Museum secures its history

Access & Identity Management Handbook 2015 Access Control & Identity Management, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Fire & Safety

The Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw is now equipped with an integrated and networked safety and security solution from Bosch. The highly customised solution comprises fire detection, evacuation, intrusion detection, access control and video surveillance, which has been designed to very strict security requirements. Should requirements change in future, the entire security system can be easily expanded and adapted.

Worldwide, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews is one of the most prestigious museum facilities. Located in the former heart of Jewish Warsaw, which became the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II, it is an architectonical jewel and a symbol of the new face of Warsaw. The core exhibition presents a thousand years of history of the Polish Jews on about 4000 square metres. Furthermore, the museum offers a rich cultural programme, including temporary exhibitions, films, workshops, concerts, lectures and more.

To protect visitors, employees and exhibits from fire, local Bosch partner Elektroprojekt installed Modular Fire Panels Series 5000 with redundancy and Remote Keypads Series 5000. The panels operate with intelligent point-type and linear beam smoke detectors. This system is closely integrated with the digital Praesideo public address and evacuation system from Bosch. Praesideo allows automatic distribution of four different evacuation messages to specific parts of the building.

In order to guarantee optimal intelligibility in the acoustically difficult environment with high ceilings, Bosch performed a series of room simulations before planning the sound system. Depending on location, five different types of loudspeakers were employed, including, for example, column speakers and in-ceiling speakers.

With regard to intrusion detection, a Modular Alarm Platform 5000 with 700 intrusion detectors secures administrative and office areas but also the storage with the museum’s collection. Additional, non-public areas are also secured by an access control system with AMC Controllers and about 190 card readers.

Video surveillance in the museum consists of Bosch’s Video Management System (BVMS), Video Recording Manager (VRM) and multiple network cameras including camera’s with starlight technology, which are able to deliver high quality images even in extreme low light conditions regardless of object movement. The VRM helps to easily manage large data volumes with maximum reliability as it supports both efficient load balancing and failover recording in case the primary storage array is full or unavailable.

All safety and security systems in the museum are IP-based and tightly integrated through Bosch’s Building Integration System (BIS), allowing for centralised operations and alarm management.

For more information contact Bosch Security Systems - South Africa & Sub-Sahara Africa, +27 (0)11 651 9813,,


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