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New Bosch Module Upgrades AutoDome Cams to H.264

H.264 compression provides DVD-quality video that requires up to 50 percent less storage space than MPEG4-compressed video.

Bosch Security Systems Inc. has introduced a new TCP/IP Communications Module for its AutoDome Camera System. The new module delivers advanced IP technology and features including H.264 Main Profile compression, powerful Intelligent Video Analysis (IVA) and alarm handling, and compliance with the Open Network Video Interface Forum (ONVIF) standard, the company said.

Bosch AutoDome Modular The AutoDome system uses a platform of interchangeable components to allow customers to migrate to advanced functionality without replacing the entire camera system. Customers can easily add the new TCP/IP Communications Module to any existing AutoDome Modular camera.

The new module uses H.264 compression for DVD-quality video that requires up to 50 percent less storage space than MPEG4-compressed video, depending on scene and quality settings. With tri-streaming, the module can simultaneously generate two independent H.264 streams with up to 4CIF resolution at 25 or 30 (PAL or NTSC), images per second, as well as one JPEG stream for viewing on a handheld device. Customers can select a low latency H.264 Baseline Profile stream for live viewing and pan-tilt-zoom control, while using a H.264 Main Profile stream for recording high-quality images with maximum compression. With built-in iSCSI support, the cameras can stream compressed video directly to an iSCSI RAID array for storage.

In addition to tri-streaming, the TCP/IP Communications Module’s processor can concurrently run Bosch’s full-featured IVA software without compromising performance. With Intelligent Video Analysis, one AutoDome Modular PTZ camera can analyze up to 10 different scenes for loitering, line crossing and other potential threats using a single IVA license.

Sophisticated alarm control allows flexible management of alerts from AutoDome Modular cameras. Rules-based logic enables alarms to trigger a wide range of actions, including complex dome functions. And it can send notifications via e-mail.

AutoDome Modular cameras are offered in four models, ranging from a basic level fixed-position dome to the full-featured 500i-Series Intelligent PTZ Camera. AutoDome cameras equipped with the new module deliver hybrid operation with both Ethernet and analog connections for supporting existing equipment.

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