OPTEX’s range of 180° outdoor intrusion sensors now available in EMEA region

Sensor manufacturer OPTEX has launched a new series of outdoor PIRs for the EMEA and South/North American markets that offer 180° detection coverage and a 12-metre radius to detect any attempted intrusion around a residential or commercial building.

The WX Infinity Series comprises two wired and two wireless models available either as a standard or anti-masking version. The new models are built upon OPTEX’s extensive track record in providing “outstanding” sensing performance for outdoor intruder detection applications, while the wide (180°) detection area coverage brings a new feature that’s ideal for protecting larger residential grounds.

“Outdoor warning technology can help prevent crimes by detecting and reporting intruders before they attempt to break into a building,” stated Hiraku Shibuya, section chief within the Sales and Marketing Department of the Security Division at OPTEX’s global hq. “Early intrusion detection is what OPTEX has been focusing on for the last 40 years by delivering an extensive line-up of outdoor intruder detection sensors that provide reliable security.”

The WX Infinity sensors can provide two independent 90° 12-metre detection areas: one for the left side and one for the right. The detection distance ranges from 2.5 metres to 12 metres, while the sensitivity and alarm output can be set up independently for these left and right areas. For instance, the left output can trigger for a simple awareness alarm, while the right side output prompts the CCTV camera system to set an event index.

A patent pending area masking shutter allows a sliding mechanism to quickly mask an area and makes the detection area narrower to avoid obstructions such as swaying vegetation. The set-up procedure has been made easier by including an automatic walk test mode to ensure a quicker and more accurate installation for end users.

The WX Infinity motion sensors benefit from OPTEX’s sensing analytics that filter out noises common in outdoor environments, and also distinguishes between humans and small-to-medium sized animals thanks to its Super Multidimensional Analysis logic. The sensors also include temperature compensation and double conductive shielding to ensure best performance in sunny and hot outdoor environments. The selectable pulse count also has the option to enhance the sensor sensitivity when needed.

All WX Infinity models from OPTEX feature a tamper-proof back panel to detect if anyone is attempting to move the sensor from the wall, while the anti-masking models (WXI-AM/WXI-RAM) will alert when anyone tries to cover the lens to block its view.

“We’re pleased to bring our first 180° outdoor PIR Series to the market that complements our existing 90° and curtain sensor range,” added Shibuya. “We’re now in a position to roll out the complete WX Infinity Series across the whole EMEA region, as well as in North and South America.”

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