Dropbox is a file hosting service that offers cloud storage and file synchronization. Since its launch in 2007, the San Francisco-based company has grown into a household name with more than 300 million users saving over a billion files every day. To accommodate this growth, Dropbox announced the opening of a New York office in 2014, and PPI joined the project team as the as the audiovisual integrator for the new office.
The hallmark of the project is a town hall space designed for office-wide presentations and company-wide videoconferences. The space includes two ceiling-mounted projectors shining onto 123” screens. Content from a Mac Mini, guest laptops, and a Google Chromebox video conferencing system can be shown on either or both screens. PPI integrated professional audio and videoconferencing features including multi-zoned loudspeakers, digital wireless microphones, and a high-definition pan-tilt zoom camera into the Goggle Chromebox system. This provides Dropbox with the ability to use their preferred collaboration platform with the benefits of a professionally integrated audiovisual system. The system is controlled using a custom designed GUI controls the entire system.
The project also included several standardized conference rooms outfitted with Chromebox units for video conferencing. Two huddle rooms feature 27” touch screen displays, two small conference rooms feature 60” displays with additional guest laptop connections, and two large conference rooms feature 70” displays with additional guest laptop connections. This standardized approach ensures user familiarity and ease-of-use regardless of location, mirroring Dropbox’s successful approach to its own service.