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Synergy Concepts

From the early stages of development, EST’s panel “EST3” was designed to support integrated functions within the system architecture.  This concept, introduced as “Synergy”, leverages the high standards of operation and reliability set forth by life safety systems.  Synergy components are listed for UL864, UL294, UL1610, UL1076 and UL1035. 

Having single system architecture allows no compromises in design, no third party software, and most importantly, no finger-pointing between suppliers.  Synergy offers fire alarm, access control, security, central station notification and seamless functionality unsurpassed in the industry.


Mass Notification devices and components! EST3-Sixty, our UL-listed 2572 Mass Notification Solution 

EST 3 – System Backbone

Using the EST3 system platform, all sub-systems are integral hardware or software components designed as one system.  This approach provides a level of software and hardware integration that cannot be compromised. 

EST3 is a family of products that are designed in a multiple layered configuration platform.  This platform enables plug and play convenience for all module addressing and configuration.  The platform is enhanced by an innovative shared bus technology incorporated into the entire EST3 product platform. 

The EST3 architecture is designed with extensive expansion capabilities.  Up to 64 EST3 nodes can be connected as a distributed network.  Each node can support a mix of function modules providing security, access control, fire alarm, audio and off-premise transmission.  Each node has the capacity to handle 2,500 points, 128 readers, 1 off-premise communicator and 218 I/O circuits.  A fully configured EST3 network can handle capacities over 160,000 points, 4969 readers, 64 off-premise communicators and 14,000 I/O circuits. 

Fire Alarm & Life Safety

Integral to the EST3 node is an array of fire alarm and life safety capabilities designed to meet all application requirements.  Whether designed as a stand-alone application or networked together, full functionality is provided for all fire alarm or life safety requirements.  Rapid, accurate fire alarm detection is the first priority.  By using GUI based programming facilities, any related life safety or property protection operation can be accomplished.  Where multi-channel emergency communications are required for audible and voice, EST3 can accommodate a variety of configurations.  A variety of modules for monitoring sprinklers, auxiliary systems, dampers, etc., are available, in addition to full HVAC control.  Event activity is stored and displayed by LCD panels, annunciators, status indicators and PC workstations. 

Devices such as our Signature Series detectors provide technology that enables device mapping, early warning detection and the ability to re-use existing approved wire. 

Card Access & Security

Using the 3-SAC module provides card access and security functions.  The 3-SAC module is a local rail plug-in module that fits into an EST3 panel.  The module is designed to meet and exceed rigorous access control and security requirements.  Up to two 3-SAC modules can be plugged into the EST3 panel.  The 3-SAC supports supervised RS485 wiring and can be wired in “Class A” or “Class B” configurations.  The “Class A” configuration supports up to 30 card access door controllers and/or security keypad displays.   The “Class B” configuration supports up to 62 card access door controllers and/or security keypad displays.  Using supervised RS485 wiring eliminates the need to home run all devices back to the panel and enables distances of over 4,000 feet using approved copper cable. 

Card Access Controller

The Card Reader Controller (CRC) performs all card access processing decisions for the entry(s) connected to the CRC.  Small and unobtrusive, the CRC is designed to be installed in the vicinity of the protected door.  The CRC stores, in non-volatile memory, a complete database for cardholders including schedules, event transactions, badge number and access levels.  Firmware for the CRC is upgradeable over the EST3 network.  The CRC comes in two capacity configurations.  The first, CRC, can support 8,000 badge holders and 5,000 event transactions.  The second, CRCXM, can support 36,000 badge holders and 20,000 event transactions.  Each CRC configuration will support (1) ingress reader/keypad, (1) egress reader/keypad, (1) door strike or magnetic lock, (1) request to exit device, (1) door monitor sensor, (1) automatic door opener, optional (1) local sounder and up to 4 hours of integral local standby battery power.  The CRC is fully designed to operate without any communications to the EST3 panel.  Since each CRC contains it own database, decisions to grant or deny access are self-contained, requiring no intervention from the EST3 panel.  Event history transactions are stored in each CRC and uploaded when requested.  The CRC also comes with an installer aid called the “Construction Card”.  The card works with any unprogrammed CRC or CRCXM.  The card allows an installer to provide site security without establishing connection to the EST3 panel.  Full functionality with a default schedule is active for the “Construction Card” until the CRC or CRCXM is programmed.  Once programmed, the “Construction Card” becomes disabled.  

