Specialist security 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.