Digitalization of Programme Production facilities, Transmission facilites and uplink stations has been undertaken to ensure good quality convergence-ready content, which will also support interactive radio services like News on Phone, Music on demand etc.
v Computerization of AIR stations and offices is in progress to facilitate online exchange of information and improvement of efficiency. Studios with digital equipment including computerised Hard Disc Bsed workstations for recording, dubbing, editing & playback facilities etc. are being provided at all the major stations.
v Central archives and regional archives have valuable collection of historical and culturally important recordings in their libraries. The audio programme material available on analog audio tapes is being converted into digital and stored on CDs. It is proposed to provide central archive at Delhi and regional archives at 4 stations of All India Radio such as Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata & Hyderabad connected in the network so that the archival material can be shared among the stations. Provision of digitalization of analog material & refurbishing the old recordings at these stations for release in the market in CD format is also proposed.
v Digitalization and automation of news gathering, news production and news broadcast activity has already been introduced at News Services Division of AIR in Delhi and at regional news units. Under 11th Plan, it is proposed to fully digitalize and have news room automation at all the regional news units by providing news automation software, computer server and workstations etc. This facility is further extended to 7 more regional stations of AIR.
v Transmission in AM bands is proposed to be digitalized by inducting High power DRM Transmitters in AIR Network at various places.
v Up-linking facility, used for distribution of programmes through satellite, is being digitalized by augmenting the existing Capital Earth Stations with digital up-links. New Digital Captive Earth Stations (up-links) have been installed at Varanasi, Rohtak, Leh, Dehradun, Silchar and Aurangabad. Digital Downlink facilities have also been installed at most of the stations.
v Analog Microwave links, used for transportation of programmes from Studio to Transmitter, are proposed to be replaced by Digital Microwave Links. New Digital Microwave Studio Transmitter link equipment has been installed at Cuddapah, Vijayawada, Srinagar, Patna, Jodhpur, Chandigarh, Jeypore, Kota, and Aurangabad. Twenty one numbers of Portable MSS Terminals have been procured for News Gathering in the network.