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24.05.2019, 13:14

Optex Turns 40

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Global sensor manufacturer OPTEX Group is celebrating 40 years in business and reflecting on its pivotal role in the development of an industry that is shaping the future of facilities.


Toru Kamimura, OPTEX CEO.
Toru Kamimura, OPTEX CEO.
Founded in Kyoto, Japan, on 25th May 1979 by electronics engineer Toru Kobayashi and three colleagues, the Group continues to deliver its pioneering vision of a manufacturer of precision technology that is capable of detecting changes to the 'status' of people and things.


Shortly after its creation, the company achieves significant milestones when it developed the world’s first automatic door sensor using Far-Infrared technology in 1980 (a technology that continues to be adopted globally as standard to this day). And in 1983, OPTEX developed one of the first, wireless outdoor security sensors which represented a significant innovation at that time.


On the security side, the Group's sensing algorithms which have been created over many years of field-based development, remain its most valuable asset and continue to be central to the evolution of Far-Infrared, Near-Infrared and Laser sensor technologies.


In 2000 OPTEX introduced laser technology for security applications and brought the innovative LiDARs REDSCAN RLS-3060 to the market. IP-ready and featuring very precise detection using X&Y coordinates, the sensor opened new possibilities for many different security applications. Alongside this, it developed its PIR sensor range starting with the curtain FTN series which utilises Super Multidimensional Analysis (SMDA) logic sensing analytics to achive enhanced stability.


Kamimura, who continues to serve as CEO of OPTEX CO LTD in Japan, says:

"The company is proud of what it has achieved to date.


"OPTEX never stands still. We are taking our knowledge and ‘know how’ to new levels, using machine-learning and artificial intelligence software to enhance its detection algorithms and introduce greater automation, and create the sensor detection technology for the next generation of security professional.


"Together with our technology partners we are developing more customised solutions to solve specific security or safety problems."


Today, OPTEX Group employs 1,963 employees in 35 companies and reports a turnover in excess of US $360 million annually.


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