From 21th to 23th January INTERSEC 2018 in Dubai will showcase the latest products in security, safety and fire protection. Bosch Security Systems will display its innovative security, safety and communications products on booth S1-I22, Saeed Hall 1.  

Future of video security

The IoT is changing the way we view video security, quite literally. Now, cameras need to be so much more than devices with which to simply capture images; they need to be far smarter than that. Today cameras are becoming an integral part of the vast digital connectivity infrastructure, they need to be shaped into intelligent sensors that have the ability to extract invaluable data to help businesses make improvements in the area of video security, and beyond. At INTERSEC Bosch introduces her latest “i” camera portfolio. This intelligent camera portfolio with built-in video analytics as standard will rewrite the rules of video security.

The ‘i’ cameras

These intelligent cameras with built-in video analytics as standard will rewrite the rules of video security. Basic requirements have not been dismissed. Highest image quality, bitrate management (reductions by up to 80 percent) and data security will always be a priority. It’s the added intelligence and connectivity that sets them apart from conventional cameras and makes them truly intelligent.

The ‘i’ camera portfolio consists of the IP 4000i, IP 5000i and IP 6000i fixed dome and bullet cameras, the AUTODOME IP 4000i, IP 5000i and IP 5000i IR moving cameras and MIC IP starlight 7000i and MIC IP fusion 9000i cameras.

These truly intelligent ‘i’ cameras are capable of:

  • Interacting and sharing information with other devices
  • The ability to perform tasks independently
  • Detailed interpretation for situational awareness – object speed, direction, color, size etc.

IP 4000i, IP 5000i and IP 6000i cameras

A completely renewed portfolio with fixed dome and bullet cameras. From retail to industrial solutions, a smart combination of these cameras offers solutions for indoor or outdoor, day or night, discrete or visible video security. With built-in video analytics as standard, they offer the ability to start repurposing captured video data for other uses than security alone.

The new Bosch AUTODOME moving cameras give the ability to locate, track and zoom in on objects quickly and easily

AUTODOME IP 4000i, 5000i and 5000i IR

These moving cameras give the ability to locate, track and zoom in on objects quickly and easily. With a resolution of 1080p combined with 30x optical zoom, users can easily identify objects over large distances, offering total control of what they choose to see. The new AUTODOME IP 4000i, IP 5000i and IP 5000i IR cameras from Bosch now add metadata to all captured video images. This data can be used to improve security by automatically alerting users once pre-defined criteria are met or for other uses beyond security.

MIC IP starlight 7000i and MIC IP fusion 9000i

The true potential of the MIC IP moving cameras is the combination of their rugged design with built-in Intelligent Video Analytics that is specifically designed for the most demanding environments. Even in the most extreme conditions, video data can be interpreted directly at the source to further improve the level of security or enable the video data to do more than security alone.

The new MIC IP fusion 9000i offers a unique feature in terms of video analytics: metadata fusion. It fuses the metadata of the camera’s built-in optical and thermal imager, providing users with full situational awareness - regardless of whether it’s the optical or thermal video stream that’s being watched. Metadata fusion helps users to focus on ‘invisible’ things that need attention.

Another innovation offered by both MIC IP models is video analytics in motion. An operator is alerted, or the camera’s Intelligent Tracking feature is triggered, the moment a moving object or person is detected while the MIC IP camera is panning, tilting or zooming.

BVMS 8.0 brings new functionalities that allow security operators to
respond faster to incidents

Building Integration System 4.5

The Bosch Building Integration System (BIS) is a software solution that manages different Bosch security subsystems like access control, video surveillance, fire alarm, public address or intrusion systems on one single platform.

Now, BIS is more integrated than ever. Visit us to see how BIS 4.5 can easily manage even more systems, such as Bosch AVIOTEC cameras for early smoke and fire detection or the Bosch’s PAVIRO Public Address System.

Bosch Video Management System 8.0

BVMS 8.0 brings new functionalities that allow security operators to respond faster to incidents by monitoring more cameras concurrently and more efficiently.

Experience how the Bosch Video Stitcher combines multiple high-resolution cameras into a single panoramic view. This allows an operator to have better overview of an airfield at an airport or a harbor. And of course, with BVMS operators get the best out of the technology of our Bosch cameras. With BVMS 8.0, it is so easy to switch between the optical and thermal imager of our MIC IP fusion 9000i so surveillance can continue even in a smoke-filled tunnel.

In-Store Analytics solution for retailers

Merchandising and customer service can set your stores apart from online retail, helping you increase loyalty and sales. Based on cameras with built-in video analytics, the FLEXIDOME IP panoramic 7000, you can use In-Store Analytics to provide your merchandising and operations teams with reliable customer traffic insights to make informed decisions. Learn how to maximise customer engagement and service performance in your stores, or ensure sufficient staffing during peak times to continually optimise the quality of customer service.

