I want to encourage you to check out one of our latest customer success stories (link) demonstrating the increase in efficiency when leveraging the interplay between Project Assistant, Remote Portal and Configuration Manager.
"Project Assistant easily cut our camera installation labor by 30%,"
said Daniel Russello, President of AppNet.
Please stay tuned, there is more to come.
please find the release information about Configuration Manager 7.00.0111.
Configuration Manager 7.0 introduces a complete rework of the user interface, following the latest Bosch application style guide, with many improvements in readability, compactness and improved navigation for a better user experience.
Look-and-feel according to latest Bosch style guide, improvements on readability of form elements.
Screen space optimization due to higher density of presented information, optionally vertical navigation bar.
Scaling invariant user controls enable smooth support for high DPI screens.
Avoiding horizontal scrolling by adaptive column reduction.
New easy to use filters, supporting “Google”-like free text matching on various identifiers as well as down into device properties.
VCA pages with new sub-navigation, larger video presentation for easier task setup, improved calibration and Camera Trainer pages, in-field editing, object filter page, and providing tooltips and direct links to help pages.
Strong password demand during first start of the program. Working without password prompts extra warning pop-up and requires specific user action.
Certificate creation now allows including usage. This enables fully automated batch certificate creation for larger sets of devices. The creation dialog shows the progress of key creation.
Support for new AUTODOME IP 7000i and MIC IP 7100i with firmware 7.52, introducing changes and enhancements on picture settings and pre-position settings pages.
Setting an alternate home position is now possible for applicable moving cameras.
Support for new DINION and FLEXIDOME IP 3000i series with firmware 7.51.
An RCP+ message and/or a SNMP trap from cameras, if time sync fails, can be configured.
Assignment option for CHAP password on DSA E series storages added. Password must be from 12 to 16 characters long.
Playback permission is configurable for IP Matrix since decoder firmware 9.60.
Support for Bosch Video Client (BVC) and BVIP Lite Suite is excluded.
The configuration backup of the Configuration Repository is now referring to the MAC address of a device instead of the IP address.
Network scan is now also possible for IPv6 networks.
Context menu and some configuration pages cleaned-up for decoders.
Improved feedback on firmware upload status and errors.
The character ‘+’ is not allowed anymore for camera passwords since it is also blocked in cameras from firmware 7.50 onwards.
The image posting tab is moved from ‘Network’ to ‘Recording’, and a link to configure accounts was added.
Secure crypto-coprocessor version is now displayed on camera’s compatibility tab.
Configuration Manager 7.0 has excluded support for Bosch Video Client and BVIP Lite Suite. Installing it over an existing installation of a previous version will encrypt the database with strong encryption and thus render it unusable for the older software.
Please refer to the release notes for details:
The software package will be loaded into ST4 the next days and uploaded to the product catalogue with the next sync.
It has already been uploaded to DownloadStore as well.
Configuration Manager does not display all camera configuration menus for cameras with fimware v7.10+
Upgrade Configuration Manager to v6.20 or higher. It is available on the Download Store
When installing Configuration Manager v6.20.0102 on Windows 10 and error message is received during installation of .NET Framework v4.7.2 that states:
The .NET Framework 4.7.2 is not supported on this operating system.
Windows 10 requires frequent updates that must be installed to keep the system compatible with new software installations. Windows 10 periodically releases a features update package that provides new features and compatibility. These are required for version of .NET framework installation.
Windows 10 release Information
Feature updates for Windows 10 are released twice a year, around March and September, via the Semi-Annual Channel and will be serviced with monthly quality updates for 18 months from the date of the release.
We recommend that you begin deployment of each Semi-Annual Channel release immediately as a targeted deployment to devices selected for early adoption and ramp up to full deployment at your discretion. This will enable you to gain access to new features, experiences, and integrated security as soon as possible.
Above except from Microsoft's Windows 10 Release information document: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/release-information/
Option 1 - This option will require an active internet connection.
