Bosch’s new FLEXIDOME IP starlight 8000i X series cameras, available in 2 of 4MP variations, offer next-level HDR X and starlight X technologies thanks to enhanced WDR and a new sensor.

According to Bosch, HDR X enables the cameras to optimize video capture in scenes with fast moving objects with a dynamic range up to 144dB, enhancing exposure while reducing motion-related artefacts and blur in the daytime. Meanwhile, the new starlight X technology helps to significantly improve image quality during the day and excels in near-dark scenes, ensuring colour images down to 0.0061 lux due to optics, advanced image processing algorithms, and noise suppression.

Bosch says the camera’s new 1/1.8-inch sensor further improves image quality across all light levels and the improved images fuel the camera’s built-in artificial intelligence (AI), which features Bosch Intelligent Video Analytics and machine learning (Bosch Camera Trainer), and offers more relevant data supporting predictive solutions in mission-critical applications.

The camera has robust design that is water and dust-resistant with an IP66 and IP6K9k rating and is vandal-resistant with IK10+ housing. It withstands temperatures ranging from -50 to 60C. The high-quality, dual-layer coating of the camera also protects against corrosion to the IEC 60068-2-52 1344h standard, making the X series ideal for challenging outdoor applications.

FLEXIDOME IP starlight 8000i cameras come with built-in AI featuring Intelligent Video Analytics and Camera Trainer to support predictive solutions. This built-in AI enables these cameras to understand what they see and attach a layer of metadata to video feeds to convert video data into actionable insights, helping users anticipate unforeseen events and prevent them from happening.

Bosch says its Intelligent Video Analytics is highly resistant to false triggers caused by demanding weather conditions, such as snow, wind, rain, hail, and water reflections, and environments subject to vibration, such as on bridges. It provides automatic object detection over large distances, making it ideal for mission-critical applications such as perimeter protection of airports, parking lots, critical infrastructures, government buildings, border patrol, ship tracking, and traffic monitoring. Combined with starlight X, this built-in AI provides more rich data even in extreme low-light situations. Meanwhile, Camera Trainer, based on machine learning, enables system integrators to tailor Intelligent Video Analytics to detect objects or situations that matter most to their customers.

Meanwhile, Bosch’s remote device management is a combination of tools like Project Assistant and Configuration Manager and services for secure, transparent, and cost-effective device management throughout a product’s life. The innovative remote wireless configuration and commissioning functionality of the FLEXIDOME IP starlight 8000i range enables installers to work smarter while onsite. When commissioning, installers typically must climb up and down ladders or hire lift equipment to reach cameras at high levels. But with a 8000i camera, commissioning can be done entirely by wireless.

Installers can use the Bosch Project Assistant app installed on a wireless tablet or smartphone to adjust the pan, tilt, roll, and zoom (PTRZ) and set the required field of view without touching the camera or lens. The new X series cameras – as with all Bosch cameras – connect securely to the Bosch Remote Portal, a cloud-based service offering device management with daily or advanced configuration and set up and continuous health monitoring from any offsite location.

PTRZ adjustments required post-installation for new store layouts or altered high-risk zones, for example, can be conducted remotely to save time, costs, and effort. System integrators can work remotely with customers to perform services such as changing configuration settings or installing firmware updates, ensuring systems meet the highest reliability standards. The remote device management and wireless commissioning process also minimizes the number of maintenance commutes.

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