Media in Cooperation and Transition (MiCT)
Pocket FM is a flexible FM broadcasting solution for optimized deployment, installation, and setup.
Pocket FM is a flexible FM broadcasting solution for easy deployment, installation, and setup. It was developed to be adaptable to scenarios with complex characteristics like refugee camps, areas with civil wars, and disaster zones. It serves as an interface between the internet and radio by receiving cloud-based radio programs via the internet or a satellite connection and then re-transmitting them using FM waves.
Pocket FM is distributed by Media in Cooperation and Transition (MiCT).
~2943 USD (2,700 Euro)converted on May 2020
Competitors include conventional radio broadcasting networks providers.
The target users are trained individuals (i.e. radio professionals) and organizations interested in information dissemination in situations and regions where communication is difficult including refugee camps, areas experiencing civil wars, and disaster zones.
Pocket FM is designed by Media in Cooperation and Transition in Germany and manufactured in Slovenia.
This is a proprietary product provided by Media in Cooperation and Transition (MiCT), a German Non-Profit Organization based in Berlin.
Pocket FM is provided directly through their website.
MiCT has implemented the Pocket FM in the “Ebola Bye Bye” FM radio project in Sierra Leone, in Syria and in refugee camps in Iraq, in Yemen, Sudan and in Tanzania.
AM or FM
Where is the information that is being transmitted in the radio coming from? Radio station, cloud-based content, mobile or other source.
Is there an option to access this device remotly/online? If yes, specify the technology (Internet, GSM, etc)
How can users access the radio content broadcasted by this device? Radio receiver (personal radio), Internet (computer, phone), etc
What is the range/distance that the radio can reach when transmitted?
Does the device has capabilities to manage content remotly/through the Internet? If yes, specify the technology (Internet, GSM, etc)
Pocket FM features a 25W FM transmitter which can, with the included antenna system properly installed, reach out in a radius up to 5 km. The device measures ca. 20x20x13 cm, is made from black aloxized aluminium, and the casing is a fanless, passive cooling design, which protects the box from dust and moisture. The transmitter is powered with 10 up to 15V, so it can be used with the included power adapter as well as with a car battery or in connection with a solar system, and includes a satellite receiver, a Wi-Fi module, a GSM/3G module and a position tracker. The device can also be audio fed through standard RCA analog-in.
Custom software runs on Raspberry Pi and been combined with various digital features to allow for remote controlling of the device via SMS, GSM/3G, satellite connection or WiFi, as well as determining the precise location of each device through GPS. This offers a way of transferring essential information by receiving cloud-based radio programs (i.e. internet-delivered content) via a satellite connection and then re-transmitting them using FM waves. A nearly unlimited range of programs can be broadcasted in difficult-to-reach, poorly connected regions or emergency situations worldwide. Powered by a small solar panel, the solution requires minimal maintenance and can run practically without interruption.
Provided by the manufacturer.
Pocket FM has a broadcast range of 5 km.
Pocket FM has been used to spread media campaigns around the prevention of the spread of Ebola in Sierra Leone and has enabled three million Syrians to listen to an alternative media.
Tested by manufacturer.
No known safety hazards are related to this product.
Pocket FM energy can be provided by traditional energy grid, solar panel, battery or an hybrid solution for back-up energy availability. MiCT facilitates purchase of the necessary hardware from partnering industry manufacturers of solar and wind energy systems. Additionally, a satellite dish can be added to a Pocket FM to re-broadcast provided programs to a larger network of remotely installed Pocket FMs.
To install a radio station is required to comply with in-country FM regulatory framework. Commonly a licenses provided by local/country government is needed in order to broadcast.
The set up instruction are available on this YouTube Video.
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