously available in VRM systems without breaks. Dependable operation and easy installation Using the VIDEOJET connect 7000 with MIC and other Bosch IP cameras provides high Power over Ethernet support and added flexibility in network configuration and remote video access. Its built-in network switch supports connections to multiple IP cameras, which makes it an ideal configuration for installations along perimeters or highways. Smooth live video streaming and instant access to HD (1080p) images within limited bandwidth connections and full access and control of HD video images from anywhere at any time is made possible through its built-in transcoder which supports the Dynamic Transcoding technology. Bosch IP standard-definition and high-definition cameras, encoders and analytics work seamlessly with a wide range of security software and recording solutions from Bosch and many other industry providers. This is backed by ONVIF conformance (Open Network Video Interface Forum) and the Integration Partner Program (IPP), which gives developers immediate access to software development tools to easily integrate Bosch products with third-party systems. Further details of the Bosch Integration Partner Program are available at ipp.boschsecurity.com.

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Everyday surveillance: Bosch IP 5000 family cameras
Everyday surveillance: Bosch IP 5000 family cameras

Ready-to-use, complete network video surveillance cameras in compact and stylish housings. Bring Bosch high-performance technology into your everyday surveillance. Innovation Professional security cameras to be used across a wide range of applications. iDNR (intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction) generates 50 % bandwidth reduction in static scenes, which reduces costs for storage. Two Regions of Interest (ROI) can be user defined. The remote electronic pan, tilt and zoom controls allow you to select specific sharp and clear areas of the parent image, which is up to 5 megapixel. Benefits: Seamlessly compatible with a wide range of security software and recording solutions from Bosch and other industry providers Free app available to show live and recorded video on your mobile device Water- and dust-proof for demanding environments – up to IP66 rating Vandal-resistant versions available, with an impact protection rating of IK10 Built-in IR LEDs version offer quality nighttime monitoring with up to 15 m (50 ft) viewing distance in darkness Features: Sharp 5 MP, 1080p, 720p or VGA video resolution at 30 images per second Memory card slot supports up to 32 GB microSDHC / 2 TB microSDXC card – a SD card of Class 6 or higher is recommended for HD recording iDNR deliver up to 50% bitrate and storage savings in static scenes Power-over-Ethernet IEEE 802.3af Audio communication facility Operating temperature: -20 ºC to +50 ºC (-4 ºF to +122 ºF) ONVIF conformant Product certifications CE, FCC, UL, cUL, C-tick, CB, VCCI Application State-of-the-art security cameras to be used across a wide range of applications, including Infrastructure protection or large retail surveillance. Seamlessly compatible with a wide range of security software and recording solutions from Bosch and other industry providers. Live and playback video content can be shown on mobile devices over low-bandwidth connections by using Bosch video transcoding technology, by adding a Bosch VideoJet device or a Bosch DIVAR IP storage appliance on site.

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Bosch FLEXIDOME IP corner 9000 MP camera suitable for critical areas
Bosch FLEXIDOME IP corner 9000 MP camera suitable for critical areas

Modern video safety surveillance has to be able to observe locations with poor lighting conditions which are prone to vandalism. The new FLEXIDOME IP corner 9000 MP camera from Bosch specifically addresses these requirements, making it particularly suitable for such critical areas as bus stations, care facilities, and hospitals. By supplying usable, clear video images even in completely dark surroundings, the camera enables video surveillance to act as a truly preventive component in the safety of public traffic users and patients. Safety personal will gain a much higher situational awareness and thus will be able to intervene at an early stage.  Critical areas, such as waiting rooms, are prone to vandalism, which is often aimed at the surveillance equipment itself. While the fundamental problem may be poor lighting conditions or even complete darkness, it is still necessary to cover the entire area with a minimum number of cameras, while providing extra illumination as well as resistance to vandalism or tampering. Addressing these needs, the FLEXIDOME IP corner 9000 MP camera features high-resolution, wide-angle optics for maximum detail and image usability, as well as a wide-angle fisheye lens for covering every corner. Furthermore, in order to supply additional illumination as needed, integrated active infrared LEDs maintain video clarity even in complete darkness. Thanks to its rugged and non-grip design, the camera is extremely difficult to tamper with. Finally, it is equipped with the latest Content Based Imaging Technology, which lowers bandwidth consumption and thus storage costs by up to 50 percent by way of intelligent Dynamic Image Noise Reduction (iDNR). This innovative feature suppresses all irrelevant image noise artifacts, therefore substantially reducing the bandwidth required.   “Providing better security in single-room surroundings or areas with critical light conditions is an increasingly important requirement for video surveillance,” explains Arnaud Lannes, Product Marketing Manager Video Systems at Bosch Security Systems. “The new FLEXIDOME IP corner 9000 MP camera represents a solution not only for care facilities, but also for industrial environments that need extra protection.”   The FLEXIDOME IP corner 9000 MP camera seamlessly integrates with a wide range of security software and recording solutions from Bosch, such  as the Video Management System BVMS and DIVAR IP recorders, as well as those of third-party suppliers, as it is ONVIF compliant. The camera is also supported by the Integration Partner Program, which gives partners  immediate access to online tools for easy integration. Further details of the Bosch Integration Partner Program are available at ipp.boschsecurity.com.

