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Telemetrics Camera Robotics Systems Enhance Exhibits at the Newseum.
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newmuseumLas Vegas, NV (June 18, 2008) – Telemetrics Inc., the industry leader in camera robotics and control systems, is pleased to announce the installation of their best-in-breed camera robotics system at the Newseum in Washington, DC.

“Our company offers a wide range of innovative and practical products and we’re proud to use that strength to help create this profile of the state of the broadcast industry,” said Anthony Cuomo, Vice President and General Manager, Telemetrics, Inc. Billed as one of the most technologically advanced museums in the world, the museum of news is a showcase for today’s most advanced High Definition television production systems. Featuring hands-on exhibits, theatres and studios, which cover 500 years of news history and news gathering capabilities, the Newseum’s sophisticated master control room is currently in the equipment installation and testing phase.

The task of designing, integrating and installing the wide array of broadcasting and audio-visual equipment making up much of the museum experience was handled by Communications Engineering Inc. (CEI) of Newington, Va. One of the key challenges for this project was the need to install the systems while the 643,000-square-foot, seven-story building – which includes a conference center, offices, a restaurant and apartments – was under construction.

CEI’s role in the Newseum project included designing and building several production control rooms, installing audio and video equipment in the Newseum theaters and studios, installing network equipment connected to interactive areas throughout the museum, and building the sophisticated master control room.

As the technical center for the management of all aspects of the Newseum’s daily functions, the master control room is also expected to be a major visitor attraction. A large glass atrium allows visitors to watch all master control room operations – from live broadcasts to the workings of the Newseum’s IT protocol. A second control room runs the Newseum TV Studio which is used for public affairs and news by the major television networks.

Telemetrics’ Servo LP Pan/Tilt Heads have been installed in the three main production areas of the Newseum: the Atrium, the Forum Theatre and the main Newseum TV Studio. The system also includes two Telemetrics Weatherproof Camera Robotic Systems installed strategically on the rooftop of the Newseum for exterior shots of the Capitol. The cameras are controlled using Telemetrics’ versatile CPS-ST-S Studio Control System with thumbnail picture presets. Telemetrics desktop serial control panels are also installed in both control rooms.

Telemetrics’ CPS-ST-S Camera Control System provides flexible architecture for single-operator control of most devices from the broadcast industry’s leading manufacturers. The system employs a GUI for remote camera control and hardware interface. Joystick trim control of pan, tilt, zoom, focus, iris and master pedestal is done via the Telemetrics CP-D3A Desktop Control Panel. For added flexibility and user convenience, the CPS-ST-S Camera System features up to 160 presets in storyboard mode and up to 8000 presets when organized by camera. Multiple screen layouts facilitate ease of operation and a preset video switcher is available for still image capture and preview functions.

The camera robotic pan/tilt mechanisms installed at the museum include a combination of Telemetrics PT-LP-S3 Servo Pan/Tilt Heads and accessories wall mounted in the Newseum’s Atrium and Forum Theater, and Telemetrics’ PT-HP-S2 Servo Pan/Tilt Heads mounted on tripods in the facility’s TV Studio. The two rooftop camera robotics systems atop the Newseum include Telemetrics’ PT-LWP-S3 Weatherproof S3 Servo Pan/Tilt Heads and accessories.

All of the Telemetrics Camera Robotics Systems are controlled via network connection over the Newseum’s IP infrastructure. Bi-directional control signals are transmitted over standard CAT5 structured cable which run to and from each camera location and are routed to the Newseum’s two control rooms. In addition to its cost-effectiveness, the networked system configuration allows the Newseum to easily move and add camera systems anywhere a network connection is available.

A true testament to HD and the future of news broadcasting in the United States, the Newseum opened April 11, 2008.