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New intuitive DCN software enhances ease of use Bosch’s Digital Congress Network (DCN Next Generation) control software more intuitive and easier than ever


· Highly intuitive and ergonomic graphical user interface optimized for touch-screen control

· Multilingual on-screen help

· Optimized for people with impaired color perception

Bosch Security Systems’ Digital Congress Network (DCN) Next Generation congress system has already gained an enviable reputation thanks to its powerful features and exceptional ease-of-use. Now Bosch introduces an advanced yet intuitive Congress Control Software to further enhance the versatility and ease-of-use of the DCN systems.

The company’s new “Synoptic Microphone and Voting Software” provides a range of new functions including automatic seat assignment, synoptic microphone monitoring and control, synoptic voting management, easy control of the system, monitoring and adjustments of all settings, and automatic link to PowerPoint® to show real time voting results in graphs etc.

The new software also departs from the traditional control panel and buttons, which are replaced with a highly intuitive user interface based on a graphical representation of the conference venue. When a device is connected to the system, it is automatically recognized and an icon is created for it, on the on-screen room layout. The icons display information about device status and can be used by the operator to select individual devices for remote control functions. Moreover, as all functions are controlled from a single window, the software is suitable for touch-screen operation. It also features on-screen help in most major languages, further contributing to ease-of-use.

Several modes can be selected depending on the required task, giving the operator a great degree of control over the system. An assignment mode allows the operator to assign delegate names to individual microphone icons and to change the positions of the icons on the room layout. A microphone control mode allows the state of each individual microphone to be monitored and controlled. Finally, a voting result mode shows individual results in different colors according to votes cast.

The different symbols in the various modes are also specially designed to be easily identified by persons with impaired color perception.

Automatic control of a video camera is also possible, to allow display of the current speaker on a monitor or TV screen. This is achieved by linking the addresses of the discussion units to the pan/tilt/zoom (PTZ) pre-position of one or more Bosch AutoDome 360-degree cameras by making use of the DCN Camera Control software.

If voting units are used, the software allows the system operator to summon delegates to vote, and start and stop voting sessions. Final voting results can also be shown on a large-screen display, automatically printed or exported to a file. Voting results can also be shown automatically in PowerPoint®.

The Bosch Group is a leading global manufacturer of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology. In fiscal 2005, some 251,000 associates generated sales of 41.5 billion euros. Set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering,” the Bosch Group today comprises a manufacturing, sales, and after-sales service network of more than 280 subsidiaries and more than 12,000 Bosch service centers in over 140 countries.

The special ownership structure of the Bosch Group guarantees its financial independence and entrepreneurial freedom. It makes it possible for the company to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future, as well as to do justice to its social responsibility in a manner reflective of the spirit and will of its founder. A total of 92 % of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by the charitable foundation Robert Bosch Stiftung. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG.

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