Commercial buildings are evolving to cater to changes in technology and workplace behavior, while presenting new opportunities to maximise efficiency and productivity. Anixter recently developed the Infrastructure as a Platform (IaaP) model to help building managers address the five key technology areas that form the building blocks for smart commercial buildings. These five areas are: managing risk, optimising network performance, enhancing workforce productivity, improving space utilisation and enabling the Building Internet of Things (BIoT).

Today there is a strong emphasis on providing a secure and safe environment for the workforce. The trend is toward a split between reactive security and proactive security. Proactive security anticipates risk and finds solutions while the threat is still manageable. Anixter has defined a five-layered approach to physical security that provides the ability to deter, detect, delay, defend and deny at every layer of a commercial building to mitigate the risk of a breach.

Forbes estimates that by 2020 there will be 26 billion devices connected to the Internet, adding $1.9 trillion in global economic value through sales into diverse end markets. More than ever before, a high-performance structured cabling system plays an essential role in operating a smart building. Versatile physical layer connectivity enables an open system platform, where the right media selection and cabling topology can support multiple applications, handle increased bandwidth and eliminate network downtime.

Social and economic drivers are placing a larger focus on how workforce behavior can be improved with technology. Adequate bandwidth is required to facilitate the explosion of high-definition video and BYOD environments that enable collaborative business communication with seamless network availability throughout the building.

According to a CoreNet Global survey, 63 percent of commercial real estate managers expected portfolios to downsize in the next year. With more employees concentrated in smaller spaces and an increasing demand for dynamic, collaborative areas, optimising real estate effectiveness is important for the productivity and efficiency of employees as well as the building itself.

Cost and efficiency, life-cycle management and improved sustainability are the main drivers behind the need to enable a BIoT environment. An intelligent building must be able to address the challenges of open architecture design, supplier integration and migrating to an IP platform.

Anixter will be joined by key suppliers to share its latest product and solution offerings for these five key technology areas. Please visit for latest calendar updates and information.