Anixter partners with key players to build business in IP security market

Axis, Dimension Data, Milestone, Netgenium Systems, and SYSTIMAX collaborate.



IP-based security is growing at 40% to 50% a year.

18th April 2007 – London – Anixter Inc., the world’s leading distributor of communication products, electrical and electronic wire & cable and a leading distributor of fasteners and other small parts ("C" Class inventory components) to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), today announced its collaboration with Dimension Data, an international specialist IT services and solution provider to focus on the rapidly expanding global market in IP (Internet Protocol) based physical security and surveillance systems.

This new partnership brings together the network design, installation and logistics expertise from Dimension Data and Anixter with the products and technologies from Axis Communications, Milestone Systems and Netgenium Systems. Axis Communications is an innovative leader in network video and print solutions. Milestone Systems is a global market leader in IP video surveillance software. And Netgenium Systems is a specialist in IP-based access and lighting control.

"There is a tremendous opportunity for growth in the UK and overseas as organisations move from traditional analogue CCTV security and surveillance installations to take advantage of the flexibility and power of the new generation of IP-based systems," says Kari Baden, Managing Director of Dimension Data’s Advanced Infrastructure Division. "Telephony has embraced VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) and we believe that IP will have as great an impact on the physical security market."

Baden explains that the partnership brings together the market leaders in IP-enabled security to provide a holistic approach to delivering state-of-the-art security solutions.

Together, the partnership will provide structured cabling and communications hardware, physical locking and access control devices, sophisticated network cameras and security lighting, as well as powerful surveillance and reporting software.

"Anixter boasts a strong global footprint in terms of logistics and distribution capabilities. In addition, it has a first-class vendor portfolio of products, including structured cabling systems from SYSTIMAX Solutions. Also, Anixter has a well-established reputation in converged security and communications, from which Dimension Data and its partners will leverage."

Baden sees increased demand, especially from the education and retail sectors where IP-based security and surveillance is helping to resolve issues such as access control, reducing vandalism, increasing security, and preventing theft and fraud.

"In education, for example, IP-CCTV is helping to stop equipment theft, identify instances of bullying, and monitor vandalism. In some cases, electronic swipe card entry devices from Netgenium Systems are used as a secure alternative to the traditional manual register of pupils. In retail, advanced digital imaging technology automatically warns management when bags are left unattended and which could result in a security risk," Baden adds.

Glenn Fletcher, Sales Manager UK of Milestone Systems, concurs that IP-enabled security is taking off. "Our surveillance software has been designed to communicate with virtually any make and type of network camera, such as those from Axis Communications. We have a real open systems approach, which gives our business partners and customers the freedom of choice.

"The software enables commands to be sent to and from the Axis systems and video surveillance can be moved instantly around the network. For example, if an intruder forces a door protected by a Netgenium Systems lock, the system triggers an alert, the camera zooms in and records a clip which can be flagged on security monitors or emailed to a PDA."

Steve Gorski, Managing Director, Axis Communications (UK) Limited, comments that each of the partners brings an important element to provision of a total customer solution: "The business opportunities from convergence of surveillance, security monitoring, data and voice over a single corporate network infrastructure are tremendous. Axis Communications has a wide range of network video solutions that enable organisations to monitor and secure property, people and processes efficiently and cost-effectively.

"The Dimension-Data initiative is timely because organisations are now actively accelerating their adoption of network video solutions and Axis Communications is pleased to be part of this powerful alliance."

Paul Anderson, Managing Director of Netgenium Systems, says the combination of advanced software and services with essential hardware delivers significant advances in converged networked security systems. "Our Pure IP range encompasses IP PoE Access Control, IP Lighting Control, IP PoE Audio and IP PoE Video intercom. These can all be integrated with IP telephony systems – such as Cisco’s Call Manager – to provide an effective converged physical security solution.

"When someone presses a button on our video intercom panel, for example, it triggers a video stream and sends the audio call into the Cisco IP Telephony system so reception can check the identity of the visitor before authorising entry and pressing the button to let the caller in. These are the real benefits of convergence.

"Because the system runs over a converged IP network, entry authorisation can be initiated from virtually any location, wherever there is a network connection and personnel can then be monitored throughout the duration of the visit. Also, an unattended warehouse or distribution centre in Bradford could be unlocked from a control centre in Dover, Paris or Tokyo and then secured again afterwards. The potential is endless."

Rob Henney, Regional Sales Vice President of Anixter says the company is excited about expanding its existing channel and engaging new business partners. "The synergy between the companies provides a one-stop shop for complete IP-enabled security solutions," he says and adds that while the traditional physical security market is growing at 10% to 15% a year, IP-based security is expanding at 40% to 50%.

"Anixter is committed to taking a significant share of that expansion in terms of increased revenue," Henney concludes.


