Product Announcements
June 11, 2020

Significantly Upgraded Linear® e3 Firmware Delivers Enhanced Security in its Commercial Access Control Systems

Designed to guard against rise in cyber threats and increase access control functionality, new firmware is integrated into Linear Essential, Essential Plus, Elite and ProControl systems

CARLSBAD, Calif., June 11, 2020 – Significant upgrades to the e3 Series firmware were announced today in the Linear® Essential, Essential Plus, Elite and ProControl commercial access control systems. The new firmware updates employ the latest code technology to provide improved security and web services protection against the rise in cyber threats for businesses of all sizes.  Giving end-customers and users the features most in demand, the upgrades to the Linear e3 Series also include improved encryption, smart reporting and card types access control functionality.

“Commercial businesses of all sizes are acutely aware of need for increased access control security due to the growing sophistication of electronic intrusion capabilities,” said Richard Pugnier, Vice President of Marketing at NSC. “The new e3 Series firmware updates and feature enhancements allow our dealers to offer heightened security confidence to deter intruders while keeping employees and facilities safe using the latest technological advancements.”

“After listening to our dealer partners, this firmware upgrade is the first of several planned that will help address ongoing commercial security and access control needs for organizations large and small,” said Mark Prowten, director of product management for NSC’s Linear brand. “With tens of thousands of systems installed, customers depend upon the proven managed access and convenience of our systems, and we remain committed to constantly improving our security technologies to guard against the growing list of internal as well as external threats. Plus, the Linear e3 Series firmware upgrades we’ve engineered open new customer opportunities for our dealers to offer market-leading capabilities along with added security peace-of-mind.”

The scalable design of Linear e3 Series is specifically engineered to minimize future costs and help lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) as organizational needs evolve and more functionality is needed. Based on a single hardware design, a single software code base and sophisticated integrated features, the Linear e3 Series can easily scale up to 128 doors.

All Linear Essential, Essential Plus, Elite and ProControl commercial access control systems include the upgraded e3 Series firmware. Each is out-of-the-box ready to install, designed to match customer-specific needs and are readily upgradeable with a license key.  The top-of-the-line Linear Elite is a feature-rich system designed for four to 128 multi-door, multi-site facilities. The advanced capabilities of the Linear Elite system can accommodate more users, doors, readers, online transactions and overall capacity.  The Linear Essential and Essential Plus access control systems give smaller and mid-size businesses access control that can grow with them. These systems provide entry-level value for one to four doors with immediate license expansion capability to Elite system with no additional hardware needed.

For more information on the Linear e3 Series firmware upgrades in the Linear Essential, Essential Plus, Elite and ProControl access control systems, please see:

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About Nortek Security & Control
Nortek Security & Control LLC (NSC) is a global leader in smart connected devices and systems for residential, security, access control, and digital health markets. NSC and its partners have deployed more than 4 million connected systems and over 25 million security and home control sensors and peripherals.

Through its family of brands including 2GIG®, ELAN®, Linear®, GoControl®, Mighty Mule®, IntelliVision®, and Numera®, NSC designs solutions for national telecoms, big box retailers, OEM partners, service providers, security dealers, technology integrators and consumers. Headquartered in Carlsbad, California, NSC has over 50 years of innovation and is dedicated to addressing the lifestyle and business needs of millions of customers every day. For further information, visit

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