LB20 series loudspeakers from Bosch are a cost-effective “go-to” solution featuring superior audio

B and G Series – The Integrated Security Solution

More security, greater control: Check out integrated solutions with G and B Series for intrusion detection, door control, video integration, UL fire functionality and mobile access.

LB20 premium commercial loudspeakers

Designed with the contractor in mind, LB20 series loudspeakers from Bosch are a cost-effective “go-to” solution featuring superior audio. Acoustically matched and aesthetically compatible with other Bosch models, the LB20 series incorporates innovative features that efficiently address the real-world needs of both the installer and the end-user. The innovative wall-mount system makes installation easy. All models are weather resistant, weatherproof versions are also available.

PAVIRO Public Address and Voice Evacuation System

Using IP networking technology, PAVIRO provides a highly flexible, reliable and secure system solution with superior audio quality and low latency – independent of distance and project size. As installers can use existing networks in the building infrastructure, relying on IP technology also results in faster installations and lower implementation costs.

Sony maximum performance in low-light situations

With the SNC-VB770 4K network camera from Sony there is no more need to fear darkness. Thanks to the ultra-high sensitivity of ISO 409600 this camera captures crisply detailed Ultra HD color video footage in near darkness where other cameras struggle.

The extra detail of 4K means that fewer cameras are needed to cover airports, shopping malls and other large sites – reducing hardware inventory, simplifying installation and cutting running costs. On top of that, smart analytics allow for just one camera to recognise and intelligently track several moving objects with high resolution without sacrificing overall situational awareness of the whole scene. It’s like having a PTZ camera for close-ups plus a wide-area fixed camera in the same box.

Sony’s latest G6-R cameras provide cutting-edge image capture technology

Sony’s latest G6-R cameras provide cutting-edge image capture technology with minimum illumination of 0.006 lux. These eight new models can capture images beyond the reach of conventional security cameras, helping to provide security professionals with better visibility and in turn greater accuracy.

With the V Series Security professionals can capture objects in dark conditions from a distance of up to 100m. The E Series features SD card recording as a back-up option in the event of network outage as well as 2-way audio, providing users with remote intercom and audio recording functionality wherever it is needed.

Award winner AVIOTEC IP starlight 8000

AVIOTEC IP starlight 8000 for video-based fire detection, which has won several awards over the last two years, is now VdS-certified and the perfect answer for facilities used for industry, transportation, warehousing and utilities such as energy to minimise detection time with low false alarm rates. Bosch technology spots fires and disturbances, predicts behavior to reduce false alarms and speeds up reaction times – helping you stop threats before they spread.

Monitored project planning

Bosch’s newest planning and support tool enables users a precise design according to EN-54 regulations, including the allocation of peripherals on different loops. Taking into consideration the actual topology, the Security Systems Designer ensures that every project detail is taken into account. This is made possible through a complete plausibility check and the automatised as well as customised provision of a comprehensive documentation, fitted precisely to your needs.

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Enhance traditional security systems within your smart home
Enhance traditional security systems within your smart home