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Bosch Advantage Line of analogue and IP surveillance cameras suits small businesses
Bosch Advantage Line of analogue and IP surveillance cameras suits small businesses

Bosch Security Systems is to launch ‘the Advantage Line’ – a new family of analogue and IP CCTV security and surveillance products that brings smaller businesses the quality and reliability that is the hallmark of Bosch technology, but at an affordable price. Available exclusively through Norbain and ProVision in the UK, and SKS in Eire, the new Advantage Line technologies are specifically targeted at companies who provide complete security solutions and/or those that may resell and install security products. Paul Wong, Managing Director of Bosch Security Systems, says that the purchasers are likely to already have a good technical knowledge of Bosch products: “The Advantage Line has been developed with a certain size of business in mind,” he says. “Customers will have already recognised the quality and reliability of our technology, but are challenged by their customers when it comes to the cost,” he says. “By delivering a series of products that have targeted features fit for the application, that are easy to configure and install, and that are available in quantity, we believe we are bringing the best of both worlds to all parties.” Mr Wong says that as well as the products, Bosch will also provide a specific level of dedicated customer support: “We will be working closely with our distribution partners to ensure that the Advantage Line has the high level of support our customers expect,” he adds.

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IP Camera 200 Series from Bosch
IP Camera 200 Series from Bosch

Perfect all-in-one solution: IP Camera 200 Series from BoschProtect and monitor your business today. The new family of stand-alone IP cameras now contains two models, the IP camera 255 and the IP camera 225.Capture days of video footageWith the IP Camera 200 Series from Bosch you don't need a hard disk or remote PC. You can record several days of video footage simply by inserting an SD memory card into the camera. And with the rapid advancement of SD card technology, you can easily upgrade the camera storage size with a larger capacity SD card.View any time, anywhereIf you choose to use a remote PC, you can play back recorded video any time you want. Smart motion search lets you quickly locate important events by automatically scanning for movement in the recorded video. The free surveillance software lets you view images from multiple cameras on your PC monitor and easily archive video clips for later use.Let the camera do the workThere's no need to monitor a scene manually, the IP Camera 200 Series from Bosch does it for you. It will warn you automatically (even by email) if something happens due to its motion, tamper and audio detection capabilities. You can use these to trigger an action, such as setting off an alarm or changing the recording quality. The two-way audio also lets you communicate via the camera to visitors or employees.Saves time: Plug in and you are ready to goInstalling the IP Camera 200 Series couldn't be easier. No specific expertise is needed. Simply plug in your camera and with a single cable connection you can power, view and record video.ONVIF readyThe latest Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) standard ensures compatibility with other surveillance products. This will contribute to a reduction in future upgrade or migration costs.Fixed or varifocal lensThe current choice of two models allows you to choose the lens that meets your particular requirements. The IP camera 255 comes with a 2.8 - 10 mm varifocal CS mount lens, while the IP camera 225 features a built-in, 4.9 mm f2.8 fixed lens.Warranty and serviceThe IP Camera 200 Series from Bosch comes with a minimum 3-year warranty. Bosch's customer service team is available to help you via phone, e-mail or fax.To learn more about this product offering, please visit this link.   

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Bosch launched series of firsts to demonstrate total solutions capability
Bosch launched series of firsts to demonstrate total solutions capability

At IFSEC 2006, Bosch Security Systems utilised a new stand design complete with a purpose-built demo suite to highlight its total security solutions capability, evident through its complete range of proven reliable, intruder, CCTV and communications technologies.Included within its intruder portfolio, and being seen for the first time in the UK, is the Abacus Evolution, an innovative intruder alarm panel range comprising two models designed for Grade 2 and Grade 3 residential and commercial applications that removes the burden of EN compliance and is quick and easy to install.  Abacus Evolution offers the highest levels of protection, whilst meeting and even exceeding the stringent false alarm requirements laid down by ACPO and the BSIA.Also look out for Blue Line, a new generation of aesthetically designed, high technology intrusion detectors that provide the optimum performance and maximum flexibility for installers working in virtually any residential/light commercial environment.Completing a hat-trick of new launches is the Connetix range of security communication products for intrusion and fire systems, offering reliable data transmission over a wide range of transmission paths and formats, and a turnkey solution for all audio and video verification needs.Within its CCTV portfolio, Bosch Security Systems will be showing the DiBos 8 family of powerful, network-oriented digital video surveillance and recording systems featuring advanced MPEG-4 digital encoding technology for the highest levels of image quality, information content, and data storage efficiency.  The new machine, which complements its highly successful DIVAR range, allows viewing of both live and recorded images on as many as 62 video channels (per unit), and has extensive communication, networking and systems interfacing features. Alongside the DiBos 8 is the Dibos Micro, ideal for smaller installations with a slimline desktop housing.  It allows the viewing of both live and recorded images on as many as 20 video channels with up to 12 audio channels, and has an internal storage capacity of 400 GB.The company’s IP credentials will be evidenced through its range of Cameras, including the latest Dinion IP high performance surveillance cameras delivering up to 25/30 images per second of DVD-quality video at a true 4 CIF MPEG-4 video resolution, and its Network Video Recorders (NVRs).  Bosch IP Network Video products are compatible with any existing analogue components installed.In the area of Public Address and Voice Evacuation, Bosch Security Systems has launched a new range of loudspeakers in line with market demand for the latest technology that combines optimum reliability and performance with a contemporary look and feel.The first of the four new product ranges is the EVAC Horn loudspeaker, available in 14”/25W and 20”/35W versions with maximum power outputs of 37.5W and 52.5W respectively and a frequency range of 550 – 5 kHz and 280 – 5 kHz.  Both are modular in concept, featuring high efficiency drivers and offering excellent speech reproduction. Both are similarly EVAC compliant.Also new is the Economy cabinet/column range comprising cabinet speaker, corner speaker and column speaker versions.  All feature modern styling, and are available from 6W up to 36W depending on model.  All are easy to install, and although low cost, offer good sound quality for the investment.Third of the new products to be launched are the new Metal Sound Projectors made from extruded aluminium and delivering very high quality speech and music reproduction.  The projectors are available in either a 20W version or a 12W Bi-Directional version and are both EVAC compliant. With the new products, Bosch Security Systems will also show its proven Praesideo technology - the world's first fully digital public address and emergency sound system characterised by the flexibility in the system configuration, simplicity in installation and high-quality audio reproduction.  Completing its display will be the Plena range of PA solutions that can be configured from relatively modest applications up to the largest, multi-zone sites, and is fully compatible with the broad Bosch range of microphones and loudspeakers.

