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‘Shipping Hot Spot cameras to the subcontinent was not easy’

Tuesday, 28 June 2011 - 8:00am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Technology inventor Warren Brennan says he is confident of supplying the equipment to India for October-November home series vs England and WI.

Moments after the International Cricket Council (ICC) gave thumbs-up to Hot Spot technology, its inventor Warren Brennan said he would be able to supply the required cameras for India’s home series in October-November. Despite facing difficulties in shipping the militarily sensitive equipment to India, Brennan hoped to obtain permission to bring them to the country.

“We brought the technology to India for the semifinals and final of the Champions League in 2009. The experience was rather difficult as we had problems getting the cameras to India. In fact, the main reason we pulled out of the World Cup finals was due to the problems of moving the cameras in and out of the subcontinent,” Brennan told DNA. “We hope that with the ICC and BCCI’s assistance, it will be much easier next time.”

He said getting the cameras to all the countries is not easy. “Because the cameras are restricted military items, export to and from other countries is controlled by the Australian government. At present, our export license from the Australian government includes England, New Zealand, South Africa, UAE and India,” he said and added: “We need to apply to the government to have additional countries added to this list. Pakistan will be very difficult. Zimbabwe may also be a challenge, but the rest should be fine.”

Brennan said his company has built new cameras and they will be unveiled during India-England series. “Naturally, (I am) very happy with the decision from ICC meeting. We’re very excited about taking the Hot Spot to as many places as we can. We have just finished building two new cameras (six in total now) that will be shipped to London next week for the start of the England- India series. These two new cameras will hopefully improve the Hot Spot significantly in regard to picking up fine edges. I will be present at Lord’s for the unveiling of these new cameras,” he said.

Brennan said the technology is expensive but not as expensive as BCCI officials claim (board vice-president Niranjan Shah recently said the cost would add up to $60,000 per match).

“The technology is indeed expensive primarily due to the fact that it is very high-end military hardware. Hopefully, we can command a bit of a discount now that DRS will include Hot Spot,” he said claiming the cost would come to about $10,000 per match day.

Brennan, based in Australia, said the technology can be availed with the help of two cameras although some broadcasters prefer four cameras.

“The standard Hot Spot configuration will most likely be two side-on cameras while broadcasters in England and Australia will probably prefer to use two side-on and two front-on cameras for a total of four per Test match,” he revealed.

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