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Date   May 6, 2002
Contact   Michael Bianchi
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Boeing Research Uses the AutoAuditorium System to Span the Miles

Boeing Phantom Works, the advanced research and development unit of The Boeing Company, is now using the AutoAuditoriumTM System to send technical presentations from their Seattle location to other sites around the US.  "They are sending talks, shot and edited automatically, in real time, over their network to labs in Southern California, Mesa Arizona, St. Louis, Huntsville, and Philadelphia," said Michael Bianchi, owner of Foveal Systems, manufacturer of the System.  The AutoAuditorium System is the fully automatic, multi-camera system that produces videos of auditorium and classroom presentations without a crew. 

"This AutoAuditorium System captures the presentations as a 3-camera TV program.  They can record the program on a VCR and simultaneously turn it into digital video sent on their intranet." The Slide Camera is always watching the projection screen, the Tracking Camera is always following the speaker, and the 3rd camera has a general shot of room.  The System automatically performs all the camera motion (pan, tilt and zoom) and automatically selects among the 3 cameras, including picture-in-picture shots when appropriate.  "They set it up as a push-button operation, so anyone who comes into the room can put a tape in the VCR and press `AutoAuditorium Start' on the touch panel," Bianchi added.  "Once they start the system there is nothing to do, except give the talk, until it is time to turn the system off."

The 40x30 foot room where the system is installed is a normal multi-purpose room, sometimes set up as a class room with tables and chairs, and sometimes as a lecture hall with just chairs.  The cameras are permanently installed on the ceiling and back wall, and ceiling microphones pick up both the person at the front of the room and those in the audience.  "They tell me that the remote audiences like the fact that they can hear the questions as they are asked.  No one has to ask that questions be repeated.  Plus there are no microphones or tracking targets to wear.  The fact that all this capability, automatic camera tracking, video mixing, and audio mixing, is in a battery-free, one-touch environment makes for extreme ease-of-use.  The use of the AutoAuditorium System at Boeing Research is increasing as people find out how easy it is to use." Bianchi concluded. 

Foveal Systems LLC of Madison New Jersey develops and markets the AutoAuditorium System.  "AutoAuditorium" is a trademark of Telcordia Technologies used under license.

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