DRM to participate in the International Radio for Disaster Relief Trial

The Emergency Warning Features of the DRM Digital Radio System will be featured in a special broadcast included in the International Radio for Disaster Relief Trial (IRDR) to coincide with the Media Summit on Climate Change to on June 4th – 6th 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The aim of the trial, which will be employed bytwelve important broadcasters, is to demonstrate that shortwave broadcasting has a unique value for affected populations and that the existing framework of global shortwave coordination can be employed for disaster risk purposes.  

Special clear channels have been selected for the IRDR Trial and there will be transmissions from a number of different broadcasters and sites between 0200 and 1130 UTC each day of the Media Summit.

A DRM radio programme, broadcast on BBC and Babock transmissions on 15650 kHz, explains what the inbuilt emergency functionality of DRM is and how alarm signals generated by the authorities can override running programmes and carry the emergency message instantly to large numbers of people.

DRM Consortium Chairman Ruxandra Obreja said “During emergencies and times of crisis, most of the services fail”

“Radio is the last line of communication and the obvious solution for bringing information to the people. We are very excited to have our first radio broadcast on the in-built emergency disaster functionality of DRM during such an important event like the one in Jakarta.”

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