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Radio Makes Presence Felt at IBC

Event hits attendance record, offers insight into latest products, technology

Stéphane Tésorière, CEO of WinMedia Group is hard at work on his booth. AMSTERDAM — The IBC2015 show got off to a busy start. Despite a heavy focus on television broadcast, radio professionals made their presence known during the conference.

Radio gear vendors congregated primarily around Hall 8 of the Amsterdam RAI convention center to offer a host of product launches and information on the latest technological advances, from IP technology to digital radio, and more.

Europe’s main electronic media and entertainment industry event, IBC generally attracts attendees from Europe, the Middle East and Asia; though Europe and Asia were the largest groups this year, according to some exhibitors.

“It was a good show,” said Peter Lee VP of operations, Orban Europe. “IBC remains the place to meet customers and potential clients in Europe and beyond, and this year we got to see a lot of people from Asia.”

Industry organizations such as Digital Radio Mondiale and the WorldDAB Forum were present to assure that radio buffs attending the event were updated on recent digital developments.

A Busy Show Floor at IBC2015

Digital Radio Mondiale held a number of events, which provided the latest on DRM (DRM30 and DRM+). The consortium highlighted recent market developments in Asia, Africa and Europe along with presenting the latest version of the DRM receiver from Avion Electronics, which will soon be available for purchase in India via Amazon.

WorldDAB hosted an “Industry Insight” panel showcasing the factors behind the adoption of DAB by large commercial and public broadcasters across Europe, as well as Ofcom U.K.’s solution for small-scale DAB broadcasting. The organization also showcased the latest DAB receivers available on the market, and the Project Office team was on hand to offer support and information on how WorldDAB can help with the implementation of DAB/DAB+ in new markets.

Also during IBC2015 Radio World International, published by NewBay Media’s Broadcast/Video Group, announced its Best of Show Award winners. Judged by a panel of engineers on the criteria of innovation, feature set, cost efficiency and performance, winners included Broadcast Bionics, DEVA Broadcast, ENCO, GatesAir, Netia, Orban, Tieline and Wheatstone Corp.

The IBC2015 conference and exhibition broke attendance records with 55,128 visitors from 170 countries and 1,800 exhibitors, according to organizers.

IBC2016 will take place in Amsterdam from Sept. 8–12, 2016.

— Marguerite Clark