An innovative and highly accurate people counting technology from OPTEX, a global provider of sensing and detection, is at the heart of a series of new solutions to support social distancing in business and commercial environments as the COVID-19-enforced lockdown is being gradually lifted throughout the Europe, Middle and Africa region. Thanks to embedding the latest Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT) protocol into OPTEX’s proven Akribos VC-1020 people counting system, three new solutions from IA Connects, Vaelsys and Xenometric have now been developed. The protocol enables data to be communicated in real time and for the people count to be instantaneously updated – a crucial factor in the live monitoring of people flow. People counting sensor To help employers comply with the governmental rules and create a safe environment for employees to return to, IA Connects offers a Social Distancing Room Management technology. It works by monitoring the number of people and occupancy level of common areas such as waiting rooms, meeting rooms, office lobbies, restrooms etc and displaying the appropriate instruction. It might, for example, state ‘do not enter’, ‘cleaning required,’ or ‘free to go,’ or any other such status that the customer defines. The solution comprises the OPTEX VC-1020 people counting sensor, WiFi Gateways including IA Connects’ MobiusFlow software, and display units mounted by the doors. The solution can communicate with any Building Management System (BMS) and capable of accurately monitoring occupancy levels during and after lockdown. Analytics and performance tool Vaelsys has developed EasyCount and updated their existing Datacentre people counting solution To manage the flow of people inside retail outlets as they steadily re-open, Vaelsys has developed EasyCount and updated their existing Datacentre people counting solution to provide more functionalities regarding the social distancing. EasyCount enables smaller retail outlets to display (with a clear ‘go’/ ‘wait’ dashboard) the number of people allowed into their store at any one time and the average waiting time. Datacentre is a scalable solution for larger and multi-site retailers that serves both as a people counter but also a more sophisticated analytics and performance tool. It has now integrated the MQTT protocol of their Akribos to provide real-time information and occupancy dashboards. Retail analysis purposes The third of the new solutions comes from Xenometric which has further developed its range of people counting and occupancy-level software packages to integrate the MQTT protocol and provide dashboards suited for enforcing the social distancing. The entry-level solution, Xenoview, is suited to independent retailers or smaller buildings. It collects the real time count data from up to four Akribos, displays the occupancy levels on an integrated dashboard, and issue instructions to ‘go’ or ‘wait’. The count data is stored locally and can also be used for retail analysis purposes. For larger or multisite applications, Xenometric has developed the X-Server. Similar to Xenoview in terms of its functionality, it differs in that it is fully scalable and includes an SQL database and full reporting functionalities. It can be hosted on the customer’s server or on the Cloud. Access and control queue Many businesses and retailers are using their security staff to manage access and control queue volumes" Masaya Kida, Managing Director at OPTEX Europe (EMEA Headquarters) says the new solutions provide installers with an opportunity beyond security: “Many businesses and retailers are using their security staff to manage access and control queue volumes and as such, installers have an opportunity to become the principal point of contact for bringing new solutions regarding occupancy level and social distancing." "Most of the solutions presented are not only solving the issue created by the pandemic, but also solve the ongoing challenge of efficiently and accurately monitoring occupancy levels within a busy working or retail environment.” Real-time analytics The OPTEX Akribos VC-1020 is a real-time and multi-directional indoor people counter that can provide more than 98% accuracy. It ignores trollies and baskets and manages groups of individuals by tracking the direction or every individual, even if they are loitering. It now features MQTT, a lightweight messaging open protocol, which manages telemetry information, and is used in Man-to-Machine M2M and IoT devices for real-time analytics, preventive maintenance monitoring etc. The MQTT protocol allows the people count to be immediately transmitted to the integrated occupancy software platform and gives an exact picture on how many people are in the shop, room or a specific area.
