Traditionally Germany is a leading force in Traffic Information and for over 50 years broadcast has played a major role in this business. Beside spoken on-air services, Traffic Management Channel (TMC) plays a major role today with more than 24m receivers in operation. To improve quality of service, ARD has decided to launch a national TPEG service on digital radio. The focus of this service will be any safety related content as stipulated by the European Union. All ARD stations have invested in new TPEG based editorial systems to contribute to road safety and services will be broadcast without encryption and an additional fee – of course.
To create not just a national perspective for Public TPEG services, ARD has founded the “BEST” consortium (Broadcasters European solution for Travel Information). This comprises of the Austrian public broadcaster, ORF and the Swiss Public broadcaster SRG SSR. In cooperation with the Norwegian public broadcaster NRK these public service broadcasters together have pushed for the TPEG Public service Media Profile within TISA, the global organisation for standardisation of TMC and TPEG. The spec will be finalised early 2013 and will help device makers design products for the European market.
But ARD is not just thinking about smart services for individual transport. A much wider part of ARD’s audience makes use of public transport. Therefore the provision of information on all public transport will be a challenge for the next few years, too. The ARD network will start TPEG services during 2013 which will no doubt make an important contribution to the success of digital radio in Germany.
Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)