For Carlos Fernández, the biggest challenge facing the environment today is the obligation to constantly update, generated by large and continuous technological changes.

Richard St.

Since the beginning of his professional career, Colombian engineer Carlos Fernández has been supporting the development of the television and audiovisual industry. Today, with more than four decades of uninterrupted work, he has participated in important projects for channels of the countries of the Andean Region and Central America.

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Remember that after graduating as an Electronic Engineer from the District University of Bogotá, at 1978, he joined the television industry thanks to the company Telemation, Inc., on the recommendation of Daniel Cheyne, an old engineer from the Ampex Company.

At Telemation, Inc. a Salt Lake City company dedicated to the assembly of television studios, he served as an assembly engineer for the Andean countries for approximately four years. In 1978, when Telemation closed its operation in Colombia, it founded the Seel company with the engineer Roberto Riveros, who accompanied him in the first years.

In this regard, he commented that "I decided that it was time to start up my idea to start and create my own company. The beginning was not easy, however our engineering proposal was very well received by the different programmers, who gave us the opportunity to contribute to their engineering development and since then we have been an important part in the technological growth of all programmers and channels from the country. The most important challenge was to demonstrate that in Colombia we had the professional capacity to provide high-level engineering solutions that would contribute to the development of local TV. "

First transmission of the Vuelta a Colombia by bicycle
After a long career in the industry, there are many projects in which the founder of Seel has been able to participate. Among them stand out the participation in the implementation of the color television system for content production in the Gravi studies, as well as in the interdisciplinary groups that developed the regulation for pay television in Colombia and the implementation of cable companies for cities such as Bogotá. , Medellín, Ibagué, among others.

He also developed and implemented ENG systems with portable microwaves for nationally recognized news broadcasts such as QAP, CM & and NTC. And it manufactured the first mobile unit for television of RTI and since then they have manufactured more than 100 mobile units for different purposes, like the production of dramatized or transmission of sporting events. Today they have mobile units exported to Panama, Salvador, Venezuela, Honduras, Ecuador, among others.

He has been a consultant for the development of the headquarters of channels and production houses such as Caracol, RCN, RTI, Fox, City TV, among many others. More recently the headquarters of Teleantioquia and Telemedellin, the latter was certified LEED ORO. Internationally, they have participated in the technical development for América TV of Lima and its new headquarters of Pachacamac and Ecuador TV among others.

But the participation of Carlos Fernández in Colombian TV has not been alone in the execution of engineering projects, also in the production of TV itself. "I had the opportunity to be the technical director of the first television transmission of the Vuelta a Colombia by bicycle, bringing to the country the technology used in other countries with helicopters and motorcycles. This represented a great challenge and the result was very successful. In the same way, the aerial coverage of the visit of Pope John Paul II to Colombia, for this reason we received a direct congratulation from the Presidency of the Republic. "

Industry vision
After a long career in the industry and being a witness and participant in its evolution, the engineer Carlos Fernández has a clear concept of where we are and where the industry is going in the coming years.

He noted that "in my opinion, the television industry and communications in general will always be expanding. The multiplicity of content distribution platforms demand the generation of greater amounts of it, therefore, the technical infrastructure for production, postproduction, broadcast and distribution will be in continuous growth and / or technological update ".

He added that not only in Colombia but in any part of the world, television is obliged to evolve with the state of communications technology and the demand for content of different kinds that the current society demands with immediacy.

And it is that for our Professional of the Month of this edition, this constant technological advance becomes the prime objective for the companies related to television, to be able to understand that the broadcast business as it was known some years ago, is in decline and that the ways of viewing content have evolved drastically towards mobile platforms that are closely related to social networks and not conditioned to a rigid temporal sequence.

"The changes will continue, each time we will have to get used to the continuous improvement of specifications such as storage capacities, transmission speeds, image resolution, interactivity, processing, etc., which implies that the industry will have to adjust to these new demands" , he assured.

The family in the industry
Since the foundation of Seel 39 years ago, Carlos Fernández has been linked to it. Today his two children are in charge of the company but it does not mean that he has retired.

"Through the history of Seel I have been General Manager and today with the support of my two sons, Carlos Iván and Diana Carolina, engineers specialized also in the medium of television, we have intervened in the development of a high percentage of the facilities techniques of the television channels and programmers of the country, as well as of some countries of Central America and the Andean group, "he said.

Before, when I was not in charge of the projects in channels and production companies, I practiced motocross and enduro. Today, at his 68 years, he continues to attend his offices daily and most of the time he dedicates it to technological analysis meetings for the different projects they manage, together with the group of engineers of the company. In addition, he enjoys his five grandchildren and has as hobbies agricultural activities and being in contact with nature.

Richard St.
Author: Richard St.
Journalist from the University of Antioquia (2010), with experience in technology and economics. Editor of the magazines TVyVideo + Radio and AVI Latin America. Academic Coordinator of TecnoTelevisión & Radio.



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