Dear Bosch, you have so many nice articles related to BVMS on the knowledge base( 😉 ). I would really like to have a consistent overview of the available information.
Bosch Visio Design Icons
Set of Visio Design icons for Bosch products.
BVMS - Device Compatibility
This document describes how BVMS works with older and newer Bosch cameras.
BVMS - Single port connectivity
This document describes how the SSH functionality works.
BVMS - Configure time services
This document provides a guideline on how to configure time services.
BVMS - Merging VRM systems
This document describes how to merge two VRM systems into a single system.
BVMS - Operator quick guide
This document serves as a quick guide for operators.
BVMS - Streamlining
This document describes the streamlining concept.
BVMS - Configuring a Microsoft iSCSI target
This document explains how a Microsoft iSCSI target can be configured.
BVMS - Deployment guide
This document describes how a BVMS system can be deployed from the commandline. This is useful when using software deployment environments.
Virtualization - A concept explained
This document explains virtualization.
BVMS - Upgrade guide
Described the process on how to upgrade a system (checklist)
BVMS - BIS Connectivity
Describes how to connect BVMS to BIS
BVMS - SDK help
Provides instructions and examples on how to use the BVMS SDK
BVMS - Keyboard shortkeys
Shows a (normal computer) keyboard and the shortkeys that are available for BVMS.
BVMS - OPC Server
Describes the functionality available in the OPC server.
BVMS - Mobile Video Service
Describes the Mobile Video Service conceptually.
BVMS - GDPR
Description on how GDPR impacts BVMS.
BVMS - Network design guide
First version composed together with ASA. Feedback welcome!
BVMS - Upgrade guide
Describes how to upgrade a BVMS system step by step.
BVMS - System design guide
Previously known as pre-sales guide.
BVMS - Policy based recording
Describes the “cameras and recordings” tab, in addition to the product manuals.
BVMS - Blueprints
Shows general BVMS system design blueprints.
BVMS - Activate demo license
Describes how customer can generate and activate their own demo license. Includes link to the LIF file.
BVMS - AE Specification
Architects and Engineering specification.
BVMS - Automatic login of Operator Client
Describes the parameters which allow the operator client to automatically login.
BVMS - ONVIF Compatibility
Lists the tested ONVIF devices.
BVMS - Configuring LDAP
Explains how BVMS can be connected to a LDAP environment.
Safe software delivery
Describes how customers can check the integrity of the installation zip files.
BVMS - Client installation package
Describes how a reduced client installation package can be used.
BVMS - Decoding performance
Shows the workstation performance
BVMS - Migrating SQL Database
Describes how to migrate the SQL database to a different server.
BVMS - Securing the security systems
Describes how to secure a BVMS system.
BVMS - ANPR by ISS
Describes how to configure ISS SecureOS and BVMS to combine ANPR functionality.
BVMS - IEC62676-1
Describes how BVMS meets the requirements specified in IEC62676-1
BVMS Lite - Quick start guide
Describes how BVMS Lite can be set-up.
How-to: Transition from Project Assistant to (B)VMS
Have you ever wondered how to best transition from the Project Assistant to (B)VMS?
Software-defined video surveillance storage
Describes the collaboration between HPE, SUSE and Bosch in modernizing video surveillance storage.
BVMS Person Identification - Data Protection Information
The attached document aims to provide concerned parties, such as customers, users, operators or consultants, with an overview of data privacy and protection related features of BVMS Person Identification.
Software Service and Support
Describes how software moves through the product lifecycle.
VRM eXport Wizard
Describes how to use the VRM eXport wizard
BVMS Project checklist
The BVMS Project Checklist is an Excel-based tool which makes it easier to design a BVMS system.
BVMS - Automated firewall configuration
How does BVMS 10.0.1 (or newer) configure the firewall during the installation of the system?
BVMS - Store snapshot of all cameras
My customers asks me to store the field of view of the cameras connected to BVMS. Is there an easy way to achieve this without opening every camera manually?
BVMS - Demonstrating (JPEG) cameras
How can I use "virtual" cameras to demonstrate BVMS?
How to create CA signed certificates for cameras and distribute
Configure video authenticity / integrity using CA signed certificates
BVMS - Operator collaboration using Slack
Configure BVMS to integrate with Slack.
BVMS - Person Identification Camera Placement Guide
Describes best-practices on camera placement when using person identification.
BVMS - Tattile configuration
Describes how to configure Tattile (LPR) cameras and BVMS.
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.
