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Intelligent Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensors from Optex protect endangered elephants in Mount Kenya National Park
Intelligent Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensors from Optex protect endangered elephants in Mount Kenya National Park

Intelligent Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensors from OPTEX, global sensor manufacturer and supplier, are at the heart of a new security access control solution that is helping to protect endangered elephants at the Mount Kenya National Park in Kenya, Africa. Countering the threat of poaching Mount Kenya is the second largest mountain in Africa, and the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) listed National Park was established to protect the mountain, which is a water tower for the surrounding area and whose forest reserves and surrounding areas provide refuge for a vast array of wildlife, of which there is a large population of elephants, estimated at around 2,500. Despite the numbers, the animals are under constant threat from poachers Despite the numbers, the animals are under constant threat from poachers. The changing geography of the region and the proliferation of agricultural farms have also resulted in increased incidences of human-elephant conflict, with the elephants causing damage to the fencing and property that surround these farms when trying to re-enter the park. Elephants' access control system Instarect Limited, a security fencing solutions provider based in Nairobi, was approached by the Mount Kenya Trust – a non-profit organisation running conservation projects for the forests and wildlife of Mount Kenya – to design and install a new elephant access control system within the three elephant ‘corridors’. The corridors are designed not only to keep the elephants protected but also allow them to re-enter the park safely and securely, without causing any damage to the fencing or farmland. Instarect selected OPTEX’s intelligent RLS-2020 LIDAR sensors as an integral part of the project. Solar powered gates and CCTV cameras installed In conjunction with new solar powered gates and CCTV cameras that have been installed, the RLS-2020 sensors, with a 20x20m detection range, are being utilised to detect the elephants as they approach and automatically open the gate for them. The sensors have been programmed to only detect elephants and will not open for smaller animals or humans. When the elephants trigger a gate to be opened, authorised park rangers are immediately notified via an SMS and are then able to view the CCTV cameras on their phone to check whole herd of elephants have re-entered the park safely. The rangers then send an SMS to close the gate. REDSCAN RLS-2020 sensors The new system is working well, the elephants are very intelligent and have quickly adapted to these new gates" Ebrahim Nyali, Security Solutions Designer at Instarect Limited, says “the new system is working well, the elephants are very intelligent and have quickly adapted to these new gates. They have learned to wait for the gates to open for them to re-enter the park and do not try to enter with force.” Masaya Kida, Managing Director of OPTEX EMEA, says “the REDSCAN RLS-2020 Series provides enhanced sensor detection in even the most challenging environments and easy integration with any video security solution. These sensors are intentionally designed to create customised detection area and set a wide range of target sizes. This flexibility allows it to be used for many different and sometimes unusual applications; the elephant detection is a perfect illustration of that.” Advanced sensor technology Masaya adds, “We are pleased and proud to be chosen to work with Instarect Ltd. on this important project and that our leading sensor technology is helping to protect the elephants & reducing human wildlife conflict around the Mount Kenya National Park”. OPTEX Co., Ltd is a globally renowned manufacturer of sensing technologies for a number of sectors, ranging from security, entrance systems and factory automation to measuring instruments and transportation safety.

OPTEX’s LiDAR sensor ensures enhanced safety for Belfast Call Centre facility and a Fortune 500 Company’s employees
OPTEX’s LiDAR sensor ensures enhanced safety for Belfast Call Centre facility and a Fortune 500 Company’s employees

Intelligent LiDAR sensor technology from OPTEX, a globally renowned sensor manufacturer, is helping to protect the Belfast Call Centre premises and employees of a Fortune 500 company. Redscan laser sensor The Redscan laser sensor, which was installed by ZEST Fire & Security, a fire and security systems specialist, was required by the company to increase security in private areas of the facility only accessible to authorised personnel. This area, however, is only separated from the rest of the office space by partition walls which leave a gap between the wall and ceiling. OPTEX LiDAR creates a ‘virtual’ detection area that cannot be seen by the naked eye and that can be easily adjusted to the site requirement using the configuration software. In this instance, the REDSCAN RLS-2020S creates a virtual wall between the top of the partition wall and the ceiling of the building, and monitors movement or objects being thrown from one side to the other. OPTEX LiDAR technology OPTEX LiDARs work by analysing the speed, size and distance of the objects detected OPTEX LiDARs work by analysing the speed, size and distance of the objects detected, meaning they track the objects within the detection area and understand the ratio size/distance of the object. This provides the ability to accurately detect a specific size of object either at a distance or close up. In the event of any movement being detected, a security alarm is raised, and alerts are immediately sent to the 24-hour on-site security team.  Masaya Kida, Managing Director of OPTEX EMEA, says “OPTEX’s LiDAR technology delivers the greatest accuracy of detection. We are constantly working to improve our technology to provide the highest quality sensing solutions.” REDSCAN RLS-2020 series  Masaya adds, “Thanks to the high sensitivity and high-speed detection of the Redscan LiDAR sensor, it is able to detect a thrown object as small as a USB stick. The exact point of detection can also be mapped and associated with the cameras monitoring this area.” Justin Doherty, Director at Zest Fire & Security, said, “OPTEX provided us with great support and service throughout. The client was very pleased with the speed and simplicity of the installation, and is very happy with the performance of this new solution.” REDSCAN RLS-2020 series provides 95° detection and either 20x20m or 30m radius detection range and PoE connectivity.

OPTEX to exhibit newly released outdoor sensors and visual verification solutions at Sicurezza 2019
OPTEX to exhibit newly released outdoor sensors and visual verification solutions at Sicurezza 2019

OPTEX will showcase a range of newly released outdoor sensors and visual verification solutions as well as preview its new high mount, outdoor PIRs – the QX Infinity (QXI) series for the EMEA region at Sicurezza as part of its Italian distributor’s stand, HESA. For the first time in Europe, the new high mount (2.2m-2.7m) outdoor sensor, the QXI series will be presented at Sicurezza. The family of outdoor PIRs and Dual-tech sensors provide a 120° wide and 12m detection area. The new Quad technology provides very reliable detection performance within a compact and sleek design. It also features OPTEX’s sensing analytics, the Super Multi-Dimensional Analysis (SMDA) reduces noise created by the environment. Launched earlier this year, the wide range of 180° outdoor intrusion sensors, the WX family that includes the WX Infinity (WXI) and the WX Shield (WXS) series will be showcased at the event. Intrusion alarm systems Italy is an important market for us which is why we launched our visual verification solution here first" Both provide low-mount, pet tolerant detection up to 12m, wired and wireless models and feature two independent 90° detection zones, meaning the detection area, the sensibility and masking can be set independently on the left and the right zones. The WXS additionally provides a flexible mount option (0.8-1.2 or 2m), and dual-technology models. HESA’s stand will also include live demonstrations for OPTEX’s App-based visual verification solutions and enhanced short range LiDAR series. The REDSCAN RLS-2020 series is now Grade 3 meaning it can be added to graded intrusion alarm systems, giving installers the opportunity to enhance the site security by adding virtual walls and ceilings. With the latest firmware version, the RLS-2020S model features an extended detection range to 30m radius and 95°. Visual verification solution Mark Cosgrave, Western Europe Divisional Manager at OPTEX EMEA is pleased to be returning to Sicurezza: “2017 proved to be a fantastic show and we are excited to have a dedicated area on HESA’s stand. Italy is a very important market for us which is why we launched our App-based visual verification solution here first and will preview the new QXI here as well. I am looking forward to hearing the feedback from the market at the show.”