ENCO Systems said it has a commission to build a mobile, interactive media vehicle for young people in several communities in the United Kingdom.
It was contracted by Hope FM and the Bournemouth YMCA for the “Hands on Media” project, which aims to give children and the community “the chance to experience radio, video editing and interviewing. It even enables toddlers as young as two to explore an interactive world of animal sounds, shape-sorting and storytelling.”
A radio studio in the van will be based on the ENCO DAD playout system. The system will use a Digigram IP link package that allows audio to be sent to and from the van over wireless connections and mobile broadband.
Grant Francis is projects director for ENCO Systems in the United Kingdom. “Thousands of young people will be using the vehicle over the next few years, so it’s important that the kit is easy to use and reliable,” Francis said in the announcement.
The Hands-on Media Play Van will be on the streets of cities in Dorset, England, during summer 2008.
“We plan to employ a media trained play worker to travel around with the van and we will have volunteers to help out; If we get any particularly good work we can broadcast it on Hope FM and teenagers who show exceptional talent could get the opportunity to join our station training scheme at Hope,” said Jonathan Chadd, development manager at Bournemouth YMCA and Hope FM lunchtime presenter.