Digital Radio Mondiale Readies for BES

Will highlight standard’s progress and potential during the conference and exhibition
By Marguerite Clark,

The GR-227 DRM and Bluetooth Car Kit from Gospell Digital Technology.

The DRM Consortium is gearing up for the Broadcasting Engineering Society of India Conference and Exhibition, which takes place in New Delhi Feb. 26–28.

Represented by its Indian and international members and partners, including All India Radio, Ampegon, BECIL, BBC, Communication Systems Inc., Fraunhofer IIS, Gospell Digital Technologies, Nautel, NXP and RFmondial, DRM says it will have a stronger presence than ever at this year’s event.

The Consortium, along with one of its main Asian members Gospell Digital Technology, will be present on booths 21 and 22, highlighting the latest DRM receiver models, including a DRM and Bluetooth car kit.

During the three-day conference, which runs simultaneously to the technical exhibition, DRM will hold two sessions on Feb. 28, entitled “Unique, Superior Features of DRM — The Latest Digital Radio Standard,” and “The Progress of DRM in South Asia — Latest Updates and Technical Developments.”

In addition, on Feb. 27, DRM Consortium member Fraunhofer IIS will highlight the synergies between DRM terrestrial digital radio broadcast and latest mobile-friendly internet streaming services, both based on the latest MPEG xHE-AAC audio codec.

“As DRM digital radio makes India potentially the largest digital radio market in the world, the DRM Consortium is keen to showcase the current developments and areas of great benefit delivered by DRM. Its many additional features and its capacity to link to IP creates new possibilities for listeners and the industry,” said Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Consortium chairman.

“Our BES presentations and demonstrations aim to show practically the progress made in India by DRM, its potential for listeners, broadcasters and industry, while learning from our Indian colleagues how the Indian media landscape is changing.”