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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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The benefits and challenges of in-camera audio analytics for surveillance solutions
The benefits and challenges of in-camera audio analytics for surveillance solutions

Audio is often overlooked in the security and video surveillance industry. There are some intercom installations where audio plays a key role, but it’s not typically thought about when it comes to security and event management. Audio takes a back seat in many security systems because audio captured from a surveillance camera can have a different impact on the privacy of those being monitored. Audio surveillance is therefore subject to strict laws that vary from state to state. Many states require a clearly posted sign indicating audio recording is taking place in an area before a person enters. Analytic information derived from audio can be a useful tool and when implemented correctly, removes any concerns over privacy or legal compliance. Audio analytics on the edge overcomes legal challenges as it never passes audio outside of the camera Focused responses to events Audio analytics processed in the camera, has been a niche and specialised area for many installers and end users. This could be due to state laws governing audio recording, however, audio analytics on the edge overcomes legal challenges as it never passes audio outside of the camera Processing audio analytics in-camera provides excellent privacy since audio data is analysed internally with a set of algorithms that only compare and assess the audio content. Processing audio analytics on the edge also reduces latency compared with any system that needs to send the raw audio to an on-premises or cloud server for analysis. Audio analytics can quickly pinpoint zones that security staff should focus on, which can dramatically shorten response times to incidents. Audio-derived data also provides a secondary layer of verification that an event is taking place which can help prioritise responses from police and emergency personnel. Having a SoC allows a manufacturer to reserve space for specialised features, and for audio analytics, a database of reference sounds is needed for comparison Microphones and algorithms Many IP-based cameras have small microphones embedded in the housing while some have a jack for connecting external microphones to the camera. Microphones on indoor cameras work well since the housing allows for a small hole to permit sound waves to reach the microphone. Outdoor cameras that are IP66 certified against water and dust ingress will typically have less sensitivity since the microphone is not exposed. In cases like these, an outdoor microphone, strategically placed, can significantly improve outdoor analytic accuracy. There are several companies that make excellent directional microphones for outdoor use, some of which can also combat wind noise. Any high-quality external microphone should easily outperform a camera’s internal microphone in terms of analytic accuracy, so it is worth considering in areas where audio information gathering is deemed most important. In-built audio-video analytics Surveillance cameras with a dedicated SoC (System on Chip) have become available in recent years with in-built video and audio analytics that can detect and classify audio events and send alerts to staff and emergency for sounds such as gunshots, screams, glass breaks and explosions. Having a SoC allows a manufacturer to reserve space for specialised features. For audio analytics, a database of reference sounds is needed for comparison. The camera extracts the characteristics of the audio source collected using the camera's internal or externally connected microphone and calculates its likelihood based on the pre-defined database. If a match is found for a known sound, e.g., gunshot, explosion, glass break, or scream, an event is triggered, and the message is passed to the VMS. If a match is found for a known sound, e.g., gunshot, explosion, glass break, or scream, an event is triggered, and the message is passed to the VMS Configuring a camera for audio analytics Audio detectionThe first job of a well-configured camera or camera/mic pair is to detect sounds of interest while rejecting ancillary sounds and noise below a preset threshold. Each camera must be custom configured for its particular environment to detect audio levels which exceed a user-defined level. Since audio levels are typically greater in abnormal situations, any audio levels exceeding the baseline set levels are detected as being a potential security event. Operators can be notified of any abnormal situations via event signals allowing the operator to take suitable measures. Finding a baseline of background noise and setting an appropriate threshold level is the first step. Installers should be able to enable or disable the noise reduction function and view the results to validate the optimum configuration during setup Noise reductionA simple threshold level may not be adequate enough to reduce false alarms depending on the environment where a camera or microphone is installed. Noise reduction is a feature on cameras that can reduce background noise greater than 55dB-65dB for increased detection accuracy. Installers should be able to enable or disable the noise reduction function and view the results to validate the optimum configuration during setup. With noise reduction enabled, the system analyses the attenuated audio source. As such, the audio source classification performance may be hindered or generate errors, so it is important to use noise reduction technology sparingly. Audio source classificationIt’s important to supply the analytic algorithm with a good audio level and a high signal-to-noise ratio to reduce the chance of generating false alarms under normal circumstances. Installers should experiment with ideal placement for both video as well as audio. While a ceiling corner might seem an ideal location for a camera, it might also cause