OPTEX, a global provider of sensors, is launching the QX Infinity (QXI) series, a new range of general application outdoor intrusion sensors for the EMEA region. The QXI series is a family of compact, outdoor sensors that provides a 12m detection area up to 120° in width. A particular benefit of the new range is that the sensors are specifically designed to be mounted at heights of up to 2.7m, making them less obvious to intruders and out of reach from vandals. One model in the range, the QXI-DT, also has anti-blocking features (based on microwave technology) to detect intruders attempting to deliberately mask the detector. The new Quad technology features a pyro element that has been redefined by OPTEX and supports a greater performance with a double layered detection in a compact design. High-mount sensor The QXI series features improved Super Multi-Dimensional Analysis (SMDA) logic and Double Conductive Shielding for even more reliable sensing capabilities and greater tolerance against light and RFI. It allows for greater immunity against pets and can also be installed as a low mount PIR detector to create a ‘pet alley’ and further reduce the likelihood of nuisance alarms. The QXI is an all-round high-mount sensor that complements OPTEX’s existing short range outdoor PIR range such as the VXI and WXI. The sensors will trigger both intruder alarms and CCTV. Less visible to intruders The compact design not only makes the device less visible to intruders but is also less intrusive to its surroundings Masaya Kida, Managing Director of OPTEX EMEA, says the reliability of all of OPTEX’ sensors is a major strength: “By analysing detection patterns and environmental information, SMDA improves immunity against various noise factors such as climate changes and vegetation sways and can distinguish between the cause of nuisance false alarms and genuine intrusions.” The QXI features a sleek design with an easy to open/close front cover. The compact design not only makes the device less visible to intruders but is also less intrusive to its surroundings. Other features include an Automatic Walk Test Mode which automatically starts when the cover is closed and returns to normal mode after three minutes. Shared through common battery The QXI series includes four models: two that are hardwired (QXI-ST and Dual-Tech QXI-DT) and two wireless (QXI-R and QXI-RDT). Power to the QXI-R /RDT can be shared through a common battery (CR123A) to the transmitter in the base of the device which can easily be swapped out/replaced when the need arises.
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.
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, the sensor manufacturer, has now launched in the UK and other English-speaking countries the VXI-CMOD – a new 180° day/night Wi-Fi camera module that can be easily integrated with its outdoor VX Infinity (VXI) sensor to create an app-based visual verification solution. The VXI series provides highly reliable outdoor detection with a range of up 12m and a 90° field of view. It is used for both residential and commercial applications, detecting intrusions in courtyards, gardens, driveways and secured car parks. The VXI-CMOD, Wi-Fi connected camera module can be retro-fitted onto any existing wired VXI models (VXI-ST, AM, DAM), fitting snugly on top, creating a single unit visual verification system that can be added to an existing alarm panel or be used as a standalone solution. Built-in infrared LEDs for enhanced night vision When the sensor detects an intruder, the integrated camera module is activated: it records the event and sends a notification to the owners’ paired mobile phone(s) (iOS or Android). The notification is made through an app called OPTEX Vision and the event can be accessed by up to three users simultaneously. By opening the app, the recipients can access the VXI-CMOD’s live view, and the stored two-second pre-alarm and 28-second post-alarm recording of the event for verification. The camera module’s live view can be accessed anytime through the OPTEX Vision app. VXI-CMOD features a 180° panoramic view at 1080P HD, with infrared LEDs for enhanced visionThe VXI-CMOD features a 180° panoramic view at 1080P HD, with built-in infrared LEDs for enhanced vision at night. VXI-CMOD is also equipped with a microphone. Via the app, the owners can access the camera’s live view and audio at any time. As the solution is led by the sensor which is truly pet-tolerant and features sensing analytics to perform in any weather condition, it will only send a notification when a person or vehicle has been detected. Solving the problem of false alarms Masaya Kida, Managing Director of OPTEX EMEA says the new camera module adds visual verification to the VXI series technology: “This solution helps to solve two problems – one is to see what or who has triggered the alarm so immediate action can be taken; the second is to be notified only when needed and not receive nuisance alarm every time the cat or dog is out. “As well as being used for security reasons, the application can be used for everyday convenience, such as being notified when a delivery has arrived, or members of family have returned home. We believe this solution will help to address the skepticism over the reliability of outdoor PIR sensors in the UK.”
