Bosch launches Access Management System 2.0

Access management simple scalable and always available with AMS 2.0 2 Bosch has announced the launch of the Access Management System 2.0 that provides customers with a scalable solution that integrates with existing video and intrusion systems

The software is offered in three pre-configured software bundles for different sized organisations: Lite (max. 144 doors and 200,000 cards), Plus (max. 512 doors and 200,000 cards) and Professional (max. 10,000 doors and 200,000 cards).

Existing floor maps can be imported into the system and icons are dragged and dropped on the map to represent controllers, doors and building objects. Onboarding of users is straightforward: for example, enrolment and assignment of access profiles are all implemented in one dialogue manager.

The graphical user interface (GUI) is simple and easy to understand. The dark colour-scheme of the GUI reduces eye-strain and fatigue, so operators stay fresh and alert. In addition, the colours of the system GUI are aligned with the colours of the Bosch Video Management Systems (BVMS) GUI, so operators enjoy the benefits of an integrated solution, which is easier to operate than two distinct systems.

The system includes the Master Access Controller (MAC) as an additional layer of resilience between the server and the access controllers. If the server fails in the system, the MAC takes over and ensures that the controllers still communicate with each other and share necessary information from the card readers. Thus, even functionalities, which include various controllers such as anti-passback and guard tour, can still be performed.

The anti-passback functionality prevents a cardholder passing back their card to another person and thereby enabling their unauthorised entry. Guard tour is a safety functionality offered to security guards, which uses access to readers as checkpoints along a defined route to be passed in a defined time. Any deviation of sequence or timing will raise an alarm in the system. Colleagues or first responders can be notified at once improving the safety of security guards.

In the extremely rare event that the system server and the MAC fail, cardholders can still enter and leave areas with their badges because the database is stored directly on the Access Management Controllers. Thanks to this offline capability, it is furthermore possible to save millions of events even during downtimes.

Up to 15 configurable threat levels such as lockdown, controlled lockdown or evacuation mean that safety measures can be initiated quickly in critical situations such as fire or terrorist attack. The threat level state is activated by one of three triggers: operator workstation, emergency button, or specially configured “emergency” cards that are presented to a reader. The different threat levels can make all doors open, all doors blocked, or a mix of some open and some blocked. Individual doors can also have their security profile and allow only certain cardholders access.

To protect against cybercrime and loss of personal data, the database, as well as the communication between the server and access controllers, is encrypted at all stages, e.g. through the support of the secure Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) v2 protocol. The system has trusted digital certificates for mutual authentication between server and client to prevent tampering by unauthorised clients and uses secure design principles such as “secure-by-default” and “principle of least privilege”.

The system can be integrated with video systems such as the BVMS (version 9.0 and higher) and third-party systems such as Milestone’s XProtect. It will as of the second quarter 2020 be able to integrate with the B-/G- Series intrusion system from Bosch and other third party systems.

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