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Bosch (Extreme CCTV) EX30 - IP Infrared camera
Bosch (Extreme CCTV) EX30 - IP Infrared camera

The Bosch EX30 is a single-sensor infrared imager for outdoor day/night surveillance applications. The EX30 features a 5~50 mm lens, the longest identification range of the infrared imagers at telephoto (150 ft), Black Diamond infrared illumination and a powerful processor for Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA). The EX30 also provides detection-level night-time imaging up to 350 ft, resulting in outstanding versatility for critical 24/7 surveillance applications.The EX30-IP Infrared Imager includes a 5~50mm IR-corrected lens and Black Diamond infrared illumination, calibrated to provide High-Fidelity night vision imaging. The NEMA4X-rated EX30 provides outstanding day and night imaging performance with lower bandwidth network impact than standard IP cameras. Ideal for critical applications such as force protection, perimeter surveillance and public area surveillance.Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA)On-board video content analysis monitors scene activity and flags user-defined events such as alarms (additional license required)Black Diamond High Fidelity Infrared technologyBlack Diamond technology eliminates hotspot foregrounds and underexposed backgroundsExtended range infrared to deliver detection-level imaging at 100 m (350 ft)Reduces image noise and enables better compression, reducing bit rates and enhancing network stabilityEnables effective night-time performance of video Analytics Rugged All-Weather ConstructionField-proven NEMA4X weather-sealed housingCable-managed wall bracketSliding optical chassis for easy-optical adjustmentsRugged all-weather constructionField-proven NEMA4X weather-sealed housingCable-managed wall bracketSliding optical chassis for easy-optical adjustmentsHigh-performance video encoderMPEG-4 and MJPEG at 30 fps, full resolutionTri-stream video allows for simultaneous high resolution viewing with high efficiency storage (or vice versa)Supported by a wide range of VMS and NVR solutions Precision Engineered Performance Optics540 TVL hi-resolution day/night CCD for vivid daytime colour and outstanding night vision5-50 mm infrared-corrected lens delivers a wide surveillance range from 45 m (150 ft) to 100 m (350 ft) for maximum imaging versatilityInfrared-corrected lens eliminates focus shift and infrared bleedDownload the Bosch Extreme IP imaging guide (236 KB, .pdf)

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IP cameras - Expert commentary

The increased role of video surveillance technology in our changing environment
The increased role of video surveillance technology in our changing environment

Today’s environment has evolved into something that according to some may seem unexplainable. But in the context of video surveillance, this is something that we understand. Allow me to shed some light and understanding in terms of security and why it truly is a necessity. Security is not a luxury, it is a necessity. An essential practice now peaking the interests of all businesses small and large. A video surveillance system is a cost effective option that does not require monitoring fees. As business slows, temporarily shuts down or closes, an increase in vacant properties is inevitable. This pandemic will continue to put severe pressure on many businesses around the country. With so many considered non-essential, it is really sad to see how many must shutter their doors and lay off employees. Keeping an eye out for suspicious activity using a commercial grade surveillance system that supports advanced analytics, may end up saving your potential customers thousands of dollars down the road. Demand for video surveillance and security products We can certainly draw on the conclusion that security is a “need” more so than a “want”. Times like this just further cement that thought process. In today’s economic spiral, people aren’t actively looking for lighting controls or home theaters. What they look for is a way to keep their loved ones safe, protect their homes, businesses and property. Video surveillance technology provides added security for you, your family and your business In my opinion, you will see video surveillance and security product sales skyrocket in the coming months and years. It has been reported that response times for first responders may be impacted as a result of COVID-19, leaving those with bad intent more time to ransack a property knowing that law enforcement may be slow to respond. Criminals will always take advantage of the situation. All we can do as a community is use common sense, stay vigilant through these odd times and watch out for one another. For some of us that may mean mitigating risks with technology. Affordable video monitoring solutions Having a solution that can quickly and securely share video footage may be the difference between identifying a perpetrator and becoming a victim. Ella, a video search platform developed by IC Realtime, makes every second of video instantly searchable and shareable, either with the authorities or your neighborhood social apps. Plus it is compatible with any RTSP streaming device. To wrap this up, it’s not about pointing out the obvious, it’s really about bringing awareness as to how technologies can be implemented to provide peace of mind without breaking the bank. Video surveillance technology is a way to do that and provide added security for you, your family and your business.