Market dynamics are changing the U.S. residential security market, creating new business models that better appeal to the approximately 70% of households without a security system. Smart home adjacencies have helped revitalise the traditional security industry, and alternative approaches to systems and monitoring for the security industry are emerging, including a new batch of DIY systems. Growth in the residential security market and its position as the channel for smart home solutions have attracted numerous new entrants. Telecoms, cable operators, and CE (consumer electronics) manufacturers are joining traditional security players as they compete to fulfill consumer demand for safety and security. Connected products also provide a layer of competition as consumers must decide whether having category devices such as doorbell video cameras, networked cameras, and other products suffice for their security. Increasingly competitive landscape Smart home services can provide additional revenue streams for the security industry For instance, IP cameras are a highly popular smart home device rooted in security, and Parks Associates estimates 7.7 million standalone and all-in-one networked/IP cameras will be sold in the U.S. in 2018, with $889M in revenues. Product owners may feel their security needs are fulfilled with this single purchase, as such dealers and service providers are under increasing pressure to communicate their value proposition to consumers. Categorically, each type of player is facing competition uniquely—national, regional, and local dealers all have a different strategy for overcoming the increasingly competitive landscape. Smart home services can provide additional revenue streams for the security industry. In Parks Associates’ 2017 survey of U.S. security dealers, 58% report that smart home service capabilities enable extra monthly revenue. Almost half of dealers also note they have to offer smart home devices and services in order to keep up with their competition. While white-label devices are acceptable in some instances, dealers need to integrate with hero products whenever possible when those exist for a category. For dealers who have added smart home devices and services are all potential benefits and good for business Improved customer engagement That 2017 survey also revealed 36% of security dealers that offer interactive services report security system sales with a networked camera and 16% report sales with a smart thermostat. For dealers who have added smart home devices and services, enhanced system utility, increased daily value, and improved customer engagement with the system are all potential benefits and good for business. Security has served as the most productive channel for smart home solutions, mainly because the products create natural extensions of a security system’s functions and benefits, but as smart home devices, subsystems, and controllers expand their functionality, availability, and DIY capabilities, many standalone devices constitute competition to classical security. Particularly viable substitute devices include IP cameras, smart door locks, smart garage doors, or a combination of these devices. Products that are self-installed offer both convenience and cost savings, and these drivers are significant among DIY consumers—among the 6% of broadband households that installed a security system themselves, 39% did it to save money. Enhance traditional security Self-installable smart home devices may resonate with a segment of the market who want security While many security dealers believe substitute offerings are a threat, some dealers do not find such devices an existential threat but instead view them as another path to consumer awareness. They argue that the difference between smart product substitutes and traditional security is that of a solution that provides knowledge versus a system that gives one the ability to act on that knowledge. A common theme among professional monitoring providers is that a homeowner who is aware of events happening in the home does not necessarily have a secure and protected household. For example, a Nest camera, a DIY product, notifies a consumer via smartphone about events in the home when it detects motion, but only when the notification is opened and identified will a consumer be able to act on the related event. Self-installable smart home devices may resonate with a segment of the market who want security but are unwilling to adopt professional monitoring; however, providers can leverage these devices to enhance traditional security features and communicate the value of professional monitoring. Smart home devices and features, while posing a threat to some security companies, are a potential way forward to increased market growth Increased market growth A key counterstrategy for security dealers and companies is to leverage their current, powerful role as the prime channel for smart home devices. Many security dealers now include smart home devices with their security systems to complement their offerings and increase system engagement. For example, as of Q4 2017, nearly 70% of U.S. broadband households that were very likely to purchase a security system in the next 12 months reported that they want a camera to be included as part of their security system purchase. In response, many security system providers now offer IP cameras as optional enhancements for their systems. Smart home devices and features, while posing a threat to some security companies, are a potential way forward to increased market growth. Security dealers have an opportunity to become more than a security provider but a smart home solutions provider rooted in safety. Provide status updates Comcast has entered both the professionally monitored security market and the market for smart home services The alternative is to position as a provider of basic security with low price as the key differentiator. Comcast has entered both the professionally monitored security market and the market for smart home services independent of security. It has discovered that monetising smart home value propositions through recurring revenue becomes increasingly challenging as the value extends further away from life safety. Since the security industry remains the main channel for smart home services, security dealers are in a unique position to leverage that strength. Value propositions must shift from the traditional arming and disarming of a system to peace-of-mind experiences that builds off the benefits of smart devices in the home to provide status updates (e.g., if the kids arrived home safely) and monitoring at will (e.g., checking home status at any time to see a pet or monitor a package delivery). These types of clear value propositions and compelling use cases, which resonate with consumer and motivate them to expand beyond standalone products, will help expand the home security market.

What is the value of "free" video management systems?
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They say that every choice has a cost. It's a basic principle that, economically speaking, nothing is free. If it doesn't cost actual money, it may be expensive in terms of time, attention and/or effort. These are interesting observations to keep in mind as one peruses the various "free" video management system (VMS) offerings available on the market. Some are provided by camera companies to unify their products into a "system", even if it's a small one. Other free VMS offerings are entry-level versions offered by software companies with the intent of the customer upgrading later to a paid version. For more insights, we asked this week's Expert Panel Roundtable: What is the value of “free” video management systems (VMSs) and how can a customer decide whether “free” is the right price for them?

The ongoing challenge of IT and data risk management
The ongoing challenge of IT and data risk management