About Dimension Data
Dimension Data plc (LSE: DDT) is a specialist IT services and solutions provider that helps clients plan, build, support and manage their IT infrastructures. Dimension Data applies its expertise in networking, security, operating environments, storage and contact centre technologies and its unique skills in consulting, integration and managed services to create customised client solutions. www.dimensiondata.com 


About Anixter
Anixter International is the world’s leading distributor of communication products, electrical and electronic wire & cable and a leading distributor of fasteners and other small parts ("C" Class inventory components) to Original Equipment Manufacturers. The company adds value to the distribution process by providing its customers access to 1) innovative inventory management programs, 2) more than 350,000 products and over $900 million in inventory, 3) 212 warehouses with more than 5.5 million square feet of space, and 4) locations in 239 cities in 46 countries. Founded in 1957 and headquartered near Chicago, Anixter trades on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AXE. www.anixter.com 

Anixter International is the world’s leading distributor of communication products, electrical and electronic wire & cable and a leading distributor of fasteners and other small parts ("C" Class inventory components) to Original Equipment Manufacturers. The company adds value to the distribution process by providing its customers access to 1) innovative inventory management programs, 2) more than 350,000 products and over $900 million in inventory, 3) 212 warehouses with more than 5.5 million square feet of space, and 4) locations in 239 cities in 46 countries. Founded in 1957 and headquartered near Chicago, Anixter trades on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AXE.


About Axis Communications
Axis increases the value of network solutions. The company is an innovative market leader in network video and print servers. Axis' products and solutions are focused on applications such as security surveillance, remote monitoring and document management. The products are based on in-house developed chip technology, which is also sold to third parties. Axis was founded in 1984 and is listed on the Stockholmsbörsen (XSSE: AXIS) Attract 40-list in Sweden. Axis operates globally with offices in 17 countries and in cooperation with distributors and system integrators in 70 countries. Markets outside Sweden account for more than 95% of sales. www.axis.com 

Axis increases the value of network solutions. The company is an innovative market leader in network video and print servers. Axis' products and solutions are focused on applications such as security surveillance, remote monitoring and document management. The products are based on in-house developed chip technology, which is also sold to third parties. Axis was founded in 1984 and is listed on the Stockholmsbörsen (XSSE: AXIS) Attract 40-list in Sweden. Axis operates globally with offices in 17 countries and in cooperation with distributors and system integrators in 70 countries. Markets outside Sweden account for more than 95% of sales.


About Milestone Systems
Milestone Systems is the market leader for open platform IP video surveillance software, according to IMS Research. The XProtect solutions support the widest choice in network hardware: over 230 models from 30 manufacturers. In addition, Application Program Interfaces enable value-adding integration with other systems. Sold through a channel of authorized partners in 62 countries, the software is robust and proven in operation at more than 24,000 installations. www.milestonesys.com 

Milestone Systems is the market leader for open platform IP video surveillance software, according to IMS Research. The XProtect solutions support the widest choice in network hardware: over 230 models from 30 manufacturers. In addition, Application Program Interfaces enable value-adding integration with other systems. Sold through a channel of authorized partners in 62 countries, the software is robust and proven in operation at more than 24,000 installations.


About Netgenium Systems
Netgenium Systems is a leading force in the development of convergence technology. Credited as the inventors of the award winning pure IP PoE Access Control system, Netgenium’s development goes from strength to strength. Solutions such as Pure IP Lighting Controllers, Pure IP PoE Audio Systems, working with many CCTV recording and IP Telephony systems, are all fully integrated to give customers and partners real value. www.netgenium.net 

Netgenium Systems is a leading force in the development of convergence technology. Credited as the inventors of the award winning pure IP PoE Access Control system, Netgenium’s development goes from strength to strength. Solutions such as Pure IP Lighting Controllers, Pure IP PoE Audio Systems, working with many CCTV recording and IP Telephony systems, are all fully integrated to give customers and partners real value.


About SYSTIMAX Solutions
SYSTIMAX Solutions™, a CommScope company (NYSE: CTV), is a worldwide leader in structured cabling systems and provides integrated end-to-end connectivity solutions for voice, data, video and building management applications in both wired and wireless enterprise networks. SYSTIMAX Solutions supplies its high performance and market-leading range of products through a network of highly skilled BusinessPartners. The product range includes the copper based GigaSPEED® X10D and GigaSPEED XL Solutions, the fiber-optic LazrSPEED® and TeraSPEED™ Solutions and the intelligent patching iPatch® System. The SYSTIMAX AirSPEED™ Solution adds a wireless option to the portfolio. SYSTIMAX Labs and the people who have spearheaded these innovations will continue to play an integral role in the future success of SYSTIMAX Solutions. Currently the company’s BusinessPartners install an average of over 1,000 miles (1,600km) of SYSTIMAX cable every day in approximately 120 countries worldwide. http://www.systimax 

SYSTIMAX Solutions™, a CommScope company (NYSE: CTV), is a worldwide leader in structured cabling systems and provides integrated end-to-end connectivity solutions for voice, data, video and building management applications in both wired and wireless enterprise networks. SYSTIMAX Solutions supplies its high performance and market-leading range of products through a network of highly skilled BusinessPartners. The product range includes the copper based GigaSPEED® X10D and GigaSPEED XL Solutions, the fiber-optic LazrSPEED® and TeraSPEED™ Solutions and the intelligent patching iPatch® System. The SYSTIMAX AirSPEED™ Solution adds a wireless option to the portfolio. SYSTIMAX Labs and the people who have spearheaded these innovations will continue to play an integral role in the future success of SYSTIMAX Solutions. Currently the company’s BusinessPartners install an average of over 1,000 miles (1,600km) of SYSTIMAX cable every day in approximately 120 countries worldwide.