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Total Traffic Enhances System With Journaline

Clear Channel division can offer real-time news alongside traffic to mobile devices; will show it at NAB

Total Traffic Network, a division of Clear Channel, is adding Journaline to its Total Traffic Network Plus digital radio service in the United States.

Developed by German research institute Fraunhofer IIS, Journaline is an international standard for the transmission of text-based information via digital broadcasting systems, including HD Radio. Total Traffic will use Journaline to deliver local and national weather, sports scores and news headlines to mobile devices.

“This is a natural extension to our offering — our users already rely on us for up-to-the-minute traffic updates and with Journaline technology, we’re able to offer them real-time news topics that they care about,” said Lance Locher, senior vice president at Total Traffic Network.

Total Traffic Network provides traffic info for 125 metropolitan areas in four countries, supplying real-time traffic data to approximately 125 million users; it has partnerships with auto manufacturers and navigation device makers.

Earlier in 2010, JVC announced the JVC KD-NT3HDT, the first in-dash receiver to support Journaline for in-vehicle applications; it also supports Total Traffic Network Plus implementation.

Journaline uses only a small amount of bandwidth and is designed to work with DRM, Eureka-147 DAB, iBiquity HD Radio and other digital broadcasting systems. It supports a metadata option for text-to-speech playback, as well as geo-referencing to help localize information.

Journaline and Total Traffic Network will demo the service at the NAB Show, at booth C1446.