Anixter to distribute Redwood Systems' building-performance lighting products

Sept. 22, 2011
Deal brings lighting into the realm of structured cabling for its customers, says Anixter.

Redwood Systems, a supplier of building-performance lighting solutions, and Anixter (NYSE: AXE), a distributor of communications and security products and electrical and electronic wire and cable products, announced an agreement to distribute Redwood Systems’ line of lighting control products across North America.

Redwood Systems’ lighting platform replaces traditional copper wire with a low-voltage infrastructure that uses direct current (DC) power, as opposed to alternating current (AC) power. This approach allows structured cabling providers to enter the multi-billion dollar lighting market, contends the company.

“With Anixter's global reach and proven track record delivering technology that makes buildings smarter, they provide a unique channel perfectly built for Redwood Systems’ platform,” comments Dave Leonard, CEO, Redwood Systems. “Our approach brings lighting into the realm of structured cabling, which no other lighting control system is capable of doing. As a result, we are adding significant value to professionals looking to differentiate themselves in a highly competitive and fast-growing market.”

In addition to delivering energy savings from commercial lighting, Redwood says its platform provides cost-effective facility monitoring that helps run operations more efficiently. A high-density sensor network can enable a range of smart building applications that may include temperature mapping, space utilization reporting and security alerts, all of which can seamlessly integrate with existing building systems enabled by structured cabling technologies.

“Redwood brings lighting to the network for the first time,” says Randy Mortensen, Vice President Marketing, Enterprise Cabling Solutions for Anixter. “Lighting is an enormous business and with this agreement Anixter can now offer structured cabling professionals a new value proposition that enables them to participate in cutting-edge energy efficiency services.”

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