Anixter Joins Open Security and Safety Alliance

Anixter Joins Open Security and Safety Alliance to Help Develop a Global Standardized Framework for Innovation in the Security and Safety Industry


Glenview, Ill.—The fragmented nature of the security and safety equipment market has brought manufacturers, integrators and other market players together to drive the need for integrated, interoperable systems. As a leading global distributor of Network and Security Solutions, Anixter Inc. (NYSE: AXE) has joined the Open Security & Safety Alliance, a new partnership of global security, safety and building automation organizations, to help develop a framework of common standards, best practices and specifications that address shared challenges and provide common ground for innovation.

“Across all segments of our business, our customers are demanding technologies that empower their connected buildings and smart spaces,” said Anixter’s CEO Bill Galvin. “These transformative environments have increased in scale and complexity with the rapid adoption of IoT and open architectures. Galvin continued, “We believe the Alliance will play an integral role in propelling the security, safety and building automation industries to help our customers drive innovation and operational efficiency.”

The five founding members of the Alliance are Bosch Building Technologies, Hanwha Techwin, Milestone Systems, Pelco by Schneider Electric and VIVOTEK Inc. Other early Alliance members include Ambarella Inc., AndroVideo, Kings Secure Technologies, Wavestore Global Ltd., SOCIONEXT Inc., Topview Optronics Corp., Aitek S.p.A. and Security and Safety Things GmbH.

“The way we use and interact with technology in the security, safety and building automation industries is transforming at a rapid pace,” commented Galvin. “These technology innovations will be critical intelligent components of our new connected world. As an active member of the Alliance, we look forward to the opportunity to work with talented organizations and individuals to help deliver these innovations and to help customers build solutions that provide intelligent insights to improve their business operations and processes.”

Background of the Alliance

The Alliance was formed in reaction to today's market characterized by the continued evolution of the Internet of Things and the aggregation of data. Security and safety solutions are fragmented due to the lack of a collaborative approach to common challenges including cyber security and common operating systems.

This is holding back innovation and seamless integration. Many market players are competing on technical topics that do not necessarily make a significant difference for customers. In order to add real value for customers the market needs a new direction, a framework that will enable the industry to focus on innovation and development of new applications.

About the Open Security & Safety Alliance

The Open Security & Safety Alliance is a collaboration initiative that brings together like-minded organizations in order to create a framework providing standards and specifications for common components including an operating system, IoT infrastructure, collective approach for data security and privacy, and a drive for improved levels of performance for security and safety solutions. This will help the market and parties involved to focus on the aspects that really add value for their customers and open up new application possibilities, even beyond security and safety. For more information, visit

About Anixter

Anixter is a leading global distributor of Network & Security Solutions, Electrical & Electronic Solutions and Utility Power Solutions. We help build, connect, power and protect valuable assets and critical infrastructures. From enterprise networks to industrial MRO supply to video surveillance applications to electric power distribution, we offer full-line solutions, and intelligence, that create reliable, resilient systems that sustain businesses and communities. Through our unmatched global distribution network along with our supply chain and technical expertise, we help lower the cost, risk and complexity of our customers’ supply chains.

Anixter adds value to the distribution process by providing over 135,000 customers access to 1) innovative supply chain solutions, 2) over 600,000 products and over $1.0 billion in inventory, 3) 310 warehouses/branch locations with approximately 9.0 million square feet of space and 4) locations in over 300 cities in approximately 50 countries. Founded in 1957 and headquartered near Chicago, Anixter trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AXE. For more information, visit

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