From BVMS 10.0 onwards BVMS is an ONVIF Profile S conformant client. Cameras which are listed as Profile S compliant product on the ONVIF website are supported based on the ONVIF Profile S functionality. In the table below you can find an overview of the tested and supported ONVIF cameras for BVMS.
List of tested cameras
BVMS 7.5 list of tested ONVIF cameras
BVMS 8.0 List of tested ONVIF cameras
BVMS 9.0 List of tested ONVIF cameras
BVMS 10.0 List of tested ONVIF cameras
BVMS 10.0.1 List of tested ONVIF cameras
BVMS 10.1 List of tested ONVIF cameras
The table below shows in which situation a specific camera can be connected to BVMS and is supported.
BVMS 9.0 and older
BVMS 10.0 and newer
ONVIF Profile S compliant camera
BVMS tested camera
For BVMS version 10.0 and above, please make sure to go through these steps:
Please check the List of tested cameras.
If the device is not listed in the List of tested cameras, then please check here and make sure that your device is ONVIF Profile S compliant.
If your camera is not listed in the tested cameras and is not listed on the ONVIF website as Profile S conformant, we cannot help you when you have an issue with this device. You should approach the device manufacturer to certify the device as ONVIF Profile S conformant.
For example, if you have an Axis camera, M1004 model, please fill in your product details in the Application Type, Profile(s), Manufacturer and the Product Name fields, under the Product Search option, and press on the “Search” button:
3. If your device is ONVIF profile S compliant you can contact Bosch Central Technical Support and request assistance.
Cameras listed as tested are owned by Bosch and issues can be fully investigated by Bosch.
Cameras not listed as tested are not owned by Bosch. Solving issues might take longer as it requires collaboration with the camera vendor.
Bosch support teams might need to refer to the camera manufacturer’s support line to help fixing the issue.
We consider the firmware listed on the ONVIF website as the minimum firmware version of a camera. Please let us know if you run into issues with newer firmware versions so that we can investigate those accordingly. If the problem is a firmware regression, we might need to refer you to the camera manufacturer for support.
The attached document describes how a Tattile camera can be connected to BVMS and describes the provided functionality in the BVMS operator client. We recommend keeping the Tattile camera documentation and BVMS configuration manual at hand to fine tune the system configuration to the specific needs of your project.
The BVMS Project Checklist is an Excel-based tool which makes it easier to design a BVMS system. The attachments include a document describing how to use the project checklist and the project checklist itself.
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.
What is the decoding performance of BVMS? How many cameras can I open on the screen before the systems is overloaded (and frames are being dropped)?
The BVMS client performance overview is attached to this article and shows, based on several workstation configurations and a specific BVMS version, how many cameras can be opened before the workstation is overloaded.
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.
When working with previous versions of BVMS, remote connectivity was cumbersome due to the amount of port mapping that needed to be configured. BVMS 7.5 provides a new method of remote connectivity utilizing Secure Shell (SSH) Tunnelling.
The attached document (attachments can be found on the bottom of the page) describes the set-up and configuration of the SSH functionality in BVMS.
In BVMS 10.1 we have added the capability for a management server (or DIVAR IP) to act as a bridge between a corporate network and a video network. We have described the configuration of this scenario in the BVMS 10.1 - Unteaming network interface cards document.
Security guards as well as operators are all member of this Slack channel and use the channel to collaborate. Guards can use their mobile phones to upload still images or movies to the channel for archiving by the security operators. Security operators are able to send snapshots (directly from BVMS), videos (exported), or chat messages to instruct security guards.
BVMS automatically posts events to the channel and, optionally, can post camera snapshots or short video clips of incidents into the channel automatically.
The attached document provides more insights into the system configuration.
How can I protect my security system, from an IT security perspective?
The attached document explains how the security system can be hardened. Additionally the BVMS - Network Design Guide includes best practices for desgning a secure network.
This article describes how to create a Certification Authority (CA) signed certificates for multiple cameras and distribute the CA certificate to multiple workstations. The attached step-by-step description was created for setting up BVMS recording authenticity feature in large systems.
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?
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.
The VRM eXport wizard is a tool that allows you to export video directly from the VRM. You can find the VRM eXport wizard setup file in the bonus directory of the BVMS zip file. Exports made with the VRM eXport Wizard 1.20.0010 can be open in BVMS (Viewer) 9.0 or newer. The attached document describes how to use the VRM eXport Wizard. BVMS 10 comes with the VRM eXport Wizard 1.20.0016.