Rootio Radio Station

Grassroots Radio for Community Input and Output

Product description Brand name and 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) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

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 Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"

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 Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

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 Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Conventional radio broadcasting stations. Pocket FMCGNet Swara.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

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) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

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.

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