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Bosch’s robust MIC IP video security cameras now even smarter thanks to latest built-in video analytics

The true potential of the MIC IP cameras from Bosch Security Systems is the combination of their rugged design with the latest built-in intelligent video analytics that are specifically designed for the most demanding environments. With added features like video analytics while moving and metadata fusion, situational awareness in extreme environments is substantially improved.

The built-in video analytics of both the MIC IP Starlight 7000i and the MIC IP Fusion 9000i cameras allow them to distinguish false triggers from real threats: for instance, a tree moving in the wind that isn’t a person trying to climb a fence. They can blend out snow, rain, hail or water reflections from the desired picture. The MIC cameras are also extremely resistant against shaking caused by punishing winds, city traffic or bicycles parked against the camera pole.

Fuelled by the Internet of Things, products are becoming more connected and more intelligent. An example of this is the MIC IP Fusion 9000i’s feature of metadata fusion. It fuses the metadata of the camera’s built-in optical and thermal lens and helps end users to focus on ‘invisible’ things that need attention. If the optical lens is blocked by smoke, the thermal one can automatically trigger an alarm and still deliver a thermal image of what’s going on. That’ why the MIC IP Fusion 9000i is ideal for situations that need maximum situational awareness and early object detection, such as perimeter protection of airports and critical infrastructure or the monitoring of bridges, tunnels and borders.

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Another new feature is video analytics while moving, offered by both of the new MIC IP models. An operator is alerted instantly even at a remote location, or the Intelligent Tracking feature is triggered when a moving object or person is detected as the camera pans, tilts or zooms. Once Intelligent Tracking is activated, objects are tracked automatically. Optimal capture of the moving objects is assured by the camera’s dynamic adjustment of its field of view.

Starlight technology as standard

Both the MIC IP Starlight 7000i and the MIC IP Fusion 9000i offer Bosch’s Starlight technology as standard, with a 1080p resolution and a frame rate of 60 frames per second enabling capture of highly detailed, fast-moving colour images in scenes with minimum ambient light (down to 0.0077 lux).

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Perfect exposure in uneven light is safeguarded by the cameras’ High Dynamic Range of 120 dB. In fog or low-contrast scenes, visibility is improved by Intelligent Defog. When light drops to zero, the MIC IP Starlight 7000i can be complemented with an optional illuminator, thereby enabling the camera to capture high quality images in complete darkness at distances of up to 450 metres.

Both cameras offer an integrated, motorised silicone wiper to keep the glass clean. A window-defrosting function allows the MIC IP Fusion 9000i capture the highest quality video, no matter how cold the temperature. These self-cleaning capabilities, combined with the NEMA-TS2 rating, make MIC IP cameras an ideal choice for monitoring traffic in tunnels or on bridges.

Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction and Intelligent Streaming

The MIC IP Starlight 7000i and the MIC IP Fusion 9000i cameras offer Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction and Intelligent Streaming combined with H.265 video compression. Depending on the content of the scene, this reduces bitrate by up to 80%. It helps to keep video data manageable, while substantially reducing network strain, storage requirements and costs without compromising functionality and image quality.

With analytics while moving, Intelligent Tracking, metadata fusion, extreme ruggedness and thermal solutions for early object detection, the new intelligent MIC IP moving cameras are a perfect example of how safety and security can be further enhanced.

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EUSAS-Euralarm Fire Safety Conference focuses on R&D and standardisation

The results of cutting-edge research on fire safety were presented during a joint conference of EUSAS and Euralarm, the European research and Trade Associations in the sector. R&D’s potential impact on current and future standardisation work was a further point of focus for the event.

The joint EUSAS-Euralarm Conference took place on February 7-8 at the Berlin offices of Bosch Security Systems and determined to discover how cutting-edge innovation in the fire safety sector will drive the development of future standards and make buildings and people safer than they have ever been.

The event brought together 60 top specialists in the field of fire safety research, engineering and standardisation representing various European countries. Introducing the event were EUSAS chairman Professor Dr Andreas Czylwik, Euralarm president Enzo Peduzzi and, on behalf of the event’s host, Christoph Hampe.

The programme was divided into four sessions: false alarms, performance and quality testing, evacuation systems and fire safety in smart buildings.

As yet unpublished research on false alarms data gathered in Germany, Great Britain, Switzerland and Sweden was presented by Dr Sebastian Festag from ZVEI, the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association, and Lance Rütimann from SES, the Swiss Association of Security Product Manufacturers. Both are Euralarm delegates in the Task Group on False Alarms and have derived a common approach to an empirical analysis of false alarm data.

