Bosch starlight Cameras: Advancing the state of the art in 24/7 video surveillance

Bosch starlight Cameras: Advancing the state of the art in 24/7 video surveillance

Only five years ago, intelligent devices embedded with Video Content Analysis (VCA) software used to be the domain of high-end video surveillance systems. Now the Bosch starlight camera portfolio adds powerful video analytics capabilities at the edge, both for live feeds and archived recordings. 
The introduction of the new IP 6000 and IP 7000 starlight cameras is right on trend. Intelligent devices embedded with VCA software are a growth market, expected to reach US$1303.8 million by 2019 (IHS). And the growing number of video feeds – more than 30 million surveillance cameras operating in the U.S. alone (NBC) – call for intelligent solutions to help security personnel focus on relevant information only.
Introduced in 2012, the Bosch starlight line enjoys a reputation for powerful, light-sensitive cameras. Rolling out in June 2016, the new generation of starlight cameras advances the state of the art for around-the-clock video surveillance on two levels: hardware and video analytics.
Hardware: Making Darkness Visible
In terms of form factors, the new starlight line meets the demands of a broad range of security applications. The DINION IP starlight 6000 and 7000 are fixed box models, while the FLEXIDOME IP starlight 6000 and 7000 are fixed dome cameras. Within the complete starlight portfolio, options also include explosion-proof fixed cameras (EXTEGRA IP starlight 9000 FX cameras), moving cameras (AUTODOME IP starlight 7000 HD), or highly ruggedized mobile cameras (MIC IP starlight 7000 HD) for tough conditions.
But starlight cameras truly excel when it comes to penetrating darkness to deliver actionable mission-critical images. Advanced sensors support color images at light sensitivities of 0.00825 lux, and monochrome images at 0.00275 lux at 1080p high-definition resolution. In other words, the new starlight line delivers high-definition color images where other cameras switch to monochrome and monochrome images where other cameras reach their limit. These detailed images form the basis for intelligent surveillance.
Video Analytics at the Edge: Spotlight on Relevant Information
Video content analysis algorithms at the edge help extract relevant information from increasing feeds of data – helping security personnel direct their attention to the right feeds at the right time – and automatically sounding the alarm when customized triggers occur. Bosch constantly pushes the boundaries of video analytics with an R&D commitment across several branches of the company, including automotive. These proprietary technologies – including powerful algorithms protected by international patents – have led to two levels of analytics at the edge that are about to be factory loaded into the starlight family:
a) Essential Video Analytics
Essential Video Analytics, provided on the DINION IP starlight 6000 fixed box and FLEXIDOME IP starlight 6000 fixed dome cameras as standard, can be used for advanced intrusion detection, as well as enforcing health and safety regulations. Essential Video Analytics also possesses business analytics capabilities for retail environments, such as people counting and crowd detection.
b) Intelligent Video Analytics
Intelligent Video Analytics delivers the full scope of Essential Video Analytics, plus the required level of accuracy for mission-critical applications such as perimeter protection for airports and critical infrastructures or traffic monitoring. Trusted by high-level security operations across the world, Intelligent Video Analytics also filters out false triggers caused by camera shakes or weather conditions such as heavy rain or moving trees, minimizing costly false positives.
A Powerful Combination
 Both Essential Video Analytics and Intelligent Video Analytics share the same user interfaces and operating environments. Intuitive menus and workflows let users specify exactly what event – or combination of events – will trigger an alarm. Commonly used alarm triggers, programmed via pre-set rules templates, include movement and behavior patterns, as well as objects left in the vicinity, cars blocking exits, or irregular crowd activity.
Actionable data is not only key in real time but also after the fact. By applying metadata and tags to recorded video, Bosch Video Analytics at the edge provides targeted access to video data as part of investigations for evidence, digital forensics, or identification of suspects.
Meanwhile, non-security applications also benefit from actionable data obtained through video analytics, including retail statistics (occupation, flow of people, number of people) and park management.
 The next level in 24/7 video surveillance technology is coming soon. In June 2016, the new DINION IP starlight 6000 cameras arrive factory-loaded with Essential Video Analytics capabilities. Launching at the same time, the DINION IP starlight 7000 and FLEXIDOME IP starlight 7000 cameras will come equipped with the latest Intelligent Video Analytics. Meanwhile the DINION IP starlight 8000 MP, also featuring the latest IVA, is already installed at sites across the world. At the end of 2016, all Bosch camera series IP 4000 or later will come with analytics at the edge at no extra price, letting customers enjoy state-of-the-art video surveillance that keeps getting more evolved as technology progresses.
Talk to your Bosch service partner to see how the ultimate 24/7 security cameras just got better.


Bosch starlight cameras
Bosch starlight cameras

Starlight technology from Bosch – the original just got better.
Available worldwide from June 2016, the new generation of Bosch starlight cameras offer outstanding light sensitivity and video analytics at the edge. In a number of different form factors – including fixed, moving, dome, and box models – these cameras offer:

  • Excellent light sensitivity. Depending on the camera model, highly detailed 1080p color images can be captured in scenes with minimum ambient light (down to 0.00825 lux). Even when light levels drop to 0.00275 lux, highly detailed 1080p monochrome images are provided.
  • Various resolutions: 720p, 1080p, or 5 megapixel.
  • Excellent dynamic ranges up to 120 dB at 60 frames per second to capture moving objects, even in the most challenging light conditions.
  • Built-in video analytics capabilities requiring no extra investment or license fees.
  • Customizable alerts, triggers, and security protocols.

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