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January 2017

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Dear Friends, Colleagues and Partners,

Happy New Year to all of you! We all start the new year with bags of hope and loads to do, as January is always a busy time for the DRMers. CES in Las Vegas brought good news to the car industry promoting digital radio including DRM. Meanwhile workshops in the UK and India, the usual steering board of the Consortium need our focus and preparation. All this is happening while we prepare for a better and bigger participation in the broadcast engineering event of the year in New Delhi, BES, in a month.

Below you will also get information on developments in Kuwait and live DRM transmissions from Guam in the Pacific.

As the new year starts, we also think of our next DRM Enterprise Award which we would like to make African in 2017. So please start working, writing and nominating.

If you have exciting news about you or you want your company to feature in the next Newsletter projectoffice@drm.org can tell you how!

Finally, please do not forget to join us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.

And if you want to join the Consortium please contact projectoffice@drm.org

Ruxandra Obreja
Chair, DRM Consortium
(ruxandra.obreja@drm.org)

For regular news about DRM visit:
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Latest News

NXP Unveils the World’s First Single-Chip Solution for In-car Infotainment for All Global Digital and Analogue Broadcast Standards

 

This year’s CES exhibition in Las Vegas, USA, was the venue for yet another industry first.  DRM Consortium member, NXP Semiconductors, unveiled the world’s first single chip solution for in-car infotainment solutions for all global digital and analogue broadcast solutions.  The single chip replaces multi chips and is described by Torsten Lehmann, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Car Infotainment and Driver Assistance at NXP, as “a true quantum leap for the industry”, read more.  

DRM Capable Transmitters in Kuwait

Another key DRM Consortium member, Ampegon AG, has won a contract with the Al Rashed company to upgrade five analogue shortwave transmitters for the Kuwait Ministry of Information.  Three of the transmitters will include full digital DRM integration.  Read more  Kuwait joins other Middle Eastern countries that also have DRM capable transmitters such as Saudi Arabia and UAE.

Pakistan to Begin First Ever DRM for local coverage (DRM) Tests

Radio Pakistan is in advance preparations to start its first ever DRM+ test transmissions.  Radio Pakistan is working in co-operation with Hedra Tech.

DRM a Major Participant at Broadcast Engineering Society (BES - India), New Delhi

The DRM Consortium, its members and partners, will have another strong presence at the 23rd international BES (Broadcasting Engineering Society) conference and exhibition on terrestrial and satellite broadcasting, in New Delhi, India, 2-4 February 2016.  Delegates will have the opportunity to meet key members of the Consortium including Ampegon, Communication Systems INC, Fraunhofer IIS, Nautel, NXP and RFmondial.

DRM Test Broadcast from Guam

KTWR Guam will be running DRM test transmissions from 9-13 January and are interested in receiving reports on the broadcasts, mailed to KTWRDRM@twr.org

DRM Enterprise Award – Africa Region 2017

The DRM Enterprise Award for 2017 will be open to entries from Africa. The DRM Enterprise Award – Africa - is to be presented to an individual or an organisation that has promoted Digital Radio Mondiale successfully, applied innovatively and actively introduced DRM in a specific market. 

The winner of the cash prize will be selected by an independent board of specialists, made up of representatives drawn from organisations within the region and representatives of the DRM Consortium.

Previous winners have been the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC) and last year’s winners, engineers from Radio Republik of Indonesia, RRI.

For more information contact: projectoffice@drm.org.

How DRM Digital Radio  Can Support Disaster Management

Emergencies are comparatively rare but, whenever they strike or threaten to strike, and need to be tackled quickly. Unfortunately, most of the services fail during emergencies and times of crisis: Invariably telephone lines, cell phone towers and Internet go first and even TV succumbs to the failing electricity supply. Radio is the last line of resistance in times of emergency and the obvious solution, as it works on normal or car batteries, and can be served with transmissions from outside the affected area. Radio is truly portable and the radio coverage is available to practically to 100% population of a country. In addition, radio receivers are present everywhere in daily live – from homes to cars to cell phones, ensuring the widest possible reach if required.

DRM supports and provides a fully integrated disaster and early warning service and has all the required tools built-in for a quick and complete mass-notification in case of disasters / catastrophes through its Emergency Warning Functionality (EWF) system. This functionality is part of the DRM system specifications, and included in Recommendation ITU-R BS.1114-7 and is a European Telecommunications Standards Institute standard (ES 201 980). Click here to find out more.

The DRM technology could be a major building block of a national emergency warning policy, as it can provide  full and continuous services as a last resort potentially even from a remotely located transmitter site.


Around the Web

Industry Roundtable: Trends in Transmitter Technology

Norway to move to digital amid reservations


Did you know?

  • Following requests from our readers, we have updated the DRM schedules on our website. So please check for yourself!  List of DRM transmissions Interactive map.
  • Over 30 broadcasters carry regular DRM transmissions, covering almost half the world’s population.
  • The DRM standard is now fully endorsed by the ITU (International Telecommunications Union) and ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute).
  • The DRM Introduction and Implementation Guide have been updated to include the ETSI revised standard and are available online, in English and Russian
  • The DRM standard as recommended by ITU and ETSI includes built-in Emergency Warning tools for swift and effective mass-notification in crises.   Listen here.
  • DRM publishes a special monthly Noticeboard for India, and a new India page pulls together key DRM information on India. 
  • You can still contribute to www.drmrx.org.

Nautel
Ampegon

Upcoming events:

2-4 Feb   BES India - The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, New Delhi, India

6-10 Feb  HFCC, ASBU region Jordan

13 Feb UNESCO World Radio Day


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