Bosch IP Surveillance

Understanding the security needs of small shops
Understanding the security needs of small shops

Complete solutions for small retail using Advantage Line products from Bosch Bosch has a deep understanding of surveillance applications, with experience in satisfying the needs of customers and installers, large or small. Drawing on its heritage of high quality technology and manufacture, the ‘Advantage Line’ products from Bosch are ideal for smaller installations where both professional security capability and affordability are essential. Small shops are a typical application area which can benefit significantly from Advantage Line solutions. Priced to fit a limited budget, they give shop owners a high quality system with just the right amount of features. Available directly from distributors, they also offer installers the price / performance choice they always wanted for these types of installation. Creating an effective small shop security system Whether installing an analogue or IP network system, Advantage Line offers all the components needed to create an effective small retail security system. For a small shop, a typical set-up would start with two IP or analog dome color cameras for a general overview. These discrete options enhance overall security and enable staff to concentrate on sales rather than watching the shop. The addition of a 19” confrontation monitor at the entrance advertises the presence of CCTV on the premises, maximising the ‘deterrent’ factor of the installation. At the cashier desk an IP / analogue dome colour camera can keep a protective eye on staff or on the till, while another dome camera above the stock entrance door guards against unauthorized access. If the shop has an outdoor area or car park, one or two infrared dome cameras or IP 200 Series infrared bullet cameras are ideal for helping identify potential criminals. Overall, very few cameras are required due to their great image performance. System management can be handled by a 600 Series video recorder, which can display playback and recorded video from up to 8 analogue cameras. The 600 Series allows multiple cameras to be monitored from a single location, useful to shop owners with several outlets. It can also stream live video over the internet, so scenes can even be viewed on a smartphone. Alternatively if the system uses IP cameras, video recording can be safeguarded by taking advantage of their internal SD-card capability, allowing on-board video storage or central storage on NAS. The images will be shown by using a PC and Bosch free software. Quick and easy installation and operation Product integration, set-up and operation are all designed to be quick and easy, with intuitive menu driven interfaces that save time and frustration as well as cost. Also, high reliability ensures the lowest maintenance requirements minimizing total cost of ownership. Advantage Line analogue and IP CCTV products deliver high Bosch quality and reliability. And they also deliver excellent images. As part of a complete system, the solutions enhance security for staff and customers and their high quality images extend their use to other areas, such as demographic studies or evaluating customers’ in-store buying habits.

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.

Bosch FLEXIDOME IP panoramic camera series - 360-degree overview in a single image
Bosch FLEXIDOME IP panoramic camera series - 360-degree overview in a single image

With the launch of its FLEXIDOME IP panoramic camera family, Bosch introduces the highest image quality within the field of panoramic video surveillance solutions. The FLEXIDOME IP panoramic 7000 MP indoor camera offers a full 180-degree or 360-degree overview of a particular area with twelve megapixel sensor resolution at 30 frames per second combined with a fish-eye lens. For indoor and outdoor applications the FLEXIDOME IP panoramic 5000 MP offers the smallest 360-degree dome design available on the market combining a five megapixel sensor resolution at 15 frames per second with a fish-eye lens. Both camera models ensure a complete overview in a single image without blind spots and the easy capture of moving objects, significantly improving the performance of any video surveillance solution. Combined with the Video Security Client software the user can select up to six different viewing modes. The FLEXIDOME IP panoramic 7000 MP camera features a full suite of on-board intelligent video analytics to ensure that operators are alerted when needed and relevant information is delivered most efficiently both live and in retrospect.  Reduced network strain and storage requirements The innovative technologies within these FLEXIDOME IP panoramic cameras help to improve image quality and lower the costs of video surveillance. Firstly, built-in Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction reduces bitrates by up to 50 percent to significantly reduce storage costs and network strain. Since excess noise is reduced at the source during image capture, the lower bitrates do not compromise the video quality. Secondly, possible disturbances caused by fluctuating front or backlight are eliminated by the Bosch unique built-in Intelligent Auto Exposure. This technology, embedded in the FLEXIDOME IP panoramic 7000 MP, dynamically adjusts the exposure of the camera to automatically adapt to changing light conditions providing perfect exposure of objects of interest at any time of day.  The FLEXIDOME IP panoramic 7000 MP offers a full overview image of an area, while enabling users to simultaneously zoom in on and select multiple regions of interest. The close-up images are transmitted in separate streams so that both overview and detail can be viewed at the same time – and all in high resolution – making video images easier to manage without losing the bigger picture. Client-side and built-in (edge) dewarping capabilities add to the easy management of video images by eliminating the image distortion caused by the fish-eye lens.  Edge dewarping, offered exclusively by the FLEXIDOME IP panoramic 7000 MP, also eases integration with third-party Video Management Systems by offering undistorted images directly from the camera and lowering requirements at client-side. Also with edge dewarping the user can select up to five viewing modes directly from the camera. It enables bitrate reduction and lessens network strain by streaming only relevant parts of the scene. Edge dewarping is performed in the camera, so no additional computation power is needed. 24/7 access and control from anywhere at any time Security managers cannot be everywhere 24 hours a day. The FLEXIDOME IP panoramic cameras, in combination with either a DIVAR IP recording solution or VIDEOJET XTC, fully support the Dynamic Transcoding technology from Bosch, which – in combination with the Video Security Client software – provides 24/7 remote access to camera controls, live video streams, recordings and HD dewarped images from anywhere, regardless of available bandwidth. Dynamic Transcoding automatically adjusts the transmission bitrate to the available bandwidth on a network to ensure smooth video streaming, when the video stream is paused at an incident, a full HD still image is provided instantly.  On-board intelligent video analytics to add sense and structure The FLEXIDOME IP panoramic 7000 MP features Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA) from Bosch that triggers alarms when needed and helps to trace back important events from hours of video in seconds. IVA technology enriches a video surveillance solution by adding sense and structure to video material by means of metadata ensuring effortless forensic searches. By smartly combining up to 8 out of 16 available IVA rules, complex tasks are made easy and false alarms are minimised. IVA also intelligently keeps track of moving objects within the overview image, either automatically or based on a predefined alarm rule.  Low profile panoramic cameras designed for easy installation All panoramic cameras from Bosch are designed for extremely easy installation. The FLEXIDOME IP panoramic 7000 MP, for example, offers a unique twist-click installation concept reducing installation times substantially. After the installation of the designated mounting ring, the camera can be simply installed by a twist and a click without the use of special tools. Camera configuration and SD-card changes are possible without demounting the camera. Firmware updates, ensuring latest features, can be performed remotely for all models. The design of all Bosch panoramic cameras make them almost invisible and therefore ideal for situations where highest performance must also come with highest aesthetics, e.g. museums and designer stores. Offering an overview image in full discretion with the highest level of detail while meeting the requirements set by architecture. Based on its outstanding and innovative design the FLEXIDOME IP panoramic 7000 MP received the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015.  Bosch IP 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), edge dewarping 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 on the Bosch security website.