Sensor manufacturer, OPTEX Europe, returns to IFSEC during its 40th anniversary in 2019 to showcase two new solutions with visual verification at their heart: the enhanced version of its LiDAR range; and innovative RADAR technology Firstly, OPTEX provides a way to upgrade its best-selling 12m outdoor intrusion sensors to an app-based visual verification solution by introducing a Wi-Fi 180° day/night camera. The VXI-CMOD will send home and business owners immediate notification of an intrusion when it occurs, and a dedicated app provides access to the live view with sound, as well as the access to recorded pre and post event footage. Secondly, the intelligent visual verification solution for monitored alarm systems will be launched at IFSEC for the UK market. It consists of an innovative hardware, the OPTEX Bridge and a performant software package powered by CHeKT that takes separate intruder and ONVIF compliant CCTV technologies installed on the same site, but acting independently, and ‘bridges’ them to create one, seamless, integrated monitored solution. Intruder alarms can now effectively be visually verified. Display of compact surveillance radars Both REDSCAN series feature extended detection range, up to respectively 30m and 100mThe company will also be showcasing the enhanced short- and long-range LiDAR sensors. Both REDSCAN series now feature extended detection range, up to respectively 30m and 100m. The REDSCAN RLS-2020 is also now Grade 3 compliant opening up new opportunities for indoor applications. To detect and track people, vehicles, and drones in wide open areas, OPTEX will display compact surveillance radars manufactured by its business partner Spotter RF. “OPTEX is excited to be returning to IFSEC in the year of our 40th anniversary,” says Masaya Kida, Managing Director of OPTEX EMEA. “While we are proud of our heritage, we know that we can never stand still, and so we continue to design and innovate new products and solutions for an ever-changing world. Our management, sales, technical, marketing teams will be all present at the show to demonstrate the new sensors and visual verification solution as well as discuss any new opportunities.”
OPTEX Europe Limited and Fiber SenSys Inc are joining forces in the Middle East to operate under a single entity to further strengthen their combined presence in the region and offer an even broader range of product solutions, with local representation in Saudi Arabia and in UAE. Both part of the OPTEX Group, a sensor manufacturer for 40 years, OPTEX Europe Limited and Fiber Sensys Inc have extensive expertise in deploying perimeter protection and intrusion detection systems in the Middle East. Intrusion detection system By joining forces both companies will be able to provide their customers in the region with a stronger local presence and an enhanced product portfolio. From 1st April, the Fiber SenSys Dubai branch will be fully operational to manage customers’ needs in the region; product and staff support will remain the same. Optex and Fiber Sensys’ product offering complements each other to provide a multi-layered intrusion detection system “Optex and Fiber Sensys’ product offering complements each other to provide a multi-layered intrusion detection system,” says Masaya Kida, Managing Director for Optex Europe. “In Europe and Africa, our sales and technical teams operate as one and it was a logical step to create the same synergy in the Middle East.” Reliable level of security “Most security projects in the region require a combination of detection technologies to achieve the most secure and reliable level of security,” adds Gaurav Mahajan, Divisional Manager for OPTEX in the Middle East. “It is great news that we can now provide our customers with fibre optic fence intrusion detection, surveillance RADAR, long-range LiDARs, PIRs and beam towers.” The combined team will be exhibiting at Intersec Saudi Arabia at the Jeddah Center between 14th and 16th April on stand A25.
