Monday, 29 June 2009

[creative-radio] Gram Vaani devices economical solutions for Community Radio stations



Gram Vaani devices economical solutions for CRs
RadioandMusic.com - Mumbai,Maharashtra,India

Archiving of content has been posing as a problem for community radio
stations would be resolved by adoption of the GRINS technology. ...
http://gramvaani.org/

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Gram Vaani, meaning voice-of-the-village, is an initiative to empower
rural communities through participatory media.

We are focused on the development of appropriate technologies and have
designed the Multiplanar Inter Networking Protocol (MINP) which leverages
existing infrastructure of radio, television, and mobile phone networks in
rural areas to provide access for communities to interactive participatory
media applications. MINP routers and appliances can either be deployed in
standalone setups for community radio or Internet radio stations, or can
be networked with other MINP deployments to deliver comprehensive
solutions for community media, agricultural consultancy, and distance
learning in rural areas.

Software

Gramin Radio Inter Networking System (GRINS) v0.1

GRINS v0.1 is now out. GRINS is an enhanced automation system for
community radio stations. Built on Gram Vaani's MINP platform, the current
release of GRINS allows radio station operators to schedule broadcasts,
preview programs, record live transmissions, and maintain an extensive
semantically searchable library. In future releases, GRINS will be
enhanced to handle telephony calls, sending and receiving SMS messages,
and Internet connectivity to share and stream content with other GRINS
deployments. Some of the key features of GRINS that distinguish it from
other radio broadcast platforms are as follows:

* Commodity hardware: GRINS does most processing in software to
eliminate the need of buying expensive audio hardware, and yet imposes
very low processing overhead on the system. For this reason, GRINS can
be run off commodity PCs and single board computers, significantly
reducing the costs of setting up community radio stations.

* Service oriented design: All functionality provided by GRINS is
handled by different services, such as the Audio Service for playout,
Archiver Service for recording, Library Service for storage, etc. Each
of these services can be run either on a single machine, or off
multiple machines. This makes the deployment of GRINS extremely
flexible to be able to fit into any kind of a radio station setup.

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