Digital Radio Week 2020

Nick Piggott,

Every year we gather in Geneva for a whole load of events around the theme of digital radio. Hosted by the EBU, it’s an intense three days, culminating the Digital Radio Summit.

We’d like to thank the EBU for hosting our events – our Steering Board meeting, our General Assembly and the Automotive Workshop in conjunction with WorldDAB.

Members will be getting a report of the General Assembly directly soon, and attendees to the Automotive Workshop will also get a meeting summary, but I thought it would be useful to share some highlights.

General Assembly

We were pleased to report that RadioDNS is growing…

  • We’re in Audi, VW, Porsche and BMW vehicles – across all connected vehicles, all ranges
  • We’re now at 30 members, which is a record number.
  • DNS registrations increased by 24% in 2019
  • Our support queries increased by 75% in 2019

We’re extending our Member Benefits with an extensive Test and Fault Reporting platform which will really reduce the amount of time taken to find out why things aren’t working the way you expect.

We’ll be continuing to develop a Standard Licence for Metadata, and develop our Technical Standards

Our Members TuneIn and Xperi/DTS also presented. Xperi/DTS gave us an update on their Connected Radio platform, and TuneIn explained how they’re using our standards (SPI) to enable faster and more accurate transfer of metadata from broadcasters to them.

Automotive Workshop V

The Automotive Workshop is a round-table interactive discussion between broadcasters and manufacturers, and had a record 27 attendees this year. The discussion was detailed and looked at not just the problems each side faces, but how to address the underlying business factors.

The topics discussed covered:

  • Getting Metadata (including station logos) right
  • Configuring Transmissions correctly
  • Service Following – broadcast to broadcast and broadcast to IP
  • Fault Reporting
  • Android Automotive
  • Listening Analytics

RadioDNS and WorldDAB took away actions to progress from each of those topics, so that we can maintain the momentum we created.

The next workshop is tentatively scheduled for the 19th June 2020, following the WorldDAB Automotive event in Turin, Italy.

TuneIn joins RadioDNS

Nick Piggott,

Hybrid radio combines broadcast radio with metadata delivered over an Internet connection. Our open standards approach to hybrid radio means we’ve created standards for radio station metadata, which many radio stations around the world are implementing.

Whilst this standardisation is primarily intended for enabling hybrid radio, it has the byproduct of standardising the way that metadata can be exchanged between organisations. That standardisation speeds up data flow, makes it more accurate and reduces the cost of implementation.

TuneIn handle metadata from thousands of radio stations globally, and have done so for many years. Keeping track of changes is an increasingly complex task, and developing custom interfaces and processes equally so.

So we’re very pleased that TuneIn have decided to adopt our standards as a way of their partner stations providing metadata to them. As well as implementing our open standards, they’re supporting us by becoming a member. That support enables to grow hybrid radio faster.

Our membership reflects the diversity of the radio ecosystem – across continents, sectors and business models. We think that diversity is a strength as we enable not just hybrid radio, but help the entire sector evolve to meet new technology expectations.

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)

UPDATE: 30 JAN 2020 – the workshop is currently oversubscribed, so we do not have any places to offer. If you request to attend, we will put you on a standby list, but you should not make travel arrangements.