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ORBIS International


Telemetrics Camera Control Systems Integral to ORBIS International’s Unique Flying Eye Hospital

Robotic Cameras Turn Operating Theater into Classroom

Gangadhar Jalli, Audio Visual Support Manager, ORBIS International

Mahwah, NJ (March 25, 2013) – Telemetrics, an industry leader in the development of innovative camera control systems, and ORBIS International, a nonprofit humanitarian organization that works in developing countries to save sight worldwide, have teamed up to outfit the next-generation Flying Eye Hospital (FEH), a MD-10 aircraft donated to ORBIS by FedEx, with Telemetrics state-of-the-art technology. For the past 18 years, Telemetrics camera control systems have been used for instructional teaching on the world’s only airborne ophthalmic training facility, the current DC-10 FEH. The DC-10 will be retired later this year and replaced with the next generation MD-10 FEH, which Telemetrics will once again outfit with their camera control systems.

The Telemetrics CTS Camera Track System and accompanying RCP Desktop Touchscreen Control Panel are central to the aircraft’s state-of the-art teaching facility and high tech classroom. Doctors, nurses and other eye care professionals gather for lectures, discussions and live broadcasts of surgical procedures performed onboard the FEH. Two-way communication between the operating theater and the classroom will also allow for attendees to interact directly with the surgeon performing the procedure.

"The Telemetrics robotic camera control system works so effectively that we didn’t make any changes to the design for the MD-10 other than to make the overhead track system a little larger," said Gangadhar Jalli, Audio Visual Support Manager, ORBIS International. "Otherwise, we still use the same pan/tilt unit and controller."

The operating theater in the MD-10 will feature the overhead CTS-H track system complete with an HDSC-1 robotics camera that is side-mounted on a PT-CP-S4 pan/tilt unit. Mr. Jalli remotely operates the system from the AV room using the Telemetrics RCP Desktop Touchscreen Control Panel to fine tune camera images and make precise adjustments to pan/tilt/zoom and speed. A monitor in the operating theater allows the surgeon to view what the system is seeing and he/she can ask Mr. Jalli for different angles or views to improve the viewing experience for the local medical professionals in attendance. Through these programs, ORBIS makes it possible to bring ophthalmic training to communities throughout the world. Onboard and in local hospitals, the ORBIS team and Volunteer Faculty provide hands-on training to local eye care professionals and convey the latest medical knowledge to treat patients and restore sight.

"The Telemetrics system allows me to follow the surgeon’s movements closely without being in the way or having cables hanging down and its quiet movement doesn’t disturb the surgeon or the trainees," adds Mr. Jalli. "It’s a great teaching aid and excellent technology for our purposes."

During flight, the camera track system and pan/tilt unit remain in place but the camera is removed and packed away and the other equipment is strapped down. Once the plane lands at the destination, the AV equipment is unpacked and put into ‘hospital mode,’ in preparation for the surgical procedures and training sessions. Each visit by the FEH lasts an average of two to three weeks and the Telemetrics system helps ORBIS maximize the program and train as many medical professionals as possible during that time.

ORBIS has operated the Flying Eye Hospital since 1982 and since that time the hospital has visited 78 countries, and conducted 287 training and service programs in 160 cities. According to Mr. Jalli, the new FEH is expected to fly to its first program in 2014. Installation and commissioning of the camera control system will be performed by Telemetrics engineers.

Mr. Jalli concludes, "We’re very much looking forward to the MD-10 and the advantages it will give to ORBIS’s continued mission to save sight worldwide. The Telemetrics system makes our efforts in combating avoidable blindness attainable."

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

About Telemetrics, Inc.

Telemetrics, Inc. offers a comprehensive line of camera control components and systems for broadcast, industrial, educational, medical 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/coax/fiber cable, RF and fiber links and teleconferencing and distance learning systems.

ORBIS International is a nonprofit, humanitarian organization dedicated to saving sight worldwide. ORBIS prevents and treats blindness through hands-on training, public health education, improved access to quality eye care, and partnerships with local health care organizations in an effort to eliminate avoidable blindness. By building their long-term capabilities, ORBIS helps its partner institutions take action to reach a state where they can provide, on their own, quality eye care services that are affordable, accessible, and sustainable. To learn more about ORBIS, please visit

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