Optex has been providing products and services based on the concept of “safety, security, and comfort,” as we endeavor to resolve a wide range of issues in society and industry. We are continually striving to be the global leader in sensors for niche demand in specific fields, by providing unique and overwhelmingly distinctive solutions developed using our advanced technical capabilities that competitors cannot easily emulate, and drawing on the extensive expertise we have built from data accumulated around the world.
Prevent Terrorism and Crime With the Early Detection of Intruders
The need for security is expanding with the threat of terrorism and as crime becomes more malicious and diversified, and stronger security systems are now being required. Optex provides safety and security to people around the world with our security sensors for machine security systems that are used in a variety of scenes, from major social infrastructure to commercial facilities and general households worldwide.
Our focus in this field is on “prior deterrence” that prevents crime. Existing machine security systems have mostly been “after-the-crime notification” that detects an intruder once he has entered the building. However, as crimes are becoming even more heinous, we believe “prior deterrence” is important as a way of detecting intruders outside before they enter a building.
At Optex, we are proud of our world-class quality and line up of products in the security field, including indoor sensors and outdoor sensors that function stably even in harsh environments.
In the high-security market that includes national borders, military facilities, energy plants and airports, we can help to prevent crime by guarding the perimeters of these places using high-level machine security systems featuring Optex sensors that can immediately detect unauthorized entry and the stealing, looting and damage of physical property. We can also assist businesses in building an effective on-site surveillance system using sensors and camera tracking. Optex sensors are used in outdoor surveillance in the commercial market, which includes commercial facilities and factories.
Our sensors are also extremely effective in physical network security systems. They can be used to prevent information leakage by detecting unauthorized entry into data centers and public institutions (tailgating detection), and the extraction of data from LAN cables.
Automatic Door Business
Providing Comfort and Safety at the Entrance of Facilities and Buildings
Automatic door sensors are essential for enhancing the safety and comfort of automatic doors by detecting and aligning with the particular features of the installation area, and with the movements of pedestrians passing by. At Optex, we are looking at how an automatic door should function, and working on developing more intelligent exit and entry sensors.
Since we became the first company to commercialize far infrared automatic door sensors, Optex has been meeting the safety standards of each country, and developing products that can create the most comfortable entrance environments possible at sites around the world where they are used. Optex sensors are used in all kinds of automatic doors including slide, swing and revolving types. These sensors have a wide range of applications from general automatic doors in buildings, factories, transportation facilities, and other public and commercial facilities, to large automatic shutters in plants and doors required for sanitary purposes at hospitals and other such places. We don’t just develop products at Optex; we also offer a comprehensive range of services from consulting to select the right product for your site, to installation of the selected products and follow-up maintenance.
In addition to our existing automatic door sensors, we are also developing products to create a safe, secure, and comfortable entrance, and leading the global market for entrance sensors.
Water Quality Measurement Business
Simple Water Quality Monitoring and Easy Preventative Maintenance for Keeping Track of Water Environments
The demand for water is soaring around the world as the global population continues to grow, and with the economic development of emerging nations. There is also the serious problem of deteriorating water utilities and a shortage of engineering managers needed to ensure water quality. These circumstances have made the reuse of water and better water quality control urgent issues to address. Optex is tackling these issues as a supplier of water quality measuring instruments.
Optex developed the world’s first automatic measurement system to measure the transparency of water, and since then we have been providing equipment to support water quality inspection sites and assist with the measurement of water quality in natural environments, at water processing facilities, and in manufacturing processes. We have an extensive line up of measuring instruments to suit each application and stage of water processing, including for turbidity and transparency, as well as detectors for pH, residual chlorine, microparticles, and oil film. Optex products are used for the safety monitoring of water quality at municipalities and in a range of industries such as petrochemicals, automotive, semiconductor, food and pharmaceuticals.
We are also linking existing Optex water quality measuring instruments to separate systems for communications and monitoring, and working on developing a system for the overall maintenance and management of water safety.
This system will eliminate the need for patrol-style surveillance, and enable the early detection and early response to any irregularities in water quality using real-time monitoring. Optex is striving to make water quality monitoring more accessible to everyone, by launching a low-cost and low-maintenance water quality monitoring system in countries around the world.
Parking Lot Business
Making Operating a Parking Lot More Efficient, and Providing Better Services
Operating a parking lot often begins as a way of effectively using vacant land, and many of the contracts are renewed after two years. So there is a need for simple construction work for the easy installation and removal of parking lot equipment. Loop coil sensors that are buried in the ground are currently the main type of sensors used for managing the entry and exit of vehicles at unmanned parking areas. A loop coil sensor has electrical wires looped around it, and this type of sensor uses the signal changes from the metal parts in the vehicle to detect the presence of a vehicle, issue a parking area ticket, open and close the gate bar, and signal if the parking area is full or has spaces available. Loop coil sensors need to be installed underground, which requires the ground to be dug up. So it is quite a lot of construction work to pave the asphalt and do the necessary wiring work for installation. Moreover, if the sensors are incorrectly installed or the electrical wires snap due to pressure from the vehicles, the ground needs to be dug up again to repair the sensors; so loop coil sensors also require a lot of time and money for maintenance. Subsequently, in recent years there has been a growing movement to prohibit loop coil sensors being buried in underground parking lots of commercial facilities and other buildings.
