Brand-Rex and How United Services Announce New Partnership

Brand-Rex, the leading supplier of copper and fibre optic based network infrastructure solutions for enterprises, data centres and extreme environments, is set to increase its presence and activity in the Middle East thanks to a new partnership with How United Services (HUS).


Established in 2000 by Interserve UK and Al Darwish United, HUS was developed as a company to deliver state-of-the-art mechanical, electrical, power and maintenance services to a diverse range of clients. Today, the company employs over 1,400 experienced staff and site operatives and its operations are supported by a number of strategically located personnel that offer comprehensive logistical support.


Qatar has witnessed phenomenal growth in recent years. Its construction sector is thriving due to an abundance of major infrastructure and facilities building projects that are related to the 2022 FIFA World Cup.


This, combined with the Qatar National Vision 2030 programme, which aims to create a sustainable economy and advance the standard of living of its people, means that HUS’ services are in high demand.


Carole Ann Taylor Williams, marketing manager at HUS, commented, ‘We are proud to be a part of this growth through the delivery of numerous projects across all spheres of construction. We work with blue chip clients such as RasGas, Exxon Mobile and Qatar Airways and we are increasingly involved with delivering high-end structured cabling projects. We recognise Brand-Rex as a major player in the provision of innovative network infrastructure products and systems, and consider Approved Partner status as an excellent way to develop this relationship for our mutual benefit.’


An Approved Partner, HUS is part of the Brand-Rex Business Partner Program, which offers a wide range of incentives such as project support, technical assistance, training and education, dedicated account management and a vast array of marketing collateral to help partners maximise their revenue generating activities. By working closely with Brand-Rex account managers, partners are encouraged to utilise as many benefits as possible and in order to offer the ultimate in peace of mind to end users, they are also able to issue the industry renowned Brand-Rex 25-year system warranty.


‘The appointment of HUS serves to further strengthen our commitment to developing and supporting our growing operations in the state of Qatar,’ concluded Brand-Rex country manager, Alaa Habanjar. ‘We look forward to working together with HUS on some of the most exciting projects in the Middle East and providing customers with some of the most advanced structured cabling systems currently available in the world.


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Brand-Rex takes centre stage at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Guildhall Milton Court1, Brand-Rex, the leading supplier of copper and fibre optic based network infrastructure solutions for enterprises, data centres and extreme environments, is proud to announce that its products and systems have been used extensively within the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s new £90m Milton Court facility in London.

Offering aspiring musicians, actors, stage managers and theatre technicians a creative and stimulating environment in which to develop as artists and professionals, Milton Court is a state-of-the-art teaching and performance building and, as such, it requires the best possible network infrastructure for its staff, students and visitors.

The Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s Head of IT, Richard Antonel, was charged with overseeing the implementation of a network infrastructure that could provide the highest possible levels of performance and future proofing. He explained, ‘The scope was to install a high specification structured cabling system that would last in excess of 25 years. We decided to install 10Gbit/s to every outlet. After carrying out research I decided the Brand-Rex 10GPlus Category 6A system would offer the best combination of value, reliability and longevity.’

Chris Chandler, technical manager at Brand-Rex, who advised on the system design commented, ‘For this environment a shielded foil twisted pair (F/FTP) low smoke zero halogen (LSOH) cable was the most appropriate option due to the quantity of electrical services in the building that could cause electromagnetic interference (EMI). Over 150km of it was used to configure 2,000 10GBASE-T channels and, in addition, singlemode (OS2) and multimode (OM4) optical fibre from our FibrePlus range has been used in the campus wide area network (WAN) and internal backbones respectively.’

A truly converged multimedia environment, as well as running data, voice and video conferencing applications, the IT infrastructure at Milton Court has to be able to handle the many radio and TV broadcasts that will be made from the new facilities as well as supporting the Guildhall’s recording studios for sound and video. It will also facilitate a large digital signage system, as well as wireless networking to accommodate the increasing preference for ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) functionality amongst students. It is also used to network a building management system (BMS) that operates access control, CCTV, and heating and ventilation.

As a third party tested and approved cabling system, 10GPlus not only meets and exceeds the performance outlined in EIA/TIA for Category 6A, but also meets and exceeds requirements in ISO/IEC for Class EA. The 10GPlus system therefore has unparalleled levels of certification and is manufactured in accordance with ISO 14001 and ISO 9001:2008.

Antonel is confident that Milton Court’s communications infrastructure will fully support the technologies of the future. He concluded, ‘Milton Court will open in September and I know that its network infrastructure will perfectly complement and enhance the outstanding quality of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama’s training and the success of its graduates.’

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About the Guildhall School
The Guildhall School is a vibrant, international community of young musicians, actors and theatre technicians in the heart of the City of London. Rated No.1 specialist institution in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2013, the School is a global leader of creative and professional practice which promotes innovation, experiment and research, with nearly 900 students in higher education, drawn from nearly 60 countries around the world. It is also the UK’s leading provider of specialist music training at the under-18 level with nearly 2,500 students in Junior Guildhall and the Centre for Young Musicians. The School is widely recognised for the quality of its teaching and its graduates, and the new building, Milton Court, will offer state-of-the-art facilities to match the talent within its walls, ensuring that students enter their chosen profession at the highest level.

Milton Court will have a new 608-seat concert hall plus two theatres (227- seat and studio), three rehearsal rooms, television studio suite, departments for costume, wigs and make-up, office space, tutorial rooms and public foyers. This will allow the School to offer facilities commensurate with those in the profession, helping to attract the most highly regarded teachers and best students internationally. The total cost of Milton Court is £89 million. The two foundation donors are Heron International and the City of London, and together they have generously provided a combined contribution of £75 million. The School is raising the remaining £13.5 million to fully equip the building to the highest professional standards.

With the opening of Milton Court the cultural quarter in the heart of the City of London will stretch from the School’s two buildings and the Barbican on Silk Street up to the Barbican’s two new cinemas, and northwards to LSO St Luke’s on Old Street, offering a richly varied range of venues and performances spaces. The Milton Court Concert Hall will also be used by the Barbican’s two new Associate Ensembles – the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia – where part of their Barbican season performances will take place, for Barbican classical and contemporary own promotions and commercial hire, as well as for Creative Learning, the Barbican’s joint outreach division with the School.

