Bosch teams up with NetApp for joint surveillance platform

Integrates NetApp Hybrid Flash Arrays with the Bosch Video Recording Manager

By adding IoT and AI, intelligent functions turn the camera into a smart device that delivers valuable information in real time.
By adding IoT and AI, intelligent functions turn the camera into a smart device that delivers valuable information in real time.

Bosch Building Technologies has teamed up with NetApp to jointly develop a security platform that integrates NetApp Hybrid Flash Arrays with the Bosch Video Recording Manager (VRM) for storage virtualisation.

The NetApp operating system writes different data streams directly from the camera to the storage in a compact format and with high storage density. The result: video streams and storage capacity are backed-up in such a way that the processes continue to run even if there is a hard disk failure.

“NetApp offers the technologies that ensure that our systems are up and running and makes managing large data volumes easy with maximum reliability while lowering costs,” said Bernhard Schuster, executive vice president sales and marketing at Bosch Building Technologies.

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Data and its availability are critical to Bosch Building Technologies and its customers. Among other products, its portfolio includes video surveillance, intrusion detection, access control, fire detection and evacuation systems, that help empower their customers to build a safer, more secure world. To be able to reliably map and record events as well as objects, a security solution needs high resolution, refresh rates, dynamics, and light sensitivity. However, data must also be manageable efficiently. This is why Bosch Building Technologies has been working with NetApp since 2011.

However, the digital vision of the Bosch team goes beyond security. For use at airports, company premises, hotel complexes and stadiums, recording alone does not do the job.

By adding IoT and AI, intelligent functions from sensor to connectivity turn the camera into a smart device that delivers valuable information in a digital infrastructure. Additional to the forensic capabilities of the system, suspicious activities are detected in real time by the device's algorithm. This can include the detection of inventory theft, tracking missing shipments in large warehouses, or flame and smoke detection in seconds. That in turn enables the security operators to act quickly and efficiently.

“Our video systems process image data in real time,” said Schuster. “Sharing the information with your security and other enterprise systems, such as warehouse or manufacturing is key for improving security and reducing costs.”

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