The WorldDAB Digital Radio Receiver Profiles originated in 2008 and were designed to help create a vibrant digital radio market across Europe and the world by defining minimum functionality for different classes of digital radio receivers that use the DAB system. The scheme was devised by WorldDAB, working in conjunction with its members and with the EBU – representing the perspective of broadcasters – and EICTA (now known as Digitaleurope) – representing the perspective of manufacturers.
The WorldDAB Digital Radio Receiver Profiles have been updated on several occasions since then as developments have advanced and more countries have started regular DAB digital radio services.
The latest version of the WorldDAB Digital Radio Receiver Profiles takes account of the establishment of the pan-European standard for minimum requirements with included test methods – ETSI TS 103 461 – which sets the baseline for DAB digital radios globally, and the advancement of IP delivered transport and traveller information (TTI) services, which have largely replaced some of the earlier ideas for broadcast TTI services.
Broadcasters and regulators may select any of the audio and multimedia capabilities of the DAB family of standards to meet the specific needs of their market, whilst those already broadcasting may be planning the introduction of more advanced features.