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Bosch launches high-performance surveillance cameras

Bosch has launched its new IP 5000 HD and MP camera family that features resolutions as high as five for a wide range of typical surveillance needs.

The series will consist of thirteen cameras in four different designs - microdome, bullet, indoor, and outdoor domes - that offer a number of resolutions to cater for varying image detail requirements while also supporting SD card storage, Bosch announced in a press statement.

The various options for outdoor installation include vandal resistance, water and dust-proof enclosures, as well as IR LEDs for night-time monitoring. The cameras also come with varifocal lenses that simplify the adjustment of the field of view.

The new cameras incorporate two special bandwidth reduction technologies.

Firstly, they use Dynamic Noise Reduction (iDNR) to adapts the degree of noise reduction in real time based on an analysis of the contents of the scene.

Secondly, bandwidth is further reduced by way of area-based encoding that enables compression parameters to be set for up to eight user-definable regions. This means the less interesting regions are more highly compressed, leaving more bandwidth available for the important parts of the scene.

Additional features of the cameras include Wide Dynamic Range (WDR), privacy masking, audio capability, and an operational temperature range from as low as -30 right up to +50 degrees Celsius.

The cameras are supplied with the Bosch Video Client PC software that features a user-friendly interface to support simple installation and configuration. It provides live viewing of multiple cameras, playback, forensic search, and the export of data.

An app, available free of charge from the App Store, enables access to HD surveillance images on an iPad or iPhone from anywhere, even over low-bandwidth connections, the statement said.

"Our Video Security app gives you complete control of all your cameras, from panning and tilting, to zoom and focus functions," explains Ian Crosby, Head of Product Management at Bosch Security Systems. "It's like taking your control room with you."

The new cameras can operate with a wide range of security software and recording solutions from Bosch as well as from other third-party providers, since they are ONVIF conformant. They are 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

Series production has been pencilled in for 2015 and IMA is seeking more investors to help fund the project.

"Financing this kind of vehicle project is like playing in the Champions League," Delos Santos told the German e-vehicle website Mein Elektro auto with a football comparison. "Even with a highly motivated team, you still have to fight it out in order to reach the finals."

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