Optex to launch two new vehicle sensors at Intertraffic Amsterdam


One of the leading manufacturers of detection systems, Optex, is to launch a new series of highly reliable and easy to install vehicle sensors for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region at the Intertraffic Amsterdam trade show, which is being held on March 20-23 in the Netherlands.

Optex’s ViiK vehicle sensor series comprises two models: the OVS-01GT, designed for gate, barrier or industrial door activation; and the OVS-01CC, a moving vehicle counter. Both sensors are centered around frequency-modulated-continuous-wave (FMCW) technology.

The above ground ViiK vehicle detectors are an ideal solution for sites where ground loops cannot be installed, such as where the road surface is damaged, unsealed or paved with cobblestones, or above drains or pipes.

The ViiK OVS-01GT model, which combines microwave with ultrasonic technology to sense both a vehicle’s movement and presence, is especially suited to sites where induction loops may have previously been considered, but the customer does not want disruptive ground works.

The OVS-01GT detects the presence of small or large, stationary or moving vehicles within 18ft (5.5m) while ignoring human traffic. The unit is easy to install, as no civil works are required because the device is mounted about 20in (50cm) from the ground.

The OVS-01GT connects to an automatic gate, barrier or industrial door operator, and includes menu programming, five sensitivity settings and five human cancelling selections, all with one-button calibration. It suits both simple gate activation applications, as well as being part of state-of-the-art parking systems.

The OVS-01CC can detect and count small or large moving vehicles up to 37mph (60km/h) in single lane applications. The vehicle counter can similarly be mounted quickly and easily on a pole or wall at 90°. Its detection area of up to 26ft (8m) can be customized with eight range settings, five sensitivity settings, and one-touch calibration. The unit is suitable for counting cars in open retail parks, or monitoring traffic in high streets.

“Having successfully launched this new range of vehicle detectors and counters in Japan and in North America, we are delighted to introduce the ViiK range to the EMEA market at Intertraffic,” said Jacques Vaarre, managing director for Optex EMEA.

“They give users a viable choice over ‘traditional’ ground loop sensors, as both models are highly reliable and very easy to install. Using these detectors, you are losing none of the performance, but gaining all of the benefits from not having to dig up the roads or disrupt traffic.”

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