Bosch upgrades Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge security
The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge relies on customised security solutions from Bosch to ensure safe operations. The world’s largest sea-crossing bridge was opened by Chinese officials late October 2018. Spanning 55 kilometres in length, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge directly connects Hong Kong to Macao and then to the Chinese city of Zhuhai for the first time. At a total cost of USD 20 billion, it is a major boost for China’s Greater Bay Area, an emerging industrial and technological hotbed that is home to 68 million people and a showcase project for Bosch Building Technologies.
The large-scale project was built over the course of eight years using 400,000 tons of steel and includes underwater tunnels and two artificial islands that serve as customs ports. Ensuring the security of these two islands, where drivers need to present special permits to use the new bridge and pass customs checkpoints, was a priority from the start.
Securing vital infrastructure
With a proven track record of equipping critical infrastructures such as airports, hotels, commercial buildings and underground metros, Bosch Building Technologies won the contract to provide the artificial islands with video surveillance, intrusion alarms, as well as public address and voice evacuation systems.
On the island between Zhuhai and Macao, the Bosch partner Shanghai SAGA Electronic Technology Co., Ltd. installed more than 5,700 Bosch loudspeakers and over 260 amplifiers which are all managed via the PRAESIDEO Digital Public Address and Emergency Sound system. Fulfilling a key customer request, the installation incorporates 15 different models of ceiling, wall mount, and line array speakers to blend in with the facility’s modern interior. Furthermore, Bosch was able to match Macao’s local standards by custom-ordering solutions with British power cord, programmed with graphic interfaces in traditional Chinese lettering.
On the island outside of Hong Kong, which is home to a customs clearance port, Bosch partner Pro-United Co., Ltd. installed 2,200 public address speakers of various models, including outdoor speakers for the travel inspection building. Experts also adjusted 200 vari-directional array loudspeakers to balance sound variations from different building materials. “The Bosch technical team and partners used professional software to simulate the sound pressure level of a specific area and comprehensively simulate the entire project to ensure that the selected products can meet the requirements of different areas in the actual application,” said Lin Lizhi, Bosch Building Technologies.
A landmark project
Bosch also covered the island with more than 2,000 HD cameras including the FLEXIDOME, DINION, and AUTODOME series. Monitored from a security control centre on the Hong Kong-side of the island, these cameras support 24/7 surveillance of the customs clearance port, travel inspection building, Immigration Department and Hong Kong Customs Office. The PRAESIDEO systems on both islands enable security staff to broadcast live voice announcements via security call points, while multiple sets of intrusion alarm systems protect personnel and property. “We added the supporting intelligent call station PRAESIDEO, which is usually used for airport projects, in order to ensure that the staff can directly perform voice broadcasts throughout the call station during operation, thus making the security management more convenient,” said Wang Yiping, Deputy General Manager of Shanghai SAGA Electronic Technology Co., Ltd. The high-profile infrastructure project highlights the flexibility and broad customisation options offered by Bosch Building Technologies as a one-stop solutions provider.
Now that it is fully operational, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge is already considered a key asset in the Greater Bay Area, also known as ‘China’s Silicon Valley’. The bridge reduces the travel time between Zhuhai and Hong Kong from four hours to a mere 30 minutes. It also creates a new gateway for travellers between vital transportation hubs such as Shenzhen and Hong Kong airports with while the integrated Bosch security solutions ensuring a safe passage.
Bosch puts the user first
The security industry is driven by a constant stream of new innovations. However, innovation can have a negative knock-on effect when it leads to increased complexity, makes installation more complicated, set-up more confusing and the operation more strenuous.
This is why Bosch has developed a ‘UserFirst’ philosophy.
It is a guiding principle that means every technical and software innovation is designed around the people who matter most: installers, users, operators, integrators and IT specialists. UserFirst ensures every innovation not only advances the safety and security of people and property, but also makes the usability of the technology or software as smart and intuitive as the innovation itself.
