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Bosch’s active infrared imager captures high-quality video in all lighting conditions

Published on 15 April, 2011
Bosch Security Systems introduces the Dinion Infrared Imager, a rugged camera designed for perimeter surveillance and other outdoor applications. With 2X-Dynamic Technology and Variable Field Illumination, the Dinion Infrared Imager consistently delivers high-quality video even in harshly lit or completely dark environments.

Available in analogue and IP models, Dinion Infrared Imagers deliver up to 160 metres (525 feet) of detection level performance in low or no light. Designed to improve perimeter protection at critical sites - such as energy, transportation and defense applications - the imagers also achieve classification level surveillance up to 120 metres (390 feet) away at night, making them ideal for installation along a fence line.

The 2X-Dynamic Technology in the Dinion cameras provides 20-bit processing - twice the power of conventional cameras - and wide dynamic range sensors for unparalleled image quality in all lighting conditions. The cameras deliver excellent colour reproduction and analyse unevenly lit scenes pixel-by-pixel to produce the most detailed images, day and night. Infrared illumination compensation assures effective round-the-clock surveillance.

Variable Field Illumination provides maximum flexibility by allowing on-site adjustment of the infrared intensity and beam shape to match the coverage area, improving image quality in the dark and simplifying installation. The infrared panels can be tilted to fit the customer's specific application, resulting in wide area coverage and reduced setup time. For increased control, customers can also change the infrared intensity or turn the illumination on or off remotely.

Patented 3D Diffuser technology provides even illumination across the entire scene to eliminate hotspot foregrounds and underexposed backgrounds. Low-noise images reduce bandwidth and storage requirements and enable night-time function of video content analysis software.

Bosch's unique Constant Light technology delivers a consistent level of imaging performance throughout the life of the product - even when operating in fluctuating temperatures. This advanced technology automatically controls and adjusts output to compensate for the degradation that naturally occurs with all LED illuminators. As a result, customers gain long-term reliability and performance.

Tri-streaming allows the Dinion IP Infrared Imager to produce high-quality H.264 images at full frame rate for live viewing and recording while concurrently sending JPEG images to a remote server or device. Built-in iSCSI support enables the camera to send video directly to a network-attached iSCSI RAID array for storage, while Power over Ethernet Plus allows a single cable to power, control and stream images from the camera.

Optional Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA) enables the Dinion IP Infrared Imager to process video signals and automatically alert operators to potential threats. IVA allows the camera to autonomously detect suspicious behaviour, such as loitering and line crossing, and notify security personnel of a potential or impending perimeter breach, among other risks.

A quick connect system between the camera and mount makes the Dinion Infrared Imager easy to install, and an integrated on screen display with remote capability provides a single interface for controlling both infrared and camera functions. In addition, conformance with the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) standard assures compatibility of the Dinion IP Infrared Imager with other network video products, regardless of manufacturer.

IP 67 and NEMA4X ratings ensure the imagers withstand a range of weather conditions and resist corrosion to provide years of dependable operation. The camera is tested to desert solar radiation conditions and functions in temperatures ranging from -50 to +55 degrees Celsius (-58 to +131 degrees Fahrenheit). It can endure wind speeds up to 260 kilometres (162 miles) per hour.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. According to preliminary figures, some 283,500 associates generated sales of 47.3 billion euros in the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology in fiscal 2010. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its more than 300 subsidiaries and regional companies in over 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent some four billion euros for research and development in 2010, and applied for over 3,800 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.

Bosch is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2011. The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as a "Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering."  The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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