Automation supplier Odetics Broadcast will begin beta tests this month of AIRO version 8.5, the Anaheim, Calif.-based company's latest broadcast-facility-management solution. AIRO 8.5 includes the ability to promote local IDs and links to station news crawls. Key features of the Windows NT-based system include satellite record control; enhancements for Philips' Saturn master-control switcher that allow for control of keys and A-B roll; and the ability to control all new classes of devices, including character generators. Odetics is also adding the Grass Valley Group Series 7000 router interface and GVG 2100 master-control switcher interface to AIRO version 8.5, which will begin full deployment in early 2001.
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