The digital transformation of access control solutions
The digital transformation of access control solutions

The safeguarding of premises through the monitoring of entrance and exit points has traditionally been a very manual aspect of security. Human operators have been relied on to make decisions about who to admit and deny based on levels of authorisation and the appropriate credentials. But the access control business, like many industries before it, is undergoing its own digital transformation; one where the protection of premises, assets and people is increasingly delivered by interconnected systems utilising IoT devices and cloud infrastructure to offer greater levels of security and protection. Modern access control solutions range from simple card readers to two factor authentication systems using video surveillance as a secondary means of identification, right through to complex networks of thermal cameras, audio speakers and sensors. These systems, connected through the cloud, can be customised and scaled to meet the precise requirements of today’s customer. And it’s the ease of cloud integration, combined with open technologies and platforms that is encouraging increasing collaboration and exciting developments while rendering legacy systems largely unfit for purpose. Remote management and advanced diagnostics Cloud technology and IoT connectivity means remote management and advanced diagnostics form an integral part of every security solution.Cloud technology and IoT connectivity means remote management and advanced diagnostics form an integral part of every security solution. For example, as the world faces an unprecedented challenge and the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause disruption, the ability to monitor and manage access to sites remotely is a welcome advantage for security teams who might otherwise have to check premises in person and risk breaking social distancing regulations. The benefits of not physically having to be on site extend to the locations within which these technologies can be utilised. As an example, within a critical infrastructure energy project, access can be granted remotely for maintenance on hard to reach locations. Advanced diagnostics can also play a part in such a scenario. When access control is integrated with video surveillance and IP audio, real-time monitoring of access points can identify possible trespassers with automated audio messages used to deter illegal access and making any dangers clear. And with video surveillance in the mix, high quality footage can be provided to authorities with real-time evidence of a crime in progress. Comprehensive protection in retail Within the retail industry, autonomous, cashier-less stores are already growing in popularity The use of connected technologies for advanced protection extends to many forward-looking applications. Within the retail industry, autonomous, cashier-less stores are already growing in popularity. Customers are able to use mobile technology to self-scan their chosen products and make payments, all from using a dedicated app. From an access control and security perspective, connected doors can be controlled to protect staff and monitor shopper movement. Remote management includes tasks such as rolling out firmware updates or restarting door controllers, with push notifications sent immediately to security personnel in the event of a breach or a door left open. Remote monitoring access control in storage In the storage facility space, this too can now be entirely run through the cloud with remote monitoring of access control and surveillance providing a secure and streamlined service. There is much to gain from automating the customer journey, where storage lockers are selected online and, following payment, customers are granted access. Through an app the customer can share their access with others, check event logs, and activate notifications. With traditional padlocks the sharing of access is not as practical, and it’s not easy for managers to keep a record of storage locker access. Online doors and locks enable monitoring capabilities and heightened security for both operators and customers. The elimination of manual tasks, in both scenarios, represents cost savings. When doors are connected to the cloud, their geographical location is rendered largely irrelevant. Online doors and locks enable monitoring capabilities and heightened security for both operators and customers They become IoT devices which are fully integrated and remotely programmable from anywhere, at any time. This creates a powerful advantage for the managers of these environments, making it possible to report on the status of a whole chain of stores, or to monitor access to numerous storage facilities, using the intelligence that the technology provides from the data it collects. Open platforms power continuous innovation All of these examples rely on open technology to make it possible, allowing developers and technology providers to avoid the pitfalls that come with the use of proprietary systems. The limitations of such systems have meant that the ideas, designs and concepts of the few have stifled the creativity and potential of the many, holding back innovation and letting the solutions become tired and their application predictable. Proprietary systems have meant that solution providers have been unable to meet their customers’ requirements until the latest upgrade becomes available or a new solution is rolled out. This use of open technology enables a system that allows for collaboration, the sharing of ideas and for the creation of partnerships to produce ground-breaking new applications of technology. Open systems demonstrate a confidence in a vendor’s own solutions and a willingness to share and encourage others to innovate and to facilitate joint learning. An example of the dynamic use of open technology is Axis’ physical access control hardware, which enables partners to develop their own cloud-based software for control and analysis of access points, all the while building and expanding on Axis’ technology platform. Modern access control solutions range from simple card readers to two factor authentication systems using video surveillance as a secondary means of identification Opportunities for growth Open hardware, systems and platforms create opportunities for smaller and younger companies to participate and compete, giving them a good starting point, and some leverage within the industry when building and improving upon existing, proven technologies. This is important for the evolution and continual relevance of the physical security industry in a digitally enabled world. Through increased collaboration across technology platforms, and utilising the full range of possibilities afforded by the cloud environment, the manufacturers, vendors and installers of today’s IP enabled access control systems can continue to create smart solutions to meet the ever-changing demands and requirements of their customers across industry.