Brand-Rex is a global operation, designing, developing and manufacturing the most sophisticated, high performance copper and fibre cabling systems for communications and extreme environment applications. Headquartered in Scotland, the company is committed to being a trusted market leading provider of best-in-class communications infrastructure solutions. As well as developing products and systems of the highest quality, the company is entirely carbon neutral and offsets all the CO2 created by the manufacture and distribution of its products. For more information visit


Brand-Rex Launches New Structured Cabling Systems Catalogue

 Brand Rex New Cabling CatalogueBrand-Rex, the leading supplier of copper and fibre optic based network infrastructure solutions for enterprises, data centres and extreme environments, has just announced the completion of its latest catalogue, which details its entire range of structured cabling systems.

The 2013 Structured Cabling Systems catalogue is easy to navigate and features more than 7,500 products and over 178 pages, including up-to-date information and technical data regarding the company’s range of copper, optical fibre, data centre and intelligent infrastructure management (IIM) systems. As well as including a comprehensive overview of the well known 10GPlus, Cat6Plus, GigaPlus, FibrePlus, Blolite, MTConnect and SmartPatch ranges, latest innovations such as the 10GPlus PCB Patch Panel Set and MT Connect SuperSet pre-terminated fibre optic cabling range are also profiled.

‘The new Structured Cabling Systems catalogue represents the culmination of over 40 years of design and manufacturing excellence,’ commented Audrey O’Brien, marketing communications manager at Brand-Rex. ‘With over 200 new products featured in its pages, it is an essential tool for those involved in the specification and installation of network infrastructures, and its design and layout makes finding information about our systems quicker and easier than ever before.’

Although previous editions have been published in Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, as well as English, this year’s Structured Cabling Systems catalogue has for the first time been produced in a French version due to demand from those countries where it is the mother tongue.

Also, in line with Brand-Rex’s ongoing commitment to sustainability, and as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy, the catalogue will be available in an electronic format. Installers will be able to download a fully searchable PDF of the catalogue, while those that prefer a hard copy version will be able to obtain one that is printed on Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) approved paper.

The new Brand-Rex Structured Cabling Systems catalogue will be available from early April. A copy can be requested by emailing or at


Cannon Technologies Showcases Its Latest T4 Solutions At Data Centre World

Cannon Technologies will use this year’s Data Centre World Conference & Expo – which takes place at London’s ExCeL between 27th -28th February – to showcase a wide variety of its innovative solutions that have been specifically designed to advance and optimise data centre services. The company will appear alongside its longstanding UK premier distributor, CMS plc, on stand E55 where visitors will also have the opportunity to get hands-on product demonstrations from Cannon Technologies’ team of experts.

For the first time at Data Centre World there will be a fully operational version of the recently trademarked Free Form Aisle Cocooning technology, which Cannon Technologies introduced to universal acclaim in 2012. Part of its T4 Data Centre Solutions range, this advanced technology unites cost effective air cabling containment and an airflow containment system into a single integrated solution that features vertical closure panels, support for legacy technologies and low energy usage. It also features an end-to-end-edge beam infrastructure, which underpins the overhead cocooning panels above the aisle without being individually dedicated to any one rack, and allows easy deployment and support for legacy systems.

Mark Awdas, Cannon Technologies’ engineering manager, commented, ‘We are looking forward to showing visitors how this energy efficient technology can offer significant capital and operational expenditure benefits, while achieving a remarkably fast return on investment.’

A plethora of other products from the T4 Data Centre Solutions range will also be on display including another first for the event – the T4 Mini Data Centre. Designed for applications such as schools and other similar environments, it can be configured in single or double rack variants using either water or direct expansion (DX) cooling. Its versatility means that it can be sited in a corridor, a cupboard or even in an external location such as a car park or a playground.

Another of the many other highlights on show will be the T4 Data Centre Manager (T4 DCM), which allows the control and configuration of a facility’s power usage, security access, environmental control and fire suppression systems by a single suite of dedicated software. The most recent version, which was introduced last year, features the ability to monitor an entire global data centre portfolio via a single bar on the display screen. The bar is green under normal conditions, but as soon as any out of operating window or out of tolerance situation is detected the bar flashes red and an audible alarm is sounded.

‘Our recent appearance on the CRN 2013 Data Center 100 list is recognition of our ability to develop products that support and protect today’s data centre services in an environmentally and economically friendly manner, while boosting efficiency and productivity,’ concluded Matt Goulding, managing director of Cannon Technologies. ‘By visiting stand E55 and talking to our in-house experts, owner and operators, managers will be able to see for themselves how our industry leading solutions can enhance their data centres.’
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Cannon Technologies Appears on the Prestigious CRN 2013 Data Center 100 List

Cannon Technologies has started the new year in style by being featured on the prestigious CRN 2013 Data Center 100 list. Compiled on an annual basis, it recognises those technology vendors that power, support and protect today’s data centre services in an environmentally and economically friendly manner, while boosting efficiency and productivity.

CRN – formerly Computer Reseller News – is a leading magazine title for IT channel industry news and analysis. Published by UBM Channel, for over 30 years it delivers information to the solution providers that drive two-thirds of all technology sales. Its annual Data Center 100 list has become a key indicator of those companies that continue to push the boundaries in this fast moving sector.

‘The 2013 Data Center 100 list recognises vendors that, over the course of 2012, have shown a dedication to the innovation and advancement of data centre services,’ explained Kelley Damore, vice president and editorial director for UBM Channel. ‘The recent upsurge in cloud computing has solution providers searching for new ways to ensure their clients maintain connectivity while mitigating costs and security threats. Each vendor on the 2013 Data Center 100 list provides a significant growth opportunity for solution providers to build their business by offering cutting edge products and services and I’d like to congratulate Cannon Technologies for appearing on it.’

CRN’s editorial team singled out Cannon Technologies’ pioneering T4 Data Centre Solutions range for particular praise. It consists of the T4 Data Centre that is sited in client buildings, the T4 Mini Data Centre, T4 Data Centre PODs for challenging indoor environments, T4 Data Centre Components for high performance data centres, and T4 Data Centre Manager (DCM) Software that can monitor and control data centres all over the world. These solutions are complemented by the T4 Modular Data Centre – a complete external grade data centre that can be configured in almost any size or shape.

‘Appearing on the widely respected CRN 2013 Data Center 100 list cements our position at the forefront of data centre technology provision,’ commented Matt Goulding, managing director of Cannon Technologies. ‘The T4 Data Centre Solutions range is designed to offer cutting edge facilities for a diverse range of applications and its quality continues to be recognised around the world.’

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Cannon Technologies’ T4 Modular Data Centre triumphs at the DatacenterDynamics EMEA Awards

Cannon Technologies is celebrating after receiving a prestigious accolade at the DatacenterDynamics EMEA Awards 2012. The company beat off stiff competition to secure the Most Extreme Data Center Deployment Award for the use of its T4 Modular Data Centre at the headquarters of Datacentrix in Johannesburg, South Africa, where it is exposed to severe weather and seismic activity.

