Factum Radioscape awarded SwissMediaCast DAB network upgrade

Factum Radioscape awarded SwissMediaCast DAB network upgrade

Factum Radioscape are proud to be selected to supply 6 DAB+ Multiplexes for Swiss commercial broadcaster SMC. The successful bid presents a modern centralised multiplexing platform in a virtualised environment, studio contribution over IP, monitoring, and support for the next 7 years.



Factum Radioscape awarded SwissMediaCast DAB network upgrade

OBSERVA Field Monitor Selected by Toyota for DAB Reception Tests

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.”

Catching Digital Waves in Mandurah

Catching Digital Waves in Mandurah

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.”

Factum Radioscape awarded SwissMediaCast DAB network upgrade

Telmaco and Factum Radioscape complete first official DAB Mux in Greece

System integrator Telmaco and DAB+ head-end manufacturer Factum Radioscape were selected by Greece’s public broadcaster ERT to install the first permanent National Multiplex for DAB+ Radio. Building upon the success of the pilot project in 2018, ERT continue broadcasting 7 radio programmes in DAB+ across Athens using Factum Radioscape’s DAB system. The first DAB+ Multiplex in Ymittos shall pave the way for future expansion across Greece.

Owing to Factum Radioscape’s technical expertise, the ENMUXA DAB system is at the forefront of broadcasting software for digital radio. The software has proven to be the most reliable, versatile and cost-effective system on the market. The innovative web interface makes every aspect of the multiplexing process, from audio and data ingest to ensemble distribution, easily manageable.

The entire broadcast chain will be monitored and validated using Factum Radioscape’s unrivalled OBSERVA range. The monitoring software use SNMP, real-time data and instant alerts for supervising the multiplex output.

Factum Radioscape’s Sales Manager, James Waterson said: “The past year has seen ENMUXA and OBSERVA launch many new DAB+ services in Europe, Asia and Australia. There is further enhancements on our roadmap to improve the DAB experience for broadcasters and listeners alike.

Introducing DAB+ radio to Greece has been a very smooth process. the pilot project was very useful for ERT to familiarise themselves with the technology. We look forward to the next stages of the rollout with Telmaco and ERT.”