Wolfgang Krüll from the University of Duisburg-Essen presented reproducible testing procedures for false alarms and three new testing devices which have been developed for those procedures. In parallel, statistics from Iceland were presented by Gudmundur Gunnarsson of the MVS Iceland Construction Authority.

The problem of testing a safety device’s performance over its whole lifetime was first presented by Thomas Litterst of Hekatron, including detail of a specific testing process he has developed. As demonstrated by Thorsten Schultze from the University of Duisburg-Essen, products currently on the market are largely compliant with current standard’s requirements on age limits and could potentially function correctly well beyond.

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Raman Chagger from the Building Research Establishment in England also showed that optical smoke detectors developed in the 1980s function perfectly in modern environments.

Another matter is the mechanism of drift compensation, making up for the aging of a device and the build-up of dirt on sensors, which has the potential to delay the detection of slowly developing fires. That’s according to Florence Daniault from the Wagner Group.

Evacuation systems was the third topic. It was discussed by Dr Karl Fridolf from WSP, an engineering services group, who exposed the theoretical framework of human behaviour in situations of fire, and how behavioural aspects could be better considered in safety design.

Video fire detection and its influence on evacuation was presented by Dr Tjark Windisch from Bosch Security Systems. On the day, Dr Windisch called for greater efforts when it comes to standardising video fire detection.

The final topic, smart buildings, was first discussed by Raman Chagger from the perspective of visual alarm devices. He demonstrated how the product standard together with suitable guidelines in a code of practice needs to be based on more solid research.

Dr Peter Harris from United Technologies Corporation showed how favouring interoperability and data sharing in smart buildings could bring about ‘context-aware smoke detection’.

In a final presentation, Marc Chenevoy from Euralarm highlighted the difficulties inherent with standardising interoperable systems in smart buildings, but reported on positive progress being made within European standardisation bodies.

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Bosch launches VMS 7.0 for “higher quality and more secure” video streaming

Bosch Security Systems has just released its Video Management System 7.0 software (Bosch VMS 7.0), which will empower security operators to effectively manage high resolution video streams in their day-to-day work.

At the rate video cameras are evolving, keeping track of an ever-growing amount of high resolution video data is becoming even more challenging. In places like metro stations and airports where many cameras are needed, the burden on a workstation is very high. If a workstation’s overloaded, the client application will often lag. This is a great obstacle for security operators who need to view many cameras at once in order to maintain a complete and uninterrupted overview of a given location.

With the new Bosch VMS 7.0, however, the user is able to keep multiple Ultra High Definition ameras open without having to worry about slowing down the application. Bosch VMS 7.0 uses technology dubbed ‘Streamlining’. This technology automatically shows the optimal video resolution on the screen.

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If an operator needs to view many cameras simultaneously, the Bosch VMS 7.0 automatically uses a lower-resolution stream. When enhanced pictures are required to zoom in or view on a full screen, for instance, a higher resolution stream is automatically chosen. This feature uses the multi-stream capabilities available on Bosch IP video cameras and runs on existing workstations.

Another new feature of Bosch VMS 7.0 is the encrypted communication between Bosch cameras and the VMS. A security manager can choose to encrypt all control communications and videos through a secure HTTPS connection, reducing the risk of the system being hacked.

Bosch VMS 7.0 also offers customers an IT Security Guide which explains how to set up a secure system. The document describes how to configure Bosch VMS for Windows operating systems and how to secure video cameras against unauthorised access.

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Bosch makes video analytics at the edge a new built-in standard for all IP cameras

Escalating demand for highly-detailed, 24/7 video images produces colossal amounts of data which requires extensive transmission and storage capacity as well as time-consuming monitoring and assessment. With this in mind, Bosch Security Systems has announced the roll-out of video analytics inside its cameras (ie ‘at the edge’) as a standard feature. By enhancing both its existing and future IP cameras with this technology, Bosch will enable end users to effortlessly search through large amounts of video data and duly pinpoint the information that matters most to them.

In the next 12 months, Bosch Security Systems’ complete range of IP cameras will come fully-equipped with video analytics at the edge. Bosch’s Starlight family will be the first to feature a full suite of 15 of its new Essential Video Analytics, starting with the DINION IP Starlight 6000 fixed box and FLEXIDOME IP Starlight 6000 fixed dome cameras.

All top-of-the-line IP 7000 and IP 8000 Starlight cameras will come equipped with the company’s state-of-the-art Intelligent Video Analytics offering up to 17 different analytic possibilities for risk and security managers.

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Video analytics inside the camera create an intelligent video security system using metadata, which means adding sense and structure to video data already at the point of capture (ie ‘at the edge’) and enabling each camera to operate independently.

