While today's video surveillance solutions need to meet a growing number of technical requirements, design considerations are equally important. Over the past few years, Bosch has introduced a series of advanced HD cameras that fulfill both these requirements.
This successful Security Breakthrough product range is now complete with the launch of the IP camera FLEXIDOME HD VR. The VR suffix stands for vandal resistant, and this new camera is characterized by robust, compact dome housing – allowing for different imaging platforms in one unified design.
The FLEXIDOME HD VR camera offers a choice of imaging modules: 720p60 for superior, lowlight performance, 1080p for full HD resolution, and 1080p HDR for even the most challenging wide dynamic range scenes. All three modules make use of the same FLEXIDOME design, providing a unique freedom of choice and a unified esthetic for the latest in video security installations. In addition, the camera features Content Based Imaging Technology (CBIT), a Bosch innovation that provides intelligent dynamic image optimization. The CBIT-enabled cameras include two special modes: Intelligent Auto Exposure (iAE), which results in optimal details for objects of interest, plus intelligent dynamic noise reduction (iDNR) that lowers bandwidth requirements by up to 30 percent compared to other cameras.
For ease of use, the new FLEXIDOME HD VR is equipped with an automatic varifocal (AVF) lens. This significantly simplifies and halves the installation time since several cameras can be focused and zoomed remotely from the comfort of the control room. Furthermore, the AVF lens fully exploits the high sensor resolutions available with Bosch super resolution lenses. The camera is housed in a vandal-resistant design, supporting 90-degree horizontal viewing and the full range of mounting options.
“The FLEXIDOME HD VR completes our portfolio of HD Security Breakthrough Cameras,” explains Rob Bertens, Product Manager Video Systems. “It clearly represents a significant step forward in terms of design, image quality, ease of installation, and operation.”
Alongside its advances in operation and esthetics, the new FLEXIDOME camera is a hybrid system, supporting connections to existing analog devices and systems, including spot monitors. It thus allows for a gradual conversion from analog systems to high-tech IP solutions.
The FLEXIDOME HD VR works seamlessly with the Bosch transcoding technology as implemented in the Video Management System, the Video Client as well as in the storage solutions from Bosch. Video streams can be viewed from iPad, browser or the free Viewing Client from Bosch. This makes it ideal for applications in retail stores, restaurants, casinos, airports and public transport.
Bosch's IP standard- and high-definition cameras, encoders and analytics are ONVIF conformant and compatible with software and storage solutions of third-party integrators. This is supported by the Integration Partner Program, which gives partners immediate access to online tools for easy integration of management and recording software, video analytics, monitor wall systems and cloud monitoring.