This article aims to define the way you can display camera video via decoders. Moreover, fifteen different settings scenarios and their effects will be outlined for the live video to be displayed through the decoder.
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 VRM eXport Wizard 2.10 is now avaiable. Similar to VRM eXport Wizard 2.0, encrypted and unencrypted VRM recordings can be exported (VRM block export) from any video surveillance system based on Bosch Video Recording Manager (VRM) and exported recordings can be converted to mp4-files. or details please check out the attached document.
Bosch Video Client
How do I backup the complete BVC configuration in Windows 7?
If BVC was installed whilst logged into Windows as the Administrator, go to the following folder:
C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\Bosch\Vidos. Copy the conf folder. This folder contains the BVC configuration.
Note : Backup configuration only applicable to the specific BVC version during configuration restore.
+++ 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.
DIVAR IP 7000R2 and DIVAR IP 6000R2
DIVAR IP 6000 2U W/O HDD
DIVAR IP 6000 2U 4X3TB
DIVAR IP 6000 2U 8X3TB
DIVAR IP 6000 2U 4X4TB
DIVAR IP 6000 2U 8X4TB
DIVAR IP 6000 3U W/O HDD
DIVAR IP 6000 3U 16X3TB
DIVAR IP 6000 3U 16X4TB
DIVAR IP 7000 2U W/O HDD (R2)
DIVAR IP 7000 2U 4X3TB (R2)
DIVAR IP 7000 2U 8X3TB (R2)
DIVAR IP 7000 2U 8X3TB (R2)
DIVAR IP 7000 2U 8X4TB (R2)
DIVAR IP 7000 3U W/O HDD (R2)
DIVAR IP 7000 3U 16X3TB (R2)
4000GB HDD DIVAR IP 6000/7000
For recovery of DIVAR IP 6000 R2 or DIVAR IP 7000 R2 one should use only the DVD provided with the particular device. Do not use the DVD for recovery if you are not sure that it is the one delivered with the system. In case the DVD is lost or damaged request the respective ISO image from Bosch Technical Support.
Request the ISO image from Bosch Technical Support:
Provide the Serial Number of the device
What is the reason for the recovery
Why it is not possible to use the recovery DVD
his document will guide you through the recovery steps of an DIP
Upcoming with FW 7.10 and CM 6.20, Camera Trainer is a licensable Intelligent Video Analytics module that allows uses to define objects of intereste and train their own detectors for them based on examples of target objects and non-target objects. In contrast to the moving objects detected in general by IVA 7.10, Camera Trainer allows detection of both moving and non-moving objects, separates and immediately classifies them. Training can be done both on live video as well as on recordings available through the respective camera. The resulting detectors can be down- and uploaded for distribution to other cameras.
Camera Trainer configuration should be done in Configuration Manager.
The attached fact sheet lists the cameras that support Camera Trainer. The attached technical note describes in-depth what Camera Trainer is, how it works, what to use it for and what not, and how to configure it. The configuration is also shown in the following how-to videos:
Note: After you license your Camera Trainer, reboot your device. Setup Camera Trainer Camera learning phase with recorded video
Configure Camera Trainer Task
Backup Camera Trainer Configuration - Method 1
Backup Camera Trainer Configuration - Method 2 Setup VCA Masking
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.
Newer NetApp controller firmware might be approved and qualified by BOSCH. This article only refers to a introduction in time of a 11.50 firmware generation. (e.g. status 08/2020 there is an 11.60.2 qualified by BOSCH) Details can always be found at the BOSCH product catalogue: https://commerce.boschsecurity.com/us/en/DSA-E-Series-E2800-60-bay/p/34919710859/ and
Potential for Data Inconsistency Issues on E-Series Storage Systems
With the controller firmware 11.50.1 and newer version an issues are fixed by NetApp, which enforce an immediate update of all E2800 iSCSI Storage Systems (their controllers). In July 2019 BOSCH announced the need to update from all former NetApp controller firmware 08.30.40.00 to newer versions. These newer versions should be certified and approved by BOSCH. In 2019 there was also an announcement by NetApp. All customers owning a NetApp storage system with valid warranty agreement and registered unit do have access to the public announcemnt of NetApp. This was announced by NetApp on their support websites (see https://mysupport.netapp.com/).
Bosch approval 31st of January 2018
Bosch approval 7th of May 2019
Bosch approval 20th of September 2019
newer NetApp firmware versions:
NetApp Firmware 08.30.40.00 no longer allowed for usage
NetApp Firmware: 11.50.R1 no longer allowed for usage
NetApp Firmware: 11.50.2 no longer allowed for usage
BOSCH qualifies and approves new global NetAp frmware vversions for E2800 controllers. Please always use the latest approved NetApp global firmware where possible
Please follow our BOSCH Knowledge Base and monitor for updates at this article for important news. The BOSCH submodel ID 356 ensures that the NetApp system is optimized for 24/7 video recording.
