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    yesterday
    Compared to hardware, in which it is relatively easy to define an end-of-support concept based on the expected lifetime, software behaves totally different. In theory, when the environment does not change, software can still be running ten years after it has been installed. As new versions of the software are released regularly, it is important for customers to know what they can expect from Bosch Building Technologies when the software is purchased. This document describes how Bosch Building Technologies handles the life-cycle of the BVMS, BIS, AMS, and APE, and in which state a specific release can reside. Additionally this document lists the up-to-date situation for all of those software packages.
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    a week ago
    When Central Support Team provide assistance on a specific topic, at some point, customers may be asked to enable the VSG debug logging option. This article answers the question: Where can you find the "VSG debug logging" option in Configuration Client to enable/ disable it?
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    a week ago
    Operator Client helps you display the original full image circle of a panoramic camera, its image dewarped or you can select a point of interest of the image. Cropping and using ePTZ in a cropped image is possible in Live and Playback Mode. The Image window allows a flexible resizing of the Image pane that displays a panoramic camera or any other camera. This article provides you information on how you can switch the view mode of panoramic camera in Operator Client. Article requirements: Operator Client Panoramic camera PC/ Server/ Workstation
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    a week ago
    Intelligent Insights support controlling Bosch IP cameras by  Common Gateway Interface  (CGI) commands over HTTP or HTTPS when a threshold of the area fill level, area fill level traffic light or occupancy use case is reached. Follow the step-by-step guide below and find how you can to setup the threshold actions in Intelligent Insights.
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    a week ago
    Currently, most of the cameras are using profiles that are wrong created or profiles that actually belong to legacy cameras like the "excellent" profile. Therefore, the bitrates to the storage could be exceeded and probably will exceed during match when lot of motion is created. This article is focused on a method of creating a new profile with own parameters and make this new profile active.
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    a week ago
    This guide is meant to help you adding new cameras in VRM in Configuration Client and display their images in Operator Client. Before adding a new camera there are a few things that need to be taken into consideration: You are not exceeding the maximum number of channels allowed. Each unit has a maximum number of channels. For example: DIP 5000 AIO the maximum number of channels is 42 DIP 6000/ 7000 AIO the maximum number of channels is 128 You have the neccesarry number of licenses installed on the system The units come with 8 channels pre-licensed. If you want to add more cameras or encoders/ decoders, you need first to make sure that licenses have been purchased. The system has enough storage to cover the retention time of the cameras. If there is no storage available,   there is a risk that your system will stop recording. The bandwidth available of the unit is not exceeded. For example: Bandwidth   DIP 5000 AIO: 170   Mbit/s Bandwidth   6000/ 7000 AIO: 550   Mbit/s Article requirements: Operator Client Configuration Client Camera PC/ Server/ Workstation
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    a week ago
    Check if your system is performing correctly! The VRM Monitor is one of the best options to check if the system is recording correctly, providing a quick overview as well as detailed information about all the cameras and storage added to VRM. In this article you are going to see how to access VRM Monitor from Bosch Video Management System (BVMS) Configuration Client.   Furthermore, you will find here some useful information about each section on the Dashboard page.
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    3 weeks ago
    Learn more about virtualization!
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    3 weeks ago
    Do you want to know more about designing a BVMS system?
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    3 weeks ago
    The attached documents should help you to make the upgrade process as smooth as possible. The upgrade itself is not restricted to BVMS software only. The supported software and firmware versions can be found in the release notes of the related BVMS version. An attachment is added to this article for each BVMS version. Currently the upgrade guides for BVMS 8.0 and 9.0 are attached to this article. From BVMS 10.0 onwards a description on how to migrate systems has been included as well.
