It is possible to add ONVIF compliant cameras to Bosch Video Management System as live only devices or as VSG devices (then the cameras will also record). This article explains how to add an ONVIF camera as VSG device in full Bosch Video Management System (BVMS 10.1).
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ONVIF camera. Please refer to BVMS - ONVIF Device compatibility for additional information.
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Which is the VSG preparation to support ONVIF Profile T in BVMS 10.0?
Additionally to ONVIF profile S, BVMS 10.0 supports ONVIF profile T.
Profile S concentrates on basic video streaming and configuration
Profile T focuses on advanced video streaming like use of H.264, H265 encoding formats, HTTPS streaming and event definition is more precise there
Profile T functionality is only supported for devices that are added over VSG
For conditional and optional features please refer to the BVMS - ONVIF Device compatibility article.
Functionalities available for all devices added over VSG (BVMS 10.0):
The ONVIF relays are scanned automatically
Relays can be added to the Logical Tree by drag& drop and triggered from there
Thee relay status is automatically updated and signaled with an appropriate icon in Operator Client
Status and triggering is possible over BVMS scripts
Once ONVIF camera is added to VSG, its capabilities are automatically scanned
In the “Add ONVIF encoder” dialog it was added a new device properties entry that shows weather AUX is supported by device. The AUX commands are sent to camera vis VSG and can be triggered for an ONVIF device on alarm.
Note: most of the ONVIF cameras do not support all in Configuration Client available events
ONVIF vendor mapping:
ONVIF camera connection to VSG and BVMS Operator Client:
Live video from ONVIF camera to VSG or Operator Client can be secured with a Secure connection check box in the Add/ Edit ONVIF Encoder dialog. The secure connection is not chosen by default. (Default HTTPS port is 443)
If the live video does not have to be secured, it is possible to choose what protocol should be used: TCP, UDP, Multicast, UDP Unicast.
Note: The protocol automatically is switched to TCP if Secure connection is chosen:
Ports used between ONVIF camera and VSG:
RTP/RTSP/TCP (secured 😞 443
HTTPS: 443/ customizable (requires TCP)
RTP/RTSP/TCP (unsecured 😞 80
HTTPS: 80/ customizable (requires TCP)
Unicast/ Multicast UDP:
has to be configured in a camera first
control connection via http port (default port 80 or customizable/ RTSP port: 554)
Nice to know:
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This article lists the initial troubleshooting steps and concrete instructions for collecting logging for issues with ONVIF cameras, added to BVMS system. We will classify the different issue scenarios one can have using ONVIF cameras in BVMS system. Depending on the issue the article lists the required logging to start initial troubleshooting.
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?