RadioDNS @ CES

Nick Piggott,

It’s January, and time for CES®. If you’re making the pilgrimage to Las Vegas to get across all the tech innovation, make time from trawling the halls to see RadioDNS Hybrid Radio.

Here’s where you should stop off:

  • DTS Connected Radio – DTS Connected Radio supports RadioDNS. The Xperi/DTS booth is located in the LVCC North Hall, at Booth #5624. Read more from Xperi about the range of technologies they’ll be demonstrating.
  • The NXP Pavilion – NXP are demonstrating their connected radio platform, which features RadioDNS integration. NXP are located in the car park outside the central hall at LVCC, near to the monorail station
  • Audi and BMW will also be exhibiting their visions for the future of driving.

I’ll also be there, meeting our members and presenting to meetings. If you’d like to meet up, email the project office (feedback@radiodns.org) or tweet us @RadioDNS.

Automotive Workshop V – Bringing Broadcasters and Automotive Manufacturers Together

Nick Piggott,

Broadcasters and manufacturers want to create the very best experience of radio in the car, but don’t always understand how to work with each other.

Each year our automotive workshop (held jointly with WorldDAB) brings broadcasters and manufacturers together to talk frankly and in detail about the challenges of enhancing radio, and how to achieve shared ambitions. This year’s workshop is on Tuesday 11th February 2020 between 14:00 and 17:00 CET.

Space at the workshop is very limited, so we’re inviting applications to be part of this closed-door event. You will have to attend in person at the European Broadcasting Union in Geneva, as there will not be a web conference facility, and we ask that the detail of discussions are not revealed outside of the room. We will prioritise places for broadcasters and automotive manufacturers.

(If the application form is not appearing below, then drop the project office an email – feedback@radiodns.org)

BMW implements RadioDNS

Nick Piggott,

We’re really pleased to say that BMW are now implementing RadioDNS in their vehicles.

Since July 2019, BMW vehicles have been using our SPI Standard (TS 102 818) to find and update radio station logos for FM radio stations across Europe and North America. That means station logos are being sourced directly from radio stations to show in the dashboard. If you want to update your station logo, just update it on your system, and it will update across all the cars.

RadioDNS is integrated into production vehicles from Audi, VW, Porsche and now BMW. We’re the only hybrid radio system in production vehicles across Europe and North America.

If you’d like to find out more, have a look here. If you’re a broadcaster, a manufacturer, or a technology provider wanting to do more with hybrid radio, we’re here to help you implement our open standards. Email us, or come and visit us at the NAB Radio Show (Booth #151) or TU Automotive (Munich) and we can explain in person.

(If you’re wondering about updating station logos for DAB stations in Europe – BMW use TS 102 818 but updates should be delivered over DAB EPG, rather than IP. That’s their existing update system, but they will keep dual DAB/IP updating under review).

Work with us to develop our new testing platform

Nick Piggott,

We’re here to make sure that hybrid radio works brilliantly using open technology standards. As well as defining the standards, we want to provide the right tools to help people implement them really well.

We already offer our members a testing platform for systems which pull in and use metadata using our standards. If a device / platform passes the testing, it can call itself RadioDNS compliant, which is really important when it comes to selling the service or product.

We’re going to do the same now, but for the systems that produce and distribute metadata from radio stations using our standards. It will help everyone have confidence that their systems are working correctly, or help them debug them if there are problems.

Our testing resources can save hours of tedious debugging, and they’re one of the benefits we offer exclusively to our members. (If you’d like to join, then have a look here).

We’re publishing a specification for what we want the testing platform to do, and we’re inviting pitches from software developers to build it with us. Here’s the briefing document, which explains how to ask questions or send in your pitch. The closing date is Monday 2nd September 2019.