16 Sep For Immediate Release: 16th September 2013 – DRM updates and announcement at IBC 2013
The DRM Consortium enjoyed a very successful series of events at this year’s International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam, as it was able to advocate the benefits of Digital Radio Mondiale at a number of well-attended IBC events and make new announcements. During its two very well attended presentations at the EBU Theatre on Friday and Saturday (13th and 14th) the Consortium Chair Ruxandra Obreja and the DRM Technical Committee Chair Lindsay Cornell offered a markets update and announced that DRM is the first digital radio standard to embrace the high efficiency codec, Extended HE-AAC, the latest in the MPEG AAC family of audio codecs, allowing for a natural fit with all modern digital devices.
During IBC the Consortium announced the September release of its freely available DRM Implementation Guide including the Extended HE-AAC.
On Saturday 14th, the DRM Consortium member Nautel Ltd, held their traditional DRM event where visitors were able to experience the latest DRM technology in action. Digidia, RFmondial and Nautel’s associate in India also contributed to the event offering an insight into the All India Radio DRM roll-out and explaining the benefits of the DRM Emergency Warning Functionality.
At the Nautel event the DRM Consortium announced the launch of the new DRM Enterprise Award. The aim of the award is to stimulate interest in the DRM standard in various parts of the world that would benefit from the full introduction of digital radio. The first award to be announced publicly in 2014 is focussing on the Pacific Island region and is open to any individual or organisation that actively introduces DRM technology in this part of the world. The winner of the small cash prize will be selected by an independent board of specialists, made up of representatives drawn from organisations within the region and from the DRM Consortium.
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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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