Shotoku Supplies Seven-Channel Robotical Controlled Camera Support System to RT

Shotoku's TG-18 robotic / maual pan and tilt head

Shotoku Broadcast Systems – an international leader in the manufacture of advanced camera support products, recently supplied a seven-channel robotically controlled camera support system to RT Channel’s newly upgraded Washington Bureau. RT is a 24/7 news channel broadcasting across five continents to more than 100 countries. James Eddershaw, Shotoku’s sales director made the announcement from the Company’s European headquarters located in Staines, UK.

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Azzurro Systems Integration engineered and built RT

Azzurro Systems Integration, the full-service design and integration company based in Northvale, NJ that engineered and built RT, specified the system that uses Shotoku’s TG-18 robotic / manual pan and tilt heads to support three Ikegami HL-EXIII HD cameras in one studio, and four of the same model in the other. Each studio control room is equipped with a Shotoku TR-8T SDI widescreen touch panel system. The standard Ethernet control network allows robotic cameras in both studios to be controlled by a solo operator at either control position, providing operational flexibility and system resilience.

“We are delighted to have worked with Azzurro Systems Integration on this very exciting, international project,” said Eddershaw. “Shotoku’s robotic camera systems fit RT’s studio needs perfectly. We are pleased to play a role in the launch of this state-of-the-art facility furnished with the most advanced and efficient technologies.”

About Shotoku Broadcast Systems

Shotoku Broadcast Systems is an international leader in the manufacture and marketing of a full range of camera support products with emphasis on pedestals and pan/tilt heads for the television broadcast industry. The Company also provides robotic camera systems capable of interfacing with other manufacturers' equipment. Established over 50 years ago as an engineering design firm specializing in unique machines, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan and operates offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA.

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About RT Channel

RT is a 24/7 news channel broadcasting across five continents in more than 100 countries. RT's coverage focuses on both international and Russian headlines, giving an innovative look at the stories that affect the lives of their viewers. RT has bureaus all over the globe – in New York and Washington, London and Paris, Delhi and Tshinval – allowing them to move beyond the bare facts and demonstrate how any story can be another story altogether. According to Nielsen Media Research in 2008, the monthly audience among those who have access or are aware of RT’s broadcasts on Time Warner Cable in NYC exceeded that of BBC America by 11%. RT's audience in six European countries, including Great Britain, Germany and France, exceeds seven million viewers according to Synovate Research in 2009. RT’s open, unencrypted signal can be received from over 17 satellites, allowing millions of viewers on all continents to tune in. RT is available in major cable networks in Europe, Asia, North and South America and Australia. The channel offers high-quality broadcast on the Internet at www.rt.com; a selection of top news reports, stories and programs can be found in the RT section on YouTube.

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