How Arup collaborates using video

Uses Pexip to scale its video capacity and bridge VC with Skype for Business

In the field of design, engineering and building planning, collaboration is fundamental to ensure project success.

Arup’s Chris Ellen speaks about the company’s experiences with Pexip.

At Arup, an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists, the company relies on approximately 400 video-enabled meeting rooms to connect its global workforce. But, with the amount of team collaboration Arup requires, the company ran into challenges with capacity and meeting sizes and had to limit the number of people it could simultaneously allow to meet and collaborate in virtual meetings – turning employees away and hindering the collaboration process.

Faced with the challenge, Arup sought a new solution to bridge the gap between its video conferencing rooms and software solutions, effectively both increasing its video conferencing capabilities, but also bridging its various technology platforms, specifically Skype for Business and its Cisco video infrastructure.

In January 2014, the company launched Pexip and went from limiting meetings to having no cap on the amount of meeting participants and possible ways of meeting.

In this video, Chris Ellen, Arup’s Global Unified Communications Manager, discusses why video collaboration is so critical to Arup’s success and why scalability and flexibility play a crucial role in enabling teams worldwide to connect effortlessly.

Results and outcome

  • More than 400 traditional video conferencing rooms, as well as external clients on other platforms, are now able to seamlessly connect to Skype for Business meetings via the Pexip interoperability gateway
  • ARUP’s prior hardware-based meeting systems made it difficult for Arup to scale usage effectively. Now, with Pexip Infinity, the company has no capacity constraints