Bosch at ISC West 2019: New Cameras, Dealer Portal & Machine Learning

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ISC West 2019 will be held April 9-12 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas.

Ahead of this year’s show, SSI spoke with Bosch Security and Safety Systems Director of Regional Marketing Paul Garms to learn what the company will be showcasing at ISC West.

What is the top product or offering your company is showing off at ISCW this year, and what makes it unique or special?

At ISC West, Bosch will launch a new fixed dome camera series with wireless remote commissioning capabilities that reduce installation and set-up time by up to 75%. The FLEXIDOME IP starlight 8000i cameras offer an innovative product concept that enables set-up in only three convenient steps: installation of the mounting bracket, connection of the cables and attachment of the camera module.

Remote commissioning enables integrators to work smarter. Currently, to reach cameras, technicians must repeatedly climb ladders or lift equipment needs to be rented. With this new camera series, commissioning can be done wirelessly or remotely with no need for ladders or lifts.

A tablet or smartphone with the Bosch Project Assistant app can be used to adjust the pan, tilt, roll and zoom to set the required field of view without touching the camera or lens. If any changes are required post-installation – to accommodate a different store layout or new high-risk area – this can also be done remotely to save time, effort and resources.

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What other products or offerings would you like to highlight, and what are some of their unique qualities?

Our portfolio of intelligent “i” Series cameras featuring built-in video analytics is expanding. In addition to the existing IP 4000i, 5000i, 6000i, 7000i, 9000i and new FLEXIDOME IP starlight 8000i cameras, we will preview MIC IP starlight and MIC IP ultra 7100i cameras.

These rugged PTZ cameras are made with anti-corrosive metal and can function at temperatures ranging from -40 to +140 degrees Fahrenheit. The MIC IP ultra 7100i delivers 4K ultra HD resolution for mission critical applications, such as city and highway surveillance, making them ideal for monitoring highways, bridges, ports, perimeters and more.

A new firmware release for the IP 7000i, 8000i and 9000i cameras will also introduce Camera Trainer functionality to “i” Series cameras with on-board Intelligent Video Analytics. Camera Trainer brings machine learning to Bosch IP cameras, enabling integrators to tailor them to detect the objects and situations that matter most. The ability to identify user-defined objects and situations can be combined with the existing alarm rules and object filters of Intelligent Video Analytics for even more flexibility and accuracy.

It substantially improves the level of security for people and property and opens up new customized applications and uses. For example, it could be used to separate vehicles clustered in front of traffic lights or to determine how long a vehicle has been parked in a bay. With Camera Trainer, video cameras can be taught to recognize and detect stationary objects or certain situations instead of being triggered by motion.

What else is new or noteworthy about the company for 2019?

This year, we will also enhance our Installer Services Portal to help dealers and integrators better manage security devices, services and invoices. The mobile-ready site will offer single sign-on for secure and easy access to Bosch communication services, including cellular data plans for control panel communications and Cloud connectivity for remote programming and end user app connectivity.

With the enhanced portal, dealers and integrators gain enhanced reporting for service billing by device, secure online invoice payment capabilities, and the ability to customize access to technical or billing information by assigning employee roles within an account. In addition, a new Installer Services Portal companion app will make it easier for dealers and integrators to add devices to their portal accounts by simply scanning a product’s QR code with the app.

What is your company’s overall value proposition to installing security dealers/integrators? Why should they do business with you?

Bosch offers high quality products backed by excellent service and support. Our broad portfolio, seamless integration of products, and intelligent devices enables integrators to create smart, customized solutions that substantially improve security and offer clear business advantages beyond security. With a focus on easing installation and simplifying system management, we’re also helping integrators serve more customers in less time. The result is significant value for both integrators and their end user customers.

What do you see as some of the top opportunities in the marketplace right now?

Users need solutions that solve market-specific pain points. Whether the need is to help reduce shrink for retail stores, protect perimeters at critical infrastructure sites, or to enhance safety for drivers on roadways, these solutions often require systems to work together and to have built-in intelligence.

The integration of security, safety and communications technology into a connected system that can gather data for security or business purposes moves our industry into the realm of the Internet of Things. There is tremendous opportunity for integrators who understand how to take advantage of the technology available to today to create the smart systems of tomorrow.

Anything else you would like to add?

Bosch has been at the forefront of demonstrating what is possible with integrated and connected systems, and we’re continuing this at ISC West this year. While we will have areas of our booth where we’re showing new products, attendees will also find areas dedicated to immersive experiences for integrated solutions.

We are simulating a retail store in the booth, where visitors can experience how integrated solutions enhance overall safety and security, reduce shrink and help retailers improve merchandising and operations. We’re also showing solutions to improve management of outdoor areas, such as parking lots and loading docks, and to identify high-risk situations like loitering using security and communications technology. We’re not just talking about solutions at ISC West, we’re demonstrating them in a tangible way.

You can find Bosch at booth #11053.

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