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Security sensor manufacturer OPTEX celebrates 40th Anniversary in 2019

Sensor manufacturer OPTEX is celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2019 and, as a result, the company has taken a look back at the changes in the industry and its impact on them.

Founded on 25 May 1979, the idea and principles of the company were first agreed in a coffee house in Kyoto, Japan between Toru Kobayashi (an electronics engineer) and three of his colleagues. They had a vision for a new business. A business that had sensing technology at its very heart. Precision technology, in fact, that could detect the ‘status’ and ‘changes’ of both people and things.


Soon after its creation, OPTEX recorded a number of significant milestones. In 1980, the business developed the world’s first automatic door sensor using Far-Infrared technology (a technology now adopted as standard). Then, in 1983, OPTEX developed one of the first wireless outdoor security sensors. This was a significant innovation at the time.

On the security side of the business specifically, OPTEX’s sensing algorithm know-how, built up through many years of field-based technological development, is arguably the company’s most valuable asset and absolutely central to the evolution of its Far-Infrared, Near-Infrared and laser sensor technologies.


Toru Kobayashi

In 2000, OPTEX developed laser technology designed for security applications and brought the innovative LiDARs REDSCAN RLS-3060 to market. IP-ready and featuring very precise detection using X&Y co-ordinates, the sensor opened up new possibilities for many different security applications.

Alongside this, OPTEX developed its PIR range starting with the curtain FTN Series, the Super Multidimensional Analysis (SMDA) logic – sensing analytics to make the sensor very stable.

Toru Kamimura, CEO of OPTEX in Japan, stated: “The company is proud of what it has achieved to date.” The OPTEX Group now plays host to 1,963 employees across 35 companies. delivering products and services the world over. Annual turnover is approximately $366 million.


Toru Kamimura

“OPTEX never stands still,” continued Kamimura. “We’re taking our knowledge and ‘know-how’ to new levels, using machine learning and Artificial Intelligence software to enhance detection algorithms and introduce greater automation, while at the same time creating the sensor detection technology for the next generation of security professionals. Together with our technology partners, we’re developing more customised solutions to solve specific security or safety-related issues.”

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