Intelligent devices – changing things for the better

Intelligent devices – changing things for the better
A detailed look at the future of video security
The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way we view video security. Now, cameras need to do more than simply capture images; they need to be smarter. Today, cameras are becoming an integral part of the vast digital connectivity infrastructure, they need to be shaped into intelligent sensors with the ability to extract invaluable data to help businesses make improvements in the area of video security, and beyond.

If we take the automotive industry as an example, cameras used as intelligent sensors allow cars to understand their environment and enable them to respond to the surrounding driving conditions.

Creating limitless possibilities

On a wider scale, the IoT has created "smart cities," whereby an existing video security infrastructure is now a means of collecting smart data to help optimize energy consumption by controlling urban lighting, or ensure public transport is punctual, or control a sequence of traffic lights to optimize traffic flow. From a business perspective, it means an initial investment in video security can also be used for other purposes. Bosch wants to shape this change by offering intelligent cameras.

The camera is a fixture for the future

Conventional sensors have their limitations. Whereas a motion detector can sense movement and trigger an alarm, a camera sees the whole scene in detail and provides vital information such as object type, direction, size, color and speed, whilst time stamps give even greater situational accuracy.

A connected device is a more secure device

As technology in a connected world gets smarter, so do the hackers, which is why Bosch offers a full suite of data security measures. In addition to familiar steps such as a strong password, all communications between camera and network are encrypted (cryptographic keys are safely stored in a unique built-in Trusted Platform Module), and have advanced user management settings to control access to data. Moreover, when a camera is connected to the internet it enables users to check its operational status and push security updates.

Defining the ‘i’ camera

Cameras with built-in video analytics as standard may have rewritten the rules of video security, but the basic requirements have not been dismissed. On the contrary, image quality, bitrate management (reductions by up to 80 percent) and data security will always be a priority. But it’s the added information and connectivity that makes them more intelligent than conventional cameras:
  • Interacting and sharing information with other devices
  • The ability to perform tasks independently
  • Detailed interpretation for situational awareness – object speed, direction, color, size, etc.
Bosch's intention is to capture data that is not only useful, but gets used. On average, only 10 percent of data captured gets used. The company aims to push that figure closer to 100 percent, by making intelligent cameras that make the streets safer, cars smarter, and businesses more profitable.

Bosch believes the future of video security is more than just an image.

For more information, please visit Bosch Security Systems here.

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