Optimising large-scale event security and operations with intelligent video surveillance
Optimising large-scale event security and operations with intelligent video surveillance

Large event venues spend significant resources on physical security, and the vast majority invest in video surveillance systems as a way of monitoring public areas such as parking lots, garages and seating, as well as “backstage” areas such as loading docks and offices. Even though the camera footage is often preserved for investigating incidents, for the most part, video footage goes untapped because – realistically – security staff cannot constantly and efficiently monitor cameras in real-time or review the high volumes of archived video. Video analytics powered by Artificial Intelligence Increasingly, event venues are overcoming this challenge and maximising this video data by investing in intelligent video surveillance. In this article, I will explore how the combination of traditional surveillance and groundbreaking video content analytics enables event venues to not only optimise physical security and safety, but also improve customer service, streamline operations, and gather valuable business intelligence. Deep learning and artificial intelligence-based video content analytic systems detect, identify, extract, and catalog all the objects that appear in video footage based on classes and attributes such as gender, appearance similarity, color or size. This – along with behavioral detection, such as object interactions, dwell times, and navigation paths, as well as face and license plate recognition – enables searchable, actionable and quantifiable analysis of video. The technology makes it easy for users to accelerate post-event investigations, improve situational awareness, and derive critical business insights from video data. Accelerate post-event investigations, improve situational awareness, and derive critical business insights Accelerating investigations Where there are crowds, it’s not uncommon for medical or criminal incidents to transpire. In the aftermath, security teams must quickly understand the scene and, by making video searchable, video analytics helps them efficiently gather information or evidence from multiple camera. Whereas a manual search of video footage would require hours, if not days, of valuable time and staff resources – while being subject to human error – a video content analytics system enables effective multi-video search using a variety of filters, so that post-incident investigations can be focused and, thereby, accelerated. For instance, if witnesses claim that a man in a yellow shirt caused a disturbance and then drove away in a blue pickup truck, security could filter video to review instances where people or vehicles matching those descriptions appeared, and then focus their investigation on relevant video evidence. For the same example, if the perpetrator was still at large in the venue, security managers would want to track the person’s movements and, ultimately, apprehend him. Using the same cataloged metadata that drives video search, intelligent video surveillance accelerates real-time response to developing situations from threats and suspicious behaviors to emergencies, or even any behavior that requires closer monitoring or intervention. Something as mundane as an unwieldy queue forming at a concession stand can alert logic that increases operators’ situational awareness and ability to effectively intervene. By understanding developing situations in real-time, they can respond more quickly to prevent or solve a problem. Rule-based real time alerts Users can configure rule-based real-time alerts, based on specific scenarios – such as when people counts in the defined space next to the cashier are higher than the specified threshold, indicating a queue, or when vehicles are detected dwelling in a no-park zone or sensitive security area. In the case of the offender in the yellow shirt, security could configure alerts to notify for appearances of men in yellow shirts or blue pickup trucks within the event complex. If they’re able to extract the perpetrator’s face or license plate from the video search, security officers can also identify and track the specific person and vehicle of interest. Intelligent video surveillance users can compile “watchlists” Object recognition is helpful for tracking specific, identified threats, but it can also be leveraged for locating missing persons or vehicles or offering VIP services to guests who comply. Intelligent video surveillance users can compile “watchlists” – that include persons of interest, such as past agitators, recognised criminals or terrorists, missing persons or VIPs – to be alerted when matches for these faces appear in video. Face recognition can also be used to differentiate recognised employees from visitors that are not authorised to be in certain spaces in order to prevent security breaches. Because camera conditions aren’t always optimal for “in the wild” face and license plate recognition – where lighting conditions or camera angles don’t always allow for a pristine face or plate capture – it is critical to have a comprehensive video content analysis tool for triggering alerts based object classifications and non-personally-identifiable parameters. Optimising operations based on business intelligence While having real-time situational awareness is crucial for proactive intervention to developing situations, understanding long-term activity and trends can be equally important for an events venue or stadium. With video analytics, video surveillance data can be aggregated over time to generate statistical intelligence, trend reports, and data visualisations for operational intelligence. This capability transforms video surveillance from a siloed security tool to an intelligence platform with broad value for business groups across the organisation. Marketing departments can gain visitor demographic information for targeted advertising and product placements. On-site retailers can uncover how visitors navigate their stores and the products or spaces that draw the most attention. Property management can follow heatmaps demonstrating where visitors dwell and the durations they stay at certain exhibits or areas, to base rental and leasing fees on actionable and quantifiable intelligence. Operations managers can more effectively plan and hire staff for events, by analysing visitor traffic trends, entry and exit points and occupancy statistics.   Video surveillance data can be aggregated over time to generate statistical intelligence For these reasons and more, event organisations that already rely on CCTV networks should consider how to better leverage those existing investments to deliver substantial value across the organisation. By making video searchable, actionable and quantifiable, intelligent video surveillance empowers event managers to enhance public safety and physical security, while also streamlining operations and improving customer service.

