06 Nov Dipl. – Ing . Joachim Lehnert, Technical Department Head of LMK, was elected as the new Chairman of the German Platform (“Forum”) meeting on November 6th, in Ludwigshafen.
The German DRM Platform was established in 2004 with the aim to support the introduction of the digital radio standard Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) in Germany on long wave, medium wave and short wave (known now as DRM30). Over the years the focus of the Platform’s activity has changed and moved towards the standardisation of the new DRM mode, “DRM+”, in order to offer the use of DRM in the VHF band up to a higher range so it can be deployed together with DAB. The aim of the German DRM Platform is now to support the introduction of the “full” digital radio standard Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) in Germany.
In 2013 the German DRM Platform wrote a comprehensive study comprising considerations on ways to complement the digital switchover for local and regional terrestrial broadcasters with DRM +, in addition to DAB + in the VHF band III. The study also highlighted opportunities for the local and community stations to broadcast digitally when DAB could not be used in Germany and Europe.
The LMK was involved from the start in the technical studies and evaluation of the suitability of DRM+, in particular for local and community radio. Since 2005, the Technical Kaiserslautern University and the Kaiserslautern College have undertaken studies, performed laboratory tests and field trials on behalf of the LMK. These results were a substantial part of the evidence used for the DRM+ recommendation of the international standardisation bodies ETSI and ITU which recommended it as a worldwide digital radio standard in 2009 and 2011/2012. The ongoing commitment of Mr Joachim Lehnert to support the DRM+ development has led to his election as Chairman of the German DRM Forum.
Joachim Lehnert stressed that, in addition to his commitment to his national work as “German Chairman”, he will continue the good cooperation with the global DRM Consortium. This could ensure the development of common strategies suitable for the German-speaking and more widely European countries. Furthermore, this can support the introduction of DRM + in VHF band III together with DAB + and also, in the future, beyond the switch off of analogue FM radio broadcasting.
Members of the German DRM Platform are technical experts from public and private broadcasters, network operators, media companies, academic institutions, industry and consulting companies based in German-speaking countries and Denmark.