Emergency Warning Features of DRM to be Demonstrated During Media Summit on Climate Change

May 31, 2014


London - May 29, 2014 - The Emergency Warning Features (EWF) of the DRM system will be featured in a special broadcast included in the International Radio for Disaster Relief (IRDR) Trial to coincide with the Media Summit on Climate Change to be held June 4-6, 2014, in Jakarta, Indonesia. The aim of the trial (consisting of special programs carried by twelve important broadcasters) is to demonstrate that shortwave broadcasting has a unique value for affected populations and that the existing framework of global shortwave coordination can be employed for disaster risk purposes. Special clear channels have been selected for the IRDR Trial and there will be transmissions from a number of different broadcasters and sites between 0200 and 1130 UTC each day of the Media Summit. The DRM Consortium have produced a 30-minute program explaining the benefits of the DRM EWF which can be heard on the BBC/Babcock transmissions on 15650kHz at 3:00–3:30, 4:00–4:30 and 5:00-05:30 UTC on June 5 and 6.

The special DRM radio program explains what the inbuilt emergency functionality of DRM is and how alarm signals generated by the authorities can override running programs and carry the emergency message instantly to large numbers of people. The DRM special broadcast will be an inviting introduction to the DRM presentation and demonstration to be given by Alexander Zink, vice-chair of the DRM Consortium (and senior business development manager, Fraunhofer IIS, Germany) on June 6, in the morning, at the Media Summit on Climate.

"During emergencies and times of crisis, most of the services fail," says Ruxandra Obreja, DRM Consortium Chairman, "radio is the last line of communication and the obvious solution for bringing information to the people. We are very excited to have our first radio broadcast on the in-built emergency disaster functionality of DRM during such an important event like the one in Jakarta."


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