Bosch APE Access Control Software 3.7

The updated version of Access Professional Edition enhances convenience and ease of operation

Access Professional Edition (APE) is scalable entry level access control software based on Bosch’s Access Modular Controller (AMC) hardware. Version 3.7 has enhanced convenience and ease of operation with an update that adds new features such as assembly points for emergency situations, personalized permanent open and output signals, and easier management of user access rights and data supporting companies to meet the requirements of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

access control softwareAccess Professional Edition gives users the ability to customize a system beyond access control requirements while keeping investment costs under control. Up to five cameras per door can be used to provide better situational awareness to immediately identify threats or tailgating. If an alarm is received at a door, such as exceeded door open time allowed or unauthorized credential presented, an image will immediately be displayed from the corresponding location on the operator screen. Intrusion detection systems connected to the system’s access controller level can be armed and disarmed using an appropriately authorized access credential and a corresponding PIN code. Up to 16 operators with individual privileges can be simultaneously logged in performing different tasks.

Access Professional Edition lets users administer up to 10,000 cardholders and 128 readers as well as the corresponding inputs and outputs. The access control software is compatible with industry standard readers and credential formats. Individuals can hold credentials of different formats and technologies, such as a key fob, card, or long-range UHF token.

Companies can set up assembly points where employees can show their card to register as safe during emergencies. Set-up only requires installing a Bosch access control reader in a safe area (assembly point) outside of the building, but significantly improves employee safety during evacuations. The APE provides a real-time view of evacuation status so operators can take immediate action when employees still remain inside the building. Given the hectic nature of evacuations, this provides invaluable data to improve employee safety and peace of mind for facility managers or operators during emergencies and can be installed without the need to invest in a separate system.

New VIP functionality provides important visitors and company CEOs with a special welcome treatment via programmable features. With APE 3.7, operators can assign a personalized output signal to individual users to trigger specific functions. For instance, when the president of a company opens a door via the card reader, the system displays a specific welcome message, automatically calls an elevator, or plays an audio signal.

While APE provides users the highest level of access control, some cases call for assigning certain doors to a permanent open status. This includes events where guests are permitted to enter without presenting a badge. Authorized users can conveniently activate or deactivate permanent open mode right at the reader by presenting their card and entering a PIN code.

In order to help system operators ensure that only authorized individuals have certain access rights, APE 3.7 allows for accessing groups of users by specific criteria. For instance, searching for users by date of last access enables system administrators to easily remove access rights of multiple users at once. To avoid removing administrators by accident, their names do not show in list view.

APE 3.7 supports companies in being compliant with the GDPR requirements relating to data privacy. The access control software helps safeguard user data by limiting access to certain persons defined by the system administrator. Moreover, operators can print all stored user data upon request, and user data including personal images are erased automatically upon user account deletion.