Siemon has launched its new LockIT category 6 and category 6A patch cords that prevent unintended or unauthorised disconnections in a network.

Siemon’s LockIT patch cords are available as shielded and unshielded category 6A and unshielded category 6 cords and can be freely inserted into an RJ45 outlet at end device locations or patch panels. They can be removed using the included LockIT Cord Key.

The new cords are ideal for preventing disconnection of devices such as security cameras, point-of-sale terminals, self-service kiosks, digital displays and other devices in publicly accessible spaces like schools, retail stores, transportation hubs, hospitality venues and hospitals.

LockIT cords are also suited for protecting mission-critical network connections within data centres and telecommunications spaces. They are offered in both 26 and 28 AWG constructions, with 28 AWG offering a smaller diameter for better airflow and increased flexibility in high-density patching areas. The extended length of the LockIT Cord Key facilitates easy unlocking in these tight spaces. All cords feature a transparent low-profile boot that ensures proper bend relief and a bright red locking tab that makes it easy to identify secure connections.

“With more networked devices than ever before, cost-effectively protecting connections and preventing unauthorised disconnects in public spaces is critical to keeping networks and their connected devices secure,” says Lee Funnell, technical services group manager for Europe, Russia and Central Asia at Siemon. “Not only is our LockIT system ideal for public spaces, but it also adds an additional layer of security in mission-critical networks. LockIT provides a simple yet cost-effective, easily implemented and highly manageable solution for a wide range of applications and vertical markets.”

The LockIT cords feature Siemon’s patented metallic isolator and internal load bar for superior category 6 and category 6A transmission performance. Integrated PowerGUARD technology that ensures mechanical reliability in high temperature environments up to 75° C also improves heat dissipation in remote powering applications, including power over Ethernet (PoE) and power over HDBaseT (PoH). The patch cords are part of Siemon’s LockIT system that includes brightly-coloured yellow secure LC and RJ45 outlet locks that are freely inserted and locked flush into any standards-compliant RJ45 outlet or LC fibre adapter to block port access, while providing a clean appearance without obstructing adjacent outlets or protruding beyond the outlet face.