UserFirst is a principle that Bosch believes will help drive innovations in the future because, as a company, they understand that advances in technology or software only become truly meaningful when they put the user at the centre of every innovation. The latest Bosch Video Management System 9.0 does exactly this.
Originally launched in 2007, the Bosch Video Management System (BVMS) provides seamless management and interpretation of digital video, audio and security data transmitted across IP networks in over 17,000 installations worldwide. BVMS offers full scalability, enabling the expansion of video surveillance systems according to specific requirements and the management of up to 200,000 cameras. The system also features technology that keeps operations functioning even when Management and Recording servers fail, so it is resilient and can be trusted. With the release of BVMS 9.0 Bosch is putting the operator first with an enhanced user experience, and reduced storage consumption.
Reduced storage consumption
BVMS 9.0 fully supports Intelligent streaming, an advanced technology developed to substantially reduce bitrates without compromising image quality. This intelligent data management technology is offered built-in as standard in the majority of Bosch IP camera portfolio. Enabled by the camera’s built-in video analytics, Intelligent streaming smartly adjusts encoder settings based on movement in the whole, or in sections of the scene, to achieve the most efficient bitrate. Combined with built-in Intelligent Dynamic Noise Reduction and H.265 video encoding, bitrates can be reduced by up to 80%. As a result, security managers or IT managers can substantially lower their storage costs and network strain.
Enhanced user experience
Besides cost-efficiency, BVMS 9.0 introduces a completely renewed graphical user interface (GUI), including a unified colour scheme, whilst alerts, maintenance messages and notifications are clearly displayed in colour against a dark grey background. This development improves the levels of security considerably having been designed to ensure the operator’s attention is directly drawn to objects or events of significance. An additional advantage is the improved contrast between text (alerts, messages and notifications), camera footage and background (controls and operator menus) which relieves eye strain and reduces operator fatigue.
Another ‘UserFirst’ innovation of BVMS 9.0 to enhance viewer options is the ability to display individual alarm set-ups, whereby alarms can be sequenced in priority then automatically appear on-screen, providing the operator with a complete overview of a situation and the ability to react quickly by eliminating the need to search through a list view with multiple alarms.
The ability to limit the number of camera views (cameos) on a single screen also saves time, as it avoids operators being overloaded with information. Moreover, BVMS 9.0 improves mouse-based control of pan-tilt-zoom cameras via a straightforward drag and drop mode, which simplifies the pursuit of moving objects. This new interface and enhanced controls have been specifically designed around the user, improving effectiveness, reducing fatigue-related errors and improving security and safety.
The introduction of BVMS 9.0 will coincide with the renewal of the license model. In addition to the existing licenses, BVMS Plus will be introduced to make it easier and more flexible to scale up and meet new demands and expansions as they happen. BVMS Plus is recommended for the video management of mid-sized applications with up to 256 video channels which need the flexibility to grow. When customer needs exceed 256 video channels, BVMS Plus can be upgraded to BVMS Professional (up to 2,000 video channels), or BVMS Enterprise (up to 200,000 video channels).
BVMS 9.0 has been designed to offer users an increase in performance, the ability to improve levels of security and intelligent, intuitive usability substantially. A prime example of UserFirst thinking, from Bosch.
Bosch Plena serves BGM with fries
Bosch Plena mixer amplifiers are at the heart of the sound setups at the new McDonald’s ‘flagship’ restaurants. These feed LC6-100S-L ceiling-mount speaker systems, which consist of 8-inch subwoofer modules and a crossover network to support four 2-inch satellite speakers, delivering BGM.
Bosch designed a configuration of its commercial sound speakers especially for each flagship restaurant using EASE Address. ‘With the acoustic analysis, we customised the sound system for each individual restaurant, to provide nothing but the best sound in each location,’ said one of the designers.
The projects were awarded to Bosch after the manufacturer presented a series of relevant case studies of previous restaurant installations to McDonald’s. Key McDonald’s decision-makers were also invited to the Bosch experience centre to hear the products in action.
