DRM Digital Radio: Anytime and Anywhere


KAISERSLAUTERN, GERMANY — Starwaves, a developer and distributor of receiver technologies centered around the digital broadcast standard DRM (Digital Radio Mondiale), has joined forces with a supplier in the field of broadcast encoder and receiver components for DRM to develop an Android app that allows DRM reception on mobile devices.

Starwaves enables Android phones and tablets to receive entertainment, text information, and emergency warnings via DRM Digital Radio.

The Starwaves technology is based on Fraunhofer technology.

Digital Radio Mondiale (DRM) is being pitched as the “digital successor standard to the classic AM and FM radio services.”

Radio reception with mobile phones and tablets combines the mobility and flexibility of these devices with the benefits of free-to-air radio services.

And, it solves a conundrum that plagued NextRadio, a one-time unit of Emmis Communications, while the ambitious Soundot app failed due to lack of publicity and industry support.

Starwaves has been active in the field of DRM radio receivers for many years. The “STARWAVES DRM SoftRadio” app was developed in close cooperation with Fraunhofer IIS. Its goal: to ensure easy access to innovative DRM radio services for everybody.

It is available from now in the Google and Amazon Android app stores.

“The app provides listeners with access to all the essential features of the DRM digital radio standard, across all transmission bands from DRM on long wave to FM band and VHF band-III,” Starwaves says.

Fraunhofer IIS is a significant co-developer of core digital radio technologies.

This includes the innovative xHE-AAC audio codec, which provides high audio quality at lowest data rates, as well as the Journaline application, which gives radio listeners access to news, the latest sports updates, local weather forecasts, travel tips, and even radio schooling services without requiring internet access.

The app also supports many more DRM features such as the Emergency Warning Functionality (EWF), image slideshows, station logos, and service descriptions including Unicode support for worldwide application.

To provide all these services, the app only requires a standard off-the-shelf SDR RF dongle that is attached to the device’s USB port.

“We are proud to launch the world’s first low-cost full-featured DRM digital radio reception solution for mobile devices, developed in close partnership with Fraunhofer IIS. Now everybody can easily upgrade their existing mobile phone and tablet to enjoy DRM digital radio with its undistorted audio quality and advanced features including Journaline,” says Johannes von Weyssenhoff, founder of Starwaves.


— RBR+TVBR European News Desk


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