Using the windows search function (Windows key+S), search for "Windows Update Setting"
Click "Check for Updates"
Install all available updates
Option 2 - This option will not require an internet connection. It will require multiple steps be performed per the Microsoft websites guidelines to create and burn a windows update DVD using a downloadable .ISO file provided directly from Microsoft.
You can find these instructions and links on Microsoft's website here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/software-download/windows10
The Bosch Video Client is a 32bit application, CFM 5.50 and newer are 64bit applictions. 32bit applications can only R/W 32bit files (where as 64bit applications can R/W to both 32 & 64bit files), so in order for BVC to access the CFM database, this database also needs to be 32bit.
If you need to configure newer devices with newer FW, you will need to install the relavant CFM version (e.g. CPP 7.3 Camera with FW 7.10.xxxx would require min CFM 6.20.xxxx), by installing the new CFM this will upgrade the original database to 64bit.
Leading to an issue that BVC can not open the database!
Reinstall CFM <5.5.x once more which will cause the database to be migrated back to 32bit.
Strong database encryption must not be activated, otherwise BVC will fail to start.
With the introduction of the Configuration Manager 6.10, we will make the transition from one tool to the other smoother by offering an import feature, which allows you to import all cameras from a .bpassist project file without having to re-enter the individual credentials of each device.
The feature allows you to:
import one or multiple encrypted .bpassist project files at once
automatic integration of device credentials
check the software seal information to make sure configuration of each device has not been tampered with
integrate the project file grouping into your existing structure
create a backup of your system configuration after a successful import
Go to the "Tools" menu and select "Import Project Assistant File..."
Select one or more .bpassist files that you want to import
After entering the project file passwords, the Configuration Manager can decypt the files and you will then be prompted with an overview of the project file content
Choose where in your existing structure you want to integrate the new devices ("Import to group" section)
Verify project file content
Select, whether you want to create a backup after import
Select, whether you want to keep the project file groups after import
After successful import, you can find all newly added devices in your target directory
For larger projects, where many cameras need to be commissioned, the question might come up on how to tackle it in the most efficient way using the Project Assistant. In the end, a Project Assistant file can comprise up to 500 cameras. Especially if multiple contributors perform the commissioning step in parallel, you need an appropriate approach.
For visualization reasons, let's use a simple example. Let's imagine we have a project that comprises 500 new cameras in total. 250 cameras for building A and another 250 cameras for building B.
Here are two options:
Creating multiple (sub-) projects and merge them in Configuation Manager If you cannot use Dropbox for synchronisation via the cloud, you can simply create 2 projects - one for building A and one for building B. Both projects can be prepared ahead of time, e.g. in the office, and exported in order to share them. Sharing the exported as well as encrypted project files can be done via E-mail, thumb drive, any of the major cloud storage services, etc.*. Now let's assume that there is one contributor working on building A and one working on building B. After each contributor has commissioned his or her 250 cameras each, they can themselves export the project files. To re-combine or merge both sub-projects, we have introduced a Project Assistant project file import feature in our Bosch Configuration Manager 6.10. This feature allows you to conveniently import multiple project files at once and to easily integrate them into your existing system structure. Please, check out the corresponding "How to import project files into Configuration Manager 6.10" article in this community. * Restrictions due to project file size might apply depending on the sharing medium. The synchronization functionality is only available for Dropbox.
Using the Dropbox Synchronization feature This feature let's you plan and preprare a project ahead of time, e.g. in the office, which can then be shared via Dropbox with multiple other contributors as needed. That means everyone that was "invited" to work on this project has access to the same project file, where there is only one "master" version residing in the cloud that is accessed and synchronized via Dropbox. Consequently, you can avoid managing multiple versions of the same project file. Therefore, depending on the internet connectivity of all contributor's devices, you can see the real-time progress of the project, no matter if you are in building A, building B or even in the office. All updates to the project are immediately synced via Dropbox among all contributors. If you want to know how to setup it up, please check out the following videos:
Of course, the Project Assistant project file import feature in our Bosch Configuration Manager 6.10 is also available for futher configuration and system integration for this option, as well.