2011 has been a year of many changes for WorldDMB, its members and the international digital radio industry.
Throughout 2011 there has been a growing sense of momentum and enthusiasm for the DAB family of standards with many positive developments having taken place. These developments have included the emergence of new markets, successful launches of trials and interest from potential new markets outside the European and Asia Pacific regions where the DAB family of standards are increasingly gaining market dominance.
Letter from the President: 2011 has been a year of renewed enthusiasm
During my time as WorldDMB President, I have seen many changes in a relatively short space of time. The most immediate changes for both myself and our members have been the changes seen in the Project Office, the hub of WorldDMB. Now that there is a full complement of staff, the Project Office are now able to continue with their valuable work, in collaboration with our members, of rolling out the DAB standards.
WorldDMB Project Office Update
Progress has been extensive throughout 2011 but it is clear when thinking forward to 2012 and onwards that there is a lot still to be achieved.
The commercial broadcasting sector is in need of support and information in relation to the complex decision making process for migration to digital radio broadcasting. The WorldDMB Steering Board has approved a focus on defining how this can be achieved.
2011 Project Office Annual Monthly Summary
2011 was a very busy and productive year for the Project Office. Many events, conferences, committees and workshops were both hosted and attended. Strategically 2011 was a year where attention was focused on supporting and championing the German radio industry in the run-up to the launch of the DAB+ network. This was successfully launched in August and a series of events have been held to mark the momentous occasion.
Radio Industry Key Events 2011
During 2011 the WorldDMB Project Office attended a number of key industry events. This enabled the Project Office not only to connect with members but also to elevate the position of WorldDMB and the DAB standards.
Summary on the WorldDMB General Assembly ‘Success through collaboration’Zurich, Switzerland, 27-28 October 2011
This year’s General Assembly was the most successful to date with a higher turn-out of delegates than on previous years. The event was opened by the re-elected WorldDMB President Jørn Jensen who said, “To ensure the future success of digital radio all industry stakeholders need to work in collaboration to see the DAB family of standards become more readily available across a range of different consumer devices”. The event included debates and discussions on the latest industry developments from a panel of experts from Europe, America and the Asia Pacific Region.
2011 Per Erik Selemark Award
Hossein Yassaie, CEO of Imagination Technologies received the WorldDMB 2011 Per Erik Selemark Award for services to DAB at the 17th WorldDMB General Assembly.
Find out about the work of the different WorldDMB Committees:
The WorldDMB Technical Committee (TC)
The Marketing Committee (MC)
The Regulatory and Spectrum Committee (RSC)
The Asia Pacific Committee (APC)
WorldDMB is the network of professionals facilitating the future of digital radio broadcasting based on the DAB/DAB+/DMB standards, drawing on over 80 members from across the globe and from all stakeholder segments and geographies. In this role as broker for industry knowledge and promotion of a coordinated roll-out of services, WorldDMB actively collaborates and partners with industry bodies in Europe and Asia.
The automotive industry is key to ensuring the successful roll-out of digital radio. Therefore, WorldDMB have focused on working closely with the international car sector throughout 2011 and extensive progress has been made.
New devices – a focus on the interactive screen
The digital radio industry has seen the introduction of many new innovative devices that support the DAB family of standards throughout 2011. New styles and designs of kitchen radios, dongles for your iphone, USBs for your PC, mobile phone headsets, and tablets now enable the consumer to access radio where ever and whenever they desire. What has been noticeable is not only the varying price range, of the new products from the very affordable to the high end receivers but also the increasing attention given to the interactive screen.
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