Now in their sixth year, the DatacenterDynamics EMEA Awards celebrate the best projects, technologies, companies and people from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The 2012 event took place on the 13th December at London’s Lancaster Hotel, where more than 700 data centre and IT leaders gathered to celebrate the vital contribution that the sector makes to all aspects of modern life.

Accepting the Most Extreme Data Center Deployment Award from comedian Ed Byrne, who compered the event, Cannon Technologies’ managing director, Matthew Goulding, commented, ‘We’ve always believed that the T4 Modular Data Centre is the most robust and resilient solution of its kind. Having this recognised by the judges at the DatacenterDynamics EMEA Awards is testament to the design and manufacturing excellence that forms the basis of everything that we do.’

The T4 Modular Data Centre is a complete external grade data centre and its granular modularity means that it can be configured in almost any size or shape, and can be specified and extended in units as small as one standard data rack width. Its design flexibility negates the use of cranes or special transporters, as it can be rapidly assembled once onsite.

Datacentrix asked for optimum levels of efficiency and reliability in the form of proven resilience, and also demanded high density to maximise the volume of data processing that can be achieved. The company also needs to be able to quickly expand the data centre as customer demand increases.

The T4 Modular Data Centre was transported in 56 crates from Cannon Technologies’ head office in New Milton, Hampshire, to the car park at Datacentrix’s headquarters. Once delivered, the work was completed in just two weeks and the finished data centre comprises server racks, cooling units, 200kVA UPS for A and B stream supplies, integrated PDU distribution panels, battery racks, lighting, fire suppression and aisle cocooning.

Tier III resilient and upgradable to Tier IV, it is able to maintain uptime in the face of extreme weather conditions such as scorching heat, rain storms, snow, sleet, high wind and lightning – and it is even able to cope with earthquakes. Although housed in gated premises with manned security, it can also withstand any attempt to force entry via the use of tools such as brick bolsters, crowbars, lump hammers and cordless drills.

Matthew Goulding concluded, ‘Installing the T4 Modular Data Centre at Datacentrix was an incredible project that tested the mettle of all involved. However, the fact that it was achieved in the timeframe originally set, and to the exact client specification, highlights our organisational prowess and the quality of the system – something that is increasingly recognised and valued within EMEA and beyond.’


Brand-Rex launches 10GPlus PCB Patch Panel Set

Brand-Rex, the leading supplier of copper and fibre optic based network infrastructure solutions for enterprises, data centres and extreme environments, has introduced its new 10 Gigabit Ethernet PCB Patch Panel Set. It has been developed to maximise flexibility in data centre design by providing a high-density solution that has plug and play functionality.

Part of the company’s innovative 10GPlus portfolio, the PCB Patch Panel Set has been developed in response to the increasing use of 10 Gigabit Ethernet within the data centre. It comprises a ½U shielded patch panel, a 1U shielded patch panel and a consolidation point module. The PCB construction complements the existing Brand-Rex modular Snap-In-Jack 10 Gigabit Ethernet patch panels and the modules can also be pre-terminated off-site.

Supporting 24 ports and delivering true Category 6A/Class EA performance, the 10GPlus PCB ½U patch panel is perfect for applications where space is at a premium and a high-density solution with maximum airflow is required. Eddie McGinley, product manager at Brand-Rex, explained: ‘It is compatible with all standard 19 inch racks and cabinets, enabling 48 terminations in just a single U. Our new patch panel also meets the specific demands of customers that require a very high port density in the smallest possible area.’

The 10GPlus PCB ½U patch panel is designed with four shielded modular units each comprising six ports, and an easy to remove cover that allows the modules to be removed from the panel when required. All panels are backward compatible with Category 5e and Category 6 systems to enable future proofing, and the panel has also been designed with a cable management/strain relief feature built into the rear.

Like the ½U version, the 10GPlus PCB 1U patch panel is supplied with cable ties, mounting accessories and short form installation instructions. Both have plug and play modules that can be interchanged and separated from the patch panel. Although they can be pre-terminated off-site, they also offer a conventional termination method and are fitted with LSA punch down blocks as standard. All ports are identified numerically for both TIA 568 A and B wiring applications and have an additional writeable surface for ease of port numbering.

The 10GPlus PCB consolidation point (CP) comprises six RJ45 ports and can be supplied as a low profile stand-alone module or with mounting brackets. This allows for secure fixing under floors or walls. The cover can be easily removed to gain access to the LSA insulation displacement connectors (IDC) and screen clamps for termination, while the module base and cover are made from a metallised plastic which offers a lightweight construction and excellent screening characteristics.

‘By introducing the 10GPlus PCB Patch Panel Set Brand-Rex offers a high density solution that can fully support the growth of 10 Gigabit Ethernet in high-end applications,’ concluded McGinley. ‘Combined with our world renowned manufacturing excellence, it is part of our ongoing commitment to provide best in class solutions that meet every requirement of the modern data centre.’

Cannon Technologies’ Outdoor Cabinets Keep The Channels Of Communication Open In Iraq

Cannon Technologies is celebrating after seeing 49 of its industry leading Outdoor Cabinets leave British shores on their way to Iraq, where they will be installed in a variety of external locations. These innovative containment solutions will be used as part of a comprehensive CCTV, telecommunications and surveillance network and were specially selected for their ability to ensure continuous operation in the high temperatures and harsh environment of the Middle East.

Cannon Technologies has a long history of product development for military and civilian applications, and this experience has been fundamental to the development of its wide range of integrated Outdoor Cabinet systems. The order for Iraq was the result of a lead from Dubai based systems integration specialist, Technology Partners, which required a solution that could be delivered to an exact specification. After assessing all the available options it felt that only Cannon Technologies was able to provide the requisite level of design and manufacturing excellence.

The Outdoor Cabinets have been produced in double- and single-bayed configurations, with the double-bayed variant providing 25U of working height. Their construction consists of a multi-layered external skin and utilises high-grade insulation boards to shroud an internal thermal chamber, which houses the temperature sensitive electronics. The cabinets have an estimated life expectancy of 28 years and were supplied in light aircraft grey.

The high temperatures that the Outdoor Cabinets will be required to operate in necessitated the use of an advanced air conditioning system within the thermal chamber. This is designed to work in conditions of up to 65°C and has the ability to cool the thermal chamber down to the required working temperature of 25°C. The large double-bayed cabinets are fitted with two air conditioning units, each giving a total of 1200W of cooling power, while the single bayed variant uses one.

