** This document has been created by Tim Lee who is BioStar Product Manager.
Dear Valued Partners,
BioStar 2 2.7v is released with notable new features and bug fixes. Specially, this version is starting to support many long-waited new features along with official FW updates.
Please check the below and use 2.7v not only to make the customers not benefit new features, but to be free from the known issues.
From 2.7v, BioStar 2 supports the max 2048 access groups /access levels and the advanced smart card settingsfor Mifare Desfire / EV1 with AES encryption method.
But, this support should be backed up only with the latest FWs of 2nd gen devices.
(1st gen devices came to no longer support the latest feature updates due to their memory limit.)
However, due to the FW release delay, some of device FWs that are for FS2, BS2, and N2 are NOT included in the FW package,
and will be released later from Suprema homepage. (Expected to be ready by Dec 21).
If you have the customers who are waiting for these devices’ FW to use more than 128 access groups / levels.
Please wait until that time, or contact us to deploy the beta version.
Update & Changes in 2.7v
Major New Features in AC
1.1. Support to Graphic Map from monitoring. (AC Advanced license or above required*)
1.2. Increased access groups/access levels up to 2048. (The 2nd gen devices & latest FWs are required*)
-> Max AG : 2048 (Increased)
-> Max AL : 2048 (Increased)
-> Max AL per AG : 128
-> Max Door per AL : 128
-> Max AG per User : 16
1.3. Advanced Desfire / EV1 smart card support with AES encryption method
1.4. Showing the user data status overview from manager users in device
Major New Features in TA
1.1. Floating shift (shift is automatically assigned according to their punch time. T&A SE license is required*)
1.2. Select Weekend days
1.3. Fixed break/meal time
1.4. T&A Custom Admin settings according to the custom admin user group/device group.
2.1. If a user connects to BioStar 2 after specifying the hostname in the Windows, the user cannot access the T&A menu.
2.2. Unable to add a Wigand device to BioEntry W2.
2.3. Users can access a higher level of Web Server Home in the web server.
2.4. If you set Leave to start or end date of Daylight Saving Time, the incorrect time is displayed.
2.5. Change the <Punch in Time Limit> setting of Flexible Shift to operate based on the setting of <Day start time>.
2.6. Users who have special characters (-, _) in the ID cannot be selected in the T&A report.
2.7. If you change the server port value for the cloud and then restore the value before the change, a user cannot
enter the Time Attendance menu.
2.8. Department information does not display from root when exporting the T&A report to CSV format.
2.9. The APB database management table is reset periodically, regardless of the Reset Time setting in the global
2.10. In an environment that uses an MS SQL Server database, the modified date format setting is not normally
applied to Audit Trail menu.
2.11. When a user upgrades the version of BioStar 2, the number of user access groups is displayed differently
than the existing settings.
*Please check the 2.7v SW revision notes from the below link. There are many more items
How to Upgrade
- Direct upgrade is supported from 2.5v or higher.
For more details, please check the below link.
- Please make sure to make DB backup before upgrade, in order to avoid any possible data loss.
Database Backup and Restore Instructions
The next version (2.7.1v) is scheduled to be released in the midst Jan 2019 with new major feature updates.
BioStar 2 is going to be released more frequently, in order to reflect market feedback and spread the benefit of new features more rapidly.
Please try to use the latest version of BioStar 2.