Toyota have chosen the OBSERVA Field Monitor to as a reference tool to test DAB coverage for their RF receivers. This device provides key data to help enhance reception of DAB services.
The Field Monitor is extremely portable, powered via USB, and includes magnetically mounted RF and GPS antennae, making it an ideal solution for mobile DAB monitoring in a vehicle. A recent feature added to the tool is the ability to import the logged data and display the metrics against the map overlay for instant visual assessment.
The Field Monitor improves the capability for defining customer reports relating to DAB reception quality, allowing performance comparisons against in car DAB tuners to ensure all services are available and decoded correctly. Pascal Vandensteen, a Senior Expert Technician, Electronics, Research & Development at Toyota Motor Europe uses the Field Monitor to accurately evaluate the field strength condition in specific geographical area, and for deep analysis of DAB ensemble.
The field strength values can be assigned thresholds and colour indicators to highlight areas of signal degradation, as captured in Pascal’s road test:
Factum Radioscape’s Sales Manager James Waterson adds, “The Field Monitor helps Toyota record accurate DAB signals in the field and use this data to optimise their in-car receiver performance, and user experience for the end customer. There is a strong focus on capabilities of in-car receivers following the EECC Directive, which requires that all new passenger cars in the EU can receive DAB radio. The Field Monitor offers an affordable and reliable test tool for broadcasters and automotive manufacturers alike.”
Factum Radioscape’s ENMUXA DAB system brings DAB+ Radio to the city of Mandurah, the second largest city in Western Australia. Mandurah becomes the ninth city in Australia to join the digital radio roll out, with services launching in time for Christmas.
West Coast Radio content director John De Bellis said: “We’re excited to officially launch DAB+ with our popular FM stations 97.3 Coast FM and 91.7 The Wave both broadcasting in digital from December 23. Listeners can look forward to new stations rolling out in the coming months, offering more exciting choices of music and entertainment.”
The DAB+ service will improve local radio with enhanced sound quality and greater station choice. Mandurah follows launches in Canberra, Darwin, and Hobart earlier in 2019. Factum Radioscape’s DAB+ system has been used in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney since 2009, offering listeners new stations and richer radio experience through slideshow images and text displayed on receivers.
The software solution consists of an encoding and multiplexing system from Factum Radioscape, installed by Australian partner RAEAIR. Factum Radioscape’s Sales Manager James Waterson says, “It is wonderful to see new entrants to the DAB platform in Australia. DAB multiplex operators find ENMUXA affordable and easy to operate. Together with RAEAIR, we’ll ensure the customer receives full technical support from installation through to the day-to-day running of the multiplex.”