Bosch Smart App Aims to Increase Video Project Efficiency

The Bosch Project Assistant app is said to make project planning, pre-configuration, commissioning and reporting more efficient and transparent.

GRASBRUNN, Germany — Bosch Building Technologies has introduced a smart software solution designed to assist system integrators and installers increase efficiencies on video surveillance projects.

Previously, the planning, configuration, installation and reporting of a video security project involved many different tools and extensive man hours to complete and document the process, making it difficult for system integrators to manage and keep track of various projects during each phase through to the final reporting. With the new Project Assistant app, control, transparency and efficiency can be applied to every part of a video security project, according to the company.

The app is said to facilitate tasks such as the set-up of secure passwords for cameras, the assignment of IP addresses, pre-configuration of cameras, installation and configuration on-site and delivering proof of the installation to the end customer.

Project set-up and pre-configuration can start in the office even without the physical camera. With only the project plans, a set of IP addresses and selected passwords from the client, the system integrator can create a new project by entering all details directly into the app, or uploading it via an Excel-compatible file format, according to the company.

Inputting the password and network IP addresses can be done per camera or, with the help of the app, for multiple cameras at once by setting the password and a range of IP addresses for the entire project. The Project Assistant automatically enters the information for each camera in the project, which is a helpful time-saving feature. Further information like camera name and location can also be added via the Project Assistant app without the need for the cameras to be physically present.

Creating a set of virtual cameras within the app eliminates the need for unboxing and re-boxing of products for labelling and pre-configuration in the system integrator’s office and has been found to deliver significant time savings of up to 30%, according to the company.

Once the cameras are physically installed on site and connected to a network, the Project Assistant needs to be connected to the same network (via WiFi or cable). When connected, the cameras are ready to be matched to the virtual cameras set up in the app. By scanning QR codes from the camera box, on the outside of the Bosch camera, or the sticker sheet inside the box, the MAC address of the camera is identified and the camera is assigned to a specific virtual camera in the app.

Pre-defined settings already set-up in the Project Assistant app are directly written to the camera. After uploading the pre-defined settings, the system integrator can set-up the field of view, adjust image sharpness and apply additional settings if required.

The app is designed to support the management of a video security project at every step. Final reporting for every camera in the project can be contacted, checked and reported in a matter of seconds, then deliver a final client-ready report minutes later, complete with field of view snapshots.

The various projects set-up in the Project Assistant app can be shared via the Cloud across multiple stakeholders, giving each one the opportunity to access a clear, detailed overview of the status at any time during the project.

The app is available to download for free from various app stores for installation on desktop, tablet and smartphone devices, and works on Apple, Windows and Google platforms.

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