Under the banner “Digital Radio Mondiale Drives Forward”, the 2018 General Assembly of the DRM Consortium took place on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th of April, at the Palma Bellver Bay Meliá Hotel on Mallorca hosted by Bosch and RFmondial. The General Assembly set the strategy and working plan for the next year for DRM. This year’s Assembly also elected the Chair and the main bodies of this not-for-profit organisation. The only additions to the existing Steering Board are Nautel and RRI (Indonesian public broadcaster). The other Board members are: Ampegon, BBC, Babcock International, Fraunhofer IIS, NXP, RFmondial and Thomson Broadcast. Thomson Broadcast also joined the Executive Board and Ruxandra Obreja was re-elected Chair of the Consortium.
The busy and friendly meeting was an excellent opportunity for members and guests from Asia, Africa and Europe to review all the activities of the past year, receive updates from country representatives and specialists from all the corners of the globe on an outstanding year of progress for DRM. On both days they enjoyed direct live transmissions in DRM shortwave from the UK and Bulgaria on receivers like Avion, Gospell and Titus SDR. A special receiver session was held before the conclusion of this successful event.
For Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Chairman, this was a moment to take stock “and review the excellent progress made by DRM in India and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as South Africa, other countries in Africa, Middle East and Europe and in the automotive industry. DRM as a flexible and economical provider of audio and extra benefits like emergency warning functionality is now in a unique position to give users a powerful, all-band solution for local, regional, national and international coverage. The General Assembly gave everyone a reason to be proud but also to step up the efforts of getting DRM transmissions and receivers in the market.”
Listen to the special DRM transmission of BBC World Service content relayed by Babcock International was recorded on the DRM Gospell receiver and the Titus SDR including Journaline
Digital Radio Mondiale™ (DRM) is the universal, openly standardised digital broadcasting system for all broadcasting frequencies, able to cover fully any country whatever its size at much reduced energy costs.
The DRM standard comprises two major configurations one intended for broadcasts on short, medium and long wave up to 30 MHz providing medium to large coverage areas and low power consumption (called ‘DRM30’). 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.
The DRM Consortium was recognised by ITU and awarded for its outstanding contribution to the Telecommunications over the past years and has signed the EBU Smart Radio Memorandum that promotes access to free to air radio on all devices.
DRM can help deliver the mandate of any government: to reach all its citizens with information, education, emergency warnings and entertainment.
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