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    3 weeks ago
    CPP: Combined firmware package – applicable to all platforms The Release Letter for CPP 7.72.1118 provides information about the dependencies between firmware versions for a better understanding of the upgrade process of devices with older firmware. To find a combined firmware file in the downloadstore you can use the following URL syntax: https://downloadstore.boschsecurity.com/index.php?type=fw&filter=CPP CCP4 and CPP6 devices: Due to an internal file system being introduced to CPP4 and CPP6 since firmware 6.10 and architectural changes thereof, a direct upgrade from firmware below version 6.10 to latest firmware is only possible via intermediate firmware 6.1x. CPP4 cameras upgrade from FW < 6.10 to intermediate FW 6.11 upgrade from FW < 6.50 to intermediate FW 6.50 upgrade EXTEGRA from FW 6.10 or newer to latest FW 6.32 upgrade from FW 6.50 (<6.51) to latest FW 7.10   CPP6 cameras  upgrade from FW < 6.50 to intermediate FW 6.50 upgrade from FW 6.50 (<6.51) to latest FW 7.70  CPP5 devices: This combined firmware cannot be applied to CPP5 products with firmware version older than 5.91. It is required to upgrade to intermediate firmware 5.91 first This means that intermediate firmware version 5.91 for CPP5 needs to be requested from your technical support. Only after receiving and uploading firmware 5.91, you can upload the latest version CPP5 specific firmware  available on the Download Store (currently 6.31.0010). To find a combined firmware file in the downloadstore you can use the following URL syntax: https://downloadstore.boschsecurity.com/index.php?type=fw&filter=CPP if needed for some reason, the older CPP 6.50 combined file is available here: https://downloadstore.boschsecurity.com/FILES/KnowledgeBase/CPP_FW_6.50.0620.fw and Releaseletter of that combined firmware package: https://downloadstore.boschsecurity.com/FILES/KnowledgeBase/Bosch_Releaseletter_CPP_FW_6.50.0620.pdf Note: Upgrading from versions lower than 5.5x To upgrade to a newer firmware version using this combined firmware package, firmware versions before 5.5x require an intermediate update cycle using the respective platform firmware version mentioned above. Restrictions: This firmware and its included platform firmware builds are not applicable to MPEG-4 products. The final firmware version for VIP-X1600-XFM4 modules is FW 5.53. No newer firmware will be provided for these modules. Configuration Manager cannot upload this Combined Firmware file to VIP-X1600-XFM4 modules. Use the module’s web page instead for uploading; or use the separate firmware file. The final firmware version for CPP3 devices is FW 5.75. No newer firmware will be provided for these products. The Combined Firmware file does not load onto VG4 AUTODOME or AUTODOME Easy II via the browser when running a firmware version before 5.52.0017. The specific platform file should be used instead. (Note: In case any link might not work to the current DownloadStore, see attached a copy PDF of the Release Letter.) How to get and request a BOSCH Legacy Firmware: The procedure to request and get an legacy firmware that is no longer online in the web is as follows: Customers are kindly requested to reach out to the local BOSCH Support (Central Solutions and Support Group teams). Bosch Support Group will ask for the exact BOSCH Commercial Type Number (CTN). The local BOSCH team can check the Global End of service date. The project background (How many of these devices/cameras) need to be collected.  The relevant BOSCH Technical Support can explain and check if there is the chance to update the project and included management software in order to be able to use the latest BOSCH device firmware as the goal is to have a non-vulnerable product in productive environments. In case there is no newer firmware available (hardware was discontinued), a commercial hardware upsell can be recommended. In general all firmware that is not available on the product catalog, and for all firmware files that are ranked to have vulnerabilities, this need to be documented in a Technical Support case. In case legacy firmware is anyhow needed and requested by our customers, the Bosch Technical support will start an approval flow. The BOSCH Level 3 Technical Support will provide a form/document that must be signed by the installer/customer. See an example PDF (empty) "Example_Aged_Software_Release_form.pdf" attached to this article. Such a form will be prepared by the BOSCH Level 3 Technical support team and provided to our customer/installer in order to confirm that legacy firmware is then used on the risk of the installer and customer (See text and legal note in the PDF). In the future BOSCH plan to introduce and setup a self-service portal for all customers to simplify this process. ___________________________________________________________________________ The above mentioned combined firmware 6.50 supports: CPP7.3 HD and UHD cameras update from FW 6.40 or newer to latest FW 6.50 CPP7 UHD cameras update from FW 6.30 or newer to latest FW 6.50 CPP6 UHD cameras update from FW 6.10 or newer to latest FW 6.50 CPP5 encoders update from FW 5.91 or newer to latest FW 6.30 CPP4 HD cameras update from FW < 6.10 to intermediate FW 6.11 update from FW 6.10 or newer to latest FW 6.50 CPP3 cameras and encoders update from FW 4.54.0026 or newer to latest FW 5.74 CPP-ENC VIP-X1600-XFM4 encoders: update from FW 4.2x or newer to latest FW 5.53 VJT XF and VJD-3000 update to latest FW 5.97 The combined firmware package includes the following build versions: CPP7.3 FW 6.50.0128 CPP7 H.264 6.50.0128 CPP6 H.264 6.50.0128 CPP5 H.264 6.30.0059 CPP4 H.264 6.50.0128 CPP4 H.264 6.11.0021 CPP3 H.264 5.74.0010 CPP-ENC H.264 5.97.0005 for VJT XF family, VJD-3000 and VJC-7000 CPP-ENC H.264 5.53.0004 for VIP X1600 XFM4 For detailed description please refer to the separate release letters. Customers can upload such combined firmware packages by using multi-select in the Configuration tool "BOSCH Configuration Manager" (currently available in version 06.01.0157 at the BOSCH DownloadStore or Product catalog > Video Software > Video Management Systems > Configuration Manager) When using the multi-select option in Configuration Manager, please make sure this combined firmware package for all platforms can be uploaded to all the devices selected and there are no additional requirements or intermediate steps needed for any of the devices in question. This article has status of 24th of March 2021 and changes in this procedure might be introduced. When changes are done, then this article will be updated. Therefore check this article from time to time.
