MKS Announces New Integration With Cloud-Based Services From Bosch
Micro Key Solutions (MKS) and Bosch Security Systems Inc. announced the completion and successful deployment of the integration between the MKS central station platform and the full range of cloud-based video monitoring services from Bosch. This integration fully enables MKS-powered monitoring centers to leverage the cloud services from Bosch, which include Video Verification, 24/7 Live Intervention, Virtual Guard, Virtual Escort and Virtual Assistant.
By designing a cloud-based solution, Bosch created a platform that virtually eliminates the investment required by a central monitoring center to offer these services to their dealers and end customers. There is no specialized software or hardware required for the monitoring center to further extend its current offerings or to start participating in the video monitoring business.
“Bosch and MKS have a lot of mutual customers that have been looking for this type of integration,” said Victoria Ferro, MKS president. “We are proud to partner with Bosch to be able to offer this great service.”
To help make these services available to the broadest market possible, Bosch has designed all of its IP cameras to connect to the cloud automatically. The installer simply enters the MAC address into the installer portal, and the connection is established; no router log-in and configuration is required. The solution is truly plug-and-play.
The services offered by Bosch extend beyond the traditional video monitoring services as well. With on-board intelligent video analysis (IVA) and the metadata collected by its IVA cameras, Bosch enables the creation of other interesting and important business support services for the end user, such as customer traffic reports. These enhanced services turn the security devices into valuable business management tools.
“We are honored to be the first automation software in the U.S. to have integrated with Bosch for this new cloud-based service,” Ferro said. “Bosch is one of the leading innovators in the security alarm industry and we felt this is a great partnership for us as we continue to look for new ways to better serve our customers and the industry.”
To further demonstrate the value of these services to the end customer, Bosch created a free app, “Site Monitor,” available for Android and iOS devices. With the credentials created by the dealer, the app allows end users to connect to any cameras installed at their site and connected to the cloud. The end user also can be sent notifications of events being reported at their site, whether an IVA-generated alarm or a video verification request from the intrusion panel.
“The partnership with MKS is an important step in helping central monitoring stations to deliver more value to their dealers and end users,” said Chris Larcinese, manager of cloud-based services, North America, Bosch Security Systems Inc. “MKS is a recognized leader in alarm management platforms with a large and growing customer base, and MKS customers can now use our cloud services to drive growth with new opportunities for recurring monthly revenue.”
Stephen Kovacsiss, central station business development for MKS, said, “The integration to the cloud-based services from Bosch is an exciting new option to the MKS platform. The Bosch team has been a pleasure to partner with and allows our MKS customers to begin using this service today.”
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