Temperatures inside the cabinets are also lowered thanks to the use of solar shields, which prevent the external surface from becoming hot due to solar gain. These are designed to encase the cabinets in a ‘shadow’ and are fixed with thermally insulated mountings. To ensure continuous operation it is also essential to keep the inside of the cabinets clean and, due to the amount of fine dust that is a feature of the Iraqi environment, Cannon Technologies installed air filtration equipment alongside special door seals and locking systems to offer an IP55 rating.

Roy Radford, director at Cannon Technologies, commented, ‘Having our Outdoor Cabinets selected for installation in Iraq’s extreme environmental conditions is testament to the quality of our products, and the confidence they inspire in installers and end users all over the world. Maximum uptime is critical when it comes to using CCTV, telecommunications and surveillance equipment, and I’m delighted that we have been able to play a key role in ensuring the effectiveness of these important networks.’


Rack Security and Protection

As well as housing a plethora of important active equipment, cabinets and racks also need to protect the sensitive data contained within them. Mark Hirst, T4 product manager at Cannon Technologies explains why sophisticated security, access control and monitoring technology is an essential component of any modern containment solution.

Security ranks highly on any data centre manager’s list of priorities and it’s not difficult to understand why, especially when you consider the devastating impact that downtime or data theft can have on a business.

 Risky business

With any data network there is always a risk that the information that flows through it could be intercepted and used for malicious purposes. However, there are a number of security processes that can significantly reduce the likelihood of this happening, including the physical and organisational security of the core network.

What was once a straightforward steel structure is now a sophisticated device that is the critical element in delivering the needs of today’s advanced data centres. Therefore, an integrated security approach at the cabinet and rack level is hugely important and, as a growing number of organisations are finding out, not only must they secure these infrastructure components, they must be able to prove the efficacy of their auditing systems to one or more governance bodies.

Compliance procedure

For companies that have to comply with legislation such as Sarbanes-Oxley, Basel II, PCI-DSS and the FSA, their data centres must adhere to strict asset documentation, configuration and change management, as well as rigorous and transparent documentation policies. In co-location facilities high levels of security are also required in order to comply with service level agreements (SLAs), as any data breach can prove costly both financially and in terms of reputation – something that could prove impossible to recover from.

In the financial sector data protection and corporate responsibility legislation is extremely stringent and even states that a company’s head office and corporate data centre must be sited in separate locations. With such rigorous security requirements it is this industry that is setting the benchmark for how access control and monitoring technology is being deployed.

Many and varied

While having a permanent manned security presence at a data centre is not at all uncommon, it usually forms part of a multi-layered approach which includes a range of technology that monitors and controls access both into and within the premises. When it comes to restricting access to data, securing the cabinets and racks that house servers and other active equipment is crucial. There are a number of ways that this can be achieved, and perhaps the most obvious is the use of reliable and intelligent locking systems.

Modern locking systems such as swinghandles are highly secure, robust, ergonomic and can be retrofitted. However, to add another layer of protection they can be fitted with an electronic keypad that simply screws to the back of the standard swinghandle, converting it into a remote access solution. The tamper proof cabling to the lock itself can also be routed through the internal door skin to hide it from view and further increase security.

The locking system will usually be used in conjunction with a personal identification number (PIN) or radio frequency identification (RFID) device. When it comes to room, row or cold aisle entry, one reader device may open all the locks in the cabinets in a particular row if required, while locks can also be unlocked in groups or by user privilege settings. The availability of intelligent access control also means that PINs can be issued that expire after a certain period of time and can only be used to gain access to specific cabinets.

Remote control

In unmanned environments it is necessary to be able to remotely monitor and control access to hardware. Software is now available that provides local and/or remote control of racks, cabinets, hot and cold aisles, cages, data rooms or outside enclosures. Based on ‘plug and play’ modules that can be used stand alone or daisy chained together into a high security, resilient system, this technology enables remote control from multiple locations concurrently, with full event recording and a rolling 24 hour audit trail.

This also ensures only authorised personnel can access the cabinets following a request and authorisation from a central source, which can additionally carry out access code changes remotely.

They can also be configured so that they require two people – for instance, a technician and a security operative – to go through an authentication process before the cabinet will unlock. When in, CCTV cameras can be triggered to record the access session or a simple photograph taken of the person(s) involved. Again, with these systems a full audit trail, including the video footage if taken, is stored for future reference.

Alarms can be generated if unauthorised entry is attempted or an unusual condition or problem is detected, such as if humidity levels within the facility rises above a pre-defined threshold. This allows designated staff to carry out an investigation that complies with any regulation and SLAs.

Finger on the pulse

An increasingly popular way of ensuring that only authorised personnel have access to cabinets is by using biometric technologies. These automatically measure people’s physiological or behavioural characteristics and examples include automatic fingerprint identification, iris and retina scanning, face recognition and hand geometry. The major advantage that this type of solution has over PINs or RFID cards is that it cannot be lost, transferred or stolen and is completely unique.

Although previously considered too expensive for most data centre based installations, the falling costs of technology over the last few years has meant that fingerprint security at the cabinet level has become a cost effective reality – one that is becoming more and more popular.

The time taken to verify a fingerprint at the scanner is now down to a second. This is because the templates – which can be updated / polled to / from a centralised server on a regular basis – are maintained locally, and the verification process can take place whether or not a network connection is present. The enrolment process is similarly enhanced with a typical enrol involving three sample fingerprints being taken on a terminal, with the user then able to authenticate themselves from that point onwards.

This level of efficiency, cost effectiveness and all round reliability of fingerprint security means that a growing number of clients are now securing their IT resources at the cabinet level and integrating the data feed from the scanner to other forms of security such as video surveillance.

Seeing is believing

In the event of a security breach, being able to identify the person(s) attempting to gain unauthorised access to a cabinet is extremely useful in bringing them to book. Fortunately, there are a number of tools that can help to achieve this.

Cabinets can have a video recording system installed that can either record constantly or be activated in the event of an access attempt. The system will send the data centre manager an email containing a still image of the person trying to gain access. That person can then remotely access the video system and watch events unfold and, when an audio device is also used, the unauthorised person can be addressed verbally. State-of-the-art systems also allow recording devices from eight cabinets to use one network video recorder (NVR), which also makes this method of monitoring cost effective.

The use of video is a tried and tested way of tracking movements in a facility and establishing who was doing what at a particular time. Although this comes with its own independent remote software package, it can also be incorporated into a data centre infrastructure management (DCIM) system. Not only can this be used to monitor, control access and designate user privileges, it can manage elements such as power usage and optimisation, environmental control and fire suppression systems with one single suite of dedicated software. Some leading solutions secure password and role permissions on users to ensure the remote systems are as secure as the sites.

