Fire/life safety firm SimplexGrinnell and AVI-SPL team up on audio-video services

May 14, 2009 |

BOCA RATON, Fla. (May 13, 2009) – SimplexGrinnell, a leader in fire and life safety, is advancing its ability to provide single-source solutions for primary/secondary schools, healthcare facilities and other key customers through a new teaming relationship with AVI-SPL, the largest global integrator for audio video systems and services.

The agreement with AVI-SPL will enable SimplexGrinnell to package top-quality pro-sound solutions with its integrated fire, security and emergency communications systems and services. The AVI-SPL portfolio includes sound and video reinforcement, videoconferencing, collaborative communication and streaming media, along with a comprehensive suite of support services.

SimplexGrinnell and AVI-SPL have developed the agreement with the sophisticated needs of 21st century building owners and occupants in mind. For instance, in educational facilities, SimplexGrinnell will be better positioned to complement its fire and life-safety solutions with high-quality pro-sound systems for auditoriums, gymnasiums and cafeterias. AVI-SPL’s audio video solutions can also meet important customer needs in other key markets, including healthcare, government, hospitality, houses of worship, corporate facilities and performance venues.

“SimplexGrinnell is excited to be working together with a company of AVI-SPL’s caliber and stature to offer our customers a winning combination – best-in-class solutions with single-source convenience and accountability,” said Dave Baer, Vice President of Marketing at SimplexGrinnell. “As a company with a long history of leadership in fire, life safety and building systems, SimplexGrinnell appreciates the knowledge, experience and value that AVI-SPL brings to the audio video industry. We are very confident that customers will appreciate the packaged solutions and life-cycle service SimplexGrinnell can deliver as a result of this agreement.”

John Zettel, CEO of AVI-SPL, said: “When it comes to meeting complex life-safety and protection system needs, SimplexGrinnell is an unquestioned industry leader.  By combining the outstanding experience and resources of SimplexGrinnell with that of an industry leader like AVI-SPL, we look to meet the life safety and property protection needs of our clients, backed by the best in collaborative audio video technology and integration expertise. Together, we offer a total commitment to the integrity and excellence of our systems and services.”


Headquartered in Tampa, FL, AVI-SPL is the result of a merger between Audio Visual Innovations (AVI) and Signal Perfection, Ltd. (SPL). With more than 40 years of aggregate experience in the industry, AVI and SPL bring together strong traditions of providing quality audio visual technology. As the largest global integrator for audio video systems and services, AVI-SPL delivers the most comprehensive line-up of presentation solutions, including: systems integration, sales and rentals, complete staging productions, managed conferencing, IP integration and event management. For more about AVI-SPL, visit

About SimplexGrinnell

SimplexGrinnell, a Tyco International company, provides a comprehensive array of fire alarm, fire sprinkler, fire suppression, integrated security, sound and communications, and nurse call systems and services. With one million customers, 150 local offices, and over 200 years of history in the fire business, SimplexGrinnell is the leader in fire and life safety. For additional information or to locate the nearest SimplexGrinnell district office, visit


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