OPTEX, renowned global sensor manufacturer, will demonstrate the recently enhanced long-range RLS-3060 LiDAR series live on its stand, as well as showcase its new 180-degree outdoor sensor ideal for boundary protection. OPTEX LiDAR and REDSCAN series sensors “OPTEX’s LiDARs have been successfully deployed in the Middle East region for years, for a number of applications ranging from perimeter security to roof and asset protection. At this year’s Intersec we are looking forward to showing the new functionalities of our long-range REDSCAN series which will make it more flexible and compelling for perimeter security,” says Gaurav Mahajan, Divisional Manager for OPTEX in Middle East. The advanced RLS-3060-SH model has been designed for harsher environments and extends the detection area to 50m radius in horizontal mode The long-range RLS-3060L has a detection range of up to 30 metres, and now features four detection areas that can be independently adjusted via an analogue connection, and up to eight areas that can be adjusted via an IP connection. The inclusion of area allocation and masking functions enable these detection zones to be precisely defined. The advanced RLS-3060-SH model has been designed for harsher environments and extends the detection area to 50m radius in horizontal mode. When in vertical detection mode, it can detect a standing or squatting person over 100m away. WXI 180-degree outdoor PIR sensors The event is also the opportunity for OPTEX to showcase its new 180-degree outdoor sensor, ideal to protect the boundary of residential and commercial premises. The new WXI 12m 180-degree outdoor PIR has left and right alarm outputs that trigger alarm signals from both sides individually, making it ideal for PTZ activation, direction, recognition and changing detection pattern by day and night. The WX Infinity series features advanced Super Multidimensional Analysis (SMDA) logic to differentiate between human beings and animals, advanced temperature compensation, an area masking shutter, and a single or dual pulse count. The new series is available as both hard wired and battery-operated models. With the launch of our new 180-degree PIR, we are complementing our boundary protection range" “With the launch of our new 180-degree PIR, we are complementing our boundary protection range,” says Masaya Kida, Managing Director of OPTEX EMEA. “We are now able to offer single sided and double-sided curtain PIRs, 90-degree volumetric and 180-degree volumetric sensors, covering all areas around the building.” Fibre optic perimeter fence detection system Also, on the stand, OPTEX’s sister company Fiber Sensys will be showcasing its compact radar range which offers object tracking and object categorising that differentiates between vehicles, people and drones. It complements its fibre optic perimeter fence detection system by offering protection for wide open areas. Masaya says the company is looking forward to exhibiting again at Intersec and having the opportunity to present its range of perimeter protection sensors: “A delegation from OPTEX EMEA will be attending the show including technical engineers, marketing specialists, Middle East and Africa sales managers, and our Strategic Alliance Manager. This gives visitors to Intersec a great opportunity to connect with the OPTEX team and discuss their projects.”
The S-model features an enhanced microprocessor that provides more powerful sensing capabilities Sensor manufacturer OPTEX announces the global roll out of its outdoor and high-resolution indoor laser sensor RLS-2020S, complementing its next-generation REDSCAN mini sensor that features a 20x20m detection range. The new sensor will be launched in North and South America in December and in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Dubai’s INTERSEC (22nd – 24th January 2017) is the chosen exhibition for the product’s launch. REDSCAN RLS-2020S features The S-model features an enhanced microprocessor that provides more powerful sensing capabilities. In indoor environments, it can be set up to identify fast travelling objects or very small objects. This information can be relayed to a Video Management Software (VMS) to provide a quicker, more accurate response. The sensor is PoE compliant, and can send alarms via traditional relay outputs or by using its IP based Redwall event code that is integrated with all major VMS platforms. The more powerful processor also enables the RLS-2020S to be deployed in outdoor environments, and has a number of environmental resistance features to further minimise false alarms in all kind of weather conditions. Indoors, the sensor is able to use the high-resolution mode to detect objects as small as 2.5cm in diameter. It also has a ‘throw-mode’ to detect fast-moving objects being thrown in the air, or an individual running at 16.2kph in a straight vertical detection or at 45kph using a 30-degree angled detection with a 25-millisecond response time. Specific environment configuration In terms of installation and set-up, installers can now set four independent zones of detection within each sensor’s range (as opposed to its predecessor’s one-zone detection). For both the RLS-2020I, the indoor only model, and the RLS-2020S, OPTEX’s REDSCAN MANAGER software gives users the ability to configure their sensors so that specific environments are taken into consideration; precisely selecting detection areas that can be set for different times of the day, and with the option to set a specific size or speed of object to be detected. “With flexible installation and IP connectivity, the new range continues to define OPTEX as an innovative leader within the security industry ” Masaya Kida, Senior Manager Product and Business Planning Department, OPTEX, says the REDSCAN RLS-2020S model increases the potential for possible installation projects: “The detection of smaller and faster-moving objects means high-security environments such as airports, government buildings and data centres can achieve better sensing results,” he says. “With flexible installation and IP connectivity, the new range continues to define OPTEX as an innovative leader within the security industry.” Global certification programme Alongside the global roll-out, OPTEX is also launching its global certification programme, and will invite specifiers, distributors, system integrators and installers to take specific technical and sales training: “By having authorised and certified suppliers of our equipment, we can ensure the RLS-2020S is always correctly specified and installed for bespoke projects to deliver its full sensing capability,” Masaya concludes.
