Anixter unveils infrastructure assurance program for next-gen buildings

June 17, 2019
Anixter’s UTG program provides specifications for interoperable and future-ready solutions that exceed current standards of category rated cabling.

Anixter Inc. (NYSE:AXE) unveiled its new Utility Grade INFRASTRUCTURE platform at the IBCON and INFOCOMM conferences last week.

Per the distributor, "Utility Grade INFRASTRUCTURE by Anixter, also known as UTG, is a new technology platform, assurance program and design approach that redefines the infrastructure layer to support building subsystems, technologies and applications. Developed alongside the leading network infrastructure manufacturers, Belden, CommScope and Fluke Networks, and third-party tested and verified by UL, Anixter’s UTG program will offer UTG-rated cabling solutions and provide the foundation that will unlock the potential of the next generation of buildings to maximize ROI and enhance user experience."

Anixter adds that its UTG program provides specifications for interoperable and future-ready solutions that exceed current standards of category rated cabling, including extended transmission distances, higher bandwidth capabilities, 4k streaming, increased bundling sizes for Power over Ethernet (PoE) applications and support for next-generation Wi-Fi technologies.

“Connectivity issues impact employee productivity, business profitability and user experience, and these variables are some of the key factors in attracting premium tenants and employees,” says Bill Geary, executive vice president, Network & Security Solutions at Anixter. Geary adds, “According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the number of connected buildings across the globe is projected to double by 2060, and IHS Markit predicts connected devices will reach 75 billion in the next 6 years, meaning these spaces must transform to keep up with our reliance on technology.”

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Anixter cites the Smart Building Revolution as the major factor driving the demand to improve the use of building spaces, making them more productive, flexible and efficient. Andrew Jimenez, Anixter’s vice president of technology, also points out, “Success depends on taking advantage of advancements in convergence, with a cabling infrastructure that can bridge gaps between information and operational technology to solve the problem of managing multiple systems that require more bandwidth and lower latency.”

More information about the distributor's UTG products and solutions can be found at Anixter's UTG-rated cabling solutions will be available for specification on July 15.

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