Bosch Edge Recording Reviewed

By: Ethan Ace, Published on Mar 26, 2012

Quietly and for a number of years, Bosch has offered edge and direct to storage surveillance solutions. Before Axis, Bosch already had a free 'no VMS' edge recording offering. Now Bosch is adding 3rd party camera support. In this note, we will overview Bosch's approach, its features and compare to other edge recording options from Axis, Genetec, and Exacq.

Overview

Key technical details of Bosch's edge recording support:

  • Edge storage is supported on a number of Bosch cameras, including the 200 series [link no longer available], FlexiDome IP [link no longer available], and Dinion IP [link no longer available] models.
  • Most cameras support SDHC cards up to 32 GB. 1080p FlexiDome and Dinion models support SDXC cards, currently available in 64 GB, with a theoretical limit up to 2 TB. Cameras also support network recording directly to iSCSI devices.
  • Edge recording is configured directly on the camera, and may be continuous, on motion, or on analytic event when using IVA-equipped models.
  • Archived video is accessed via the Bosch Video Client [link no longer available], which may also be used to access Divar 700 series recorders.

Bosch Video Client is available and is free for up to 16 channels. This may be increased to a maximum of 128 channels by purchasing additional licenses.

3rd Party Support

Bosch has announced support for 3rd party cameras via ONVIF in the Bosch Video Client (BVC). This is delivered via the Bosch Video Streaming Gateway, a free feature, allowing third-party cameras to record directly to network-attached storage, and the video client to access live and archived video. The gateway receives ONVIF streams, 'wraps' them in a Bosch recording/storage protocol, enabling them to be retrieved like Bosch cameras in the BVC. Local storage, however, is not supported for 3rd party cameras.

Those wanting to add 3rd party cameras will need to upgrade to the BVC 1.3 release 1 and Bosch VRM 2.2. When links to those versions are available, we will add to the review.

Competitive Comparison

Bosch's edge recording architecture is most similar to Axis' recently-announced Camera Companion, with both supporting 16 channels for free, and capable of writing to local SD and network storage. Axis has an overall broader line than Bosch, with more models available at multiple pricing levels. However, Bosch has an advantage in scalability and flexibility, due to 3rd party recording and 128 channel maximum limit. Bosch also supports its IVA analytics while Axis Camera Companion only supports its motion detection 'plus' offering.

When compared to open platform VMS options featuring edge recording, Genetec is more flexible than the Bosch Video Client, as it offers both redundant recording, as well as the permanent archiving offered by Bosch. Bosch cameras are compatible with Genetec's Trickling feature, as well. Exacq Edge, on the other hand, offers permanent recording, but not redundancy.

Recommendation

Ultimately, using the Bosch edge recording offering depends on preference for Bosch cameras. However, Bosch adds in a number of more advanced features not typically found in free offerings such as 3rd party support, analytics and larger camera count expansion. These will help make the offering more attractive. We plan to do a series of tests this Spring of the edge camera offerings to better understand the nuances of these packages.

Comments : PRO Members only. Login. or Join.

Related Reports

Avigilon H4 Intercom Tested on Nov 20, 2019
Avigilon is well-known for video surveillance and access, but how well does the company's intercom work? We purchased and tested Avigilon's H4...
Rhombus Cameras, VMS and Analytics Tested on Nov 06, 2019
Rhombus boasts they have created "the new standard in Enterprise, cloud-managed video security" and told IPVM in January 2019 they offer twice the...
100+ Companies Profile Directory on Nov 06, 2019
While IPVM covers the largest companies in the industry regularly (like Axis, Dahua, Hikvision, etc.), IPVM strives to do a profile post on each...
Aiphone Video Intercom Tested (IX Series 2) on Nov 05, 2019
Aiphone was one of integrator's favorite intercom manufacturers but how well do their products work? The company's newest offering, the IX Series 2...
Network Optix NxWitness 4.0 Tested on Oct 10, 2019
Network Optix released Nx Witness 4.0, proclaiming new features like a deep learning analytics metadata SDK, increased H.265 support, and UX...
ONVIF Suspends Dahua and Hikvision on Oct 09, 2019
Dahua and Hikvision have been 'suspended', and effectively expelled, from ONVIF, immediately following US sanctions being placed on the 2 mega...
Consumer IP Camera Analytics / AI Shootout - Arlo, Google / Nest, Amazon / Ring, Hikvision / Ezviz, Wyze Cam, Yi Home on Sep 26, 2019
AI analytics are hitting the mainstream in the consumer camera market, with entrants Wyze and Yi Home releasing free people detection on their...
Critiquing Carnegie's AI Surveillance Paper on Sep 25, 2019
The Carnegie Endowment has issued an ambitious paper on the Global Expansion of AI Surveillance. While its aim is applaudable, the paper has...
ONVIF Suspends Huawei on Sep 20, 2019
Huawei has been 'suspended', and effectively expelled, from ONVIF so long as US sanctions remain on the mega Chinese manufacturer. Inside this...
Open Access Controller Guide (Axis, HID, Isonas, Mercury) on Sep 19, 2019
In the access control market, there are many software platforms, but only a few companies that make non-proprietary door controllers. Recently,...

Most Recent Industry Reports

Disruptor Wyze Releases Undisruptive Smartlock on Dec 06, 2019
While Wyze has disrupted the consumer IP camera market with ~$20 cameras, its entrance into smart locks is entirely undisruptive. We have...
Bosch Budget 3000i Cameras Tested on Dec 05, 2019
Bosch has long had a hole in its lineup for, as it describes, "competitively-priced cameras". Now, Bosch has released its 3000i series cameras...
Anixter Resisting Takeover From Competitor on Dec 05, 2019
Mega distributor Anixter is going to be acquired but by whom? Initially, Anixter planned to go private, being bought by a private equity firm....
Security Sales Course 2020 - Last Chance Save $50 on Dec 05, 2019
This sales course is customized for the current needs and challenges specific to professionals selling video surveillance and access control...
Ireland National Children's Hospital Chooses Hikvision End-to-End With Facial Recognition on Dec 05, 2019
The world's most expensive hospital project ever, the New Children's Hospital in Ireland, has chosen an all-Hikvision surveillance system including...
AVTech ~$70 IP Cameras Tested Vs Dahua and Hikvision on Dec 04, 2019
Taiwanese manufacturer Avtech is taking direct aim at low cost leaders Dahua and Hikvision with ~$70 starlight and white light illuminator...
Ultinous European Analytics Startup Company Profile on Dec 04, 2019
European analytics-startup Ultinous pitches customers to "Have your own video analysis service!" We spoke to Ultinous to better understand their...
Access Startup Multi-Mount Aims To Streamline Reader Installs on Dec 03, 2019
Startup Multi-Mount claims it makes installing access readers 'Fast', 'Secure,' and fit 'any size frame.' The company states its bracket 'fits most...
Resideo CEO To Step Down on Dec 03, 2019
Resideo's CEO, Mike Nefkins, is stepping down, just 18 months after being brought in to lead the now plagued spin-out. Inside this note, we...
Arcules CEO Retracts False GDPR Claim + Dahua and Milestone Claims Examined on Dec 03, 2019
Arcules CEO has retracted a false claim about his organization being a "fully compliant GDPR company" after IPVM reporting (Arcules CEO Threatens...