RLS-2020I laser provides customisable ‘virtual’ wall with detection area up to 20m x 20m to identify people or objects OPTEX, a leading global sensor manufacturer, is expanding its series of award-winning REDSCAN laser sensors with the launch of a new short range, indoor model that features the same proven benefits of its ‘larger’ companions but is lighter, more compact and has a range of additional control and power features similar to those enjoyed by IP dome cameras. OPTEX RLS-2020I indoor sensor The RLS-2020I is an indoor sensor using a new generation of laser that provides a customisable ‘virtual’ wall or pane with a detection area up to 20m (65ft) x 20m (65ft) to identify the presence of people or objects. It protects areas from security breaches such as intrusion, theft or unauthorised access as well as improving the reliability of video based motion detection and surveillance. By measuring the time it takes for the emitted laser beam to hit an object and reflect the signal back to the sensor the RLS-2020I can analyse the size, location and speed of the encountered object. The system can be set up to trigger only when a certain size of object is detected or when a distance threshold has been reached. Based on Class 1 laser technology The scanned technology used in the sensor is based on Class 1 laser technology used for industrial, safety and security applications and presents no hazard to health. It is not affected by any lighting conditions and will detect in complete darkness. The accuracy and precision of the detection makes it a perfect trigger to event-driven video surveillance systems, by driving cameras to pre-determined positions and ‘pointing’ to where the intrusion or presence occurs. A particular feature of the new scanner is its energy efficiency; it is Power over Ethernet (PoE) enabled, consuming only six watts of power. It is also very easy to set up, programme and control. An easy web browser feature facilitates fast set up, while a more in-depth configuration can be achieved by using dedicated REDSCAN Manager software. It also features three programmable series analogue dry contact outputs, giving flexibility in programming specific commands including tamper, environment or alarm. The short-range laser can be integrated with Video Management Software (VMS), Network Video Recorder and Physical Security Information Management (PSIM) platforms. Designed for indoor environment The compact and discreet design of the new OPTEX laser sensor together with its wall and ceiling mounting options enable it to blend very well into an indoor environment. It can also be custom-painted to become even less obtrusive, an option that is important in nearly every private house, hotel, retail store, art gallery or modern office building. It features a splash proof housing which makes it suitable for more humid environment such as glasshouses or indoor swimming pools. Masaya Kida, Senior Manager Product and Business Planning Department, OPTEX says that the new scanner brings a new level of detection to installers and end-users alike: “We have used our experience of similar technologies and the feedback from customers to design a new sensor that has many of the design features and mounting functionalities of an IP Dome camera, so that it is easy to install and similarly easy to integrate within any video security solution.” OPTEX at ISC West and IFSEC 2016 The RLS-2020I will be showcased at ISC West April 6th to 8th booth 22015 and IFSEC 2016 June 21st to 23rd.