The new FLEXIDOME panoramic 5100i camera range includes indoor and outdoor IR models offering 6- or 12-megapixel resolution with a stereographic fish-eye lens. They take the evolution of AI further by pairing sound with video to elevate situational awareness. A built-in microphone array with three digital microphones prepares the cameras for future audio analytics, enabling operators to gain a complete overview of their monitoring areas and become more proactive in identifying and responding to threats. Like all Bosch cameras, the new panoramic cameras combine built-in AI with the Internet of Things (IoT), offering the ability to convert video data into valuable insights easily.

Built-in AI supports predictive solutions in a range of environments: The new panoramic cameras feature Intelligent Video Analytics (IVA), a form of AI, and Camera Trainer based on machine learning to support predictive solutions in a variety of commercial environments.

In retail applications, the compact size and low profile of the panoramic cameras can deliver insights that help recognize suspicious behavior and track a person through an entire aisle or from the cashier to the store exit. In shopping malls, a single panoramic camera can monitor two opposite storefronts in high resolution. In schools and universities, panoramic cameras can give a complete overview and identify unusual situations in hallways, corridors, cafeterias, and other areas.

Taking AI further with audio analytics: As the first Bosch cameras to feature audio analytics based on deep neural networks, the FLEXIDOME panoramic 5100i cameras contain a built-in microphone array with three digital microphones to capture audio from any direction. This capability prepares the cameras for future audio AI, enabling them to give meaning to the sounds they hear and trigger relevant alerts concerning the approximate location where the sound originated.

The camera’s AI-based software which will become available with a future firmware release is trained to detect the unique audio signatures of gunshots and glass breaking while ignoring false positives, like slamming car doors or banging carts. Audio AI enables security personnel to respond quickly and appropriately while protecting privacy since no audio information is recorded or leaves the camera.

At the same time an audio alarm occurs, a trigger to a nearby moving camera prompts it to focus near the sound and automatically track any moving objects in the scene. Thanks to data from audio and video sensors in the FLEXIDOME panoramic 5100i cameras, Bosch takes AI further by converting data into actionable insights that help users anticipate unforeseen events and prevent them from happening.

Complete coverage in a single image without blind spots: By offering a detailed overview image of an area, the panoramic cameras enable users to simultaneously zoom in on an object of interest without losing the bigger picture. The close-up images are transmitted in a separate channel so that both overview and detail can be viewed at the same time – and all in high resolution. With 12-megapixel sensor resolution at a frame rate of 30 frames per second, these cameras provide a 360-degree overview enabling the easy capture of objects to significantly improve the quality of a surveillance operation.

Ease of installation: Designed for easy installation and mounting, the panoramic cameras also offer twist and click installation to reduce installation time. A rotatable imager enables easier alignment. For applications when it’s necessary to look down along the wall, the cameras can be easily mounted and tilted on a wall to achieve a 180-degree view.