Brian Sims

OPTEX launches FlipX Advanced sensors for high-security environments

FOLLOWING THE successful EMEA roll-out of its FlipX Standard indoor sensors back in September, OPTEX – the specialist sensor manufacturer – has now announced the launch of its Grade 3 FlipX Advanced series.

OPTEX FlipX sensors feature a bespoke pyroelectric sensor for increased performance that adapts to the human shape, in addition to a lens that can be ‘flipped’ to provide both wide and narrow detection in a single sensor.

By simply rotating the lens through 180°, the sensor can be used to protect narrow or long areas such as a corridor or warehouse aisles up to 24 metres, or a wide, open area like a lobby or a high-value retail store to 15 metres at 85°.

In addition, to provide a higher level of security, the Advanced models feature intelligent IR Anti-masking, which protects both the PIR and microwave sensors, generating an alert if they’re covered. It’s also equipped with additional algorithms to ensure stable detection and reduce ‘false’ alarms.

Double conductive shielding means nuisance alarms caused by changes of light, temperature or radio frequency interference can be avoided. FlipX Advanced sensors also feature a ‘super high PIR sensitivity’ mode, which when set, enables the sensors to maintain “stable and highly reliable” detection even when the temperature difference between the human and the environment is very small. This ensures greater catch performance for high-security, high-risk sites where missed alarms are not going to be acceptable.

Two sensors in one

Masaya Kida, managing director for OPTEX EMEA, firmly believes the cutting-edge technology behind FlipX Advanced renders these sensors ideal for high-security indoor environments.

“The ‘flipped’ lens is a time-saving and cost-effective solution,” stated Kida, “that provides installers with two sensors in one to deliver both wide and narrow detection within any high-security environments, including banks, high-value retail, logistics and also high-end residential applications.”

Kida continued: “As Grade 3 sensors, FlipX Advanced can be seamlessly integrated with intruder alarm and control systems. Our advanced pyro sensor, designed following significant research and investment into customer needs, ensures highly accurate and reliable indoor detection performance to ensure any attempt at intrusion, unauthorised access or theft can be identified quickly and accurately to protect people, property and valuable assets.”

Compact design

The sensors feature a sleek and compact design, with flexible mounting height options (between 2 metres and 3 metres) meaning they seamlessly blend into building aesthetics, as well as today’s buildings with higher ceilings.

For quick and simple installation, FlipX Advanced has an easily viewable LED, a terminal block for easy wiring and an EOL plug-in resistor socket.

FlipX Advanced is available as a PIR model – FLX-A-AM – and, for more challenging indoor environments, as a dual-technology (PIR and microwave) model – FLX-A-DAM.

The latter is equipped with OPTEX’s robust Tough MOD 2 microwave module, ensuring the durability of the sensor in challenging environments, particularly humid climates. Higher levels of capture performance are also assured by tailoring the microwave to the PIR detection area.

Following the launch, OPTEX plans to release further models in the FlipX series in the early part of 2023.

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Company Info

Optex (Europe) Ltd

Unit 13 Cordwallis Park
Clivemont Road

01628 631000

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