Brand-Rex new profile

Acquisition by Leviton puts brand in the spotlight

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Brand-Rex new profile Brand-Rex SmartPatch is an advanced overlay system providing network managers with real time visibility of network connectivity and utilisation.
By Staff Writer Published  August 24, 2016

The recent acquisition of Brand-Rex by Leviton is the culmination of advancement in product development and market strategy by the brand in the last few years.

Brand-Rex, a leading developer of cabling solutions for network infrastructure and industrial applications in its own right, was acquired by Leviton earlier this year, bringing together two of the most recognisable names in cabling.

Late last year, Brand-Rex announced the development of a new advanced IIM (intelligent infrastructure management) solution for the Middle East market.

Designated SmartPatch IMS and based on RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology, the system consigns into history the need for special IIM patch-cords. That’s because the RFID tags are simply clipped onto any standard Brand-Rex copper or fibre patch cord.

The Brand-Rex SmartPatch IPS solution comprise 1U or Zero-U network scanners, Category 6 and 6A copper patch panels plus LC-based single-mode and multi-mode fibre patch panels.

These intelligent patch panels take the established technology of Brand-Rex patch panels and add to that a small RFID antenna assembly - which reads the data in RFID tags clipped onto standard Brand-Rex Cat6Plus, 10GPlus, LC multi-mode and LC single-mode patch cords.

The simple RFID antenna assembly on each patch panel connects to a scanner module which conveys the real-time patching information to SmartPatch Connectivity Management Software running on either a network server or on Brand-Rex SaaS (software as a service) cloud software application.

Designed to maximise available active equipment real-estate in the data centre or comms room, SmartPatch IPS (intelligent patching system) network scanners can be located in a number of so-called ‘Zero U’ locations such as the vertical cabling space within racks, above the rack or underfloor and support multiple cabinets in a row or room, allowing flexibility in design and reducing cost.

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