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Anixter unveils system for converging physical security and IT networks

Anixter has introduced what it calls the first video surveillance system that runs video, power and control signals...


January 20, 2003  


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Anixter has introduced what it calls the first video surveillance system that runs video, power and control signals over a single, Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) cable.

The offering, called Closed Circuit Twisted Pair (CCTP), addresses the escalating movement by large organizations to converge physical security into the IT domain.

"There has been a significant industry shift in the handling and prioritization of security initiatives," said Steve Leatherwood, senior vice-president of sound and security at Anixter. "With CCTP, chief security officers and IT managers no longer need to be constrained by the fragmented, compartmentalized approach to security."

Launched at last week’s BICSI winter conference in Orlando, Fla., the company developed CCTP in conjunction with a consortium of companies in the security and IT data networking fields that included Philips CSI, Belden and Middle Atlantic.

The system features the ability to accommodate future MACs, an open system architecture that fosters PC integration and compatibility with existing IT infrastructures to enhance both security systems and digital networks.

It can also accommodate technical upgrades such as digital integration and IP-based networks, allowing end-users to run an application anywhere, anytime.

Anixter says traditional closed circuit television MACs can cost up to six times more when compared to CCTP. Unnecessary electrical work and labour-instensive cable pulls are eliminated, it says, as cameras are powered through its one cable design.


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