Bosch Low Cost Encoders

Author: Ethan Ace, Published on Feb 26, 2013

Many lament that encoders are so expensive. Indeed, a recent fascinating IPVM discussion examined why encoders typically are so much more expensive than DVRs even though a DVR is an encoder plus VMS software and storage. During the discussion, we found that Bosch has recently introduced a very low cost encoder. In this note, we compare its spec to previous Bosch encoders and to the lowest cost offerings from Axis and Avigilon, evaluating tradeoffs and potential.

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Comments (7)

Seems like a nice unit and not proprietary as opposed to the similarly priced Pelco unit that only plays with Pelco gear.

Hi Mark, can you name the Pelco unit you're referring to? I wasn't aware that they had anything that was that inexpensive.

ENC5416-US with street price of about $1,300-$1,400, works only with direct attached Digital Sentry box. Wanted to ask if you had any updates on Digital Sentry. Reason being is that we installed 250 cameras at a school district with DS (customer opted for lower cost vs. Milestone Corp.), and we ended up ripping out DS and putting in Milestone Corporate later due to DS errors/failure.

Hey Mark, thanks for that. No wonder I couldn't find the model you were talking about, as it's on Pelco's website under video management, instead of with the rest of the encoders. It's actually a 16-port PCI capture box, which I've heard of a couple manufacturers selling. UDP offers one, as well, which actually looks like it may be what Pelco is reselling, judging by the specs. Very few VMSs I know of support capture cards or these external units. Pelco is one of few.

As far as Digital Sentry, I can't speak very much to that. We don't really hear much about it, honestly. Maybe John has more info on that.

Mark, we did a test of Digital Sentry VMS nearly 3 years ago and were pleasantly surprised by the usability of the operator side. That said, we do not hear a lot of DS systems being used (as Avigilon, Exacq, Milestone, OnSSI, etc. take share in the mid market) so we have not stayed up to date on recent developments.

Pelco did a big turnaround with DS just over 18months ago. It got rid of the older hardware that was previously under the Integral DVR banner - you know that convoluted, complex range with bad hardware and wiped the slate. They then got some new OEM boxes with OEM encoders and with the new software made quite a robust and user friendly NVR and massivly simplified the range while keep it backwards compatible. Alternativley one can download the software for free (4 lic only for a starter) and whack it on their own hardware. While the ENC5416 Encoders are a direct connect (via PCI card), one can only maximise 4 of these 16 ch encoders (per NVR) for a total of 64 analogue channels and also allowing another 64ip on top (or 128ip only). Licencing is required for IP ch only. Oh and you can connect to any NET54xx series encoders (designed for Endura) on the network.

Not the worlds best NVR solution but damn cheap and its a great leg-up for customers who have DVRs and what to get start adding megapixel IP cameras to their network and have some of those new funky features that the wonderful world of IP can offer....

The Bosch VIPx16 has a street price of ~$950. We just bought 2 and they're a decent unit. We considered Milestone and Avigilon for VMS.

Milestone licenses (16) with Bosch encoders are ~$1600.

Avigilon licenses (4) with Avigilon encoders are ~$1300.

The $300 premium to use Milestone's open platform with drivers for thousands of IP cameras is well worth the cost in our minds.

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