1 February, 2020

London Calling

In 2016, we were approached by Accel — a venture capital titan best known as the first major investor of Facebook and Supercell — to design and install AV for conference rooms in its new office in London.

A Look Into Accel’s AV Integration in their Conference Rooms

In 2016, we were approached by Accel — a venture capital titan best known as the first major investor of Facebook and Supercell — to design and install AV for conference rooms in its new office in London. The system needed to include AV integration, Sonos audio, video conferencing capabilities across three different meeting rooms, and video setups in the library and office fitness center.

A Custom Approach For A Complex Space

Our team had to manage multiple complexities in designing Accel’s solution. Heavy use of glass and steel in the new office’s design had produced a dramatic, stunning space, but created significant acoustic challenges. And, aesthetic considerations limited options for speaker and microphone placement.

TSP worked closely with Accel’s IT manager in London, sharing documents and dialogue about equipment specifications for video conferencing and strategies around integrating AV equipment from Accel’s previous office into the new system. To boost adoption and foster a seamless working environment, we also created a custom interface that allows anyone in the office — even admin staff — to use meeting rooms.

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Built to last

The Accel project required us to be flexible, creative, and responsive through every stage of the engagement. We spent extra time researching products that would deliver superior quality despite the space’s challenging acoustics, and worked with Accel to further refine audio quality by tweaking the microphones and audio processor.

We continue working with Accel today, finding new ways to enhance their AV experience. Case in point: When the company recently switched its video conference provider, we worked remotely to update key systems so they would work seamlessly with the new provider.

Creating new ways to collaborate

Our work with Accel has supported the company’s business priorities by creating new ways for its people to engage with groundbreaking global organizations shaping tomorrow’s technology landscape. Accel’s new AV capabilities enable team members in London to collaborate more closely with portfolio companies and other worldwide offices from three wired conference rooms.

  1. Sound design for 11,000 sq foot top floor space with roof garden
  2. Tesira FORTÉ DSPs for acoustic tuning of each room
  3. Office-wide Sonos streaming
Accel’s new AV capabilities enable team members in London to collaborate more closely with portfolio companies and other worldwide offices.

Client Name

Accel

Project Type

Office AV smart space optimization

Key services provided

Design and install

Project Specifics

  • Sound design for 11,000 sq foot top floor space with roof garden
  • Office-wide Savant AV controls
  • ​6 Amina invisible speakers
  • ​Office-wide Sonos streaming
  • ​Samsung TVs (including a 95” model for the boardroom)
  • ​Revolabs wireless and Clockaudio wired microphones
  • ​Tesira Forte DSPs for acoustic tuning of each room
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