Transmitter Manufacturers Unveil New DRM Products at 2016 IBC
New receivers, transmitters and deployments highlighted
September 12, 2016
AMSTERDAM—Digital Radio Mondiale says the organization got off to a flying start at this year’s IBC Show, which annually attracts over 150,000 visitors from over 160 countries.
DRM’s first event was hosted by consortium member GatesAir. They unveiled their DRM+ G4 Exgine card offering a quick DRM digital upgrade solution for their range of Flexiva FM transmitters, developed in association with another leading DRM Consortium member RFmondial.
During this same event, two new DRM receivers, including the first DRM+ receiver were displayed to the public. New consortium member, Gospell Digital Technology presented the GR-216 which works in DRM30, AM and FM stereo. The other receiver unveiled was the PantronX Titus II, an SDR/android tablet solution for DRM and analog, being in effect both a DRM+ and a multi-standard receiver. These new radios demonstrate the growing interest from receiver manufacturers in producing DRM capable solutions.
On day two of IBC Digital Radio Mondiale members announced new transmitter deployments. Thomson Broadcast in their event emphasized the return on investment and cost-effective nature of investing in DRM transmitters. Key representatives of RRI, the public broadcaster in Indonesia, and WECODEC, a non-profit organization serving disadvantaged communities in South Africa, enriched the event with their understanding of DRM benefits for their own countries.
In the afternoon, Nautel hosted their now traditional Saturday DRM event. Among the highlights this year was the announcement that in Europe, Antenna Hungaria (the national network operator in Hungary) recently placed an order for a 2 Mw DRM MW transmitter. The Nautel representative in India also announced that All India Radio had demonstrated further confidence in the company and ordered another six DRM-capable transmitters to supplement the existing thirty-five DRM transmitters currently delivering the largest digital radio project in the world. (Read more about Nautel and All India Radio here.)