Products that were affected:
All DSA E-Series (E2800 12-bay) and DSA E-Series (E2800 60-bay)
Example product variants:
DSA-N2E8X4-12AT Base unit 12x4TB High-performance and high-capacity storage system base unit with iSCSI disk arrays, single controller. DSA E2800, 12 x 4 TB HDD, Order number DSA-N2E8X4-12A
DSA-N2C8X4-12AT Dual controller unit 12x4TB High-performance and high-capacity storage system base unit with iSCSI disk arrays, dual controller. DSA E2800, 12 x 4 TB HDD, Order number DSA-N2C8X4-12AT
Note: There are other models with various HDD capacity (e.g. 8TB harddrives and larger) available For more details visit the BOSCH product website
Summary of issue
NetApp® has become aware of issues that could occur when an E-Series controller reboots at certain points during the evacuation of data from a drive that is performed as part of the sequence when a drive is being failed by the controller. As a result, there is a small possibility of data inconsistency on controllers running certain versions of E-Series SANtricity® OS controller software.
First announced in 06/2019: The issues are possible on E-Series controllers running 8.30, 8.40, 11.30, 11.40, and 11.50 versions of E-Series SANtricity OS controller software. The overall probability of these issues occurring is very low, but RAID 1 volumes have a higher probability of encountering the issues than other RAID levels or NetApp Dynamic Disk Pools. These issues do not affect traditional RAID volume groups that have no global hot spare drives because drive evacuation does not occur in this configuration. For information about fixes in these releases, view the readme notes for each revision release.
No workaround available. Controller Firmware update is needed. HDD Firmware update is not in relation to the descdribed issue here, but it is in general recommended to install the latest offered HDD firmware that is recommended by BOSCH and NetApp. The same applies for HDD firmware.
Solution: Update the NetApp Controller Firmware
Upgrade E-Series SANtricity OS controller software to the latest applicable revision release for each platform as soon as possible. Please reach out to your local BOSCH technical team and BOSCH BT-SC/ETP-MKP team to ensure that the relevant NetApp Firmware has been approved to be usable for 24/7 video recording and replay use case. Even the global NetApp Firmware can be installed on BOSCH submodel ID 356
Where to get the Controller Firmware
All customers with a full NetApp NOW support account and valid warranty on their system can download the controller firmware by using the own NetApp user account. The verison offered at the NetApp NOW platform should be certified and allowed by BOSCH for video use cases. See also: https://community.boschsecurity.com/t5/Security-Video/TB-VS-date-2020-04-22-New-Firmware-11-50-3R1P3-is-available-for/ta-p/12778
In caase the download option is not offered to one of our customers, we kindly ask to make sure that the unit is registered on the company and that the NetApp NOW account belongs to the company that has registered the unit. In all other cases, please recout out to the BOSCH Support organisation or local Bosch Technical Support desk.
A NetApp SANtricity firmware / controller firmware package for E2800 model can be downloaded from the NetApp NOW website. Revisions can be found at https://mysupport.netapp.com/NOW/cgi-bin/software/ See also: https://mysupport.netapp.com/products/web/ECMLP2854621.html
Additional information is available at NetApp and accessible after user registration. First go to https://mysupport.netapp.com/ to register. Product Release Notes from NetApp: https://mysupport.netapp.com/ecm/ecm_download_file/ECMLP2842060
NetApp Support Bulletin, please view the following URL: https://kb.netapp.com/app/answers/answer_view/a_id/1086731 (As the URL can change any time by NetApp, search for the KB id 1086731)
Steps to update
The E-Series SANtricity ® OS package includes data for simplex controller and duplex controller systems and the firmware file itself.
NVSRAM File for for duplex.
NVSRAM file for simplex
and the controller firmware
Download the latest SANtricity OS software files from the NetApp Support Site to your management client.
From SANtricity System Manager, select Support > Upgrade Center .
In the area labeled “SANtricity OS Software upgrade,” click NetApp Support .
On the NetApp Support Site, click the Downloads tab, and then select Software .
Locate E-Series/EF-Series SANtricity OS (Controller Firmware) .
For the platform, select E2800 , and click Go!
Select the version of SANtricity OS (Controller Firmware) you want to install, and click View & Download .
Follow the online instructions to complete the file download.
Attention: Risk of data loss or risk of damage to the storage array — Do not make changes to the storage array while the upgrade is occurring. Maintain power to the storage array.
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.
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.
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.
The attached document will provide a basic explanation and simple examples of the interfacing (scripting, calling functions by external applications) functionality in Bosch Video Management System. The interfacing functionality is based on Bosch VMS SDKs. The Bosch VMS SDKs contain all interfaces, object types and methods that are needed for automation and integration to and of Bosch VMS.
The document can be found in the attachments section on the bottom of the page or at the right side of the page. Please look for the attachment icon.
The modern and easy to use Bosch Video Security Client version 3.2 provides you the following new features:
More cameras per site Now you can view up to 256 cameras per site.
Easy mobile access to BVMS Use the Bosch Video Security Client or Bosch Video Security App from your mobile device to log in to your Bosch Video Management System (BVMS Lite and Plus, version 10.0 or higher) to keep an eye on all your properties.
Better Navigation The new clear structure of the navigation side bar allows you fast and easy selecting of and switching between your camera views.
Proxy support (on Windows only) Access your cameras, your DIVAR IPs or other sites via a proxy server with Video Security Client on Windows.
For more details see the attached pdf-document and the release letter, which can be found in the Bosch Download Store and in the Bosch product catalog.