What is the functionality of the Start Manual Recording button of VRM Camera Cameo in BVMS Operator Client?
Clicking the Start Manual Recording button for a VRM camera is actually an alarm trigger. If an alarm recording is configured for this camera, once the button is clicked an alarm recording will be made for the duration of the button click and the configured pre and post alarm time.
Steps to configure alarm recording in BVMS Configuration Client
In Cameras and Recording Tab, filter for VRM cameras only and in the column Recording chose the option Alarm recording or Alarm and Continuous recording
Configure the duration of pre and post alarm
Start Manual Recording:
For VRM cameras this is actually Manual Alarm Recording
It stops automatically as soon as the alarm trigger is not present anymore. In this particular case the Start Manual Recording is not pressed any more.
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Possible causes and solution(s)
Favorites Tree from Operator Client:
You can add every item of the Logical Tree to a view in the Favorites Tree to create your own subset of the Logical Tree. At any time, you can display the view or add or delete devices in a view.
When saving a view in the Favorites Tree, you save the following settings:
– The assignment of cameras or other objects to Image panes
– The Image pane pattern
– The current setting of the digital zoom
– The image section
– The selected stream (only available for Live Mode)
If you want to know how to use the Favorites Tree and the Bookmark Tree from Operator Client, you can refer to the Operation Manual (page 33).
When starting the BVMS Operator Client 10.1 and click directly to the stored favorites from Favorites Tree, the message below is displayed:
“The number of windows in this view exceeds the maximum limit set in the system parameters”
This message appears in Operator Client with minimum 2 Monitors.
This behavior could be related to the Configuration Client Monitor settings, in the user settings and default monitor selection. If your configuration in BVMS Configuration Client is with max 1 row on monitor 2 for the Admin Group and Operator Group, then the favorite view does not fit the current configuration.
Moreover, if the Viewer Group has only 1 monitor configured, the warning message in the Operator Client will be the same.
Wrong configuration - Viewer Gruppe has only 1 monitor configured
Wrong configuration - Admin Group/ Operator Group has max 1 row configured on monitor 2
Workaround to fix this behavior is to either change the selection to monitor 1 before opening the favorite view in Operator Client or to increase the number of rows in the monitor 2 configuration if you would like the favorite view to open on monitor 2.
Note: In BVMS 10.1 the first selection when you open the Operator Client is on the second monitor. This was fixed in BVMS 11.0
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According to the configuration manual (page 225), you will need to follow the below steps to update firmware for multiple devices at the same time:
On the Hardware menu, click Update device firmware... . The Update device firmware dialog box is displayed.
Select the required devices.
Click the Update Firmware command.
Select the file containing the update.
Best practice would be to first update only one camera and in a second step, to update max. 10 cameras in parallel.
If you use the combined firmware file, you can upgrade any camera simultaneously, regardless of the CPP platform.
If you use the firmware files that are dedicated to a certain CPP platform, then you will need to select simultaneously only the cameras with the same CPP platform.
The firmware files can be downloaded from the Download Store, in the tab Firmware > Cameras and Encoders: https://downloadstore.boschsecurity.com/index.php
Which CPP corresponds to certain cameras and encoders?
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Why only the Admin user receives some Alarms in BVMS OC, even if the other users have the right to see these alarm types?
The Admin user receives Alarms from all Devices that are part of BVMS Device Tree.
Fig 1. Input is not part of the Device Tree, but Admin user receives the alarms from the Input
The users that are not part of the Admin Group will be able to receive Alarms only from devices that are part from the BVMS Logical Tree and for which the user the corresponding user rights.
Fig 2. Input is not part of the Device Tree and the non-Admin does not receive the alarms from the Input
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Create a new CGI string (with BiCom Payload)
Build a new CGI string based on a command listed in the “BiCom - the Bilinx Command interface” document.
First some important notes:
Some of the commands are legacy commands that will not work with newer models. E,g. CPP7.3 or higher.
Some of the commands are not shared between Fixed and Moving cameras.
Some commands may be specific to a limited product family.
For example, IR, Thermal, heater control, defroster control.
The command must be tested the specific CTN and FW version to confirm that it will work, before integrating it into a VMS.
If the command does not work, then contact the Central Solutions Technical Support Team. They will follow up to confirm if the command should be supported. Or, if there is a bug with the command.
Create BiCom Payload
1. Identify each of the following from the command required → BiCom document.
Server ID =
Object ID =
Range (Data) =
Format of data =
Hex values and definitions of the most common operations are:
Return the object/value
Set the object/value
Set the value and return it
Note: Data is not required for a GET Operation
2. Then combine these in a string with Hex values in the following order.
Server ID + Object ID + Operation + Range (Data)
3. Edit the <IPAddress> and <BiComPayload> test the command with a camera..
Start the Standard Preposition Tour.
Copied from the BiCom document, Section 9 PTZ server (0x0006)
PTZ Server (0x0006)
0 = Tour off, 1 = Tour on
Server ID = 0006
Object ID = 0134
Operation (SetGet) = 03
Range (Data) = 0001
BiCom payload = 000601340301
💡 Useful BiCom materials:
BiCom - the Bilinx Command interface → the latest version of BiCom - Bilinx Command Interface document
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