No matter how tough conditions get, video surveillance needs to robust and resilient. Because of this, Bosch has taken extreme measures to develop its MIC IP family of rugged moving cameras even further and has included some innovative features in the MIC IP fusion 9000i. As with all MIC IP cameras, it has been built to perform in practically any environment and withstand severe weather conditions. That includes high winds, rain, fog, dust, 100 per cent humidity (UL Type 6P and IP68), temperatures from -40°C to +65°C, extreme vibrations (IEC60068) and high impacts (IK10).
The MIC IP fusion 9000i combines high resolution video with thermal imaging capabilities, ensuring a high level of detail or early detection of objects, even in harsh conditions.
The cameras feature built-in Intelligent Video Analytics that is specifically designed for demanding environments. This enables video and thermographic data to be interpreted directly at the source, further improving the level of security. It also enables the video data to do more than providing security, such as adding business intelligence, giving status reports for health and safety, offering site management updates, etc..
The new MIC IP fusion 9000i also offers a smart feature in terms of video analytics: metadata fusion. It fuses the metadata of the MIC IP’s built-in optical video camera and thermal imager, providing users with full situational awareness, regardless of whether it is the optical video or thermal imaging stream that’s being watched.
Because of this, metadata fusion helps users to focus on ‘invisible’ things that need attention. If an event is detected but is not necessarily visible in the video stream being watched, an alarm is triggered anyway and users can simply click the alarm overlay box. The user will then see the thermal imaging data related to that event.
For example, a stranded vehicle in a tunnel which is filled with smoke will not be visible on a video camera. However, it will be detected by the thermal imager which will trigger an IVA alert for a stationary object. While the video image will not allow an operator to see the problem as the vehicle will be obscured by the smoke, the alarm overlay box will be visible, informing the operator that an exception has been detected.
To gain more information about the nature of the alarm, simply clicking on the box will toggle to the thermal image, allowing an understanding of the issue to be quickly gained.
The built-in Intelligent Video Analytics has been specifically developed by Bosch for its ability to differentiate between genuine security events and known false triggers. Conditions such as environmental problems with snow, wind (moving trees), rain, hail and water reflections are compensated for, ensuring that operators are not overloaded with nuisance activations.
The Bosch Intelligent Video Analytics also enable the detection of objects over large distances. When combined with the thermal imaging capabilities of the MIC IP fusion 9000i, it delivers the perfect solution for early object detection in mission-critical applications such as the perimeter protection of airports, critical infrastructures and borders.
Another innovation is the application of video analytics while moving. An operator is alerted, or the camera’s Intelligent Tracking feature is triggered, if a moving object or person is detected while the MIC IP camera is panning, tilting or zooming. Once Intelligent Tracking is activated, it ensures that moving objects are tracked. Optimal capture of the moving objects is assured by dynamically adjusting the field of view.
All MIC IP cameras are capable of delivering high quality video images, regardless of lighting conditions, time-of-day or object movement. The MIC IP fusion 9000i incorporates Bosch’s starlight technology as standard, combined with a 1080p resolution and frame rate of up to 60 frames per second. This enables the capture of highly detailed color images in scenes with minimum ambient light (down to 0.0077 lux).
Fast moving objects are captured without difficulty thanks to the high frame rate. Perfect exposure of objects in unevenly lit scenes is safeguarded by the camera’s High Dynamic Range of 120dB. When foggy or other low-contrast scenes are viewed, visibility is improved by the camera’s Intelligent Defog feature.
The window-defrosting function and integrated motorised silicone wiper make sure the MIC IP fusion 9000i captures the highest quality video in all conditions. These self-cleaning capabilities, combined with the NEMA-TS2 rating, ensure MIC IP cameras are also the ideal choice for traffic applications such as tunnels and bridges.