Lunch & Learn // SMRT Architects

We had a good crowd at our Lunch & Learn at SMRT Architects to explain the benefits of integrating building camera systems, intrusion/alarms, and access control all under one software platform. This is relatively new to the market, and anyone building a new building should be aware of the benefits.

Left to right are: Eric Colby, security sales engineer for Connectivity Group; Brian Colby, account manager for IMI, Inc.; and Leigh Drummey, account executive for Connectivity Point.

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Very professional, great job!

The tech I spoke to was excellent, very professional, great job!

— D.L. , Voice Operations Analyst II

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The Connectivity Group Opens New Office

 

The Connectivity GroupThe Connectivity Group has opened a new office at 400 US Route 1 in Falmouth, Maine.

“We love the new space,” said Tim Hooper, President of The Connectivity Group. “Now everyone is located on one floor, and we have amenities that were lacking in our previous offices. The easy access to Route 295, the Turnpike, airport, and downtown Portland, are all great advantages.”

Established in 2006, The Connectivity Group and sister company Connectivity Point Design & Installation (established 2002) consist of over 100 dedicated employees throughout Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. They have been ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in Maine for the last four years, and have grown steadily with the most significant growth over the last 3 years.

The Connectivity Group specializes in the infrastructure for voice, data, video, and security applications. Consisting of a dozen employees—including audio/visual, sound masking, cellular amplification, and security subject-matter-experts—they design and install network cabling, audio/visual equipment, sound masking/speech privacy systems, surveillance and security solutions, and cellular boosters. They also deploy technical equipment such as PCs, phones, and other network equipment requiring “smart hands” field support.

The Connectivity Group oversees national/global projects and leverages a network of pre-qualified partners—including Connectivity Point—who have local, experienced technicians. To date, Connectivity Group has worked on projects in 44 states and 24 countries.

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“Your people made a difference”

Hey guys,

I just wanted to give you a heads up on a recent project that we had you work on for us in greater Boston.

We just held our closeout meeting and Connectivity Point was stated as a strong positive on the project. Our project manager said that
Todd was very responsive and got the right people to the right places at the right time. One of the engineers on the project also spoke highly about Todd’s ability to get things done. He also stated that the tech who did the patch panel had a great positive attitude, appeared to love what he did for work and was a great representative of CPDI.

Anyway, I just wanted to share with you that the partnership with share with CPDI is greatly appreciated. I also wanted you to hear from the people in the field who said your people made a difference on how this job went.

Looking forward to more fun in the future!

—Allen

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Jupiter Electric: “Quality of the work is top notch”

It was a pleasure to work with your company, especially Alby Blais and Tony Baker. The quality of the work is top notch. We have received compliments from UML personnel in regards to the overall completeness of the job. Alby and Tony were on their game every step of the way. Congratulations on a job well done.

—D.W.  Electrical Foreman, Jupiter Electric

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Big Y – A Big Success

BigY_LogoBig Y is a family-owned grocery chain with more than 60 stores throughout Massachusetts, Connecticut, and southeastern New York. In August 2016, Big Y purchased eight Hannaford stores in the greater Boston area and turned to Connectivity Point/Connectivity Group to help with the ‘make-ready’ work related to network cabling and other I.T. infrastructure needed for the turnover.

This project presented some unique challenges:

  • In order to have minimum impact on sales, the turnover timeline was only 4 days.
  • Access to the stores ahead of time was limited, and usually only available overnight or limited to a few morning hours.
  • The network cabling that was needed would need to be completed before many other departments could even start their assigned tasks.
  • Two stores had Pharmacies which required zero downtime.

 
To help manage the timeframes and complexity of the transition, Big Y hired Bowdoin Construction and CM&B Construction to oversee four stores each. Connectivity Point assigned Len Campbell, RCDD, as the lead on the project and added Estimator/Project Manager Todd Brown to provide support.

The logistical coordination was significant—each store required a walk-thru to define the specific scope of work. Then materials and manpower needed to be coordinated with the local store manager, the GC, Big Y contacts, and other trades, along with negotiating access limitations, permits, certificates of insurance, and the usual last-minute changes to the scope of work.

While Len and Todd wrestled down the scopes of work for each site, Roy Chamberlain coordinated the schedule with Scott Gagnon, who was taking care of man-lift deliveries, and Nate Hamlyn who was purchasing materials.

Part of this project included 12 Ortronics equipment cabinets. These custom cabinets required a lead time that meant they would be delivered only days ahead of the cutover. This added to the intensity of the cutover which would require more than 20 technicians overnight.