Under threat

The threat of data theft and damage to equipment must be taken seriously – those that fail to implement a thorough multi-layered system run the risk of damaging their businesses and reputations. Rather than just being seen as metal boxes, cabinets and racks are in fact at the front line in keeping data safe and ensuring that audit trails comply with relevant legislation.

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Brand-Rex Celebrates 40 Years Of Success

Brand-Rex, the leading supplier of copper and fibre optic based network infrastructure solutions for enterprises, data centres and extreme environments, has reached a significant milestone in its illustrious history by celebrating 40 years in business. The company will take a nostalgic look back as it commemorates four decades of manufacturing excellence with staff, partners and customers over the coming months.

Brand-Rex Ltd was founded in 1972 as a joint venture between Brand-Rex Corporation and British Enkalon to manufacture computer based cabling. Several locations were shortlisted for the company before the ‘new town’ of Glenrothes in Scotland was finally chosen as it already had a large number of high technology companies in the local area and could support industrial growth. Brand-Rex Ltd has remained there ever since and is now one of the town’s largest employers.

The company opened its doors with an initial staff of just 25 – a far cry from the 300 employees that it has in 2012. One member of that original group, George Wright has been employed by Brand-Rex ever since and he and his colleagues were all given £40 worth of vouchers to celebrate this occasion.

The company spent much of the 1970s developing its ethos of manufacturing excellence and, as a result, was soon appointed as a major supplier to IBM in the UK, France and Germany. The 1980s and 1990s brought more success and it launched its first Category 5 cable range in 1992 and then the GigaPlus Category 5e range of solutions in 1997.

After going through various changes of ownership, the new century saw Brand-Rex focus its attention on developing a series of solutions that would cement its position as the premier structured cabling supplier. Installers, consultants and end users looking for ultimate performance and future proofing capabilities welcomed solutions including Cat6Plus in 2002 and 10GPlus in 2006.

In 2008 Brand-Rex was purchased by Murray Capital – bringing the ownership of the company back to Scotland – and has since gone from strength to strength, achieving year-on-year growth thanks to innovative high density solutions including the groundbreaking 10GPlus Zone Cable.

Throughout its history Brand-Rex has always prided itself on its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and it recently invested a six-figure sum in its production infrastructure, including the redesign of its engineering and technical office space to double its capacity. The company has also forged an enviable reputation for its environmental credentials and in 2011 announced that its global organisational and operational activities had achieved Carbon Neutral Status in accordance with PAS 2060.

‘The last 40 years have been a remarkable time for Brand-Rex and a look back over the company’s history brings home what a truly unique, innovative and world class organisation it is,’ commented Paul Lines, Brand-Rex CEO. ‘Our determination to exceed our customers’ expectations through a combination of innovation, unrivalled levels of service and manufacturing excellence has served us magnificently over this time and we look forward to continuing to develop the very best products and systems for the next 40 years and beyond.’

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Brand-Rex’s Environmental Initiatives Bear Fruit With A Green Apple Award

Brand-Rex, the leading supplier of copper and fibre optic based network infrastructure solutions for enterprises, data centres and extreme environments, has received a Green Apple Award for its pioneering environmental achievements.

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and have become established as the UK’s major source of recognition for environmental endeavour. The Awards are organised by The Green Organisation, an independent, non-political, non-activist, non-profit group dedicated to recognising and promoting environmental best practice.

2012 marked the first time there has been a separate event for Scotland and judges were drawn from the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland, the Environment Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management and other independent bodies.

Brand-Rex was presented with its Green Apple Award at a glittering presentation ceremony held at Edinburgh Castle. It will now be further assessed with a view to representing Scotland in the European Business Awards for the Environment and will also have the chance to take part in the UK Green Apple Awards at the House of Commons in November.

The company has a long history of environmental awareness and has industry leading green credentials. In 2011 it announced that its global organisational and operational activities had achieved Carbon Neutral Status in accordance with PAS 2060 and it was subsequently announced as a winner at the 2011 VIBES (Vision In Business for the Environment of Scotland) Management Awards.

Initiatives recognised by the awards panel included the replacement of conventional ‘always-on’ factory lighting with daylight and intelligent top-up low energy electric light; replacing the factory’s fuel-oil by natural gas (saving £78,000 per quarter in the process); Over the last year the company has also invested in energy efficient gas heating and optimised its use of this resource by adjusting its building controls programme and relocating room thermostats. The decision to change its roof light panels has also brought energy saving benefits as the additional sunlight coming through gives free heat in the winter which has achieved an immediate winter saving of over £300 per week.

Also acknowledged was the Brand-Rex social responsibility in choosing offset programmes in the countries most impacted by the company’s raw materials sourcing.

For example, a land-fill methane flaring project in Chile – where the copper for their cables is mined and a hydro-dam project in Turkey where the copper is purified.

Over the preceding year, Brand-Rex increased production by 29 million metres of cable but still turned-in an overall carbon footprint reduction of 141 tonnes. An equivalent saving of 1330 tonnes compared to pre-improvement figures.

Collecting the Green Apple Award on behalf of Brand-Rex was the company’s development manager, Kennedy Miller, who commented, ‘Sustainability is at the very heart of our operation and we try to encourage environmental awareness and activity amongst all of our stakeholders and business partners. Having our efforts recognised in the form of a Green Apple Award highlights the importance of this ethos and gives us the drive and determination to do even more to reduce our carbon footprint.’

Brand-Rex Makes Light Work Of Splicing With KeyQuick®

Brand-Rex, the leading supplier of copper and fibre optic based network infrastructure solutions for enterprises, data centres and extreme environments, has announced the availability of the innovative KeyQuick mechanical splice and field installable connectors. Designed to ensure superior, high performance fibre optic based networks, the system meets the need for a fast, accurate and user friendly splicing process.

Available in the UK exclusively from Brand-Rex, the KeyQuick mechanical splice offers industry leading reliability and its unique design gives superb results consistently performing under 0.1db. Easy to connect, it has a unique transparent body with refractive properties that ensures accuracy by acting as a visual fault detector. A red light becomes visible within the splice body when fibres are misaligned, but then disappears when a good connection is made. This design also means that no additional tools are required to verify the connection.

For installers time is money and using KeyQuick allows 2.5 times more singlemode (OS1 and OS2) or multimode (OM3 and OM4) fibre connections when compared with the traditional fusion splice method.

Ideal for deployment in any fibre optic cabling infrastructure, the connectors and mechanical splices provide an easy way to make field terminations that improve installation times within buildings or outside plant without compromising performance. This can make a real difference in data centres, enterprise LANs, WANs, FTTx and next generation networks,

KeyQuick mechanical splices and field terminateable connectors are available in the UK only from Brand-Rex and in the other regions where they operate. This new product perfectly complements the Brand-Rex industry leading fibre optic cabling systems, including its FibrePlus range.

