Bosch’s Video Management System Version 9.0 determines to “put end users first”

The security industry is driven by a constant stream of new innovations. However, innovation can have a negative knock-on effect when it leads to increased complexity, makes installation more complicated, set-up more confusing and operation more strenuous. This is precisely why Bosch has developed a ‘UserFirst’ philosophy.

‘UserFirst’ is a principle that Bosch believes will help drive innovations in the future due to the fact that advances in technology or software only become truly meaningful when they put the user at the centre of every innovation. The latest Bosch Video Management System 9.0 does exactly this. It’s a guiding principle that means every technical and software innovation is designed around the people who matter most: installers, users, operators, integrators and IT specialists. UserFirst ensures every innovation not only advances the safety and security of people and property, but also makes the usability of the technology or software as smart and intuitive as the innovation itself.

Originally launched back in 2007, the Bosch Video Management System (BVMS) provides seamless management and interpretation of digital video, audio and security data transmitted across IP networks in over 17,000 installations worldwide. The BVMS offers full scalability, enabling the expansion of video surveillance systems according to specific requirements and the management of up to 200,000 cameras.

The system also features technology that keeps operations functioning even when management and recording servers fail, so it’s resilient and can be trusted. With the release of BVMS 9.0, Bosch is putting the operator first with an enhanced user experience and reduced storage consumption.

Reduced storage consumption

BVMS 9.0 fully supports intelligent streaming, an advanced technology developed to substantially reduce bit rates without compromising image quality. This intelligent data management technology is offered built-in as standard in the majority of Bosch’s IP camera portfolio. Enabled by the camera’s built-in video analytics, intelligent streaming smartly adjusts encoder settings based on movement in the whole or in sections of the scene in order to achieve the most efficient bit rate.

Combined with built-in Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction and H.265 video encoding, bit rates can be reduced by up to 80%. As a direct result, security managers or IT managers can substantially lower their storage costs and network strain.

Besides cost-efficiency, BVMS 9.0 introduces a completely renewed GUI, including a unified colour scheme, while alerts, maintenance messages and notifications are clearly displayed in colour against a dark grey background. This development improves the levels of security considerably having been designed to ensure the operator’s attention is directly drawn to objects or events of significance.

An additional advantage is the improved contrast between text (alerts, messages and notifications), camera footage and background (controls and operator menus) which relieves eye strain and reduces operator fatigue.

Individual alarm set-ups

Another ‘UserFirst’ innovation of BVMS 9.0 to enhance viewer options is the ability to display individual alarm set-ups, whereby alarms can be sequenced in priority then automatically appear on screen, providing the operator with a complete overview of a situation and the ability to react quickly by eliminating the need to search through a list view with multiple alarms.

The ability to limit the amount of camera views on a single screen also saves time as it avoids operators being overloaded with information. Moreover, BVMS 9.0 improves the mouse-based control of PTZ cameras via a straightforward drag-and-drop mode which simplifies the pursuit of moving objects. This new interface and enhanced controls have been specifically designed around the user, improving effectiveness, reducing fatigue-related errors and improving security and safety.

The introduction of BVMS 9.0 will coincide with the renewal of the license model. In addition to the existing licenses, BVMS Plus will be introduced to make it easier and more flexible to scale-up and meet new demands and expansions as they happen.

Typical application environments

BVMS Plus is recommended for the video management of mid-sized applications with up to 256 video channels which need the flexibility to grow. When customer needs exceed 256 video channels, BVMS Plus can be upgraded to BVMS Professional (up to 2,000 video channels) or BVMS Enterprise (up to 200,000 video channels).

BVMS 9.0 has been designed to offer end users an increase in performance, the ability to substantially improve levels of security and intelligent and intuitive usability.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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