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    ‎01-20-2021 09:59 AM
     The attached documents show the different design options that are available when designing a BVMS system. For BVMS 10.1, we have extended the blueprints with Person Identification, the Access Management System, and updated the Enterprise overview.
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    ‎09-10-2020 02:59 PM
    +++ Update: new [dns] tag available since PA1.4 +++  The template file can now be extended to using the tag [dns] for importing the DNS server address. This now also allows you to import URLs for the time server address, not only IP addresses. Intro: The Project Assistant offers two ways of importing existing project data: Option 1) Importing a .bpassist file, which was exported from the app at some point and which contains all information and data ever created/entered inside the app for that specific project. Simply select the "Project Assistant" mode >> click "continue" >> and press "import". Option 2) Importing from a tab-separated text file. This option may be useful, if you have existing project data, e.g. in an Excel spreadsheet, which you want to transfer into the Project Assistant for further use. This article deals with option 2 and explains the steps potentially needed before you can refer to the steps explained in the following Youtube video ("Import from file"). Let's assume you already have existing project data prepared in an Excel spreadsheet and you want to transfer that data into a format that can be imported to the Project Assistant Go to the Bosch Security Systems DownloadStore and download the provided template file "example_project_import_report_template.txt" or the NEW Excel file " 2019_02_20_example_project_IMPORT_template.xlsx" , which also includes detailed instructions and explanations on each parameter. Import the .txt template file into Excel by opening the template file with Excel and following these steps:  Select "delimited" as well as "My data has headers." Select "Tab" in the Delimiters section and finish up the Excel import by pressing "Finish". INSTEAD, you can also use the NEW Excel file, where you can avoid the above described initial import step of the .txt file.   [Option A] According to the provided data columns, copy and paste your existing data from your initial spreadsheet file into the template file (you do not need to populate every column of the template) [Option B] This option works the other way around. Use the Project Assistant header tags, e.g. [ip], [mac], etc., which you can find in the template file and add these tags to the column headers in your initial Excel spreadsheet (cf. screenshot below). The Project Assistant is capable of searching the .txt import file for these tags and of filtering out the corresponding columns (no matter the order of the columns). Go to "Save As" in Excel and save the newly populated template file as a "Unicode Text (*.txt")" file   Transfer the file to where you can find it with the Project Assistant and start the app Create a new project Set a password for the project itself as well as default passwords for the cameras that you would like to assign That's it - Now it is time to refer to the Youtube video mentioned above Enjoy using the Project Assistant and feel free to share your feedback with us!   Note: By the way, the column tagged [info] in the tab-separated file corresponds to the "comments" text box in the app. So if you have any information that helps you describe the camera better, e.g. where it is to be mounted, you can add this info in the corresponding cell of the respective camera. 
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    ‎08-19-2020 08:01 AM
    Are you writing the specification of a video surveillance system?
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    ‎08-19-2020 07:59 AM
    The attached document describes the installation package for BVMS. Operating system support of the specific BVMS version is listed in the BVMS release notes.  
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    ‎06-03-2020 11:33 AM
    Question BVMS Lite and BVMS Viewer are BVMS editions that you can download and activate free-of-charge. How can I set-up a basic (live and recorded video) BVMS system? Answer First, you need to download the software package, active the BVMS Lite license and install the software. This is described in this article: BVMS - Activating a license. Second, you need to prepare an iSCSI environment which is suitable for recording video. Any Windows Server based operating system will do. This is described in this article: BVMS - Configuring a Microsoft iSCSI target. Last, you need to add cameras to the system and start the recording. This is described in this youtube video: How to add a new camera using Configuration Client (BVMS). Now, have a look at the Operator Client quick guide and you're ready to go! Where can I get more information on advanced functionality? Once the software (configuration client or operator client) is running you can press F1 at any time to open the embedded software help! All of the advanced functionality BVMS offers is explained in the help files.
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    ‎05-29-2020 05:28 PM
    Dear community, The Project Assistant has been around for almost 2 years now and we are wondering how it has affected your way of working? The initial idea of the Project Assistant is nicely summarized in this video: Feel free to share you experiences and best practices with us - here in the community using the comment section below 🙂 Stay tuned and healthy Your Bosch Security App Team
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    ‎04-17-2020 05:45 PM
    Question What's new in version 1.4.0? Answer   ## Bosch Remote Portal ## Easily register cameras to the Bosch Remote Portal - the IoT hub to connect all Bosch BT products. For End-Customers and Installers it provides device management and value-added services as well as camera application management benefits. ## Faster configuration ## Cameras delivered with firmware version 7.10 and newer do not require a reboot anymore when changing the IP address or other network settings. This version of the Project Assistant takes this into account, speeding up the commissioning process even more. ## Specify DNS server address ## A DNS server address is now supported in the application. Now you can simply add a time server URL or connect your cameras, with static IP addresses, to the Bosch Remote Portal. We always appreciate feedback, which you can share here our Knowledge Base as well as as via email (security.apps.com). Thank you and please stay safe in these challenging times. Your Bosch Security App Team PS: The Windows version will be available shortly in our Download Area and the Android respectively iOS versions will made available in the stores once the publishing process completed.
