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Date   June 14, 2000
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IBM Research Installs Second AutoAuditorium System

Foveal Systems, LLC, announced it has completed installation of IBM's second AutoAuditoriumTM System, at the T. J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York.  "This one has a special dual-use capability.  Since the auditorium can be split to make two smaller meeting spaces the AutoAuditorium System accommodates both the entire room or one of the divided sections," said Foveal Systems owner, Michael Bianchi. 

The AutoAuditorium System is the fully automatic, multi-camera system that produces videos of auditorium presentations without an operator.  It captures on video, both as recordings and as telecasts, presentations made in a large meeting room such as a lecture hall or auditorium.  "Having an AutoAuditorium System in the largest meeting space at the Yorktown Heights Research Center allows them to record and broadcast many more of the talks given there," Bianchi added.  The auditorium already has a control booth with modern video production capabilities which is still used for the more elaborate events taking place there.  "But the set up and crew requirements are such that many lectures, even those that drew large audiences, were not made into videos.  Because the AutoAuditorium System runs without any human control, until its time to turn it off, IBM can make videos of many more events."  Since an AutoAuditorium program does not require any post-production, the transmission and recording are identical.  The AutoAuditorium System's video output is connected into IBM's existing video networks, both traditional and Internet-based, so talks can be distributed live to other locations.  IBM has other research centers around the world, as near as Hawthorne, New York, just down the road and as far away as Texas and California, Japan, China, India, Israel, and Switzerland. 

"A potential benefit," according to Bianchi, "is research colleagues staying in closer contact without having to travel as much.  If someone is able to see an AutoAuditorium presentation that would otherwise require traveling long distances to attend, the savings in airfare and accommodations will quickly cover the cost of the system." 

Foveal Systems sells AutoAuditorium Systems through established audio/video installation companies.  Foveal would like to hear from AV companies interested in adding the AutoAuditorium System to their prodcut line. 

Where does the name FOVEAL come from?
The fovea is the most sensitive part of the eye, where we see with the greatest clarity.  
Foveal Systems' products are based on computer vision technology, so . . .  

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