Optex vehicle detection sensors do not need to be buried underground. Our sensors can be attached to a pole, which roughly halves the usual construction time and saves on the labor required for installation. Optex vehicle detection sensors can also reliably detect cars that use carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), which is expected to become more widespread from hereon. Optex sensors make it possible to operate a parking lot for all vehicle types. Optex vehicle detection sensors will likely change the face of coin-paid parking lots, parking meters (above ground parking lots) and parking lots in commercial facilities.
Eliminating the Anxiety of Being in Dimly Lit Areas, and Providing People With Peace of Mind
Lighting is an indispensable part of life in modern society. Corporations and municipalities are becoming more serious about practicing environmental management, and households are also becoming increasingly conscious about saving energy. These trends have created a demand for lighting that can save energy while also providing a sense of safety. At Optex, we have noticed these trends and developed smart lighting for use outdoors, based on the concept of coordinating sensors to achieve “the right level of lighting at the right time.”
Existing outdoor sensor lights switch on when the sensors detect an intruder; these lights are used for security purposes to intimidate any outsiders trying to enter. We have combined our specialty sensing technology with LED lighting that can adjust the light distribution and illuminance to develop Optex outdoor lighting, which provides not only security but also an appropriate level of lighting for various scenes. Optex outdoor lighting provides just enough light for when people and vehicles are detected, and then dims the lighting to the minimum amount required when no one is around.
Lighting should not only save energy by using LED and dimming functions, but it also has an important role in eliminating the anxiety of being in dimly lit areas, and providing people with peace of mind.
For instance, during a disaster, having no lighting at emergency evacuation shelters and along evacuation routes can make people feel even more anxious and scared. Optex solar lights can be used as stand-alone outdoor lighting that can provide light for a long period of time, even when there is no power source available.
At Optex, we are continuing to work on developing lighting that will provide people with safety and peace of mind.
Store Management Business
Providing Visitor Data That Is Essential to the Retail Industry
Data on the number of people entering and exiting large-scale retail stores and popular commercial facilities is important information for marketing purposes. This type of data is used to reduce lost sales opportunities, and measure the effect of strategies to attract more customers. The Optex people counting system has a role in retail solutions by outputting quantitative data on the number of people and their attributes, etc.
Our people counting system does highly precise image analysis on the complex movements of people, and accurately counts the number of people. This is why it is being used in many commercial facilities, event venues, public facilities, and such other places, and boasts an impressively large market share.
For example, by analyzing numerical data such as the total number of people entering a store, the average time they stay there, and the general flow of customers, which have so far been measured intuitively rather than quantitatively, we can help businesses to understand the general movements of people in their stores and optimize shelf displays, staff allocation, and advertising, and to assist them in creating a more customer-friendly shopping environment. Data on the number of people in a store can also be used in safety measures, such as mapping out evacuation routes and allocating security guards during a disaster.
We have also expanded the Optex people counting system used in shops to develop a new application for counting the number of passengers getting on and off a bus. This data is being developed into a system that will assist bus companies to operate more efficiently, such as by adjusting bus operation schedules according to passenger numbers.
At Optex, we are using information on the movements of people to develop new applications.
Optimizing Indoor Environments and Making Effective Use of Spaces
The introduction of systems in the building automation market in recent years has seen a progressive shift from a closed system that only works with equipment and systems from a specific maker to open systems as the global standard, in which products from various manufacturers can also be connected together when conforming to open protocol communications standards whereby the specifications are made public. This transition to an open system will make it possible to build systems that are highly versatile and expandable, and that will enable users to select good quality devices, sensors and other equipment from global manufacturers based on their function, performance, quality, and design.
Using an open system has also enabled the integrated control of all types of machines and equipment using software and the information sent from sensors attached to various objects and devices, and facilitated by the spread of the internet-based IoT.
Human detection sensors used for the automation of buildings can coordinate lighting and air conditioning systems, and make it possible to save energy, boost productivity, and create a more comfortable indoor environment by controlling the illuminance and temperature. Additionally, using these sensors will enable companies to check things such as the usage of meeting rooms, break areas, and free desks in offices, and also make optimal use of office spaces so as to eliminate any chronic shortage of space.
Actualizing an IoT Business That Will Resolve Various Management Issues
Places that provide services and companies aiming to improve productivity are experiencing an increase in workloads and procedures due to labor shortages, and many of these are labor-intensive businesses that rely on staff numbers and experience. Businesses have been making earnest efforts to introduce IoT as a way of resolving such issues in society. Specifically, data from sensors is being used with IoT to boost productivity, increase efficiency, and determine the stability of operations, etc.
By attaching sensors to various equipment and then connecting them together, businesses can automatically and remotely monitor operations, and ensure that everything is running smoothly. IoT and sensors can also be used to create completely new applications.
This kind of data from sensors has become an indispensable factor in industry, and the value of such data is continuing to grow. Optex has been working with companies that build and run various industry solutions, and using our sensor data to cocreate businesses and services that we cannot realize on our own.