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    ‎02-12-2020 10:10 AM
    The attached document describes the settings you must perform after having installed BIS and BVMS on the different computers. Ensure that the installations of BIS Server and BVMS Management Server were performed successfully on separate computers. Additionally you must have purchased and activated an OPC Server License for BVMS.   The document can be found in the attachments section on the bottom of the page or the right side of the page.  Please look for the attachment icon.
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    ‎01-14-2020 12:32 PM
    In many cases a minimum and maximum retention time needs to be defined in a video surveillance systems due to legal requirements. While the minimum retention time defines the time period for how long video recordings need to be stored, the maximum retention time defines after which period of time the recordings have to be deleted. Thus, the minimum retention time is going to influence the amount of storage needed. The higher the minimum retention time the more storage space is required. Hence, the storage space needs to be large enough to store the recordings for the minimum retention. For the maximum retention time this doesn’t have to be the case. Still users might be confused why recordings gaps might appear sort-of randomly, if the system does not have enough storage space to keep all recordings until the maximum retention time is reached. To understand what is going on we have to remember the principle of the VRM block assignment first. For each camera in the system the BOSCH Video Recording Manager (VRM) generates a list of recording blocks (LUNs) on which the camera can next record. Therefore, the VRM makes an estimation based on the data rate and the amount of data of each camera in the system (global optimization). Basically, the VRM predicts when which camera needs a new block and always lists the block which will be the oldest block at the time the camera needs to record on the next block. One could think of it as a “next oldest block” estimation done by the VRM. But the prediction of the VRM might differ from the reality (mainly because of variance in recording bitrate) and this can cause recording gaps if the storage space is not large enough to support the maximum retention time. Let’s have a closer look on the following two cases: Sufficient storage space for maximum retention time Insufficient storage space for maximum retention time Sufficient storage space for maximum retention time In case of sufficient storage space to fulfill the maximum retention time for every camera in the system no random recording gaps will appear, because the VRM will always assign a block containing recordings, which are older than the maximum retention time. Thus, for each camera the recording blocks will be kept until the maximum retention time is reached as illustrated in Figure 1. Figure 1: Enough storage space to cover the maximum retention time for each camera of the system Insufficient storage space for maximum retention time In case the system is designed such that the storage space is not large enough to store all recordings from all cameras until the maximum retention time is reached, the VRM will of course still do its estimation and predict the oldest recording block when a camera will ask for a new block. Assuming an ideal setup (with ideal network connection where each camera has the same data rate and all cameras record the same amount of video data simultaneously), the oldest block would always be assigned by the VRM. Hence, no recordings gaps should appear for recordings older than the minimum retention time, compare Figure 2. This is was most customers falsely assume or expect. Figure 2: Customer expectation of the system behaviour in case of insufficient storage space to cover the maximum retention time for each camera of the system However, in reality the stated assumptions do not apply. Network connection, data rate, amount of recorded video data, etc. varies. Thus, the “next oldest block” estimation of the VRM can differ from reality. Since each camera already got its block list from the VRM and records according to this block list, it can happen that not the truly oldest block is used and recording gaps appear as shown in Figure 3. Figure 3: System behaviour in case of insufficient storage space to cover the maximum retention time for each camera of the system How to avoid or minimize this effect To avoid this effect of random recording gaps simply add enough storage to your system. To get the best out of your system in terms of storage usage, the optimum would be to set the maximum retention time to storage limit, see Figure 4, but that is almost impossible to realize in practice. Figure 4: In principle a maximum retention time set to the storage limit would avoid random recording gaps Option 1 to minimize the effect in practice is to estimate the maximum retention time so that it will not exceed the storage limit of the system as illustrated in Figure 5. Figure 5: Maximum retention very close to the storage limit will minimize the random recording gaps Another less recommended option is to set a smaller time difference between the minimum and maximum retention time. But especially when the minimum retention time is shifted closer to the maximum retention time that introduces the risk that the VRM cannot free up storage space in case the minimum retention time is reached, which might result in a recording stop. Thus, we recommend to go for the first option. One last hint: Changing the retention time on a running system is not going to influence the retention time of already recorded blocks. but will of cousre only be applied to new recorded video footage. Hence, changing the retention time is no option for an immediate change of required storage.  
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