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FM Activation in Smartphones: A Three-year Review

PILOT has been tracking the status of FM radio receiver capabilities in U.S. smartphones since 2013, observing sales and pursuing teardown analysis on the top-selling models (i.e., approximately the top 70% of sales, analyzed each calendar quarter). This turns out to be about 20 to 25 different phone models each quarter, which represent the major [...]

By |June 2, 2016|Blog, Radio|Comments Off on FM Activation in Smartphones: A Three-year Review

David Layer Receives IEEE BTS Matti Siukola Memorial Award

David Layer Receives IEEE BTS Matti Siukola Memorial Award Guy Bouchard, IEEE BTS Awards Committee chair, presents Matti Siukola Memorial Award to David Layer, Senior Director of Advanced Engineering. Each year the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society bestows the Matti Siukola Memorial Award, recognizing the best paper presented at the Annual Broadcast [...]

By |October 16, 2015|Blog, Radio|0 Comments

Examining Ratings Watermarks: Voltair and the PPM

One of the most notable technology issues in the radio industry recently regards the consistency in performance of Nielsen Audio’s (formerly Arbitron’s) Personal People Meter (PPM) TM audience ratings system across various radio formats and/or different listening environments. Broadcasters have lodged complaints about the PPM’s accuracy in these respects almost since its introduction in 2007, but more recently the concerns [...]