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For future-proof surveillance solutions: Bosch introduces new flexible and future-proof Autodome high-performance camera platform


· Easily adaptable to changing security requirements

· Hybrid connectivity allows simultaneous video-over-IP and analog video

Bosch Security Systems, a full-line manufacturer of security systems and components, has introduced an innovative high-performance AutoDome Camera System. The system is based on a platform of interchangeable modules that allows users to quickly and cost-effectively migrate to advanced functionality, such as object tracking and TCP/IP connectivity, as new innovations become available. Existing AutoDome modules can simply be replaced by modules incorporating newer technology, with no need to change the entire system. The new AutoDome system is compatible with the entire line of Bosch surveillance products as well as a number of competitive platforms.

Offering maximum flexibility, AutoDome modules are fully interchangeable and ’hot swappable’, allowing a system to be quickly and easily adapted to meet changing conditions and security requirements without shutting off the power to the camera – for example, from fixed to PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) or color to day/night. Advanced capabilities, such as image stabilization or motion detection with tracking, can be added just by changing modules.

The new cameras also allow for hybrid connectivity – the ability to stream IP and analog video simultaneously. This ensures compatibility with existing analog systems and permits system owners to change over to IP at their own speed, all at once or one camera at a time. In addition, the new AutoDome cameras easily integrate with the entire line of Bosch surveillance products, including switches, recorders and IP-based video management systems. The cameras use MPEG-4 encoding and compression to deliver DVD-quality 4CIF (common intermediate format) video at rates of up to 30 frames per second.

Bosch offers AutoDome models that incorporate intelligent features such as built-in image stabilization, motion detection and AutoTrack II automated motion tracking technology. The new AutoDomes can detect motion while the camera is moving between presets or on a tour, and can even follow an object that passes behind a privacy mask to ensure continuous tracking. AutoTrack II utilizes Bosch’s unique “virtual masks”, so AutoDome detects and tracks only objects in specified areas while ignoring extraneous background motion, making the cameras ideal for both indoor and outdoor applications. The cameras are offered in four models, ranging from basic level fixed-position, through two levels of PTZ, to the full-featured 500i-Series Intelligent PTZ camera.

The cameras also provide exceptional durability. All AutoDome pendant housings provide IP66 protection and all come standard with a rugged, vandal-resistant polycarbonate bubble. In addition, the cameras come with a three-year warranty, the longest available in the security industry on a camera. AutoDome Camera Systems are available through Bosch manufacturer’s representatives, which can be located by calling 866-CCTV-REP (866-228-8737).

Bosch Security Systems B.V.
Marijke Raaijmakers
P.O. Box 80002,
5600 JB Eindhoven
The Netherlands
Tel.: +31 (0)40 278 4141
Fax: +31 (0)40 278 6668

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 some 13,000 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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