Global provider Anixter, based in Glenview, Ill., launched a new distribution program aimed at helping systems integrators specify the perfect cabling infrastructure for their customers, now and in the future. Called Anixter ipAssured, the program, launched at the end of October 2009, focuses on the increased emphasis on the network—and making sure that the infrastructure, and the security, industrial automation and other converged systems running on it and deployed now and over the next 10 years, fit the needs of the user and the facility. The program makes infrastructure choices clear and categorizes the options available based on application or end-use. It centers on three different classifications of cabling infrastructure and takes into account current and emerging specification standards and the ever-growing need to run video on the network. According to Anixter’s Tim Holloway, Category 5e has some inherent limitations, many associated with the size or gauge of the cable, so the company is focusing on Category 6 deployment—which ultimately will meet increased data needs of the end user.
“What we have found overall in our Infrastructure Solutions Lab stress tests is that the problems stemming from the use of 5e are associated with the smaller gauge and result in temperature gain—even resulting in a 25 percent signal loss. Since IP is real time, any loss of data signal will affect the quality of the video signal. There are also pitfalls to using 5e with regards to Power over Ethernet. Bottom line is that a less than adequate cabling infrastructure can cause companies and end-users not to be able to grow their businesses. While 5e will support current applications, it’s at the end of its life,” Holloway said. The program basically defines the life cycle of IP cabling systems for customer enterprise networked applications and is divided into classes, based on the end-use or longevity of the solution and includes: IP Class 1+ (for one to five years); IP Class 5+ (for five to 10 years): and IP-Class 10+ (Cat 6A for 10 plus years).
According to Anixter, IP decision makers at corporations ‘get it’ and are willing to pay the extra costs in the infrastructure upfront so they can grow with it and Anixter is helping give systems integrators the tools to sell it.
Under the Bosch Big Top
Bosch Security Systems hosted a 6,400-square-foot tent off the show floor at ASIS in the parking lot of the Marriott Hotel. More than 1,500 people visited the tent, which served as the backdrop for a series of carnival style games and interactive product displays, including a dunk tank that submerged a Bosch ruggedized camera, a Western style camera shootout and a bell striker that demonstrated the durability of a Bosch dome unit.
Axis partner conference update
Axis CCC gives attendees a look at what’s ahead
The recent Axis Communications Inc. Channel Partner Convergence Conference in Austin, Texas, sponsored by the Chelmsford, Mass.-based network camera manufacturer gave the industry a bird’s eye view of the future. This exclusive event was designed to show their premier partners the new technology that they have introduced as well as what will be coming in the next few months to a year.
Axis demonstrated their cameras setting them up above and in the rails or edges of casino tables, where we were able to watched hands of cards being dealt and played, moving dice, and bets made in real time, at close angles while things quickly moved, all watched on monitors outside of the games highlighting the camera images close up or at a distance through their operating software.
There were discussions on how to sell and price H.264 technology as well as its competitive advantages and information on megapixel technology. Axis revealed their new product roadmap showing their partners exciting new cameras; software and optics technology that’s coming that will enhance sales capabilities and their customer’s security. Axis listens to end-user requests through their reseller partners, considering what should be developed to affect safer outcomes. As processing power increases and it allows for the reduction in the size of a product, new technology can be built that adds features and functions to their cameras based on demand.