Card Reader Technologies

The CRC is compatible with any standard wiegand output or any 8-bit Dorodo keypad.  Supported technologies include magnetic strip readers, proximity readers, bar code readers, weigand readers and smart card readers.  Wiring configuration for the reader is based on manufacturer’s recommendations. 


Security devices are connected through the 3-SAC module or through existing EST3 data loops.  Devices such as motion detectors, door position switches, dry-contact monitoring devices, glass break detectors, photoelectric beams, etc., are supported by the SIGA-SEC2 dual input module.  EST has an integral motion detector, SIGA-MD, that contains an integral module interface like the SIGA-SEC2. 

Standard security functions include: partitioning, interior security, perimeter security, day security, bypassing, entry/exit delays, event counting, audible notification, bilingual support, international language support, and annunciation. 

The Keypad Display (KPDISP) provides a user interface for displaying system events, arm or disarm functions, common fire alarm control and storing event transactions. 


The MODCOM transmitter is an integral communication module that obtains its power and supervision from the EST3 panel.  The MODCOM offers modem and multiple dialer (DACT) functions within a single module.  Up to 10 MODCOM modules can be connected on an EST3 network.  The DACT will support up to 255 subscribers with multiple output formats such as contact ID, SIA DCS, 4/2, 3/1 and TAP pager protocol.  The MODCOM can split transmissions by sending some events to one receiver and other events to another receiver.  In addition, the MODCOM can send a single event to multiple receivers including pagers.  The V.32BIS modem can receive and transmit data for programs requiring connection capabilities to the EST3 panel or network. 

FireWorks Workstation

FireWorks are interactive computer graphic display systems for the EST3 single line and/or multiple line networks.  The FireWorks work station monitors and controls system events network wide.  The high-resolution display is separated into four areas: 1) system status area, 2) graphics display area, 3) command area and 4) user defined area.  Mouse or optional touch screen control utilizes user-definable TSAs (Touch Sensitive Areas) and icons for system control.  With proper authorization, a Fireworks workstation will enable full system control including the ability to retrieve system reports, create custom reports, and provide on-line graphic screen modifications. 

Onboard graphic conversion utilities allow the use of practically any graphic file with the FireWorks’ package. The utility will perform graphic screen captures and convert the image to the standard FireWorks Bitmap file. This allows customization of graphic files in the original graphic format or the finished .BMP format.  The FireWorks package comes with a symbol library of NFPA approved icons ready for placement on the screens.  If desired, totally new icon symbols may also be created and edited as the need arises. 

Fireworks is offered in various configurations, from software and PC to software only.  Depending on  the application, multiple EST3 networks can be connected to one Fireworks workstation or multiple Fireworks workstations can be connected to one EST3 network. 

Card Access Database

The Card Access Database (CAD) application program is designed to administer the functions necessary for access control.  Operating under Windows 2000, the Graphical User Interface provides intuitive, easy to operate capabilities for any novice PC user.   The CAD can be installed on a single PC or on a server or on a Fireworks workstation, allowing multiple users full access to the database. 

The CAD supports multi-tenant applications, segregating databases for each tenant.  The CAD employs an ODBC database engine that stores cardholder and system configuration information.  The CAD enables the user to add, change or delete cardholder information, schedules, access levels, etc.  The CAD contains the ability to retrieve, filter and generate reports uploaded from the Card Reader Controllers.  For archival and record logging, database historical tables are created, allowing a user to retrieve the information as required.