OPTEX adds app-based visual verification to outdoor VX Infinity Series

Sensor manufacturer OPTEX has now launched 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 – in the UK and other English-speaking countries.

The VXI Series provides highly reliable outdoor detection with a range of up 12 metres and a 90° field of view. It’s used for both commercial and residential applications, detecting intrusions in courtyards, gardens, driveways and secured car parks. The VXI-CMOD Wi-Fi connected camera module can be retrofitted on to 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 used as a standalone solution.

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 are able to 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 at any time through the OPTEX Vision app.

The 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 an individual or vehicle has been detected.

Masaya Kida, managing director of OPTEX EMEA, believes the new camera module adds visual verification to the VXI Series technology. Kida stated: “This solution helps to solve two problems. One is to see what or whom has triggered the alarm so immediate action can be taken. The second is to be notified only when needed and not receive nuisance alarms.”

Kida added: “As well as being used for security reasons, the application can be employed for everyday convenience, such as being notified when a delivery has arrived. We believe this solution will help to address the scepticism over the reliability of outdoor PIR sensors in the UK.”

*Subject to Wi-Fi and Internet connection speed

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