Over the past several months, DTS has been working with automakers, their suppliers, broadcasters and global internet service providers to ensure that all aspects of the DTS Connected Radio system are ready for rapid deployment, integration and commercial launch. Last week, the company announced that one of the final links in the chain, the Connected Radio API, is ready for release.
''This is a big issue,'' explains Jeff Jury, general manager, automotive at Xperi. ''It is this one API, common to all platforms, that enables Connected Radio to work seamlessly worldwide.''
The components of the DTS Connected Radio solution — the automotive API, along with global points of presence, automotive hardware and software development kits, and broadcaster support platforms — says Jury, form a complete ecosystem to ensure a consistent, reliable service can be delivered to cars wherever they are sold worldwide.
Jury goes on to add that PoPs have been established around the world with leading infrastructure providers to ensure service performance and scalability across all major automotive markets in North America, Europe and Asia.
Utilizing an IP connection installed in a vehicle, DTS Connected Radio delivers an analog and digital (DAB and HD Radio) AM/FM experience by pairing broadcast programming with IP-delivered content. DTS Connected Radio aggregates metadata, such as artist and song information, on-air radio program information, station contact information and more, directly from broadcasters around the world to deliver an enhanced visual experience in the vehicle.
Additionally, the development and implementation of a wide range of broadcaster interfaces to ensure broad integration with leading broadcasters around the world has been completed. These interface activities have enabled DTS to efficiently work with broadcasters either through aggregators (Radioplayer, TagStation, Radioapp, etc.), open standards (RadioDNS) or directly with in-house content management systems. DTS has also released the Broadcaster Dashboard, a web based content management system, that provides broadcasters with direct control over their content in the DTS Connected Radio ecosystem.
''Both broadcasters and consumers can look forward to Connected Radio's debut in next year's car models,'' Jury said.