ABU Digital Broadcast Symposium – Kuala Lumpur

Fitting in with the more practical approach to new platforms, as advocated by the organisers, the DRM Workshop organised immediately after the opening in the afternoon of 7th March was a step by step presentation of how to set up a chain that will take sound from the studio to the transmitter and then to listener. The most captivating part for the audience seemed to be the practical explanation on how to set up an emergency warning system. The workshop hosted by Alexander Zink (Fraunhofer IIS) and Albert Waal (RFmondial), and attended by over 60 participants, saw questions on the many variations of the set-up. The DRM Consortium members present at DBS assured the audience that they are ready and always willing to share information on the technology as and when required.

This is exactly what other senior DRM speakers did tackling the DRM AM-FM rebroadcasting solutions (Matthias Stoll- Thomson), the economical nature of DRM (Christian Hoerlle – Transradio), the green credentials of DRM (John Abdnour – Nautel) and the positive and conclusive results of the fullest DRM+ trial to date (UK) made by Lindsay Cornell (BBC).

For the first time, a DRM Asia Group meeting was also held during the DBS symposium. All those mentioned above, as well as representatives of Digidia (a DRM member), ABC Australia, RTM Malaysia and others made this a most useful meeting where a lot of updates were exchanged and several suggestions were made (including one to organise a “DRM – An emergency warning solution” webinar in the next few months.)


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