VRT has implemented Ross Video’s Furio Robotic Camera Systems into their News Studio. The broadcasting network purchased their first two Furio Robotic Camera Systems in November 2011, and a year later purchased three additional units four to be used in the News Studio and one to remain as a backup system.
“The official tendering process for robotics started back in 2011,” said Hendrik Simoens, project engineer Technology, VRT. “We chose Ross’ Furio since it is fully IP-based control, there are no single points of failure and it offered an open API enabling flexible control by automation systems.”
“Ross was pleased to provide VRT with the technological and architectural technology they were seeking,” said Miguel Declerck, marketing product manager, Ross Robotics. “Furio was designed with news production environments in mind.”
Furio is available in 2 variants – Furio Robo (Full Robotics System) and Furio RC (Remote Control System). Furio Robo is designed for live television production studio use in which typically a single operator controls multiple cameras with pre-set shot and motion path recalls. Furio RC is designed for applications in which an operator controls the camera system remotely using a joystick or local fluid head and foot pedals.
VRT is a public broadcasting network of the Flemish Community in Belgium. The final installation of all the Furio Robotics Systems at its facilities was completed in December 2012, and went on air in March of this year.