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Billerica, Massachusetts ? When the Village of Niles, Ill., built its Village Hall in the mid 1990?s, officials had no interest in recording or broadcasting its meetings. In the last few years, however, changes to the local political landscape prompted a new attitude ? and the Management Information Systems (MIS) Department was tasked with retrofitting the council chambers and building a video production system from scratch. Now, the village is preparing to broadcast its first meeting with a system built around a Broadcast Pix? Mica? 2000 Video Production Center?.
The project had a number of challenges, including a limited budget and no dedicated staff in place to operate the system. The final solution needed to be powerful enough to create compelling coverage, yet simple enough to be operated by one person with minimal training.
?This had to be easy to operate and it had to be as consolidated as possible. The Mica is what made it all possible,? explained Bill Shaw, MIS director for the Village of Niles, which is north of Chicago and has a population near 30,000.