If you have CPP4 cameras with 6.11 firmware (FW) version and you need to upgrade them to the latest version, normally you have to upgrade to an intermediate firmware version first.
But where you can find this firmware ?
What should you know about SNMP and Bosch cameras SNMP support?
This article explains briefly the basics of SNMP. Declares the basic terms of the protocol. It also explains what part of the protocol is supported by Bosch cameras.
Basics of SNMP and terms.
Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) is a common protocol to monitor the health status of a system. Such a monitoring system typically has a central management server that collect all the data from the system’s compatible components and devices. SNMP provides two methods to gain the system health status:
–The network management server can poll the health status of a device via SNMP requests.
–Devices can actively notify the network management server about their system health status in case of error or alarm conditions through sending SNMP traps to the SNMP server. Such traps must be configured inside the device.
Details how to configure Bosch camera to send SNMP traps - How to activate the SNMP and configure sending SNMP traps from Bosch cameras?
SNMP also allows configuration of some variables inside devices and components. The information, which messages a device supports and which traps it can send, is derived from the Management Information Base, the so-called MIB file, a file that is delivered with a product for easy integration into a network monitoring system. There are three different version of the SNMP protocol:
–SNMP version 1
SNMP version 1 (SNMPv1) is the initial implementation of the SNMP protocol. It is widely used and has become the de facto standard protocol for network management and monitoring. But SNMPv1 has become under threat due to its lack of security features. It only uses ‘community strings’ as a kind of passwords, which are transmitted in clear text.Thus, SNMPv1 shall only be used when it can be assured that the network is physically protected against unauthorized access.
–SNMP version 2
SNMP version 2 (SNMPv2) included improvements in security and confidentiality, amongst others, and introduced a bulk request to retrieve large amounts of data in a single request. However, its security approach was considered way too complex,hindering its acceptance. Thus, it was soon pushed out by version SNMPv2c, which equals SNMPv2 but without its controversial security model, reverting to the community-based method from SNMPv1instead, similarly lacking security.
–SNMP version 3
SNMP version 3 (SNMPv3) mainly adds security and remote configuration enhancements. These include improvements on confidentiality by encryption of packets, message integrity and authentication. It also addresses large-scale deployment of SNMP.
Bosch cameras SNMP
To check what SNMP version does a particular camera support, check the data sheet of the device. (Find it under your device in the product catalogue - https://www.boschsecurity.com/xc/en/product-catalog/)
since FW 6.40 onwards Bosch devices support SNMP v1 legacy and SNMP v3
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What to do when MIC IP camera is unable to perform the Object Classification in IVA detection?
Based on examples of target objects and non-target objects, the Camera Trainer program uses machine learning to allow the user to define objects of interest and generate detectors for them.
Using Configuration Manager, you can configure the Camera Trainer program using both live video as well as recordings available through your MIC IP cameras.
The camera also includes the latest release of Intelligent Video Analytics application for use on prepositions. Designed for mission-critical applications, the video analytics can reliably detect, track, and analyze moving objects while suppressing unwanted alarms from spurious sources in the image, even in harsh weather conditions. Advanced tasks like multiple line crossing, loitering, idle / removed object detection, crowd density estimation, occupancy and people counting are available for live alarming and forensic search. Object filters based on size, speed, direction, aspect ratio, and color can be defined.
In order to perform Object Classification correctly, please make sure that you have correctly:
set the correct Orientation
Save all the pre-positions again if the orientation stetting is changed
calibrated the camera
A simplified calibration mode reduces installation time significantly because you only need to enter the installation height once for each camera, independent of pre-positions.
After the camera is calibrated, the analytics engine can automatically classify objects as upright person, car, bike, or truck.)
enabled 3D tracking
set it up the tasks and followed the VCA manual.
Please see an overview of object classification in the following article:
How to set up object classification with video analytics
Each camera imager can be configured separately and therefore many settings can be made and checked separately.
Settings in the Installer Menu can be made on a per-camera basis, including sensor mode, image rotation & lens settings with the lens wizard.
Please find in this article some settings you can do separately for each FLEXIDOME multi 7000i camera imager on the camera’s web page.
Which CPP corresponds to certain cameras and encoders?
The capability of a Bosch IP camera or encoder is driven by two forces: One is the hardware capability, defined by the Common Product Platform (CPP) itself and the combined components of the product. The other is the firmware that drives this hardware. The firmware is developed on a common code basis and derived from there for the active platforms, making the feature sets of various platforms fairly similar within a certain firmware version.
This article gives an overview of CPPs that correspond to certain types of cameras and encoders. Here you can search by the CTN of the camera and find out the CPP of it. Thus, you will know which firmware you should use for upgrading your device.
