The Digital Radio Mondiale consortium will hold its second virtual General Assembly on Apr. 15.
The event will be in two parts — the morning is an open session for members and invited guests and the afternoon is for members only.
The morning session will review progress made in the past year in countries like India, South Africa, Indonesia and Brazil, as well as Hungary and Russia.
A presentation on the development of DRM receivers will highlight the almost 3 million DRM receivers in Indian cars and the new consumer receiver models (standalone, car solutions and adaptors, SDR and mobile solutions) from China, India, Germany and the U.K. The receivers support the full DRM standard (AM and FM) and all the DRM features set, including benefits such as EWF (Emergency Warning Functionality), distance learning and extra content in various languages.
The agenda includes an update on the recent Indian DRM trial in the FM band and the DRM India automotive group.
The online meeting will give members and guests a chance to share news and ideas, and to contribute to the strategic directions of the DRM consortium. The group states that it will continue to “strengthen the links with the automotive and receiver industry and will enhance the general communication, virtual, two-way and face to face, in new and innovative ways.”
According to DRM Chairman, Ruxandra Obreja, the last 12 months have demonstrated that radio has great staying power and an enhanced role. “Digital radio DRM has proven to be flexible, as DRM digital broadcasts can be easily inserted even in what looks like a full FM band spectrum. We have also proven that DRM can offer distance learning, and disaster warnings at low energy costs, which we see gaining in importance and usage. With the support of regulators, broadcasters, the industry and the listeners, DRM will be making it possible for everyone, no matter where they are and, whether they are connected to modern technology or not, to stay safe, informed and educated.”