By planning ahead and staying proactive whenever they could, the project team was in great shape for the first cutover which went off without a hitch. Following the cutover, the team moved on to the next 4 stores to prep for the following week’s cutover. Everything was looking good and going according to plan, until Monday when a scheduling change moved the cutover from midnight Tuesday to midnight on Monday. A mad scramble ensued and HUGE thank you goes out to all the technicians who answered the call to action. Within just a few hours, technicians were on-site and overnight tasks were quickly attended to. In the end, the project was a success, and the customer was extremely happy.

This was an amazing example of all the things that make this company great—flexibility, professionalism, willingness to take on a challenge, the get-it-done attitude, the customer service focus. In cases like this, there were so many examples of techs going above and beyond. Thank you to everyone involved that made the Big Y a big success!

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Connectivity Point names Jim Cyr as Director of Sales

Auburn, Maine — Connectivity Point Design & Installation announced recently that Jim Cyr has been named Director of Sales. Cyr will be tasked with growing the company’s sales division in Maine and contributing toward the expansion of the company’s capabilities, products, and services.
Cyr has been with Connectivity Point since 2010 and in his previous position was instrumental in adding many new customers to the Connectivity Point client list.
“Jim has been a member of the team since August 2010 and has been a positive contributor to the growth of the company from day one,” said Doug Watt, President of Connectivity Point. “His tireless work ethic and positive attitude are exactly what we need as we continue to add new team members to our roster and grow our sales department.”
Connectivity Point, headquartered in Auburn, Maine, specializes in the installation of infrastructure for voice, data, video, and security applications, including network cabling, audio/visual equipment, sound masking/speech privacy, surveillance and security solutions, wireless networks, and telephone systems. Their team of technicians serve customers from Bangor to Boston. For more information, please visit connectivitypoint.com or call (866) 782-0200.
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Point/Group brings home Best Places to Work award

Accepting the award on behalf of the companies (L to R): Tom Aube, Tim Hooper, John Herrick, Tanya Estes, Jim Cyr, Mell Hamlyn, Doug Watt.

Accepting the award on behalf of the companies (L to R): Tom Aube, Tim Hooper, John Herrick, Tanya Estes, Jim Cyr, Mell Hamlyn, Doug Watt.

On October 4, Connectivity Point/Connectivity Group received our Best Places to Work in ME award!

This year, the awards presentation was less about numerical rank and more about survey scores.The employee survey has more than 75 questions that are grouped into eight categories–Leadership & Planning, Culture & Communication, Role Satisfaction, Work Environment, Relationship with Supervisor, Training-Development & Resources, Pay & Benefits, and Overall Engagement. Our score for Overall Engagement was 92 (last year 91), and our overall score across the entire survey was 86 (last year was 87).

One thing the survey does without question is confirm what we already know–that we have an awesome, dedicated, professional group of employees that work hard every day to serve customers and each other. We are honored to receive this award four years in a row!

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Connectivity Point names Tim Hooper President of Connectivity Group

CPDI announced recently that Tim Hooper has been named President of The Connectivity Group.  As President, Hooper will oversee all Connectivity Group operations, working closely with Tom Aube, who will continue in his role as senior director.

Hooper has been with Connectivity Point Design and Installation since its founding in 2002 and since 2004 has served as Vice President. In 2007 Hooper was instrumental in in the development of The Connectivity Group. The Connectivity Group was created to act as a sister company to Connectivity Point and provide low voltage design and installation services to national and international customers, and has provided project management services to customers in 44 states in the U.S. and 22 countries around the world.

“Tim has been with us since the beginning and he’s been an integral part of the growth of Connectivity Point,” said Doug Watt, President of Connectivity Point. “Tim’s incredible work ethic and ‘fix first’ attitude for our customers has always been the benchmark that set the standard for us all to follow. I’m positive that the focus he will bring to this new role will promote new growth at Connectivity Group.”

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Connectivity Point/Group named as BrightSign reseller

Connectivity Point/Connectivity Group has recently been authorized as a BrightSign reseller.

BrightSign is a market leader in digital signage media players. Designed exclusively for digital signage, BrightSign’s slim OS delivers superior signage capabilities and exceptional full HD and 4K video quality with a dependable, solid-state platform. This PC-less solution delivers the absolute highest standard of reliability and affordability. Plus BrightSign’s green, energy-efficient media players consume less power to help keep operating costs down. Perfect for digital signage, retail information displays, entertainment, leisure, education, message boards or media player streaming to a digital sign.

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