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Functionality beyond security: The advent of open platform cameras
Functionality beyond security: The advent of open platform cameras

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic marks the biggest global disruption since World War II. While the ‘new normal’ after the crisis is still taking shape, consumers are apprehensive about the future. According to a recent survey, 60% of shoppers are afraid of going grocery shopping, with 73% making fewer trips to physical stores. Returning to the workplace is also causing unease, as 66% of employees report feeling uncomfortable about returning to work after COVID-19.  Businesses and employers are doing their best to alleviate these fears and create safe environments in and around their buildings. This also comes at tremendous costs for new safety measures and technologies – including updates to sanitation protocols and interior architecture – that protect against COVID-19. Costs in the billions that most businesses will face alone, without support from insurance and amidst larger macroeconomic challenges. Saving costs and increasing security But what if building operators, retail shop owners, and other stakeholders could save costs by leveraging new functionality from their existing security infrastructure? More specifically, expanding the use of current-generation security cameras – equipped with AI-driven image analysis capabilities – beyond the realm of security and into meeting new health regulations. This is exactly where video analytics algorithms come into play. And in the next step, a new evolutionary approach towards open security camera platforms promises new opportunities. Security cameras have evolved from mere image capturing devices into complex data sensors Over the past decade, security cameras have evolved from mere image capturing devices into complex data sensors. They provide valuable data that can be analysed and used in beneficial ways that are becoming the norm. Since 2016, Bosch has offered built-in Video Analytics as standard on all its IP cameras. On one hand, this enables automated detection of security threats more reliably than human operators. And on the other hand, video analytics collect rich metadata to help businesses improve safety, increase efficiency, reduce costs, and create new value beyond security. Expanding camera functionality beyond security Today, we have ‘smart’ security cameras with built-in video analytics to automatically warn operators of intruders, suspicious objects and dangerous behaviors. The rich metadata from several cameras on the same network can also be consolidated by making use of an intelligent software solution. It offers so-called pre-defined widgets to provide business intelligence by measuring area fill levels, counting building occupancy and detecting the formation of crowds. In combination with live video stream data, these insights enable heightened situational awareness to security operators. What’s more, operators are free to set their own parameters – like maximum number of occupants in a space and ‘off limit’ areas – to suit their needs. These user-centric widgets also come in handy in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Specific widgets can trigger an alarm, public announcement or trigger a 'traffic light' when the maximum number of people in a space is exceeded. Building operators can also use available intelligence such as foot traffic ‘heat maps’ to identify problem areas that tend to become congested and place hand sanitiser stations at heavily frequented hotspots. At the same time, the option to perform remote maintenance on these systems limits the exposure of technicians in the field during the pandemic. Again, the underlying camera hardware and software already exist. Cameras will be able to ‘learn’ future functionality to curb the spread of the coronavirus Looking ahead, cameras with video analytic and neural network-based analytic capabilities will be able to ‘learn’ future functionality to curb the spread of the coronavirus. For instance, cameras could monitor distances between individuals and trigger voice announcements when social distancing guidelines are violated. Facial recognition software can be trained to monitor personal protective equipment (PPE) compliance and sound alerts for persons entering buildings without masks. The technical requirements are already in place. The task at hand is to deliver these new functionalities to cameras at scale, which is where open camera platforms hold the key. Why open camera operating systems? When it comes to innovating future camera applications that extend beyond security, no hardware manufacturer should go at it alone. Instead, an open platform approach provides the environment for third-party developers to innovate and market new functions. In essence, an open platform principle allows customers and users to change the behavior of devices by adding software afterwards. This software can either be found in an app store or can be self-developed. For a precedent, we can look at the mobile phone industry. This is where software ecosystems like Android and Apple’s iOS have become the norm. They have also become major marketplaces, with the Apple App Store generating $519 billion in billings on 2019, as users use their phones for far more than just making phone calls. In the same way, intelligent cameras will be used far beyond classic video applications in the future. To get there, adopting an open platform principle is essential for a genuine transformation on an industry level. But establishing an open platform principle in the fragmented video security industry demands a cooperative approach. In 2018 Bosch started a fully owned start-up company, Security & Safety Things, and became one of five founding members of OSSA (Open Security & Safety Alliance). With more than 40 members, the Alliance has collectively created the first Technology Stack for “open” video security devices. This includes the OSSA Application Interface Specification and Compliant Device Definition Specification. An open camera platform for innovating future functionality  Based on OSSA’s common APIs, collective approach on data security and core system requirements for video security cameras, the first camera manufacturers were able to build video security cameras that adopt an open platform principle. Further fueling innovation, OSSA focused on driving the creation of one centralised marketplace to unite demand and supply in the market. Camera devices that are built in accordance with OSSA’s Technology Stack, so-called “Driven by OSSA” devices, can benefit from this marketplace which consists of three pillars: a development environment, an application store, and a device management portal. Security & Safety Things has advanced OSSA’s open camera platform concept, built this marketplace for the security and safety industry and has developed the open OS that powers the first “Driven by OSSA” devices. Making it quick and simple to customise security solutions by installing and executing multiple apps This year, Bosch, as one of the first camera manufacturers, introduces the new INTEOX generation of open platform cameras. To innovate a future beyond security functionality, INTEOX combines built-in Intelligent Video Analytics from Bosch, an open Operating System (OS), and the ability to securely add software apps as needed. Thanks to the fully open principle, system integrators are free to add apps available in the application store, making it quick and simple to customise security solutions by installing and executing multiple apps on the INTEOX platform. In turn, app developers can now focus on leveraging the intelligence and valuable data collected by analytics-equipped cameras for their own software developments to introduce new exciting possibilities of applying cameras. These possibilities are needed as smart buildings and IoT-connected technology platforms continue to evolve. And they will provide new answers to dealing with COVID-19. The aforementioned detection of face masks and PPE via facial detection algorithms is just one of manifold scenarios in which new apps could provide valuable functionality. Contact tracing is another field where a combination of access control and video analytics with rich metadata can make all the difference. Overall, open camera platforms open a future where new, complex functionality that can save lives, ensure business continuity and open new business opportunities will arrive via something as simple as a software update. And this is just the beginning.

