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◗NEWSWATCH WORLDDAB RELEASES AFTERMARKET DEVICES GUIDELINES WorldDAB has published the first version of its Aftermarket Devices Guidelines. According to the organization, the document, designed by the WorldDAB Aftermarket Devices Working Group, which was set up in 2018, aims to improve the user experience of aftermarket devices, including those for DAB+ digital radio. Targeting manufacturers, WorldDAB says the guidelines are based on previous research carried out by the WorldDAB User Experience Group but incorporate “allowances and changes in line with the nature of AMDs.” The document features directions on the following domains in relation to AMDs: User interface; device connection; functionality; power; service lists; car display; service following and antennas. It gives a base for manufacturers of aftermarket devices and adaptors and will be updated according to market developments and future improvements. “These aftermarket devices guidelines were developed to help manufacturers better understand how to integrate DAB+ digital radio devices into vehicles that are already on the road,” said Jørn Jensen, retiring chairman of the WorldDAB Aftermarket Devices Working Group. “The aftermarket sector has seen a significant increase in demand over the last few years. More drivers are looking to bring the extra choice and better quality of DAB+ into older cars, which do not have digital radio as standard. These guidelines were created to help achieve this in the best possible way.”

CAMBRIDGE CONSULTANTS UNVEILS PROTOTYPE FOR LOW-COST DRM RECEIVER Cambridge Consultants has unveiled a design for a Digital Radio Mondiale receiver that it claims will cost under US$10 (about €9). At its annual Innovation Day conference in December, the firm showcased a prototype of the low-cost, low-power DRM design. This, according to the company addresses the vital need for information by the global population that doesn’t have the internet or TV, adding that since it’s low-power it can run from solar or wind-up. Cambridge Consultants say the design will be ready in 2020, available for any radio manufacturer to license and incorporate into their own products. DRM Chairman, Ruxandra Obreja welcomed the announcement. “The unique and inspiring design will finally lead to the development of a low-power, low-cost, small-screen, large-coverage receiver. This means we’ll be able to bridge the digital divide for millions of people who don’t have easy access to broadband.”

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Malawi Reorganizes FM Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

UK Government Restates Support for Digital Radio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Hotels Leave the Light on for Audio. . . . . . . . . . 12 TOPradio Hosts Live Broadcast for Black Friday. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16


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