Our intrusion detection sensors can be integrated as part of a VMS (Video Management Solution) or PSIM (Physical Security Information Management) to create a unified security solution where operators can easily make sense of all the data coming into the system to make better decisions and respond to incidents faster.

Whether it is critical infrastructure, commercial premises, retail or any large facilities, integrated security systems are essential to provide a comprehensive solution. The integration provides a unique interface that displays all the security devices in one platform and enables them to communicate with each other. This sharing of useful information between intrusion detection sensors, CCTV cameras, access control panels, audio systems and other devices, allows automated security workflows to be triggered and provides operators with a full situational awareness. The result is a complete, more effective and more efficient security system.

Optex vms integration control room

Intelligent alarm monitoring

Intrusion detection sensors are the trigger of an event-based security system as they enable effective and precise detection of intruders and objects to secure perimeter, approach, sites, roofs, facade, building and assets. To the wider security system, this means it is built on reliability, minimising nuisance alarms and providing real-time insights for fast visual verification and an appropriate response.

In addition, our sensors can provide the system with advanced data insights and analytics such as the zone where the event was triggered or even the target size, speed and distance from the sensor (information available with REDSCAN LiDARs). This level of information can benefit the overall security system in locating and tracking the intruder and resolving incidents faster. The level of information that the device passes to the system will depend on the type of integration and VMS software.

Seamless IP integration with VMS and PSIM

Our full range of sensors, based on passive and active infrared, microwave, laser and fibre optic technologies, can be integrated with all leading suppliers of open platform VMS . Within our portfolio, some sensors are IP devices, such as the LiDAR series REDSCAN Pro and RLS-2020; and for others such as the infrared beams, fibre optic and short-range sensors we provide IP conversion.

The IP integration of the sensors has clear benefits to the system, the main being the digital data that the device can provide. For instance, environmental disqualification, anti-rotate, and even the X,Y coordinates of the intruder. IP-enabled devices also provide a simplified infrastructure, grouping connections in a more logical way and allowing to access the device remotely.

All the sensors can be easily integrated on new platforms or on legacy systems.

Optex VMS integration schematic

There are several ways in which our sensors can integrate with a VMS or PSIM:

REC Code: all our sensors speak the same language

All our sensors use a bespoke REC code which means all the OPTEX sensors communicate in the same universal protocol, hence providing a simplified way to integrate all our solutions into any VMS or PSIM system, such as Bosch, Cathexis, Dahua, Genetec, Hikvision, Milestone, Mirasys and other major providers.

The REC code delivers all of the alarm and trouble outputs such as which device triggered the alarm, which detection zone has triggered, which trouble event has occurred and any tamper information. The amount of information will depend on the device functionalities and in the case of LiDARs can go up to mapping the real-time location of the intruder (find out more on point-detection technologies).

Edge computing is utilised by our LiDAR sensors which means the information can be provided straight into the VMS software with no requirement of additional servers or platforms, hence delivering an even faster and more secure transfer of data into the VMS software.

ONVIF Profile S protocol for REDSCAN Pro

Our most recent launch REDSCAN Pro LiDAR is ONVIF Profile S protocol compliant and allows to send digital alarm outputs via the ONVIF protocol to any ONVIF compliant networked video system or IP network devices. The video stream of the assistance camera could also be provided to the VMS platform via the ONVIF RTSP protocol.

There are six ONVIF digital inputs available to us, and any of the REDSCAN-Pro alarm events can be configured to each of these inputs – alarm zones, trouble events, tamper, device monitoring – in any combination. Please note that some VMS platforms may not support as many as six ONVIF inputs on their side.


Also available on REDSCAN Pro is the HTTP/HTTPS connectivity, an easy and universal request-response protocol which allows users to integrate with the VMS without the need of proprietary software. HTTPS provides secure connectivity to the device.