Telemetrics implements new AI and facial tracking improvements to its RCCP-2A control panel

RCCP-2A control panel created by Telemetrics

Telemetrics improves the RCCP-2A Robotics and Camera Control Panel with new artificial intelligence (AI) and facial recognition algorithms that allow the RCCP to track several people with multiple cameras simultaneously.

“We’re layering object-tracking on top of our facial tracking, so reFrame becomes more robust,” said Michael Cuomo, Vice President of Telemetrics. “When a person turns around, we can still track them because the system intuitively knows that that face and body was there before. Other systems can’t do this.”

New rules for how the system behaves have also been added, enabling the operator to determine when they want reFrame to track an object or person and when they don’t. The new improvements also facilitate better pan/tilt/zoom and focus capabilities.

Telemetrics offers reFrame on its RCCP-2A control panel with either the optional Studio (STS) or Legislative (LGS) software packages. The technology ensures that on-screen talent remains in frame despite their moving about or slouching in their seat. With its AI and facial recognition algorithms the software can run a production in a fully automated mode without operator intervention. Also, the functionality of the control panel’s top row of eight TeleKeys™ is dynamic, adapting to the operator’s commands as they define predetermined actions to run a production in fully automated mode—with the control panel automatically switching and adjusting cameras as required.

The STS bundle, predominantly used in TV production studios, includes a Studio View feature that enables users to work with a 3D display of their studio environment and quickly see the location of Telemetrics robotics and set pieces within that space. A 3D model of the user’s studio can be imported into the panel to be processed and integrated with the software, providing positional awareness of all studio robotics in order to make the operator’s job “a lot easier, and safer”.

The STS control panel also features a selectable Robotics Status display to show all major robotics parameters—such as pan/tilt angles, elevation height, rotational status, lens information—for any selected camera. The system also includes the ability to internally store snapshot thumbnails for easy shot identification, as well as a live video preview output.

According to the press release, Telemetrics’ LGS software bundle is being used “by dozens” of governmental agencies and departments around the world to cover regular proceedings and keep the public informed.

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