OPTIS was founded in 1989 by Jacques Delacour, graduate of the Paris School of Optics ‘ESO’. Today he is still at the head of the company which has grown to employ nearly 65 people, with offices in North America, Germany, China and Japan. The company’s headquarters are in Toulon, South of France…
OPTIS started off developing software for optical simulation, and quickly Jacques Delacour realised that there was a gap between scientific, research-based programs and the needs of industry. While other types of software were developing rapidly to meet the requirements of large manufacturing companies, optical software remained difficult to use, highly specialized and ill equipped to help industry.
So OPTIS set about to change that and in 1989 it brought out the first photometric software. This development, unique in the world led to OPTIS focusing more and more on the light simulation needs of industries such as automotive, electronic display, defense, lighting, and electronic appliances. With all the big manufacturers using CAD software to develop their products, OPTIS felt it essential to integrate light and optical simulation capabilities directly into these CAD tools, to give the user a 2-in-1 mechanical and lighting solution, with the user-friendliness of their familiar CAD tool combined with the expert light tools offered by OPTIS savoir-faire.
In 2003 OPTIS launched SPEOS CAAV5 BASED, the version of its flagship software SPEOS integrated in CATIA V5, making light simulation capabilities available to CATIA V5 users for the first time.
Today OPTIS is proud of its 1600 customers including most of the major manufacturing companies, like Porsche, Bosch, Siemens, Boeing, Audi, Valeo, BMW, Philips Lighting, NASA, EADS…
Customers use OPTIS solutions to design and visualise lighting systems and also optimize the visual ergonomics of Human Machine Interfaces, including dashboards, cockpits, and control room screens, thanks to OPTIS unique human vision model.
As well as developing and marketing its software, OPTIS provides consulting and engineering services around light, optics and human vision; it also offers optical measurement systems hardware.