Decentralising intelligence in this way eliminates a single point of failure (central analytics server), meaning that if one camera or encoder fails, the system maintains full performance. With built-in (or ‘edge’) analytics, each camera in the network can then interpret captured video data and alert end users of potential security threats in real-time based on configurable triggers.

Take appropriate action faster, easier and more efficiently

Video analytics at the edge will allow end users to instantly and easily retrieve specific footage from hours of stored video. Also, by focusing on the point where data is captured and only streaming the data that’s needed, network strain and storage requirements are significantly reduced.

Data streamed can include all image data or the metadata alone, depending on the specific application requirements. The end results are relevant, immediate alerts and key statistics, enhancing the accuracy of the video security system and reducing the margin of error that comes with 24/7 live monitoring by security personnel.

All Bosch video analytics algorithms are developed in-house together with the automotive division to deliver the most reliable and robust solution for network video security solutions.

Small and medium-sized businesses, large retail stores, commercial buildings and warehouses will benefit from Essential Video Analytics. This suite of video analytics delivers 15 different video analytics algorithms that can be used for smart movement detection as well as business analytics. It allows a single camera solution to be used for enforcing Health and Safety regulations, intelligent intrusion and idle-object detection as well as to perform crowd density assessment.

It also provides useful business metrics for various applications such as people counting and crowd density information.

Cameras equipped with Bosch’s state-of-the-art Intelligent Video Analytics have the added capacity to deliver the highest level of accuracy for mission critical applications such as perimeter protection for airports and critical infrastructures, ship tracking and traffic monitoring. Intelligent Video Analytics stands has the ability to differentiate between genuine security events and known false triggers such as challenging environments where snow, wind, rain, water reflections and distance could make images even more difficult to interpret.

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Bosch launches latest variant of Starlight camera technology

Bosch Starlight cameras deliver the highest quality of relevant video surveillance, even in extremely low light conditions. From October, the Starlight portfolio will be even further enhanced thanks to improved light sensitivity, improved front and backlight compensation and higher frame rates as well as a wider choice of resolutions and form factors.

Another compelling enrichment is that all Bosch IP 6000, 7000 and 8000 Starlight cameras will feature Bosch video analytics at the edge as standard instead of an optional feature requiring no additional investment or license fees from the customer.

Bosch feels that offering video analytics at the edge as standard is now a necessity to cater for the ever-increasing demand for details and the proliferation of cameras. Bosch video analytics add sense and structure to video data already at the point of capture (at the edge), enabling end users to effortlessly search through large amounts of video data and pinpoint the information that matters most to them. In this way, end users can take appropriate action faster, easier and more efficiently. It also enables them to reduce network strain and storage requirements by streaming only the data that’s needed.

The complete IP Starlight camera portfolio from Bosch offers a wider selection of resolutions (720p, 1080p and 5 megapixel) and form factors including fixed box, fixed dome or moving dome cameras, as well as extremely rugged moving cameras for when conditions become tough. The Starlight portfolio also offers higher dynamic ranges of up to 120 dB for perfect exposure in all lighting conditions regardless of front and backlight, as well as frame rates of up to 60 fps to easily capture fast-moving objects.

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In addition, the latest sensor technology, combined with sophisticated noise suppression, results in a light sensitivity of 0.0069 lux in colour and 0.0008 lux in monochrome for the 1080p models. This enables Starlight cameras to produce full colour images in the dark beyond the point where other cameras have switched to monochrome.

Where other cameras fail to show any image at all, Starlight cameras are still capable of delivering detailed monochrome images.

Video analytics at the edge

Bosch’s video analytics at the edge enables Starlight cameras to interpret data and decide what and when to stream based on configurable triggers, in turn minimising bandwidth requirements if needed. The end results are relevant alerts and key statistics which enhance the accuracy of the video surveillance system, providing relevant data for numerous security and non-security applications and substantially reducing the margin of error that comes with time-consuming and labour intensive 24/7 human surveillance.

A full suite of Essential Video Analytics is provided as standard without additional license fees on the DINION IP Starlight 6000 fixed box and FLEXIDOME IP Starlight 6000 fixed dome cameras at competitive price points. All IP 7000 and IP 8000 Starlight cameras are equipped with state-of –the-art Intelligent Video Analytics from Bosch: a full suite of robust video analytics algorithms offering the highest accuracy for the ultimate in video analytics. These analytics require no additional investment or license fees from the user.

Essential Video Analytics offers 15 different video analytics algorithms that can be used for advanced intrusion detection and enforcing Health and Safety regulations. It also possesses business analytics capabilities, such as people counting and crowd density information for retail environments.