Bosch introduces Access Management System 3.0 that integrates with other security solutions
Bosch introduces Access Management System 3.0 that integrates with other security solutions

Today’s market wants access control systems that are always available, scalable, and integrated with other security solutions like video and intrusion systems to ensure the highest security and safety levels. At the same time, these systems must be easy to configure and use. With the introduction of the Access Management System 3.0, Bosch meets all of these requirements. Always available for security Access Management System 3.0 is designed to be available at all times. Its resilient design includes a Master Access Controller (MAC) as an additional layer of defence between the server and the access controllers. If the server fails, the MAC takes over, ensuring continuous communication across controllers while sharing necessary information from the card readers. In addition, access control functionalities that involve multiple access readers, such as anti-passback and guard tour can continue to perform. The anti-passback functionality is an important feature to ensure a high level of security. It prevents a cardholder from passing a card to another person enabling an unauthorised entry. Guard tour is a safety functionality offered to security guards, which uses access readers as checkpoints along a defined route at specified times. Threat level management The different threat levels can make all doors open, or all doors blocked, or a mix of open and blocked Any deviation of sequence or timing causes an alarm in the Access Management System. Immediate notifications to colleagues or first responders increase the safety of security guards. In the rare event that both the Access Management System 3.0 server and the MAC fail, cardholders can still enter and leave areas with their badges because the database is stored directly on the Access Management Controllers (AMCs). Thanks to this offline capability, it is possible to save millions of events even during downtimes, ensuring the continuous availability of the system. Access Management System 3.0 offers up to 15 configurable threat levels such as lockdown, controlled lockdown, or evacuation, which means safety measures can be initiated quickly in critical situations such as fire or security breach. The threat level state is activated by one of three triggers: operator workstation, external contact such as an emergency button, or specially configured “emergency” cards that are presented to a reader. The different threat levels can make all doors open, or all doors blocked, or a mix of open and blocked. Scalable and future-proof Users can start small and add extra capacity whenever necessary. The Access Management System 3.0 software can be expanded up to 10,000 doors and 200,000 cardholders. The software is offered in three pre-configured software bundles from medium to large organisations: Lite (max. 144 doors), Plus (max. 512 doors), and Professional (max. 10,000 doors). All bundles support up to 200,000 cardholders. No hardware needs replacing when expanding; users only require software upgrades and possibly additional controllers, readers, and cards. So, increasing the system is also cost-efficient. Customers who work with the software solution Access Professional Edition (APE) from Bosch can migrate to the Access Management System 3.0 by using the new importer/exporter tool. Together with regular updates to data security enhancements, these features make the system a future-proof investment - suitable for office and government buildings, retail environments, educational institutions, and more. Easy configuration and operation Access Management System 3.0 also has trusted digital certificates for mutual authenticationConfiguration is easy: Users can import existing floor maps into the system, and drag and drop icons on the map to represent controllers, doors, and building objects. User onboarding is straightforward. For example, enrolment and assignment of access profiles are all implemented in one dialogue manager. Operation is smooth: The graphical user interface (GUI) is simple and easy to understand. The dark colour scheme of the GUI reduces eye-strain and fatigue, so operators stay fresh and alert. Access Management System 3.0 offers protection against cybercrime and loss of personal data. The database, as well as the communication between the server and access controllers, is encrypted at all stages through the support of the secure Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) v2 protocol. Access Management System 3.0 also has trusted digital certificates for mutual authentication between the server and client to prevent tampering by unauthorised clients and uses secure design principles such as “secure-by-default” and “principle of least privilege.” Integration with third-party solutions Access Management System 3.0 is ideal as a standalone solution to meet today’s access control needs. It integrates seamlessly with Bosch B Series and G Series intrusion control panels as well as with video systems such as Bosch Video Management System or third-party systems like Milestone’s XProtect for increased security and enhanced situational awareness. The integrated command and control functionality enables operators to arm and disarm intrusion panels directlyIntegration with Bosch Video Management System (version 10.1 and higher) offers manual video verification to increase the security level at doors. The operator can visually verify whether the person at the door matches the registered person in the database. If so, the operator allows the person to enter. Bosch Video Management System integration also enables searching for cardholder events and events at doors. With the searching functionality, it is possible to quickly check who has entered an area and at what time. Moreover, access commands and events can be handled in Bosch Video Management System, making the operation of the integrated system most efficient. Intrusion control panels integration B and G Series intrusion control panels integrate seamlessly into Access Management System 3.0 for efficient authorisation management and a central overview of all access and intrusion events. With central user management, operators can add, delete, and modify intrusion-related user passcodes and authorisations directly into the system, as well as organise users by groups or functionalities. The integrated command and control functionality enables operators to arm and disarm intrusion panels directly in the Access Management System 3.0 user interface as well as to see states of the areas (e.g. “armed”, “ready to arm”) and detectors (e.g. “motion detected”) on the system map. This provides operators with a central overview of all access and intrusion states, allowing them to easily and remotely handle intrusion events. Bosch Access Management System 3.0 is available for sale and makes access management simple, scalable, and always available.

