Shotoku Broadcast Systems has sold robotic control systems and pan and tilt camera heads to BBC News.

Installation of the five-studio configuration is already underway at Television Centre in London which will support national and World Service news output.

Shotoku's TR-8T touch screen control panels will be integrated with existing remote camera systems as well as new Shotoku TG-18VR pan and tilt heads.

Shotoku's TP-80 manual studio pedestals equipped with TI-12 height drives will support the new heads.

The existing pan and tilts will work with the Shotoku CMC-400 motion controller. The CMC-400 enables existing heads to be maintained and enhanced with electronic controls thus providing the benefits of latest technology processors and Ethernet control in a cost-effective package.

The system also includes a complete CCU interface sub-system providing remote control of camera functions on multiple camera platforms via the Shotoku CCU Interface unit (CIU). The CIU supports Ethernet or serial data control of several camera types and integrates with the TR-8T control systems.

Shotoku will deploy the remainder of the systems on a rolling schedule throughout the first half of 2008.

A Japanese company, Shotoku designs and manufactures, imports and exports, television studio machines and devices.