Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) Workshop to AIR staff on DRM Emergency Warning and Alerts features

As DRM is being rolled out in the country, the DRM Consortium was yet again present in India on the 21st and 22nd of August with two very successful workshops. The first one, on the 21st August, was organised with the help of All India Radio and held for the technical staff at AIR’s New Delhi transmission site already broadcasting in DRM. The theme of the “hands-on” workshop was the configuration and implementation of the DRM Emergency Warning and Alerts features. Around 40 members of staff and AIR’s management including the AIR Engineer-in-Chief, as well as manufacturers, were present. The audience had the opportunity to take part in a practical demonstration of this inherent and valuable feature as there is increased interest in India to use DRM’s capability for disaster warnings and alerts.

The second very successful event took place in Chennai on August 22nd where in conjunction with the Chennai chapter of Broadcasting Engineering Society of India and AIR, DRM Consortium key representatives presented the features of the DRM standard to some 110 guests, representing the local AIR staff, community stations, manufacturers of radio sets, as well as the press. The presentations were followed by practical broadcast demonstrations of the additional features of DRM while participants could listen to the live DRM AIR transmission from the Chennai.

Recently AIR posted on their website the actual plan of DRM implementation.

Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Chair, stressed at both events that: “AIR is in the process of rolling out the DRM radio standard in the country by replacing and installing country-wide digital transmitters. Radio set manufacturers for both desktop, car radios and mobile phones have thus the incentive and immediate opportunity to plan and produce digital radio sets for the Indian population at realistic prices.”

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Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) is the universal, openly standardised digital broadcasting system for all broadcasting frequencies.

The DRM standard comprises of two major configurations: ‘DRM30’ intended for broadcasts on short, medium and long wave up to 30 MHz and providing large coverage areas and low power consumption. The configuration for the VHF bands above 30 MHz is called ‘DRM+’, tailored for local and regional coverage with broadcaster-controlled transmissions.

All DRM configurations share the same audio coding, data and multimedia services, service linking, multiplexing and signalling schemes.

DRM provides high quality sound combined with a wealth of enhanced features: Surround Sound, Journaline text information, Slideshow, EPG, and data services.

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