Intelligent Video Analytics is specifically designed for the most demanding environments. It has the added capacity to deliver the highest level of accuracy for mission critical applications such as those at perimeter protection for airports and critical infrastructures, ship tracking and traffic monitoring.

In addition, Intelligent Video Analytics offers 17 different video analytics algorithms and can do everything that essential video analytics does. What makes the former stand out is its ability to differentiate between genuine security events and known false triggers such as challenging environments where snow, wind, rain, water reflections and distance could make images even more difficult to interpret. This helps to minimise costly false positives and enables end users to focus on what’s relevant to them.

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Protectas SA and Bosch Security Systems partner on new cloud-based monitoring services in Switzerland

Protectas SA and Bosch Security Systems are now partnering to provide remote video monitoring services to Protectas customers in Switzerland, home to two major Protectas Remote Control Centres.

Bosch cloud-based monitoring services enable Protectas to offer a vast portfolio of video monitoring services securely and cost-effectively from a centralised cloud server.

For its small- and medium-size customers, Protectas offers a highly effective ‘live intervention’ service, with IP cameras from Bosch monitoring key areas. Cameras detect suspicious behaviour and notify personnel at the Protectas Remote Control Centre. From this central location, the security operators view video, and can investigate and verify the suspicious behaviour being reported.

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Through a remote audio connection, the operator notifies intruders that the police are on the way, preventing further damage.

Other vital monitoring services include video verification for indoor areas, virtual guard tours and virtual assistant, which provides immediate remote video and audio support to employees in distress with just one push of an emergency button.

The system is also designed for easy and inexpensive start-up. With only an IP camera and an Internet connection, end customers can begin using the Site Monitor App immediately for live and remote video monitoring. Benefits also include industry-specific business support services such as customer traffic reports for high-traffic retail facilities.

Fastest possible emergency response

Bosch cloud-based monitoring services and Protectas’ highly-trained operators work in synergy to ensure the fastest possible emergency response. Cloud-based alarm bundling intelligently groups related events together, significantly reducing the operator capacity needed per incident. As soon as the operator on duty initiates the alarm response process, cloud-based monitoring services displays the video operation interface, which renders a clear perspective of the situation to enable a swift and sure emergency response.

Arnaud Ducrot, CTO at Protectas, explained: “At Protectas, we’re really confident that this partnership will serve our remote guarding strategy. Including mature, efficient and cost-effective cloud services in our security solutions, especially on-site and mobile guarding, makes an important difference to our small- and medium-size customers.”

Protectas SA belongs to Securitas AB (which, incidentally, is not affiliated with the Swiss company of the same name, Securitas AG). From a broad range of services of specialised guarding, technology solutions and consulting and investigations, the business customises offerings that are suited to the individual customer’s needs in order to deliver the most effective security solutions.

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Bosch Security Systems introduces AVIOTEC video-based fire detection

Bosch Security Systems has introduced AVIOTEC, a new solution for reliable and early fire detection in challenging environments.

Building upon proven Bosch camera technology and Bosch’s Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA), video-based fire detection can supplement state-of-the-art fire detection technologies and enables the early detection of smoke and flames in environments where these cannot offer satisfactory reaction times (such as buildings with high ceilings or dusty and humid areas).

AVIOTEC can also secure environments where no other solutions exist, for example saw mills or paper factories, hangars or extremely large monitoring areas.

Detect fire at the source

Using intelligent algorithms in surveillance cameras, AVIOTEC can identify smoke and flames as soon as they come into the range of the camera instead of having to wait for smoke to migrate to state-of-the-art smoke detectors.

By detecting fires at the source rather than the ceiling, cameras can issue an alarm within seconds while for point detectors it can take minutes to detect an alarm condition.

AVIOTEC is based on intelligent algorithms to distinguish between real fires and disturbance values like reflections, movements or backlights. This guarantees a very reliable detection with almost no false alarms.

AVIOTEC offers proven detection reliability in all test fires (TF1 through TF8) as specified in EN54.

The video-based fire detection system AVIOTEC scales well from a single camera to a networked system of distributed cameras with a central console and management system. Using Bosch’s Dynamic Transcoding technology, it can relay alarms to an existing fire alarm panel or transmit them via Ethernet to a monitoring centre or even a mobile device like an iPad. Receiving HD quality video images in real-time gives the firefighters a good understanding of the current situation even before they arrive on the scene.

Combining safety and security

Cameras are easy to install and require very little maintenance in contrast to state-of-the-art smoke and flame detectors.

The use of PoE cameras (Power over Ethernet) can eliminate the need for individual power supplies and power cables, making AVIOTEC even more cost efficient.

AVIOTEC can also be used for very small and distributed facilities such as power stations and signal boxes where the benefit does not justify the installation of fire panels.

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