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Bosch Video Recording Manager (VRM) provides a Distributed Network Video Recorder solution, eliminating the need for dedicated NVRs and signaling the second generation of IP network video recording. VRM supports iSCSI-based storage systems and Bosch Video-over-IP devices (IP cameras and IP video encoders).

VRM introduces the concept of a storage virtualization layer. This abstraction layer enables VRM to manage all of the individual disk arrays in the entire system as a single "virtual" common pool of storage, which is intelligently allocated as needed.

VRM eliminates the need for Network Video Recorders (NVRs) and their associated server hardware, operating systems, and anti-virus software, as well as the ongoing software patches and updates these systems require. This new technology makes installation, operation, and maintenance much easier while reducing the total cost of ownership.

System Overview:

The Video Recording Manager is comprised of the
Recording Management Service (VRM Server)
Configuration client (VRM Configurator)
Playback client (Archive Player)
The central Recording Management Service runs as a service on Microsoft Windows platforms. Bosch recommends running VRM Server on a dedicated server/hardware platform.
VRM offers system-wide recording, monitoring, and management of Bosch iSCSI storage, video encoders, and cameras. VRM software supports Bosch MPEG-4 IP video devices including all encoders, Dinion and FlexiDome IP cameras, as well as AutoDome and Extreme IP cameras. Supported storage subsystems include the Bosch iSCSI-based DVA and DSA Series disk array systems. The iSCSI disk arrays can be attached anywhere on a standard IP network. VRM 2.0 offers additional redundancy and data availability by supporting Automatic Network Replenishment (ANR) with Bosch Video-over-IP devices (BVIP Firmware 4.0 or higher required).

Optimal Performance:

The Video Recording Manager offers a high-performance, flexible, scalable, and a highly reliable Direct-to-iSCSI storage management solution.
Optimized performance is obtained by the use of intelligent addressing on a block level, which also allows for load balancing of the video recording to all available storage blocks located on any storage array in the system.
Load balancing is provided with respect to the bandwidth and the number of iSCSI connections and is configurable per IP address (iSCSI target).

Logical Virtualization:

The VRM virtualization layer allows for the scalability of storage beyond the physical limits of a single storage subsystem. This logical abstraction layer means that each camera can use any storage space it actually needs, rather than an allocated, arbitrary, discrete chunk ahead of time. Adjust retention times of video data as required.

Fast Recording and Retrieval:

VRM provides fast and flexible retrieval via a search database of recordings and metadata. Metadata is a form of data that describes other data such as events, ATM/POS information, and video content analysis data. The metadata is recorded with the video data and provides a fast and efficient way for the search engine, in the playback client, to quickly locate specified video clips. The database also keeps track of the location of recording blocks. If this database is lost, VRM can recreate the database by reading the stored metadata, thus providing a self-healing capability.

Distributed Storage:

VRM not only provides for redundant management of metadata, it also introduces a significant enhancement of overall reliability and availability. By providing redundancy for storage provisioning and a failover design for the central recording management service, there is no single point of failure. In addition, unlike NVR systems, VRM scales without requiring additional PCs. This greatly reduces the risk of system failures.


VRM Server:

VRM Server, with the central Recording Management Service, provides a time- and event-based scheduler for changing recording properties, and includes a Web-based user interface for status monitoring.
The central scheduler maintains a database containing the recording source information and a list of associated iSCSI drives. The central monitoring allows for system status overview, recording status information, as well as for live view and recording preview for single cameras.

Configuration Client:

The configuration client allows for central configuration of the network storage subsystems, recordings (including schedules), data rate, frame rate, stream, and privileges, as well as for managing user accounts.

Playback Client:

The playback client takes advantage of Bosch's powerful and flexible VideoSDK. Advanced playback capabilities include trick replay with variable-speed forward/reverse play, video export to file, replay of video from file, as well as playback from Bosch video encoders and the VIDOS-NVR. VRM 2.0 supports two alternative ways of replaying video data: either by directly connecting the replay client to the iSCSI disk arrays or through the VRM Server. When using the direct replay each replay client consumes one iSCSI connection and provides up to 32 simultaneous camera replay sessions. The replay through the VRM Server consumes one iSCSI session and delivers up to 32 simultaneous camera replay sessions.
In addition, the playback client supports synchronized replay of up to four camera streams.
The playback client also provides fast and flexible image retrieval based on block-based motion detection,metadata search, and forensic Video Content Analysis(VCA).


Supported languages:
English, German, Dutch, French, Italian, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Simplified Chinese

VRM Server (running as a service):
Windows 2003 Server R2, Standard Edition

Recommended Bosch Server Hardware:
<100 cameras: MHW-SE1M1
<350 cameras: MHW-SM4M1
>350 cameras: MHW-SM5M2

Replay only with Microsoft Internet Explorer, v6.0 or 7.0
All other functions allowed with a wide range of browsers

Configuration and Playback:
Windows XP Professional SP2, SP3
Windows XP Professional x64
Windows Vista SP1, SP2
  • Manages RAID storage in the Bosch Direct-to-iSCSI CCTV system
  • Distributed storage and configurable load balancing
  • iSCSI disk array failover for extra reliability
  • Used with all Bosch Video-over-IP cameras and encoders
  • Configuration support for all Bosch disk arrays (DVA and DSA series)

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