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Refresh at Florida City Hall Includes New Switcher, Cameras

Broadcast Pix Mica switcher makes a difference in results

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The government channel for the City of Fort Myers, Fla., has undergone an upgrade — and eagle-eyed residents and council members alike are noticing the improvements.

“This has been a big success for the city,” said Richard Calkins, technology director for Fort Myers. He estimated CFM-TV covers up to 30 meetings per month in the chambers, between the city council and various advisory boards, and production is usually handled by one employee.

The station’s upgrades included a Mica 1000 integrated production switcher from Broadcast Pix, new closed captioning systems for its Comcast channel and live web feed, new cameras and microphones in the chambers, and an HD feed for the web. The Mica replaced aging hardware, a move that helped reduce the amount of equipment in the small CFM-TV control room that is next to the council chambers.

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