‘Splicing fibre optic cables is a time consuming and laborious task, which must be completed with meticulous care and attention,’ commented Ken Hodge, Chief Technology Officer at Brand-Rex. ‘Therefore, anything that can help make the process faster while ensuring the quality of the splice should be of interest to the many installers carrying out this type of work. KeyQuick is able to achieve all these objectives and I’m delighted that we are able to offer this solution as part of our expanding fibre optic cabling portfolio.’

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Brand-Rex Revamps Training

Brand-Rex, the leading supplier of copper and fibre optic based network infrastructure solutions for enterprises, data centres and extreme environments, has announced that those on its Business Partner Program will be able to benefit from revamped training courses from September 2012.

The Brand-Rex suite of training courses is currently being redesigned and updated and will comprise a perfect balance of theoretical and practical information. The one and two day sessions address all aspects of copper and fibre based cabling technology, outlining best practice and explaining current international and European standards. Delegates are provided with invaluable insight regarding the company’s innovative range of solutions and how they can be configured to provide end users with the most appropriate network cabling infrastructures for their needs.

To promote the new training programme, Brand-Rex will offer free training courses until March 2013. This decision exemplifies the company’s commitment to supporting its partners through these tough economic times. By imparting expert guidance about the specification and installation of its products and systems, Brand-Rex partners are equipped with the skills required to offer the best possible solutions, while ensuring that they maximise all available business opportunities.
As well as being held at Brand-Rex headquarters in Glenrothes, courses will also take place in London and at a new venue in Birmingham. Each course is available to a maximum of 30 partners, giving those attending the chance to network with other like-minded installation companies and end users, providing a more effective and productive training experience for all.

Even though they are now free to attend, the updated courses are just as rigorous as they always have been, with BICSI Continuing Education Credits (CECs) still available. All other terms and conditions of the Business Partner Program remain the same, meaning all partners need to attend up-to-date training every two years in order to issue the company’s globally renowned 25-year system warranty.

This latest announcement is part of an on going evaluation of the Brand-Rex Business Partner Program. Launched last year the scheme has four distinct levels – Premier Partner, Select Partner, Approved Partner and Distribution Partner. As well as offering training and education a wide range of other incentives are available such as project support, technical assistance, dedicated account management and a vast array of marketing support to help partners maximise their revenue generating activities. As the foremost initiative of its kind, Brand-Rex is always pleased to hear from companies that would like to benefit from joining it.

‘We recognise the crucial role our loyal partners play in our mission to achieve unsurpassed levels of customer service,’ commented Audrey O’Brien, marketing communications manager at Brand-Rex. ‘We also realise that in these austere economic conditions we must do everything we can to help maximise their revenue generating activities. Making our high quality training courses free of charge provides an opportunity for our partners to obtain the highest quality knowledge and skills available anywhere in the industry, without having to shoulder any financial burden.’
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Cannon Technologies Sees Phenomenal Demand For Its Unique Broadcast Cabinet

Cannon Technologies has witnessed a tremendous response to its Broadcast Cabinet, the only containment solution of its kind designed specifically for the media industry and one that has quickly become the preferred option for broadcast infrastructure professionals.

Traditionally the broadcasting industry has adapted standard 600mm cabinets to suit its needs, however, due to the large amount of cabling used in this type of application, this often has unsatisfactory results. After meeting with a number of industry representatives, including a global broadcasting corporation, Cannon Technologies devised a cabinet to perfectly meet their specific requirements.

Space was the main concern and the Broadcast Cabinet provides significantly enhanced cabling capacity due to unique, wider spaced depth members that position vertical cable trays at maximum width settings. Additional space between the rails and the side panels equates to an extra 30mm wide area down each side, vastly reducing the likelihood of cable goose necking.

Another significant design feature is its ruggedised construction. Before being delivered on site, cabinets are usually taken to a third party integrator and populated with the necessary equipment. With the weight of the equipment, an ordinary fully loaded cabinet can become twisted and damaged in transit, which is why the Broadcast Cabinet is made of strengthened metal that is welded together.

The product underwent extensive testing and evaluation by the broadcasting corporation and it is available in 42U and 47U heights and depths of 800mm, 900mm and 1000mm. The open front allows easy access to equipment and ensures the cabinet has a smart aesthetic finish. Cannon Technologies now services 90 per cent of the market with this solution, which is used by prestigious blue chip industry organisations.

It has also been extensively specified throughout MediaCityUK, the state-of-the-art broadcasting and media based development located in Salford. TSL, the UK’s leading creator of integrated broadcast systems, deployed over 130 pre-assembled Broadcast Cabinets at 47Ux1000mm with a specially designed raised access floor technology system.

An installation team from Cannon Technologies then installed cold aisle containment using its innovative Aisle Cocoon concept. Aisle Cocoon is a technically advanced temperature control solution that provides a system of overhead aisle panels and end doors that effectively seal off the cold aisle. A total of 11 Aisle Cocoons were fitted in compliance with stringent onsite regulations including Bovis clearance, CSCS and IPAF certification.

Cannon Technologies’ sales director, Max Zaccaria, commented, ‘The response we’ve had to the Broadcast Cabinet since its introduction has been overwhelming. It’s clear that the industry has benefitted from having a solution that perfectly suits its containment requirements and it’s another example of the forward thinking approach that Cannon Technologies adopts to everything it does.’


Cannon Technologies Introduces The Smart Space Cabinet

Cannon Technologies has announced the introduction of its innovative new Smart Space cabinet – a next generation containment solution that incorporates sliding partition panels to increase cooling efficiency, enhance inter-rack security and make cross cabling between bayed racks more effective.

Traditional rack designs utilise totally detachable side panels for maintenance or moves, adds and changes (MACs). However, when they are removed it can drastically reduce the efficiency of cold airflow within the rack by allowing hot air from the rear to mix with it, thereby reducing the effectiveness of the cooling system and increasing the amount of energy required to maintain the desired temperature. Panels that are removed for even the shortest period of time can totally spoil cold air/hot air separation and negate the benefits of an aisle cocooning system.

To address this serious issue Cannon Technologies’ Smart Space cabinet offers two types of sliding partition panels for racks bayed in rows – narrow partition and full depth panels.

Used in pairs the narrow partition panels can slide backwards and forwards to open cross cabling apertures between adjacent racks, or completely close off inter-rack access providing a highly secure solution. Either way, cooling efficiency is maximised without compromising access and they can be removed or added to bayed racks during the entire lifecycle of the installation.

