Founded in 1947, Educational Testing Service (ETS) is one of the largest, private nonprofit educational testing and assessment organizations in the world. Based in Princeton, New Jersey, ETS creates customized assessments for individuals, educational institutions, and government agencies. It develops, administers, and scores more than 50 million tests annually at over 9,000 locations worldwide.
ETS needed a reliable, standalone wireless AV presentation system that was easy to use and would transmit the audio and video all from one place. Plus, it wanted a solution in the office of one of its top officials that could simply be plugged in and turned on. The organization also required a secure transmission, separate from the IT network.
For these purposes, ETS chose the Kramer KW-11T transmitter and KW-11R receiver, a high-definition, wireless HDMI combination designed for use over short distances (up to 39 feet/12 meters). The KW-11T converts an HDMI signal to a wireless signal and sends it to the KW-11R. The KW-11R then converts the wireless signal back to HDMI.
The transmitter/receiver pair offers uncompressed video resolutions of up to 1080p60 with AES 128 encryption for a secure AV link. As an additional benefit, the KW-11T and KW-11R are part of Kramer TOOLS™, Kramer’s family of high-quality and space-saving compact solutions.
ETS already had VGA and HDMI ports installed on the floor by the conference table, but the KW-11 also allowed users to walk around the office wirelessly and still be connected. The transmitter can be plugged into the HDMI input on a laptop for an immediate connection. A simple press of a button changes the source input on the display as necessary.
“The Kramer KW-11 was a simple solution that solved a lot of issues,” says Patrick Whipkey, Senior Project Manager at IMS Technology Services, the systems integrator that handled the project. “It was a small transmitter plugged into the HDMI input and it allowed the presenter to walk around while using it.”
The IMS Technology Services team reviewed the specifications for the KW-11 with the ETS audio-video team and security personnel and approved the encryption.
Answering all the needs of ETS, the new AV presentation system aced the performance test, passing with flying colors.