‘McDonald’s has invested a lot in background music, because we know that it gives customers a good experience and brings more business,’ said Ma Lijie, director of the development department for McDonald’s China. ‘McDonald’s needs a good music system and Bosch’s wide product range meets our needs very well.’
Bosch equips Mouka Foam factories with video-based fire detection solution
Headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, manufacturing company Mouka Limited has built a leading position on the country’s household and industrial markets since its founding in 1959. With 800 employees and production facilities in Lagos, Benin and Kaduna, Mouka is now Nigeria’s foremost supplier of branded mattresses and foam-based products for sleep solutions. Products such as foam blocks, beddings and duvets, and polyurethane blocks are widely available throughout retail and wholesale channels in Nigeria.
Due to the highly flammable nature of foam and polyurethane materials, fire safety at manufacturing facilities is a prime concern. However, when Mouka Limited was looking for a solution that detects fire and smoke in less than 30 seconds – before fire can spread and potentially harm employees – the market had nothing to offer. The reason: Common point-type detectors, detecting smoke particles in the air, rely on smoke particles to rise, which can take several minutes – especially when detectors are mounted on high warehouse ceilings.
Fortunately, Bosch offers an innovative product sensitive enough: AVIOTEC, a VdS-certified solution for visual fire monitoring detecting smoke and flames at the source, which is much faster than common point-type detectors. Software inside each device analyzes the video images for visual patterns associated with fires like specific motion and shape characteristics or colour changes. When connected to IP-based video management solutions the video images provide additional information, e.g. for alarm verification or localization of the fire. AVIOTEC was much closer to the insurance’s requirements than any other solution on the market.
Working closely with the teams at the three Mouka Limited factories in Lagos, Benin and Kaduna, Bosch provided 34 AVIOTEC devices for video-based fire detection, alarm sounders, strobes and a third-party sprinkler system, all connected to a Bosch addressable Fire Panel 1200 Series.
With its ability to detect flame and smoke at a very early stage, the Bosch video-based fire detection system is a real asset at all three facilities. First, it significantly raises the safety of hundreds of employees at Mouka Limited factories. Second, it shortens alarm response times and thereby minimizes the risk of potential damage to equipment and product inventories. And third, analysis of video images of a fire allows for root cause analysis after an incident. In addition, the fact that the system offers fire detection at industry-leading speeds has been appreciated by the insurance provider responsible for setting the insurance premium for Mouka Limited’s facilities.
Meanwhile, word about the new state of the art in early fire detection at industrial manufacturing sites is spreading throughout Nigeria – and beyond.
Bosch DCN solution for Mozambique National Assembly
Chitara Sound from Mozambique, a long-time Prosound client, recently supplied and installed a Bosch DCN delegate discussion and interpretation system to the Mozambique National Assembly in Maputo.
The system was purchased from Prosound, with assistance from Pepe Khumalo, senior technical sales person from Prosound’s Johannesburg offices, offering advice and technical assistance.
Chitara Sounds successfully installed and commissioned two delegate meeting rooms at the Assembly.
Bosch solves Interpreting challenge for Valencia Conference Centre
The Palacio de Congresos, currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, is a state-of-the-art conference and exhibition centre in the heart of Valencia, Spain. Also known as the Palace of Light, due to its glass-fronted façade and distinctive roof design, the Palacio regularly accommodates large-scale international conferences organized by multinationals, trade associations and government organizations. Most events gravitate around the main auditorium with room for up to 1,481 participants, as well as smaller auditoria with capacities for 467 and 270 people. If needed, an IP-based video and audio network can connect up to 2,250 participants across these separate conference rooms.
Given the international character of most of the conferences it hosts, simultaneous interpretation is essential at the Palacio. The building management sought a solution that would take this into account, along with the facility’s existing architecture and infrastructure. Two of its three auditoria are equipped with fixed interpreter booths. Although the smallest auditorium and the conference center’s ten smaller meeting rooms do not include interpreter booths, simultaneous interpretation is also often required in these spaces. It was also important that the new conferencing system would not require any additional investment for wiring or cable connections.
