Biotechnology Research Laboratory

Project: Wireless video presentation system
Major challenge: Secure presentations
Product: Wireless Presentation System

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The background

The U.S. government operates a laboratory supporting biotechnology, energy and materials research, and conservation and renewable energy. The laboratory consists of multiple campuses and sites spread our over a nearly thousand-square mile area.

"Cyber security is top priority."

The spectrum manager/wireless engineer at the laboratory is responsible for wireless communications and networking, including land mobile radios, paging, cell phones, in-building amplifiers, etc. Government regulations prohibit vendors from getting behind government firewalls because of security reasons and threats of viruses and trojans. This made it almost impossible for visitor to use the 50" monitor for presentations at the laboratory's network operations center (NOC). The manager wanted to make it easier for vendors to make video presentations without tapping into the laboratory's network. 

"Cyber security is top priority," says the manager.

The manager started looking for a solution. He found an older video device from another vendor at the office. He tried it, but it wasn't what he wanted. So he began researching systems from multiple vendors, including Black Box. Having bought KVM switches, modems, and other "boxes" from Black Box in the past, the manager was familiar with the company. After reviewing several different products, he chose the Black Box Wireless Presentation System (ACX-HDMI-WI). 

Black Box's tech support and quality of merchandise are some of the best in the industry."

Government Research Laboratory
Spectrum Manager and Wireless Engineer

One system, multiple uses

The manager chose the Wireless Presentation System because it gives him password protection and WEP encryption, a conference administrator control function, the ability to support multiple hosts, and ease of use.

Vendor presentations
The manager uses the WPS to set up a "Webinar-type" system. He has multiple vendors come in and do their presentations one after the other. Vendors like the system because they can now make presentations to the big screen. The manager likes it because it keeps the laboratory's network off limits and secure. And, as the conference administrator, he has control over who can present and when. Vendors never have control of the system or access to the network.

The manager also found the system was an ideal solution for video conferencing with another laboratory site 50 miles away. When vendors come in, they can now show the presentations for both sites at one time. "This saves me an hour drive each way," he says.

In-house meetings
The manager discovered a third use for the system. "It's great for meetings. Instead of having five or six people crowding around my laptop, I hook up my computer to the system. It's very good for planning systems and studying detailed map images on the big screen.