Bosch Fully Integrates Surveillance Cameras With Genetec Systems

Bosch is taking a proactive stance on cybersecurity due to the the rise of IoT devices and cybercrime.

PEARL RIVER, N.Y. — Bosch announces its cameras are being fully integrated with Genetec systems, resulting in an end-to-end data security solution incorporating all Bosch network video surveillance cameras, plus Genetec Archiver and Security Center.

Bosch is taking a proactive stance on cybersecurity due to the the rise of IoT devices and cybercrime. The result is this end-to-end data security solution.

“All it takes for a hacker is finding a single weak link, from the outside or more commonly inside, in a surveillance network to gain access to, and jeopardize an entire data system. To cancel out this risk, employ a data security system that’s been configured by experts with vast cybersecurity knowledge to make it completely effective from end-to-end,” the company says in an announcement.

Partners in Crime Prevention

All network-wide communications between Bosch cameras and Genetec Archiver and Security Center are assigned an authentication key. This electronic signature enables the system to verify the legitimacy of network components like cameras or storage units, and viewing clients, ensuring that an infrastructure of trust is built before network-wide communications start.


All Bosch IP-cameras have a built-in Trusted Platform Module (TPM) to safely store cryptographic keys used for authentication ensuring trustworthy communications between all network components and encryption of all video data, according to the company. All cryptographic operations, for authentication and encryption, are only executed inside the unique built-in Trusted Platform Module (TPM). Encrypted video data is then sent from the camera to the Genetec Archiver using SRTP (Secure Real-Time Transport Protocol). Additional security is established via a ‘permissioning’ scheme based on privileges accumulated by specific users.

Synchronized. Centralized. Better Protected.

Because Genetec Security Center integrates with Active Directory, user management can be monitored and centralized at Windows level. As well as individual users, user groups from Active Directory can be synchronized with Security Center, whilst new users will automatically inherit existing Security Center privileges defined for that group.

Securing Cameras, Management Software and Clients

Passwords are still an essential layer of security, but the Genetec Archiver also uses a client certificate (which can be signed by a trusted third party and is factory-installed) to authenticate themselves to the Bosch IP camera. In addition, only Bosch-approved firmware updates will be accepted, and any cryptographic operations are only executed inside the unique built-in Trusted Platform Module (TPM).

Certificates are less at risk from hacking, which is why Genetec uses certificate authentication for its Security Center management software and clients. The video management systems interact directly with the Bosch cameras using certificates for authentication, and because stored data stays encrypted and data is transmitted via SRTP (Secure Real-time Transport Protocol) confidentiality and data protection are guaranteed, according to the company.

Bosch says using SRTP throughout the whole video security infrastructure enables customers to set up a secured multi-cast network and get security and good network scalability at the same time.

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One response to “Bosch Fully Integrates Surveillance Cameras With Genetec Systems”

  1. Alex Christopulos says:

    You see I work for a company that is building the new 3 million square foot Amazon fulfillment center I’m South Dakota. The other day I noticed that the lead contracting company had four pallets full of Bosch security system components, unopened and still in their original packaging, ready to be thrown away. I was told if I was willing to move them I could keep them. To make a long story short, I took everything out to my storage unit and tallied up all of the Bosch components: pendant wall ceiling mount SMBs, NDA-U-WMT pendant wall mounts, VDA-ad-JMV junction boxes for AD IP 4000-5000 systems, VG4-a-9542 generation 4 corner mounts, flexodome IP panoramic 7000 MP VDA-70112-SMB surface mount boxes, and and finally 11 cases of NDA-5031-PIP pendant interface plate NDI-4/5000. I did a little research on different websites and with a little rough accounting if each individual piece were sold at MSRP the total value was over $17,000. I have no use for these brand new Bosch components, and I realize that it is foolish to think I will recoup anywhere near that amount. But the fact is I have a whole storage unit now full of unopened Bosch components that Amazon was going to throw away. I verified with three different supervisors it was okay for me to take these home, I was hoping to solicit some help and figure out who might be interested in buying these camera components at half of what they would normally pay. Any advice would be helpful, and I can always facilitate pictures.

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