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Germany’s Uplink Network Deploys SmartFM

WorldCast highlights the technology for power and carbon savings

WorldCast Systems is highlighting a large implementation of its SmartFM technology in Germany by Uplink Network GmbH.

“This rollout, representing 800 FM transmitters by the end of 2022, is a major step towards the decarbonization of FM broadcast in Germany,” the company stated.

Thomas Weiner is COO of Uplink Group.

WorldCast says its SmartFM design enables broadcasters that use its transmitters to reduce energy consumption by up to 40%.

It said there are approximately 2,000 Ecreso FM transmitters in the country, nearly half operated by Uplink.

“By the support and trust of Uplink, and several radios operated by them including public radios such as Deutschland Radio, RBB, WDR and NDR, SmartFM is currently being deployed on Uplink’s entire park of Ecreso transmitters.”

Thomas Weiner, COO of Uplink Group, was quoted describing the step as “an efficient process that saves energy, reduces costs and protects the climate.”

WorldCast Co-President Christophe Poulain said users could save hundreds or thousands of euros of yearly savings, depending on network size, transmitter power range and program content.”

SmartFM is provided under a software license model, which begins with a free three-month trial. 

The deployment is underway and is being done progressively through December. 

[Related: “Let’s Improve Radio’s Carbon Footprint”]