The from Bosch provided the perfect solution. Because the system is IP-based and Ethernet compatible, the existing IT infrastructure of the Palacio de Congresos could be used. The OMNEO* Interface allows transportation of the language channels via the IT network from the auditoria with fixed interpreter booths to the meeting areas that don’t have these facilities. DICENTIS streams the language channels from the interpreter desks to the DICENTIS Conference devices in the main auditoria, and also to all the active conference devices in the Palacio’s smaller meeting areas. The floor languages of the active conference devices, regardless of their location, are streamed back to the interpreter desks.
To serve the smaller meeting areas, the DICENTIS central equipment is installed in a small mobile rack for easy transportation and setup. Additionally, the DICENTIS Conference devices with channel selector can be transported from one room to another in specially made, high-quality, lightweight and sturdy cases for protection during transit. The mobile rack simply connects to the room’s IT network plug to connect to the equipment in the various meeting rooms.
This smart, mobile DICENTIS solution meets the requirements of all the meetings held in the Palacio de Congresos. The capacity for simultaneous interpretation in all the meeting areas means 2,250 participants can be connected across all conference areas big and small.
Bosch adds interpreter unit to Dicentis
Bosch has expanded its Dicentis family with an interpreter desk that supports up to 100 interpreted languages.
The design of the desk logically separates the incoming and outgoing languages in two vertically aligned columns via a high-contrast screen for quick comprehension and intuitive operation. Three assignable buttons provide the interpreter with short-key functions for quick access to supporting functions such as “video select.” The HDMI output enables an external video screen to be added, so the interpreter can see the participant speaking or the participant’s presentation.
Dicentis uses encryption standards for all audio and data. Audio and control is handled by Omneo IP technology, which also allows for system integration with third-party solutions. Omneo also enables the use of existing network infrastructure.
The Dicentis interpreter desk is fully compatible with the Dicentis platform and complies with the simultaneous interpreting equipment standard ISO 20109. It enables the creation of passive overflow rooms adjacent to the main meeting room in case there are more participants than can be accommodated at the main meeting location.
Using the Dicentis Meeting application, all languages and interpreter desks can be remotely configured and managed.
Bosch scoops international design awards
Bosch’s Praesensa call station has won a Red Dot Design Award while the Dicentis interpreter desk has been honoured with an iF Design Award.
‘The design of our conference products is very important to us, both in respect of a product’s aesthetic value within a meeting room, and the experience that our users have with it,’ commented Lars van den Heuvel, director of global product management for conference and discussion at Bosch Building Technologies. ‘We start very early with the design process as a core element within each development project. Winning the Red Dot and IF Design awards is a recognition of the great effort that we put into this.’
The Red Dot was awarded in recognition of Praesensa’s focus on the user experience with its use of an Omneo IP architecture, supporting Dante and Power over Ethernet (PoE). Omneo IP is also at the core of the Dicentis interpreter desk, enabling simple integration with third party systems.
Away from the conference room, Bosch Group’s Electro-Voice and Dynacord brands also received Red Dot Awards for the Evolve 50 portable column speaker and L3600FD DSP power amplifier respectively.
Article from: www.proavl-mea.com
Bosch equips Golden Tower Panama Hotel with comprehensive security system
With 285 upscale bedrooms and suites offering panoramic views of the city, the 30-story Las Américas Golden Tower Hotel Panama, designed by Uruguayan architect Carlos Ott, is a landmark in the heart of Panama’s financial and business district. Its auditorium for up to 460 people and seven flexible conference rooms including restaurants and bars host illustrious events ranging from the Panama Film Festival to the International Meeting of Economists, to the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Panama.
Bosch provided the new hotel with a comprehensive, state-of-the-art safety and security system covering fire protection, public address, access control and video security. The objective was the highest safety and security for guests, visitors and staff, with security being as unobtrusive and invisible as possible, blending in with the interior design of rooms and common areas so it would not interfere with the generous, luxurious look and feel of the hotel. Another requirement for the hotel was to manage the entire system centrally from one platform.
