Thursday, September 25, 2014

DRM Launches India Receiver

Radio World
September 19,2014             

AMSTERDAM — At IBC2014 the Digital Radio Mondiale Consortium unveiled the first DRM AM receiver designed to
comply with the relevant Indian specifications and to be fit for global use.

The Avion AV-DR-1401 from Communications Systems Inc. allows DRM
reception in the shortwave and medium-wave bands, as well as analog AM and FM

"Interest in India toward DRM keeps growing. Even though we
have some issues, such as a few industry stakeholders still trying to turn the
attention to FM networks instead of concentrating on DRM, our government's
commitment is strong and clear," said Ankit Agrawal, director of Communications
Systems Inc.

According to public service broadcaster All India Radio's
website, they are targeting 2017 as the complete switchover to digital mode date.

"About one year ago AIR issued a tender for the supply of DRM
receivers," explained Agrawal. "They definitely raised the bar as to technical
specifications by grouping together the most appealing features from the various
receivers available on the market at that time. I took those specifications and considered them a challenge and I asked my
engineers to design a receiver capable of meeting or possibly exceeding AIR's

AIR's specifications include a four-line text display, ER-AAC+, CELP and HVXC codecs,
stereo speakers, a minimum of 40 programmable station presets, USB or SD slot
with read/write capability, instant recording and playback capability from
external storage, upgradable firmware and at least six hours of battery life.

Agrawal showcased the official prototype of the new receiver at the IBC
Show and attendees were able to hear its audio quality during a live
transmission from an Ampegon transmitter. "We are ready to launch a first
production batch of about 1,000 receivers," he said. "They should be delivered
within the end of this year. Then we will be ready to launch a second batch,
definitely much larger."

The Avion AV-DR-1401 will be positioned as an high-end product; it features multimedia applications and local interactive text
and media (Journaline) as well as automatic tuning by station (not frequency).
Agrawal expects a battery life of about 10 hours, pointing out that since the
receiver is also capable of delivering emergency warning messages, a
long-lasting battery is necessary. 

"We are very pleased with the exciting announcement on this new Indian receiver. With
sufficient orders and support it could do very well and start the receiver ball
rolling demonstrating that global, green and extremely cost-effective DRM is not
just the future of digital radio but a reality for listeners now." —Davide Moro              

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