The full depth panels also maintain cool air provision and can be deployed between adjacent racks and utilised as end of row side panels.

The Smart Space cabinet has been designed to meet the exacting requirements of high-density single use and co-location data centres and can be supplied in a number of different configurations – 25U, 33U, 42U, 45U, 47U and 52U heights; 600mm and 800mm widths; and depths of 900mm, 1000mm and 1200mm.

It also features four adjustable 19 inch mounting posts to allow universal server mounting and, whether they are opened or closed, the sliding panels always maintain close proximity to the posts to minimise hot air scavenging. Optional AIR-LOKK mouldings are also available to block airflow past the sides of the cabling, while allowing the cabling itself through. The Smart Space cabinet has quick release hinged doors that open 180° when bayed and 270° at end of bay and the units are provided in black and grey/white as standard, with other colours available on request.

Cannon Technologies’ business development director, Tony McLean, commented, ‘Maintaining the correct temperature within racks is vitally important in reducing the possibility of downtime and maintaining the temperatures stipulated in service level agreements. The elegant and functional Smart Space cabinet is the perfect solution for high density data centres and its unique sliding partition panels mean that maximum cooling efficiency is preserved and no cold air is wasted – saving energy and money.’

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Brand-Rex Maximises Network Security With The Secure LC Patch Cord System

Brand-Rex, Europe’s leading supplier of network infrastructure solutions for enterprise and data centre networks, has announced the launch of its Secure LC Patch Cord System which is designed to maximise security and minimise the possibility of downtime due to unauthorised access.

Manufactured to the highest possible standards, it is the perfect choice for any application where security is priority and the protection of sensitive information is paramount. Part of the company’s innovative FibrePlus fibre optic cabling portfolio, the Secure LC Patch Cord System comprises a secure patch cord, a blank adaptor plug and an extraction key.

The Secure LC patch cord’s push to latch and lock system prevents unauthorised port access or changes, restricts access to unused ports and offers complete protection from the ingress of dust. The patch cord can only be removed using a unique extraction key, which unlocks and releases the connectors. They are available for custom applications and are offered in a variety of colour-coded options so that they only release the same coloured LC connector or blank adaptor plug.

Available in a variety of lengths, the LC Duplex patch cord is compatible with singlemode and multimode fibre optic based systems and can be plugged into any industry compliant duplex adaptor, quad adaptor, or active interface.

It is particularly suitable for high density applications where space is at a premium and its design means that it can be easily accessed when installed in a cabinet. Highly cost effective and easy to use, the system can also be retrofitted into an existing installation and does not require the purchase and use of expensive special adaptors.

‘Network security is a top priority and using the Secure LC Patch Cord System will help achieve this important objective,’ commented Ian Wilkie, supply chain director at Brand-Rex. ‘Suitable for use in variety of environments such as healthcare, military, financial and educational sectors, as well as data centres, it is part of our ongoing commitment to providing best in class solutions that meet the requirements of the modern network infrastructure.’

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Brand-Rex Receives First Class Honours At Leeds Metropolitan University

Brand-Rex, the leading supplier of copper and fibre optic based network infrastructure solutions for enterprises, data centres and extreme environments, has announced a major project win at Leeds Metropolitan University. The company’s innovative Cat6Plus and FibrePlus solutions will be installed throughout the University by its long-term Select Partner, Sudlows.

One of the largest and most prestigious higher education establishments in the UK, Leeds Metropolitan University has over 29,000 students and 3,000 staff. It offers a wide range of academic and vocational courses and operates from two locations – a picturesque parkland campus in the Leeds suburb of Headingley and a site in the city centre that comprises a variety of modern purpose built facilities.

After considering the various proposals, London and Manchester based unified infrastructure specialist, Sudlows, was awarded the framework contract for the installation and maintenance of structured cabling systems throughout the campuses over the next two years.

Sudlows connectivity divisional director, Ben Lavelle, said, ‘We have a proven track record of successfully delivering connectivity projects for a number of UK based universities. This made us the ideal choice to provide Leeds Metropolitan University with a flexible and resilient Brand-Rex cabling infrastructure that can support its ICT network across a dynamic learning environment, student services and accommodation.’

To meet the specific requirements of the University, Sudlows recommended the installation of Brand-Rex Cat6Plus Category 6 unshielded twisted pair (UTP) copper cabling. OM3 multimode fibre optic cabling from the FibrePlus range will also be installed in the network’s backbone.

Cat6Plus is a premium performance structured cabling system that provides a stable and reliable platform to run LAN applications up to Gigabit Ethernet speeds. It can distribute video and support power over Ethernet (PoE), and has the additional advantage of being entirely carbon neutral, which made it a highly attractive to the University as a way to help achieve its environmental and corporate social responsibility based targets.

Work is now underway on upgrading and maintaining the cabling infrastructure across the two campuses. Steve Finnegan of Brand-Rex concluded, ‘We are delighted to be working with Sudlows on this high profile project. It will allow us to use our combined experience and expertise in the education sector to provide Leeds Metropolitan University with a top class network infrastructure.’


Brand-Rex Does The Double At The 2012 Comms Expo Awards

Brand-Rex, the leading supplier of copper and fibre optic based network infrastructure solutions for enterprises, data centres and extreme environments, recently received two accolades at the 2012 Comms Expo Awards, hosted by Netcomms Europe magazine. The company won the Green Award and the Award for Manufacturing Excellence, with voters recognising its commitment to carbon reduction and the quality of its products.

For many years the company has worked towards reducing its impact on the environment and in 2011 it announced that its global organisational and operational activities had achieved Carbon Neutral Status in accordance to PAS 2060 – the carbon neutrality standard launched by the British Standards Institute (BSI). Its aim is to reduce its total carbon emissions by 20 per cent by 2015.

Brand-Rex recently made a significant step towards achieving this target by announcing that its GigaPlus Category 5e and Cat6Plus Category 6 boxed cable ranges are now completely carbon neutral. From 2009 to 2010 cut the carbon equivalent (CO2e) of the GigaPlus Category 5e cable by 6 per cent to 45.2kg CO2e per 305m box, with an even larger reduction of 9.6 per cent on the bigger Cat6Plus Category 6 cables to 54kgs CO2e.

2012 marks 40 years of manufacturing superiority for Brand-Rex and despite the current economic climate the company recently made a six-figure investment in its production infrastructure, including the redesign of its engineering and technical office space to help it double in capacity. Manufacturing areas have also been reconfigured to make them more efficient and there has also been a significant investment in new machinery and the refurbishment of existing equipment.