For fire protection, more than 1,000 fire detection sensors were installed in corridors, conference rooms and common areas, all controlled by the Bosch Modular Fire Panel 5000 Series.
Also controlled by the central fire panel is a Plena Voice Alarm System with 250 loudspeakers, which was integrated into the interior design and distributed among common areas of the hotel as well as in corridors and conference spaces. It serves several purposes: playing ambient music, paging guests and – in the case of emergency – making evacuation announcements.
For video security, a mix of 220 Bosch network cameras have been installed: AUTODOME IP 7000 cameras to monitor the perimeter of the hotel, DINION IP bullet 5000 HD cameras for the parking area, and inside the hotel FLEXIDOME IP 5000 HD cameras for the corridors. All network cameras are managed centrally via the Bosch Video Management System (BVMS).
The Bosch, access control system, makes sure only employees, and authorised hotel staff can enter restricted areas. FLEXIDOME IP 5000 HD cameras have been integrated with the access control system to improve levels of security by enabling access authorisation of hotel staff via video verification.
The complete Bosch safety and security solution can be monitored and managed from one control room thanks to the integration into one single platform: the Building Integration System BIS from Bosch.
This article is originally from www.pro-systems.co.za
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Mexico’s second largest airport expands with 4th terminal and Bosch video security system
It is Mexico’s second busiest airport, after Mexico City, but the biggest for international passengers: Cancun Airport, situated on the Caribbean coast of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula, serving a growing number of visitors coming from all over the world to visit Cancun’s Maya heritage or to enjoy the beautiful beaches.
The number of passengers has been growing quickly, from 7 million in 1999 to approximately 23 million annually today. To handle the growing number of passengers, a fourth terminal has been put into operation this year, making it Mexico’s only airport with four terminals. With the number of visitors increasing sharply, passenger safety and security has become more demanding and has required a comprehensive new security solution.
That is why Airport Operator ASUR decided to redesign video security to have one system operating across all four terminals. Bosch was selected not only to equip the new Terminal 4 with video cameras but also to integrate the existing video security systems of Terminals 1, 2, and 3 into one comprehensive video surveillance solution which could be managed centrally from one unified platform.
In Terminal 4, nearly 600 cameras of different series and types have been installed to cover the specific needs of the different areas both inside and outside the terminal.
The cameras are used for a wide range of applications: inside the building they monitor the security and baggage check, the waiting areas, the offices and flight tower as well as the convenience stores; outside the terminals they check the airport perimeter areas and all access points to the airport as well as the airfield and runway.
Fulfilling a key requirement set by Airport Operator ASUR, all new cameras in Terminal 4 are integrated into one video security solution that includes the existing cameras of Terminals 1 to 3. The Bosch Video Management System (BVMS) serves as the joint platform to centrally manage a total of almost 1800 cameras across the four terminals, including their recordings. The video streams of all cameras are safely stored on multiple Bosch DIVAR IP network video recording units with a total of 92 Terabyte of available storage capacity.
For reliable and easy management of the large data volumes, the video security solution includes four Video Recording Managers (VRM) from Bosch. The Video Recording Managers enable the cameras to stream relevant video data directly to the available DIVAR IP storage devices without the use of network servers. This saves costs and server maintenance while eliminating a possible single point of failure, thus increasing reliability. The available storage capacity is used most efficiently because the VRMs automatically balance the video stream load to the free storage volumes. Less redundant storage is required, and it is easier to respect retention times with minimal risk of overwriting.
Cancun Airport uses a central monitoring centre, manned by ten security managers around the clock. Every security manager has a screen that shows video captured by up to 25 cameras. To monitor the video cameras, security personnel can select camera positions manually, or they are automatically notified by alarms in the event of predefined alarm rules being breached based on the cameras’ built-in video analytics or motion detection.
This article is originally from www.pro-systems.co.za
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