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Installation speed of new Z-MAX category 6A cabling system secures prestigious IT project with St Andrews

Network infrastructure specialists Siemon have secured the first contract to supply their newly launched category 6A Z-MAX cabling solution for a brand new Medical School at the University of St Andrews.

Z-MAX will be implemented at the prestigious new £45 million School of Medicine and Science in the heart of the University’s science campus. The new school will lead collaborative research in areas of cancer, health psychology and infectious disease and will foster new interdisciplinary teamwork with scientists of other disciplines at St Andrews.

The shielded configuration of the RJ45 based category 6A Z-MAX cabling infrastructure is set to deliver 10 Gigabit Ethernet channel performance from the telecoms room to all classroom desk positions, medical research and lab facilities as well as administration offices. It will support the advanced multimedia-based teaching requirements of the medical school, in addition to high speed wired and wireless connectivity.

Siemon Certified Installer XTREME Business Solutions will be implementing 3100 category 6A ZMAX shielded outlets in the horizontal, 300 inter-cabinet links, 1500 category 6A ZMAX shielded patch cords and 180 kilometres of 500MHz category 6A F/UTP cable.
Reflecting on the choice of Siemon’s ZMAX for this significant undertaking, Ian McDonald, Technical and Infrastructure Services Manager at St Andrews, explains “A timely completion of the new Medical School is of paramount importance to us to ensure that the school can admit its first students in September 2010. To achieve this we specified tight project timescales for all contracting parties involved. When it comes to the cabling, Z-MAX has demonstrated significantly reduced installation times which will aid with fast completion and in addition will save us costs.”

Adding to this Cameron Murray, contracts director at XTREME Business Solutions explains: “St Andrews was looking for a high performance, future-proof solution able to support 10Gb/s Ethernet which Siemon are renowned for. We were competing head-to-head with other high quality 10G solutions, but the speed of installation that Siemon’s Z-MAX provides gave us the competitive edge and secured us this prestigious project.”

According to Siemon, Z-MAX offers a fast, easy and very reliable termination process, supporting termination times of just under 60 seconds per outlet.

“When it comes to cable preparation time and ease of installation Siemon’s category 6A Z-MAX solution is miles ahead of any other category 6A solution available in the market today. The trouble-free install process guarantees substantial time savings that translate into labour cost savings which in return will benefit any end user. Z-MAX certainly dispels any long established concerns about shielded solutions being difficult to terminate and install” Cameron concludes.

Siemon cabling solutions have supported St Andrews’ campus for a number of years, with widespread use of Siemon’s System 6 solution in the University’s Administration, Arts and Sciences departments as well as student residences and the company is proud to be part of yet another project; probably the most important in the history of St Andrews, set to support future advancements in the field of medicine.

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About Siemon

Established in 1903, Siemon™ is an industry leader specialising in the manufacture and innovation of high quality, high-performance network cabling solutions. With global offices and partners throughout the world, Siemon offers the most comprehensive suite of copper (unshielded and shielded twisted-pair) and fibre cabling systems available and is one of only three network cabling infrastructure companies worldwide with true global partnership capabilities. With over 400 active patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and development of industry standards, underlining the company's long-term commitment to its customers and the industry.

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About St Andrews

Founded in 1413, St Andrews is Scotland's first university and the third oldest in the English speaking world. The University is divided into four Faculties serving a total student population of over 7,258 in the academic year 2008-2009. Medicine has been taught in St Andrews for nearly 600 years and in Medical Research Multidisciplinary collaboration is a key to research success in the 21st century.

The construction of the new medical school landmarks one of the most ambitious projects in international medical teaching and research designed to interdisciplinary collaboration with the University's top rated science faculty, acknowledging the growing international consensus that the most significant advances in medical and biomedical research will result from unrestricted collaboration between medicine and the sciences. The building includes dedicated areas for medical research, biology teaching, chemistry teaching and photonics research.

About XTREME Business Solutions

Xtreme Business Solutions design, supply, install and certify a comprehensive range of technical IT solutions to meet the demands for rapid and robust network infrastructures, based around a client’s individual requirements. The company’s network solutions are drawn from industry leading organisations and manufacturers, offering clients a choice of high performance and cost effective solutions designed to meet their brief. In addition to building reliable and robust network infrastructures, XBS also believes in building long-term working relationships with both its clients and suppliers. This close working collaboration ensures continuity of product and service quality, delivered in a timely and financially prudent manner. XBS creates Voice & Data solutions from start to finish, with a tradition in excellence and a future of great promise.

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