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Telemetrics Takes the Gold for Canada's Global TV
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Mahwah, NJ (February 25, 2010) − Canada’s Global TV has added the TeleGlide® Camera Trolley Floor Track Systems from camera robotics leader Telemetrics, Inc. to the camera systems at their Vancouver production center. The robotic floor track systems provide quick, smooth and quiet camera positioning, with location feedback, and are used in Global TV’s studios to help produce and control newscasts for the 15 Global TV stations across the country.

Implemented in 2008, Global TV’s unique system allows the local stations to maintain their anchors, reporters and editors while production functions (cameras, switcher/vision mixer, audio, graphics, lights, etc.) are controlled remotely using Telemetrics camera robotics systems. Four “production centers” located in Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver provide the technical facilities for 13 separate local newscasts. This includes all local news production in addition to Global’s flagship national newscast, Global National with Kevin Newman and Fox Soccer Report for Fox Sports World.

“Telemetrics Televators, H-Frames and the TeleGlide® Camera Trolley Floor Track Systems are deployed in each of our broadcast studios,” said Gerry Belec, Director of Technology and Design, Global Television. “The versatility provided by this system allows us to have control of any camera unit, anywhere in the country, at the click of a mouse.”

Each of the studio locations are virtual set environments with cameras shooting the on-air talent on green screen. Camera moves are synchronized with the virtual background making the set appear to change perspective when the camera angle changes. The tracking data and video from the Telemetrics systems are transmitted back to the production center and composited into a tracking, virtual set in real time.

According to Mr. Belec, this type of set up gives Global TV the flexibility to provide more coverage of regional events in a cost efficient manner, but with the added value of providing a high-end look and network style production values.

In British Columbia, where Global TV is the market leader for local and national news, Mr. Belec noted that the Telemetrics system will be instrumental in their coverage of how one of the world’s largest sporting events affects the local viewers and their communities.

“We are using the Telemetrics TeleGlide Camera Trolley floor track system to enhance our daily news coverage of the events and stories surrounding the Greater Vancouver Region and surrounding ski areas, when these communities welcome the world in February,” he said. “The coverage will be anchored from the virtual set at GlobalBC, with live cut-ins from around the region. The Telemetrics system is key to our success in covering this event as well as other news-making stories and is one of the cornerstones of our wall to wall coverage.”

In addition to the Telemetrics Televators, H-Frames and the TeleGlide® Camera Trolley Floor Track, the Global TV system also uses the Telemetrics LP Pan/Tilt device, model PT-LP-S4, the Telemetrics DS-4 Device Server and the Telemetrics CP-D-3A Desktop Robotic Camera Control Panel with the accompanying Studio Control System Software (CPS-ST-S).

“The TeleGlide Floor Track is the newest addition to the system and adds yet another element to Global’s production versatility and prowess,” said Anthony Cuomo, Vice President and General Manager, Telemetrics, Inc. “Global TV is at the forefront of digital news production and workflow and we are proud to continue our longstanding partnership with them.”

The systems integration, service and technical support is being provided by Applied Electronics, Ltd., with offices throughout Canada.

For more information on Telemetrics’ camera control systems call 201-848-9818, fax 201-848-9819, or visit www.telemetricsinc.com.

About Telemetrics, Inc. Telemetrics, Inc. offers a comprehensive line of camera control components and systems for broadcast, industrial, educational and military applications. The company’s highly specialized line includes: camera robotics systems including programmable computer controlled pan/tilt mechanisms, weatherproof camera robotic systems, motorized camera trolley systems, advanced control software, and a wide variety of programmable controllers. Additional products include camera control systems through triax cable, RF and fiber links and teleconferencing and distance learning systems.

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