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Polecam Introduces the “IntelliJib”

Polecam “Intellijib” is being used with high-speed cameras behind the goal for football and soccer “through-net-technology” as a new standard for the high profile games for Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League games.

Polecam founder Steffan Hewitt with Intellijib.

Polecam founder Steffan Hewitt with Intellijib.

Polecam was approached two years ago by Jamie Oakford, a BT/World Cup director, regarding the feasibility of using a Polecam system with a high‐speed camera behind the goal for Premier League Football. It started with a standard Polecam system with either two or three carbon fiber boom sections fitted with the narrow pan and tilt remote head, complimented by Antelope Camera System “Pico” high‐speed camera.

This configuration enabled the camera to be positioned and controlled accurately directly through the goal netting. It gave broadcasters, spectators and watching audiences a first perspective of all the action. Despite the immediate success, there were many places where there was physically no room for the standard Polecam system and operator behind the goal.

So, a mini‐Polecam boom and remote head system, operated remotely from a twin joystick panel via standard fiber connections was created. The IntelliJib, which can be remotely controlled from an OB truck or the pitch side camera pit, was born. It uses a system called “through‐net‐technology,” or TNT. Point-mount cameras have become the adopted standard for the higher profile games for Premier League, FA Cup, Champions League, CONCACAF Champions League and A‐League Australia.

The system allows independent and simultaneous control of the boom and head with 360-degree rotation (12 and 3 seconds respectively) and a universal control with a twin joystick system. It is OB compatible with RS232 and RS485 data with the Polecam SMPTE fiber option available as well.

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