A) If you would like to search for the BVMS version that can be used according to the firmware version of your DSA E2800, please check the following link:
Fix random reboot of NETAPP DSA E2800 (dual controller) by updating its Firmware
HD Decoders are not downgrade-able lower than the factory default version.
All Video Management Systems should not have issues with newer Firmware. All their implemented functions should work.
NOTE: All new stock of VJD-8000 gets version 9.51 due to Security Vulnerabilities.
Please also see:
Which Bosch encoders and decoders are compatible with BVMS?
According to the BVMS 11. Release notes > 2.2. Removed functionality chapter > The digital monitor wall functionality has been removed.
This removal has impact on the BVMS Viewer → Decoders are not supported anymore in BVMS Viewer starting with version 11.0
Other devices and functions that have been removed to ensure software security:
Map migration (removed Autodesk design review installation)
Note: The Monitor Group functionality is still available in BVMS Professional/ Plus/ Lite.
With the DSA E2800 Bosch introduced Multipathing. It is a fault-tolerance technique that defines more than one physical path between the camera and its iSCSI storage devices through redundant network connections.
When using this feature, recording of video data and replaying video data is possible even in case of an iSCSI controller failure. To ensure also that outages of infrastructure equipment (e.g. Switch) could be covered, we recommend following Interconnection.
BVMS v10.1 and BVMS v11.0 come with a checkbox where you can logon to the Operator Client with Windows Credentials.
If you want to use this function, you need to set up the BVMS Configuration Client and browse the AD users-groups. Then, the users can sign in to Operator Client with their Windows-Credentials.
If you have the option "Extended (security)/configuration mode" active on a VIDEOJET decoder 7000 (VJD-7513) in Configuration Manager, then no video image will be shown and the BOSCH logo will be displayed at the cameo of the monitor output of the decoder.
This is as designed in Configuration Manager, and this mode is to give you the opportunity to enable the SSD Encryption and to disable the USB ports.
Once you are finished changing the extended security features, you must uncheck the check box and the decoder will go back to normal functioning.
If the administrator account (which was originally created when initial setup wizard was run) has been deleted locally and another new administrator account was created, then it is not possible to create user via web. Only locally is possible, as the application is still looking for the original admin account.
A workaround here would be to default your Divar Network and follow the setup wizard > this will create the administrator user again and will let you create new users again.
Or create the new users locally on your Divar.
Bosch strongly recommends upgrading to the latest firmware for the best possible functionality, compatibility, performance and security.
Check http://downloadstore.boschsecurity.com/ regularly to see if there is a new firmware version available.
The calculation of the storage capacity is done in different way in Configuration Client and VRM Monitor:
In BVMS Configuration Client Capacity (GB) stands for the available physical capacity of the storage, as calculated and provided by the storage vendor (for example NetApp).
In VRM Monitor – under Target Overview – Total is listed the number of all available blocks multiplied by the size of the blocks that is by default 1GB. This calculation concerns the logical storage and depends on the way the storage is used (for example how many Luns are imported in the system).
See also: Video Storage Calculator web site
The firewall configuration dialog is a fixed step in the setup process and will allow automatic configuration of all required firewall settings to run BVMS. The applied rules and settings can be found in the readable command script file "C:\Program Files\Bosch\VMS\bin\FirewallConfig.cmd".
The firewall rules that have been applied with the setup cannot be reverted and must be manually changed/removed if required.
The BVMS Logbook database can be moved to another SQL Server.
This article describes the steps that are necessary to migrate the database and describes how to confirm if the migration was successful.
BVMS is using Microsoft SQL Server Express to store its logbook. Based on the information provided by Microsoft (Compare SQL Server 2017 editions), SQL Server Express is limited to a 10GB database size.
This could be insufficient for larger installations or installations that require a very long logbook retention time. Additionally, some organizations have a dedicated SQL server environment which should be utilized by all applications. The BVMS Logbook database can be moved to another SQL Server. This guide describes the steps that are necessary to migrate the database and describes how to confirm if the migration was successful.
The GDPR (General Data Privacy Regulation) is enforced on the 25th of May 2018. As a regulation it is directly applicable to all EU member states without the need for national implementing legislation. As information captured, processed and stored by video surveillance systems is classified as "sensitive" the GDPR will cause significant impact on the video surveillance installations throughout Europe. This article gives insights into the new legislation and describes how a video surveillance system can be designed and configured in order to help an organization comply with this new regulation.
This article describes how the GDPR impacts video surveillance systems and how BVMS can be configured to function in a GDPR compliant organization.
Since the publication of this guide the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has issued a paper specifically targeted at video surveillance installations: GDPR video surveillance guide.