One For All: An Open Platform Team Member Boosts the Initiative
Bosch's Inteox Open Camera Platform
The Inteox open camera platform from Bosch is designed to enable app developers, system integrators and other partners to develop customer-specific apps or to easily customize security solutions with no restrictions or boundaries. The fully open principle frees system integrators to add apps from the Security and Safety Things Application Store, making it quick and simple to customize security solutions.
As the world becomes increasingly connected, the Internet of Things (IoT) presents individuals and businesses with new opportunities. But to take full advantage, the safety and security industry must think differently about the way it develops solutions and embrace change. Inteox is designed according to fully open principles: it combines built-in Intelligent Video Analytics from Bosch, a commonly-used open Operating System (OS) provided by the Bosch start-up company Security and Safety Things, and the ability to securely add software apps at a later date. Application developers can simply develop apps based on a common language. The platform is accessible to anyone who wants to imagine, create and deploy customer-specific solutions and is backed by the manufacturer’s performance quality, lasting build quality, high data security and privacy, and ease of installation and use.
Ideas Taking Shape
With the Inteox platform, everything a camera sees can be understood and transformed into valuable insights. Anything from object classification, speed or specific characteristics, to exact GPS coordinates. This can be used to inspire or develop software solutions that define what a security device will be and how it works. By adding apps, a video security camera can be used as an access controller based on video data. Or it can become a fire detector that can detect fires early based on video data. By using intelligence that is already built in, and cleverly combining it with one or more apps, it can be optimized to act as a sensor that provides smart data for multiple applications – the possibilities are endless.
It provides a sound return on investment as the functionality of the device can be easily changed by adding or removing apps to meet changing requirements. Cameras built on this platform are no longer just smart cameras; they become smart devices.
With built-in Intelligent Video Analytics, Inteox offers an incredible range of opportunities for exciting new solutions. It makes it easy for app developers to take advantage of the system’s ability to provide information, such as when people or objects travel in the wrong direction, or park in restricted areas. It can provide metrics about the color, the type of object, speeds, and GPS coordinates. Inteox can also tell if objects have been left behind in a pre-defined area, or if a perimeter is being breached. This is just a subset of the possibilities that built-in Intelligent Video Analytics has to offer. App developers can now focus on leveraging this intelligence and its valuable data for their own software developments to introduce new exciting features.
Inteox cameras are secure by design and connect seamlessly to the Security and Safety Things open IoT ecosystem. This includes an application store, web portal for app developers and designers, and a device management portal. It gives app developers access to online tools, developers’ libraries, an API framework, and codecs to enable them to create new things. System integrators can easily tailor solutions to meet specific customer requirements by installing and executing multiple apps on any Inteox camera. With these, they can easily turn security cameras into smart IoT devices.
With a portfolio of cameras built on Inteox, it’s easy and safe to deploy apps, software and services to devices, whatever their location. The Bosch Remote Portal offers device management with daily or advanced configuration and set up from anywhere. Plus there are value-added services such as In-Store Analytics or counting reports that can be added to one or multiple cameras. Inteox cameras can also connect to the Security and Safety Things IoT platform via the Remote Portal, with access to relevant app information, all the tools needed to develop and test apps, as well as a device management cockpit with app and device health statistics.
Learning about the capabilities of such an open and capable platform has been made easy by the introduction of an e-zine called Inteox Edge, which is designed for use on mobile devices. Amongst other content, it provides feature articles, an expert Q&A interview, a section dealing with the latest software, apps, products and technologies as well as useful tips. The e-zine also helps busy security professionals, app developers, and users to keep up-to-date with the changes that the security industry faces, and to share how to build smarter solutions that can cater for their future needs. The first issue is now available for free download at the website shown below.