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Keeping an eye on Caravaggio: Bosch supports Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum migration from analogue to IP video surveillance

  • Creation of a single integrated video surveillance system, receiving and managing all alarms centrally
  • Migration from analogue video cameras to IP cameras for 24/7 360° video surveillance
  • Camera’s “museum mode” creates virtual protective barriers around artefacts, replacing the more expensive infrared light barrier protection

Madrid, Spain – From Renaissance to Pop Art, from Caravaggio to Rauschenberg: El Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid features some of world’s finest pieces of art – a unique treasure trove of priceless masterpieces. Bosch is contributing to making sure these artworks stay where they belong, so thousands of art enthusiasts from all over the world can view them every day, by helping the museum in its switch from analogue video surveillance to an IP-based system. With this switch, Bosch is creating a single integrated security system out of the formerly security installations, allowing to receive and monitor all alarms centrally. The new system replaces the existing equipment with new IP cameras for the museum’s different exhibition rooms and provides recording and storage of images, and video analytics. The complete security installation is managed by a Bosch Video Management System.

Full situational awareness

Bosch IP panoramic cameras were chosen by the museum for its Temporary Exhibitions Room to maintain a watchful eye on each art installation and to eliminate blind spots. These cameras featuring a “fisheye” lens provide a full 180- or 360-degree overview of an area. The camera’s built-in dewarping functionality transforms the circular image into distortion-free rectangular images that can be easily viewed in high resolution thanks to its 12-megapixel sensor.

The chosen Bosch IP panoramic cameras have built-in Intelligent Video Analytics, which continuously analyzes all video images. If a predefined scenario is detected, an alarm is triggered. Intelligent Video Analytics continues to monitor the full image circle so that the user continues to receive alarms even if the security personnel decides to zoom in on a particular region.

As an optional feature, a special “museum mode” enables the museums’ security to predefine a perimeter around an artwork, and to create a virtual, invisible protective barrier. If an individual breaches this perimeter, in an attempt to touch or steal an artwork, an alarm is triggered and immediately received both in the control center as well as by the security personnel on their mobile devices, allowing them to react and take action quickly. This virtual barrier is a convenient alternative to conventional infrared barriers.

Additionally, for exhibits displayed in low light conditions such as the recently exhibited “Bulgari and Rome”, in the museum’s Moneo Room, the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum selected Bosch IP 6000 series cameras featuring the latest starlight technology. Bosch starlight IP cameras are made for low light conditions, providing high quality color images in almost complete darkness. These cameras also ensure that low light areas can be properly monitored without the direct need of additional lighting and that the museum’s management does not have to compromise the exhibition’s artistic concept and ambience for security reasons.

Museum’s Security Manager, Mr. Miguel Ángel Molina expects to incorporate more technologies and innovations for security and protection in the following months. “Since the video system is equipped with an iSCSI redundant recording solution, the system stays operational even if any of the recorders are temporarily lost. With this new set up, the main benefit is that we have a back-up system for our recordings that provides a reliable, efficient security system”.

The Bosch division Building Technologies is a leading global supplier of security, safety, and communications products and systems. In selected countries Bosch offers solutions and services for building security, energy efficiency and building automation. About 8,800 associates generated sales of 1.9 billion euros in 2020. Protecting lives, buildings and assets is the major aim. The product portfolio includes video security, intrusion detection, fire detection and voice evacuation systems as well as access control and management systems. Professional audio and conference systems for communication of voice, sound and music complete the range. Building Technologies develops and manufactures in its own plants in Europe, Americas and Asia.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 420,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2022). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 88.4 billion euros in 2022. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 128 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 85,000 associates in research and development, of which nearly 44,000 are software engineers.

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