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ODETICS' 200TH CART MACHINE BRINGS NEWS TO BUSINESS COMMUNITIES THROUGHOUT ASIA

When Asia's First All-Business News Service, Asian Business News (ABN),
 Went On-Air Last Month it Did So With the Help of An
 Odetics TCS90(TM) Cart Machine -- the 200th Large Library Cart
 Management System From Odetics Broadcast.
 SINGAPORE, Dec. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Odetics Inc. (AMEX: OA & OB) has installed its 200th large library cart machine -- a TCS90 Cart Machine that is being used to automate Asia's first all-business news service, Asian Business News (ABN). Cart machines are automated tape libraries used by television stations and satellite uplink operations to store and automatically play-to-air programming and commercials stored on videotape. Odetics introduced the broadcast industry's first large library cart machine in 1986.
 ABN is a joint venture of Dow Jones & Co., Tele-Communications Inc., Television New Zealand and SIM Ventures, which includes Singapore Broadcast Corp. (SBC) provider of the satellite uplink for ABN. Asian Business News is available throughout Southeast and East Asia on the Palapa B2P satellite. It is estimated that the news service will be viewed by 5 million households during 1994. All programming is currently in English.
 "We were very pleased to deliver our 200th Cart Machine to this landmark operation," said Odetics Broadcast General Manager David Lewis. "The Asian market has been in need of a source for business news for some time, and we are proud to be part of ABN's solution to that requirement."
 The TCS90 Cart Machine is a fully featured videotape library management system that supports both programming and commercial playback. Format independent and modular in design, the TCS90 has earned praise from customers around the world as a library management system that provides system flexibility and ensures reliable performance for years to come.
 According to Bob Blair, operations coordinator for ABN, Asian Business News requires a cart machine that is capable of connecting to their NewStar news room automation system through a high-level interface. Operating in news mode, ABN journalists insert house numbers into their scripts. The news automation system automatically translates the house number information into the line-up. When the line-up is initialized at the top of the hour, the playlist is downloaded to the TCS90. "The Odetics system does the rest," tells Blair. "The TCS90 is a very sophisticated machine. It does exactly what we need it to do and, most importantly, it is very reliable."
 Odetics manufactures the widest range of automated tape libraries for broadcast and computer applications. Odetics Broadcast is credited with developing the first robotic large library management system for the television broadcast industry, and the first highly integrated cart machine that automates numerous functions for up to eight channel playouts.
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