Like a football fan on Sunday, AMX really knows how to work the remote control. The company designs and sells systems that control devices such as lights, audio and video equipment, and security cameras from a common remote interface. Its systems are used in corporate, educational, entertainment, retail, industrial, and government settings. AMX also offers residential systems that control security, lighting, and electronic devices. The company's portfolio of product partners is deep and includes such names as Honeywell, Panasonic, Polycom, Samsung, and Sharp. AMX is a subsidiary of Harman International Industries.
Change in Company Type
In 2014 infotainment and audio group Harman International Industries acquired AMX for $365 million.
AMX hardware and software products simplify the implementation, maintenance, and use of technology to create effective environments. With the increasing number of technologies and operating platforms at work and home, AMX solves the complexity of managing this technology with reliable, consistent and scalable systems. The company's products span control and automation, system-wide switching and audio/video signal distribution, digital signage and technology management. They are used worldwide in conference rooms, homes, classrooms, network operation/command centers, hotels, entertainment venues and broadcast facilities, among others.
AMX has primary US offices in Chicago; Costa Mesa and Newport, California; Las Vegas; New York City; Philadelphia; and Tampa. In addition, it has locations in nearly 90 other countries across the globe. It has operations in North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Middle East, Asia, Australia, and Russia.
Sales and Marketing
The company markets its products in the US through more than 800 systems integrators who sell, install, and service the products. Internationally, it operates through a network of more than 1,200 dealers and 24 exclusive distributors. Customers include Twentieth Century Fox, HP's Electronic Data Systems, and Baylor University.
AMX's strategy is to focus on the changing technology needs in a dozen vertical markets, including government, education, retail, entertainment, and houses of worship. It announced a host of new products and product enhancements in 2013 at the audiovisual communications conference InfoComm, including meeting room tool Enzo that streamlines the process of accessing, presenting, and sharing information and an upgrade to its Rapid Project Maker cloud-based configuration product.
AMX has partnered with hundreds of manufacturers from all aspects of the AV, environmental and communications industries to ensure product interoperability. Its partners include industry leaders such as Barco, Da-Lite, Fujitsu, Hitachi, Honeywell, JVC, Lutron, NEC, Panasonic, Polycom, Runco, Samsung, and Sharp.
The company supplemented its product development efforts with an acquisition in 2011. That year AMX acquired Plano, Texas-based SchoolView Technologies to extend its ability to serve the education market. SchoolView specialize in developing software used to manage aspects of shool operation, including bell, clock and PA systems, as well as classroom audio, video and presentation tools. Its custom applications also enable the automation of such functions as remote system diagnostics and scheduling of routine equipment maintenance.
Founded in 1982, AMX was a subsidiary of The Duchossois Group before its acquisition by Harman International in 2014.