German DAB TPEG situation


Thomas Kusche, Senior Editor at WDR provided an update on digital radio and TPEG services in the German market at the 4th WorldDMB Automotive Event 2012

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. 

Thomas Kusche
Senior Editor
Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR)


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