WorldCast Systems Announces Large-scale Rollout Of SmartFM In Germany

This worldwide patented technology enables broadcasters operating Ecreso transmitters to reduce their energy consumption by up to 40%. This rollout, representing 800 FM transmitters by the end of 2022, is a major step towards the decarbonization of FM broadcast in Germany.

With nearly 2000 Ecreso FM transmitters sold to the country, nearly half of them are operated by UPLINK Network GmbH. By the support and trust of UPLINK, and several radios operated by them including public radios such as Deutschland Radio, RBB, WDR and NDR, SmartFM is currently being deployed on UPLINK´s entire park of Ecreso transmitters.

The deployment is being phased out progressively, with a launch earlier this year and continuing until December. The first group of users already confirm a consistently positive field performance with SmartFM in terms of energy savings, with no impact on audio quality and coverage.

In addition to reducing CO2 emissions by up to 40%, SmartFM in parallel drives down electricity bills. “With the alarming rise in electricity costs, especially across Europe, SmartFM can be a lifesaver for broadcasters who are looking to reduce their bills; we are talking about hundreds or thousands of euros of yearly savings, depending on network size, transmitter power range, and program content,” said Christophe Poulain, Co-President of WorldCast Systems.

SmartFM represents a modern way to broadcast in line with today’s challenges and concerns, as well as with the high expectations of broadcasters and their audiences. In regards to global warming, the broadcast industry is a high energy consumer and efforts must be focused on designing products and technologies that enable the lowest footprint possible; and broadcasters should be active participants in selecting sustainable solutions. On a business/economic level, many broadcasters are submitted to tight budgets but exponentially growing expenses. SmartFM meets both these environmental and economic challenges.

Built into Ecreso FM transmitters, broadcasters can benefit from SmartFM through a software license model, which begins by activating a free trial.

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