Anixter's ipAssured program gauges cabling's ability to handle IP security apps

Steeped in the Levels tradition, ipAssured will rate cabling systems as IP Class 1+, 5+, and 10+.

October 12, 2009 -- Anixter recently unveiled its new cabling-infrastructure assurance program, Anixter ipAssured. Steeped in the history of Anixter’s Levels program, ipAssured provides recommendations to match cabling infrastructure to the anticipated life of the applications that users require to secure and support their businesses, the company says. The program was developed after extensive testing and research from the company’s Infrastructure Solutions Lab.

Anixter will host a webcast on Tuesday, October 27 at 12 noon EDT/9:00 a.m. PDT to inform its customers and other industry personnel of details of the program’s first phase. That first phase focuses on matching the best infrastructure to the user’s physical security applications to ensure maximum lifespan and return-on-investment in the infrastructure, Anixter explains. The company says it plans to launch subsequent phases of the Anixter ipAssured program around networking and industrial-automation requirements.

“An enterprise’s cabling infrastructure is the foundation of its communications network,” Anixter said when announcing the program. “As more devices are taking advantage of IP transport and Ethernet cabling, organizations may not realize the cabling infrastructure should provide the much-needed uptime and performance to support a number of physical security systems such as video surveillance and access control,” the company continued. “Anixter developed Anixter ipAssured as a response to the need for organizations to have the best possible cabling infrastructure to support current needs and future requirements. With 50 percent of network problems attributed to the cabling system, Anixter ipAssured helps to minimize network downtime by ensuring the correct and best investment is selected up front.”

The company says its October 27 webcast seminar will cover the business drivers that will help companies make smart choices to extend the lifecycle of cabling infrastructure to meet current and future security applications. As an infrastructure assurance program that matches the cabling infrastructure to its equipment, Anixter ipAssured is linked to the user’s technical, application, and lifecycle requirements. Based on results from testing conducted in Anixter’s Infrastructure Solutions Lab, Anixter’s ipAssured cabling recommendations are separated into three distinct classes: IP Class 1+, IP Class 5+, and IP Class 10+.

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