DRM Enterprise Award – Pacific Islands 2014

DRM Enterprise Award – Pacific Islands 2014

Press Release 

For Immediate Release: 5th November 2013

DRM Enterprise Award – Pacific Islands 2014

The DRM Consortium is launching its first DRM Enterprise Award 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 first DRM annual prize is to be awarded in 2014 to the Pacific Islands at a suitable event to be announced at the beginning of next year. 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.

The members of the panel for the Pacific Islands DRM award are: Mr Francis Herman, Program Manager, PACMAS, Port Vila, Vanuatu; Mr Shelton Neth, Commissioner and CEO, Pohnpei Public Broadcasting Corporation, Federated States of Micronesia, Ms Linden Clark, Manager, Radio New Zealand International, Wellington and Ms Nanise Fifita, General Manager, Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, Tonga. The DRM is represented by Dr Albert Waal, Head of Hardware Development, RFmondial GmbH. The activity of the board is being coordinated by Mr Sharad Sadhu, on behalf of the DRM Consortium.

The award was launched officially at the IBC and the 2013 ABU General Assembly. Its aim is to stimulate interest in the DRM standard in various parts of the world that would benefit from the full introduction of digital radio, like the Pacific Islands region.

DRM Consortium Chair, Ruxandra Obreja, hopes that: “This award will be the first of an on-going series of awards recognising those who are prepared to explore and turn into reality the many benefits of digital radio in particular Digital Radio Mondiale. The attractive features of DRM, like data services or the emergency warning functionality offer new opportunities and applications to meet real and urgent needs of people in areas like the Pacific Islands.”

About DRM

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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