BERLIN � With all the talk about DAB+ in Germany it�s important to know that there is a German DRM platform as well. A recent conference, held in Bonn, highlighted some of the DRM system features and hosted several speakers on DRM topics.�
Dr. J�rg Szarzynski (Deputy Director, Education Program Director of the United Nations, Institute for Environment and Human Security in Bonn) was invited as a guest speaker regarding the Emergency Warning Functionality. EWF is a feature of DRM that provides a pre-warning of disasters as well as information during disasters through a radio device. �Dr. Szarzynski stressed that EWF is an important application for the UN and needs to be strongly encouraged. In DRM projects, the ability of EWF should be and is demonstrated and supported by the DRM Consortium.
On the second day, Joachim Lehnert reported on the final work of the Digital Radio Board of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) that published the so-called �Action Plan for the Transition to Digital Radio.� The German DRM Platform has achieved, alongside DAB as the main topic, that DRM should also be mentioned as the suitable digital broadcasting system for local radio.
Professor Marcus Purat reported on the current mobile and stationary propagation measurements achieved with the DRM shortwave transmitter of the Beuth University in Berlin, which was part of a master thesis. Detlef Pagel, vice-chair of the German Platform, presented the RFmondial funding application to the BMVI for �data transmission to ships,� which is to be implemented via DRM.