background audio noise to be artificially amplified. Many cameras provide a graph which visualises audio source levels to allow for the intuitive checking of noise cancellation and detection levels. Analytics take privacy concerns out of the equation and allow installers and end users to use camera audio responsibly Messages and eventsIt’s important to choose a VMS that has correctly integrated the camera’s API (application programming interface) in order to receive comprehensive audio analytic events that include the classification ID (explosion, glass break, gunshot, scream). A standard VMS that only supports generic alarms, may not be able to resolve all of the information. More advanced VMS solutions can identify different messages from the camera. Well configured audio analytics can deliver critical information about a security event, accelerating response times and providing timely details beyond video-only surveillance. Analytics take privacy concerns out of the equation and allow installers and end users to use camera audio responsibly. Hanwha Techwin's audio source classification technology, available in its X Series cameras, features three customisable settings for category, noise cancellation and detection level for optimum performance in a variety of installation environments.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in physical security systems: Trends and opportunities
Artificial Intelligence (AI) in physical security systems: Trends and opportunities

If you’ve been paying attention over the last twelve months, you will have noticed that deep learning techniques and artificial intelligence (AI) are making waves in the physical security market, with manufacturers eagerly adopting these buzzwords at the industry's biggest trade shows. With all the hype, security professionals are curious to know what these terms really mean, and how these technologies can boost real-world security system performance. The growing number of applications of deep learning technology and AI in physical security is a clear indication that these are more than a passing fad. This review of some of our most comprehensive articles on these topics shows that AI is an all-pervasive trend that the physical security industry will do well to embrace quickly. Here, we examine the opportunities that artificial intelligence presents for smart security applications, and look back at how some of the leading security companies are adapting to respond to rapidly-changing expectations: What is deep learning technology? Machine Learning involves collecting large amounts of data related to a problem, training a model using this data and employing this model to process new data. Recently, there have been huge advances in a branch of Machine Learning called Deep Learning. This describes a family of algorithms based on neural networks. These algorithms are able to learn efficiently from example, and subsequently apply this learning to new data. Here, Zvika Ashani explains how deep learning technology can boost video surveillance systems. Relationship between deep learning and artificial intelligence With deep learning, you can show a computer many different images and it will "learn" to distinguish the differences. This is the "training" phase. After the neural network learns about the data, it can then use "inference" to interpret new data based on what it has learned. For example, if it has seen enough cats before, the system will know when a new image is a cat. In effect, the system “learns” by looking at lots of data to achieve artificial intelligence (AI). Larry Anderson explores how new computer hardware - the Graphic Processing Unit (GPU) – is making artificial intelligence accessible to the security industry. Improving surveillance efficiency and accuracy with AI Larry Anderson explains how the latest technologies from Neurala and Motorola will enable the addition of AI to existing products, changing an existing solution from a passive sensor to a device that is “active in its thinking.” The technology is already being added to existing Motorola body-worn-cameras to enable police officers to more efficiently search for objects or persons of interest. In surveillance applications, AI could eliminate the need for humans to do repetitive or boring work, such as look at hours of video footage. Intelligent security systems overcome smart city surveillance challenges AI technology is expected to answer the pressing industry questions of how to use Big Data effectively and make a return on the investment in expensive storage, while maintaining (or even lowering) human capital costs. However, until recently, these expectations have been limited by factors such as a limited ability to learn, and high ongoing costs. Zvika Ashani examines how these challenges are being met and overcome, making artificial intelligence the standard in Smart City surveillance deployments. Combining AI and robotics to enhance security operations With the abilities afforded by AI, robots can navigate any designated area autonomously to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour or alert first responders to those who may need aid. This also means that fewer law enforcement and/or security personnel will have be pulled from surrounding areas. While drones still require a human operator to chart their flight paths, the evolution of artificial intelligence (AI) is increasing the capabilities of these machines to work autonomously, says Steve Reinharz. Future of artificial intelligence in the security industry Contributors to SourceSecurity.com have been eager to embrace artificial intelligence and its ability to make video analytics more accurate and effective. Manufacturers predicted that deep learning technology could provide unprecedented insight into human behaviour, allowing video systems to more accurately monitor and predict crime. They also noted how cloud-based systems hold an advantage for deep learning video analytics. All in all, manufacturers are hoping that AI will provide scalable solutions across a range of vertical markets. 