This activity was complemented by the appointment of new members of staff to achieve a number of strategic objectives across its operation. This includes a dedicated continuous improvement manager who is in charge of devising and implementing a strategy to enhance stakeholder engagement, reduce operating costs, improve risk management and drive up efficiencies across the entire business.

‘When the votes were counted, Brand-Rex was the clear winner in both categories, and by a significant margin,’ said Netcomms Europe’s publisher, Ian Titchener. ‘I would like to congratulate the company on winning the Green Award and the Award for Manufacturing Excellence and thank all who voted.’

Paul Lines, CEO at Brand-Rex, concluded, ‘I’m delighted that our achievements in these two very important areas of our business have been recognised at the Comms Expo Awards. As the first cabling company to make its operations globally carbon neutral we are very proud of our green credentials. We will deliver continuous improvement in our environmental performance throughout the rest of 2012 and will look at new ways to reaffirm our status as the world’s most environmentally conscious structured cabling manufacturer.’


Five Green IT Award Nominations For Siemon

Infrastructure expert Siemon is celebrating a flush of nominations in the Green IT Awards, due to be announced at a ceremony on 19 April 2012 at the world famous London Zoo. The five categories that Siemon is shortlisted to win include Manufacturer of the Year, Sustainable Design Project of the Year, Team of the Year, Product of the Year and the Minister for Energy Award.

Now in its third year, the Green IT Awards aims to showcase and reward the technology, tools and organisations that are judged to have made a significant contribution to improving the IT industry’s environmental performance. Many of the awards are decided by public vote, with others considered by an expert judging panel. Elements scrutinised include the quality and originality of the submission, plus evidence of positive, sustainable impact and environmental, social and economic benefits.

In the categories of Product of the Year and Minister for Energy Award Siemon has been nominated for its data centre product IcePackTM. This complete liquid-cooled door system, replaces standard cabinet doors in new build data centres as well as existing sites, to cool up to 31 kW of heat per enclosure. According to Siemon, this is a space saving and energy saving system providing a high level of supplemental data centre cooling with minimal incremental energy consumption and no added noise. It capitalises on the superior cooling power of water, which cools over 3,400 times more efficiently than air and requires less energy to pump and circulate than air takes to blow.
In the classes of Sustainable Design Project of the Year and Team of the Year, Siemon has been recognised for its work with the National Composites Centre. This research hub is home to a variety of organisations developing new technologies for composites products and is one of the UK’s most energy efficient research establishments, opened last year in response to the Government’s Composites Strategy.

Constructed to meet a ‘BREEAM Excellent’ environmental rating, the National Composites Centre (NCC) is built to a best in class standard, using the latest energy efficient systems and renewable technologies. This includes a converged network that carries all data for the facility whilst delivering VoIP capability and providing the backbone of a complete building management system (BMS). NCC selected a Siemon Z-MAX® category 6A shielded structured cabling system to provide the necessary performance to manage the high volume of data transfer required by the centre’s research programmes. This shielded system provides the highest margins on all TIA and ISO performance requirements for category 6A/class EA, including critical alien crosstalk parameters, combining superb performance and unparalleled usability with security and robust noise immunity.

Peter Chivers, chief executive of the National Composites Centre concludes, “The UK now has a research centre that leads the way in its field and will offer huge benefits for industry and consumers. Our communications infrastructure is the lifeblood of the NCC and Siemon’s technology, help and advice played a vital part in helping us to achieve our environmental objectives.”

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Brand-Rex Provides Carbon Neutral Cable For Leading Environmental Consultancy

Brand-Rex, Europe’s leading supplier of network infrastructure solutions for enterprises and data centres, has announced another first by having its certified carbon neutral cable installed in the new London offices of leading environmental consultancy, Carbon Clear.

One of the world’s foremost providers of carbon advisory services and carbon offsets, Carbon Clear has offices in the UK, France, India, Spain, Turkey and the USA. The company’s business development manager, Andy Lowe, commented, ‘Our aim is to shape and promote the low carbon agenda. Businesses choose to work with us because our credibility, operational strength, and consultative approach help them achieve their sustainability goals on time and within budget.’

Carbon Clear counts Brand-Rex as one of its clients and has helped it offset all the CO2 produced during its operations, making it the first company in its sector to be verified carbon neutral according to PAS 2050:2008. Kennedy Miller, development manager at Brand-Rex, explained, ‘We have specifically chosen projects related to our business. This includes one in Chile – where 34 per cent of the world’s copper is mined – which captures the methane from two large landfills that is then flared to prevent its release into the atmosphere, resulting in significant emission reductions.’

When Carbon Clear announced its decision to relocate its UK headquarters to York Way in London, it made a conscious decision to only use products with the very best environmental credentials. This policy extended to its structured cabling infrastructure and having worked with Brand-Rex to make its GigaPlus Category 5e and Cat6Plus Category 6 boxed cable ranges completely carbon neutral, Lowe and his team knew exactly where to go.

In order to provide the requisite future proofing, Cat6Plus was the obvious choice, offering high levels of performance and guaranteed compliance with the Class E/Category 6 published standards as an absolute minimum. Andy Lowe said, ‘As well as being technically superior, the fact that from 2009 to 2010 Brand-Rex managed to cut the carbon equivalent of its Cat6Plus cable by 9.64 per cent was a major factor in our decision making process.’

Kennedy Miller added, ‘Getting to a point where we can describe Cat6Plus as carbon neutral has been a complex but highly worthwhile exercise. By establishing the emissions we create – from the sourcing of the base materials, through to transportation and manufacture, and finally to delivery to Carbon Clear – we can ensure that we offset this with investment in projects that produce fewer greenhouses gasses.’

The Brand-Rex cables also carry carbon footprint markings, while the boxes that they are delivered in have also undergone a significant redesign and are now made of extra strength low carbon cardboard. Furthermore, over the next few months Brand-Rex will be phasing out its HDPE plastic inserts and replacing them with a recycled pulp alternative, making all the components of the boxes fully recyclable.

A total of 90 ports were installed throughout the new offices, along with Brand-Rex 24 port angled Snap-In-Jack patch panels that helped to streamline the installation process. The new infrastructure will support the company’s completely cloud based IT platform and will enable voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), video and power over Ethernet (PoE) devices to operate over it.

‘We know that Brand-Rex structured cabling is the leading product of its kind, however, being able to install a system that has been certified carbon neutral helps us maintain our own highly prized environmental credentials,’ concluded Carbon Clear’s Andy Lowe. ‘I firmly believe that as CO2 reduction gets higher up the procurement agenda, cabling manufacturers with carbon neutral products and a verified carbon reduction agenda will be viewed more favourably than those that don’t.’