APi Group

Mission: Integrate Unified Communications

APi Group, Inc. serves as a holding company for nearly 40 independently managed companies with more than 150 locations. Headquartered in New Brighton, Minn., APi focuses on servicing the industrial sector, including specialty construction, fire systems, fabrication and distribution.

“We have been able to take advantage of more productive meetings by having the superior audio and video conferencing technology built into our facility.” – Brian Erickson, network manager, APi

AVI-SPL partnered with APi to integrate its world headquarters with cutting-edge technology to improve communications and impress potential clients.

“Integrating unified communications became a primary initiative behind our efforts to advance APi’s communications,” says AVI-SPL Account Executive Tim Thornburgh. “We wanted to incorporate cutting-edge technology reflective of the headquarters’ high-end look and feel, blended with simplicity and ease-of-use for standardization,” he adds.

Action: Rooms for Collaboration

AVI-SPL equipped APi’s conferencing rooms with Polycom video conferencing technology complemented by sound reinforcement. Each of the four standard conference rooms have conference phones and a variety of displays – including projection screens and LCD’s – that were chosen to accommodate large audiences.

Three of seven flat panels are equipped with Chief’s automated swing arms; they can easily be positioned to maximize viewing angles. In addition, the boardroom table is engineered for several cable management systems.

In consideration of APi’s focus on LEED standards, special considerations were made when deciding on an effective control system for this project. Control and manageability of audio, video, shade and lighting systems were met through the use of two wireless interactive AMX Modero touch panels.

Impact: More Meetings, Less Expense

Today, the structure’s appeal is seamlessly matched by audio and video communication technologies in the lobby, executive boardroom, conference rooms, training room, fitness area and more.

“We have been able to take advantage of more productive meetings by having the superior audio and video conferencing technology built into our facility,” says APi Network Manager Brian Erickson. “The comfortable meeting spaces, audio/video technology and acoustically-friendly spaces (i.e. no echo) help keep the participants focused and does not detract from the meeting itself.”

At every level, APi board members will find that the new AV system is designed to provide maximum versatility, including networking capabilities.

“Prior to the installation of video conferencing technology, APi executives could only arrange to meet quarterly,” says Thornburgh. “Today, they’re able to have more meetings throughout the organization, with a lot less coordination efforts and expense required.”