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OPTEX introduces new EchoPoint

by Geny Caloisi

Fiber Sensys, part of the OPTEX group, has launched EchoPoint Distributed Acoustic Sensors (DAS) for advanced intrusion detection across the highest security sites.

The new EchoPoint series of fibre optical sensors provide point detection of +/- 6m in a range of up to 100km using intelligent detection algorithms. With their highly accurate detection, the sensors are ideal for perimeters and high-security sites, like airports, logistics centres, railways, and critical infrastructure. It also to protects data conduits and pipelines, where pinpointing the exact point of intrusion is crucial.

Through highly advanced pattern recognition algorithms, the sensors can distinguish between true intrusion attempts and nuisance alarms caused by wildlife and environmental conditions. The system is also immune to electromagnetic interference (EMI), radio frequency interference (RFI) and lightning, providing a reliable and safe solution.

The EchoPoint series is versatile enough to be used in various applications, whether installed on fences, buried, or hybridised. When mounted on a fence, the sensors can identify someone cutting the fence or attempting to climb it. When buried, the system can differentiate between footsteps, manual and machine digging and vehicle movements.

The EchoPoint series features intelligent software zoning. This means different detection zones can be configured, with the ability to independently adjust the sensitivity and output within each zone, helping to provide maximum capture rates and minimise nuisance alarms.

Masaya Kida, Managing Director of OPTEX EMEA, says the new EchoPoint series has been developed to provide extremely advanced intrusion detection: “By utilising the latest fibre optic sensing technology and highly intelligent classification algorithms, the new EchoPoint™ series is ideally suited to protect large sites where pinpoint intrusion location, and detection is required to protect people, assets and infrastructure, and maintain business operations.”

When installed in a loop configuration, the sensors provide cut tolerance, so the system will continue to operate even if a sensor is cut or disconnected. It can also feature dual redundancy so that in the unlikely event of a processor failure, the second processor will automatically take over to ensure the wider security system is maintained and remains operational. With an average lifespan of 20 years, EchoPoint™ DAS provide a cost-effective and future-proof sensing solution.

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