Staines, UK (27 August 2008) – Shotoku Broadcast Systems is launching a modular solution that extends the life of aging remote camera systems using a very cost-effective phased approach. Perfect for News, Sports and Current Affairs studios as well as Legislative systems, the Phoenix migrates legacy remote controlled camera systems to current, state-of-the-art technology and networks in stages to accommodate the facility’s individual timeline. Shotoku, a world-leading supplier of remote camera systems and camera support equipment for the broadcast and parliamentary TV markets, will hold demonstrations of Phoenix at IBC 08 in Stand # 11.G30.

Phoenix allows existing robotics users to choose their own upgrade pace by replacing obsolete control system hardware and software with up-to-date technology while leaving the core electro-mechanical subsystems, that are capable of many more years of service, untouched. Customers have the option to replace only the control system, or to replace the control system and electronic controllers associated with each pan and tilt head.

Both TR-8S and TR-8T Shotoku control systems will operate in a Phoenix environment where they use IP network architecture to control new Shotoku TG-18 and TG-27 pan and tilt heads as well as legacy heads. The legacy equipment is controlled with Shotoku’s unique CMC-400 control unit that interfaces directly with legacy heads, lens modules and height drives.

Shotoku is also able to offer refurbishment and ongoing support for Radamec heads within a Phoenix system subject to their initial condition.

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 in 1941 as an engineering design firm specializing in unique machines, Shotoku maintains headquarters in Japan and operates offices in Staines, UK and Torrance, CA. For further information: www.

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