Bosch - Video Security in Retail Environments

When talking about shrinkage and security in a retail setting, video surveillance is usually the first thing that springs to mind. And for good reason: Video surveillance can both prevent theft and help to identify thieves after the act, if prevention has not succeeded in deterring them. And, with the right equipment, it could even go beyond security purposes.  


  • The all new IP 4000i, IP 5000i and IP 6000 cameras have built-in Essential Video Analytics as standard.
  • Captured video data can be repurposed for uses beyond security.

Video surveillance can be used to pinpoint suspicious behavior on the shop floor just as it can secure non-public areas such as warehouses or offices. And while one or two general-purpose cameras may be sufficient to secure a small retail outlet, there are also sophisticated and specialized solutions for monitoring cashier desks, outdoor areas, parking lots, warehouses and other parts of the premises. It is little wonder therefore that some form of video surveillance can be found in almost every retail store around the globe.


However, not all retailers make full use of the potential of today's cameras. Technology has greatly improved in recent years, mainly due to digitalization. State-of-the-art built-in video analytics in the all new Bosch IP 4000i, 5000i and 6000 cameras not only deliver ultimate high-resolution images even under challenging lighting conditions; they can also act as an enabler of entirely new applications beyond mere surveillance, offering real business benefits.

Going beyond security applications, built-in Essential Video Analytics can also act as an enabler of an entirely new application in retail environments. An example is a combination of crowd density and customer flow information for the optimization of shop layout. Another example would be the combination of people counting and object in field information, which can deliver useful information for the analysis of in-store promotions.