Open Security and Safety Alliance announce commercial video security cameras and Application Interface Specification
Open Security and Safety Alliance announce commercial video security cameras and Application Interface Specification

The Open Security & Safety Alliance (OSSA), an industry body comprised of influencers and innovative organisations from all facets of the security, safety and building automation space, announced a series of milestones achieved in the past 20 months since the Alliance opened its doors. Significant markers include the OSSA common Technology Stack and two resulting specifications, the introduction of the first OSSA-inspired digital marketplace, and the newly unveiled “Driven by OSSA” designation for the first commercially available video security devices based on the Alliance philosophy and purpose. These accomplishments roll up into the organisation’s overall vision of ‘one global approach to fuel the creation of new value within the security and safety space.’ Consistency across video security devices The OSSA-orchestrated ecosystem is designed to enhance trust, and to enable innovation and opportunity for industry stakeholders and customers. The initiative is anchored by OSSA’s first Technology Stack, which describes the fundamental thoughts on how to create harmony across video security devices to enhance trust and enable innovation. Under the umbrella of this guiding document, and further solidifying it, the Alliance is now launching the first two in a series of technical specifications, being: OSSA Application Interface Specification This technical specification (available to OSSA members only) defines a set of four interfaces which collectively enable third-party software applications to run on video security cameras following the Technology Stack. The input stream describes the video frames and messages the applications can subscribe to. The web API describes how applications can make use of the camera’s webserver to support, configuration and data upload to the application. The system APIs provide system information regarding OS version, capabilities and information about the video security camera. This is needed to understand the features and APIs that are available on the cameras to make use of device-specific functionality. The streaming application model allows applications to interact with each other. Apps can share their results, such as events and scene descriptions, with other apps on the device or (video management) software in the network. OSSA Compliant Device Definition Specification This technical specification sets the core system requirements for video security cameras following the OSSA Technology Stack to provide a basis of trust and for app interoperability across vendors. This spec is publicly available. The First “Driven by OSSA” Commercial Cameras Camera manufacturers have started to introduce to the market, devices designed to reduce fragmentation and orchestrate harmony within an open ecosystem for the surveillance industry. The first manufacturers to launch cameras based on OSSA’s Technology Stack include Topview/Qisda, Ability/AndroVideo, Bosch (through their INTEOX camera line), VIVOTEK and Hanwha Techwin. The first commercially available products based on the specifications set forth by the Alliance, OSSA will receive a signage mark for video security cameras. Companies that use this “Driven by OSSA” signage: Are full OSSA members; have signed the OSSA by-laws guiding amongst other things minimum requirements regarding data security and privacy protection. Follow the OSSA Technology Stack for video security devices that prescribes the use of an open operating system (OS). Security & Safety Things, an OSSA member company, developed the open OS and made it available to OSSA members. Ensure seamless connectivity within one centralised digital marketplace. Offer the ability to install and execute third-party apps on their cameras. One Centralised Digital Marketplace OSSA is driving the creation of one centralised marketplace to unite demand and supply in the market. Camera devices that are built in accordance with OSSA’s Technology Stack, so-called “Driven by OSSA” devices, can benefit from this marketplace which consists of (1) a development environment (2) an application store and (3) a device management portal. System integrators, using the application store, can deploy available apps across devices, in a brand independent manner, to meet specific customer requirements. App developers will find in the development environment comprehensive tools, documentation and libraries to develop new software applications. These new apps can then be offered for sale through the application store. “This is an exciting time for security and safety professionals as the main industry players pivot together in a new direction based on digital connections afforded by the IoT,” said Johan Jubbega, President, Open Security & Safety Alliance. “In these current times of global change and uncertainty, it’s of vital importance that we persist in our quest for new market opportunities and current market efficiencies, and we’re proud to be facilitating this movement that is shaping the future of the security and safety systems environment.”

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