Rootio Radio Station

Grassroots Radio for Community Input and Output

Rootio or Grassroots Radio for Community Input and Output, is a prototype and open source radio broadcasting solution that is a combination of off-the-shelf hardware, cloud software, and a smartphone app. Rootio can be heard through a traditional FM receiver. It is possible to participate in the radio through a simple phone call.

Product description

Rootio or Grassroots Radio for Community Input and Output, is a prototype and open source radio broadcasting solution that is a combination of off-the-shelf hardware, cloud software, and a smartphone app. Rootio can be heard through a traditional FM receiver. It is possible to participate in the radio through a simple phone call.

Target region(s)

Rootio has trial stations in Uganda with interest from other parts of Africa. It is a product that can by deployed anywhere.

Distributors/implementing organizations

Rootio is the main distributor that is supported by a peer network of radio station hosts. Rootio is located in Portugal.

Market suggested retail price

The price of hardware for an established antenna and broadcasting station is $1,700 – $1,800 USD with plans to lower costs to near $800 – $900 USD. Interview with representative

The price of hardware for a bucket system and antenna is roughly $500 USD. FM Transmitter: $250 USD, Samsung smartphone: $75 USD, Connectors and computer fan: $10 USD, Antenna: $30 USD, Cable: $100-$150 USD. These prices vary slightly across regions.

For users without access to electricity, low capacity (15-30 W) power generation technology will also need to be purchased.

In certain cases, users interested in broadcasting will need to pay for a FM broadcasting license. Rootio has worked with Ugandan officials to eliminate that cost for their users.

Competitive landscape

Conventional radio broadcasting stations. Pocket FMCGNet Swara.

SDG targeted

This product impacts the Goal 9: “Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation” by developing “quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure (…) to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all” and Goal 16 “peace, justice and strong institutions”.

Target user(s)

Individuals who have the ability to operate the combined smartphone and FM transmitter. Rootio is a solution that requires user to follow guidance to assemble the “radio in a bucket” solution and the transmission antenna.

The @AutodeskFdn blogged about our how-to guide for communities writing proposals for development projects https://t.co/MlRH1H0x2F