Managing IT and data risk is a challenging job. When we outsource our IT, applications and data processing to third-parties more and more every day, managing that risk becomes almost impossible. No longer are our data and systems contained within an infrastructure that we have full control over. We now give vendors our data, and allow them to conduct operations on our behalf.  The problem is, we don’t control their infrastructure, and we can never fully look under the hood to understand and vet their ability to protect our data and operations. We have to fully understand how important this issue is, and ensure we have the right governance, processes and teams to identify and mitigate any risks found in our vendors. No longer are our data and systems contained within an infrastructure that we have full control over Today, everything is connected. Our own networks have Internet of Things (IoT) devices.  We have VPN connections coming in, and we aren’t always sure who is on the other end of that connection. It is a full-time job just to get a handle on our own risk. How much harder, and how much larger should our teams and budgets be, to truly know and trust that our vendors can secure those devices and external connections?  For every device and application we have internally, it is very difficult to even keep an accurate inventory. Do all of our vendors have some special sauce that allows them to overcome the traditional challenges of securing internal and vendor-connected networks? They are doing the same thing we are – doing our best with the limited human and financial resources allocated by our organisation. Risk stratification and control objectives  The benefits of outsourcing operations or using a vendor web application are clear. So how can we properly vet those vendors from an IT risk perspective?  The very first thing we need to put in place is Risk Stratification. Risk Stratification presents a few targeted questions in the purchasing process. These questions include – what type of data will be shared? How much of this data? Will the data be hosted by a vendor? Will this hosting be in the US or offshored? Has the vendor ever had a data breach? These questions allow you to quickly discern if a risk assessment is needed and if so, what depth and breadth.  Risk stratification allows you to make decisions that not only improve your team’s efficiency, but also ensure that you are not being a roadblock to the business Risk stratification allows you to make decisions that not only improve your team’s efficiency, but also ensure that you are not being a roadblock to the business. With risk stratification, you can justify the extra time needed to properly assess a vendor’s security.  And in the assessment of a vendor’s security, we have to consider what control objectives we will use. Control objectives are access controls, policies, encryption, etc. In healthcare, we often use the HITRUST set of control objectives. In assessing against those control objectives, we usually use a spreadsheet.  Today, there are many vendors who will sell us more automated ways to get that risk assessment completed, without passing spreadsheets back and forth. These solutions are great if you can get the additional budget approved.  Multi-factor authentication  Even if we are using old-fashioned spreadsheets, we can ensure that the questions asked of the vendor include a data flow and network/security architecture document.  We want to see the SOC2 report if they are hosting their solution in Amazon, etc. If they are hosting it within their own datacentre, we absolutely want to see a SOC2 Type II report. If they haven’t done that due diligence, should that be a risk for you?  Today, we really need to be requiring our vendors to have multi-factor authentication on both their Internet-facing access, as well as their privileged internal access to our sensitive data. I rate those vendors who do not have this control in place as a high risk. We’ve recently seen breaches that were able to happen because the company did not require administrators or DBAs to use a 2-factor authentication into sensitive customer data sources.  In the assessment of a vendor’s security, one has to consider what control objectives to use This situation brings up the issue of risk acceptance. Who in your organisation can accept a high risk? Are you simply doing qualitative risk assessment – high, medium and low risks? Or are you doing true quantitative risk analysis? The latter involves actually quantifying those risks in terms of likelihood and impact of a risk manifesting, and the dollar amount that could impact your organisation.   So is it a million dollars of risk? Who can accept that level of risk? Just the CEO? These are questions we need to entertain in our risk management programs, and socialised within your organisation.  This issue is so important – once we institute risk acceptance, our organisation suddenly starts caring about the vendors and applications we’re looking to engage.  If they are asked to accept a risk without some sort of mitigation, they suddenly care and think about that when they are vetting future outsourced solutions. Quantitative risk analysis involves quantifying risks in terms of likelihood and impact of a risk manifesting Risk management process  In this discussion, it is important to understand how we think of, and present, the gaps we identify in our risk management processes. A gap is not a risk. If I leave my front door unlocked, is that a control gap or a risk? It is a gap – an unlocked door. What is the risk?  The risk is the loss of property due to a burglary or the loss of life due to a violent criminal who got in because the door was unlocked. When we present risks, we can’t say the vendor doesn’t encrypt data. The risk of the lack of encryption is fines, loss of reputation, etc. due to the breach of data. A gap is not a risk.  Once we’ve conducted our risk analysis, we must then ensure that our contracts protect our organisation? If we’re in healthcare, we must determine if the vendor is, in fact, a true HIPAA Business Associate, and if so we get a Business Associate Agreement (BAA) in place. I also require my organisation to attach an IT Security Amendment to these contracts. The IT Security Amendment spells out those control objectives, and requires each vendor to sign off on those critical controls. We are responsible for protecting our organisation’s IT and data infrastructure – today that often means assessing a 3rd-party’s security controls One final note on risk assessments – we need to tier our vendors. We tier them in different ways – in healthcare a Tier 1 vendor is a vendor who will have our patient information on the Internet. Tiering allows us to subject our vendors to re-assessment. A tier 1 vendor should be re-assessed annually, and may require an actual onsite assessment vs. a desk audit. A tier 2 vendor is re-assessed every 2 years, etc. We are responsible for protecting our organisation’s IT and data infrastructure – today that often means assessing a 3rd-party’s security controls. We must be able to fully assess our vendors while not getting in the way of the business, which needs to ensure proper operations, financial productivity and customer satisfaction. If we truly understand our challenge of vendor risk management, we can tailor our operations to assess at the level needed, identify and report on risks, and follow-up on any risks that needed mitigated.