Video surveillance technologies evolve to meet data and cybersecurity challenges
Video surveillance technologies evolve to meet data and cybersecurity challenges

The Internet of Things (IoT) is having a significant and ever-changing impact on the way we view video security. Today, cameras are expected to be so much more than devices with which to simply capture images; they need to be far smarter than that. These future-facing cameras are becoming an integral part of the vast digital connectivity infrastructure, delivering a parallel performance as intelligent sensors with the ability to extract the kind of invaluable data that helps businesses make improvements in the area of video security, and beyond. However, as the list of possibilities grows, so too does the risk of unauthorised access by cybercriminals. We should all be aware that a single weak link in a communications infrastructure can give hackers access to sensitive data. That’s the bad news. Safeguarding data and utilising deep learning The good news is cybercrime can be avoided by employing a data security system that’s completely effective from end-to-end. One technological advancement that the trend-spotters are predicting will become part of the video security vocabulary is ‘deep learning’ Once this level of safeguarding is in place you can begin to confidently explore the technologies and trends happening now, and those on the horizon. So, what will be having an influence on surveillance in 2018? Well, according to IHS Markit, one technological advancement that the trend-spotters are predicting will become part of the video security vocabulary is ‘deep learning’, which uses algorithms to produce multiple layers of information from the same piece of data, therefore emulating the way the human brain absorbs innumerable details every second. In Europe, GDPR compliance will also be a big talking point as new principles for video surveillance data collection, use limitation, security safeguards, individual participation and accountability are introduced. And, as the popularity – and misuse – of drones continues to rise, the recent developments in drone detection technology will be particularly welcomed by those whose primary concern relates to large areas, such as airport perimeter security. The future of 'smart' video analytics An important feature of today’s intelligent cameras is the ability to provide smart video analytics. The Bosch ‘i’ series, for example, offers a choice of formats – Essential Video Analytics and Intelligent Video Analytics. Essential Video Analytics is geared toward regular applications such as small and medium businesses looking to support business intelligence (e.g. inter-network data transfer), large retail stores and commercial buildings for advanced intrusion detection, enforcing health and safety regulations (no-parking zones or detecting blocked emergency exits) and analysing consumer behaviour. The camera-based, real-time processing can also be used to detect discarded objects, issue loitering alarms and detect people or objects entering a pre-defined field. Intelligent Video Analytics provides additional capabilities. It is designed for demanding environments and mission-critical applications, such as the perimeter protection of airports, critical infrastructures and government buildings, border patrol, ship-tracking and traffic-monitoring (e.g. wrong-way detection, traffic-counts and monitoring roadsides for parked cars: all vital video security solutions). An important feature of today’s intelligent cameras is the ability to provide smart video analytics Intelligent Video Analytics can also differentiate between genuine security events and known false triggers, such as challenging environments created by snow, wind (moving trees), rain, hail, and water reflections. For more expansive areas, like an airport perimeter fence, the system has the range and capability to provide analysis over large distances. And, if a moving camera is employed, it is also possible to capture data on objects in transit when used in conjunction with the Intelligent Tracking feature. For roadside use, Intelligent Video Analytics systems, such as the Bosch MIC IP range, are resistant to vibrations and can still operate in extreme weather conditions, continuing to detect objects in heavy rain or snow.  Evolving cameras past surveillance It’s becoming ever clearer that the IoT is transforming the security camera from a device that simply captures images, into an intelligent sensor that plays an integral role in gathering the kind of vital business data that can be used to improve commercial operations in areas beyond security. For example, cities are transitioning into smart cities. The capabilities of an intelligent camera extend to the interaction and sharing of information with other devices (only those you have appointed) With intelligent video security cameras at the core of an urban infrastructure smart data can be collected to optimise energy consumption via smart city lighting that responds to crowd detection and movement. Cameras can also be used to improve public transport by monitoring punctuality and traffic flow based on queue lengths, with the ability to control traffic lights an option should a situation require it. As the urban sprawl continues and this infrastructure grows, the need for more knowledge of its use becomes more essential, necessitating the monitoring technology developed for use by human operators to evolve into smart sensing technology, that no longer just provides video feeds, but also uses intelligent analytics and sophisticated support systems. These systems filter out irrelevant sensor data and present only meaningful events, complete with all relevant contextual data to operators to aid their decision-making. Expanding the video security camera network Today, video analytics technology has tangible benefits for human operator surveillance, and delivers KPIs that are highly relevant to transport operators, planners and city authorities. As an existing infrastructure, a video security camera network can be improved and expanded by installing additional applications rather than replaced. From a business perspective, that means greater value from a limited investment. Thereafter, the capabilities of an intelligent camera extend to the interaction and sharing of information with other devices (only those you have appointed), image and data interpretation, and the ability to perform a variety of tasks independently to optimise both your safety and business requirements. The fact is, cameras see more than sensors. Sounds obvious, but a conventional sensor will only trigger an alarm when movement is detected, whereas a camera can also provide the associated image and information like object direction, size, colour, speed or type, and use time stamps to provide historical information regarding a specific location or event. Based on this evidence, the video security camera of today is more than ready for the challenges of tomorrow.