In an earlier blog post, we described the pilot with a chatbot on the NPO Radio 5 website. On all programme pages of the website, there was a chat icon available that invited people to ask questions about programmes, events, music, vote on a poll, or just start a chat. In this blog post, you can find an overview on our learnings and insights.
From the 13th till the 17th of September, MARCONI and HRADIO had a joint stand in the Future Zone of IBC. For MARCONI, we showcased our customised software tools to increase and automatise listener interaction. HRADIO then enabled hybrid listening experiences, seamlessly combining linear broadcasts with on-demand content. Together, the projects let IBC visitors experience interactive and personalised radio, at home, on the road, or at the festival, in a stand that was uniquely designed for the experience. We were able to welcome many visitors and radio stations that are interested in joining our open pilots.
The NEM Initiative, the New European Media Technology Platform, held its 11th edition of the main annual conference NEM Summit 2019 in Zagreb, from the 22nd to 23rd of May, 2019. The conference addressed many of today’s hot topics related to the Smart Content by Smart Creators. The rich conference programme was supplemented by an exhibition area, where research and innovation projects under programmes of the European Commission and other public authorities, including SMEs and creative industries, and research/academic organisations demonstrated their recent achievements in the areas of the future digital media experiences.
MARCONI participated at the event, with several partners of the consortium being also part of the Steering Board of NEM. Moreover, a MARCONI stand was set up in the exhibition area and we showcased the results of the first MARCONI pilots to different stakeholders, and announced the future plans for the open pilots, where external radio stations can use the MARCONI platform for their very own scenario.
As part of MARCONI, public broadcaster NPO and service provider Faktion developed a chatbot for the radio station NPO Radio 5. Listeners are able to ask questions about the different radio shows (time and day, what is it about, who is the presenter), the DJ’s, songs, competitions and more general frequently asked questions such as “How can I listen to the station abroad?” or “How can I listen to a programme that’s already been broadcasted?”. Via smart connection with the editorial radio system, questions about programmes, songs and DJ’s could be automatically answered, as all the information is already available.
IRIS2019, International Legal Informatics Symposium, is the biggest event on legal informatics (law and IT) in central Europe. It took place in February 2019 at the University of Salzburg, with University of Vienna as the main organiser. Already in its 22nd year, about 130 speakers presented the latest developments in their field, of which also the MARCONI consortium.
As of 2006, Flemish radio station Studio Brussels organises the yearly charity event Music for Life, as part of the “Warmest Week”. Studio Brussel calls on their listeners to set up a campaign for a cause that lies close to their hearts. Since 2015, these campaigners have their own app, which enables them to share their story and better connect with their radio station. Behind this app lies the technology of MARCONI. In this blog post, you can find an overview of what MARCONI contributed and piloted at Music for Life.
Interaction and community are key in the future of radio. But how are we able to collect, manage and use input from various interfaces in an efficient way? Enter the MARCONI platform. Have a look at this third use case and find out how radio presenter Jan and listener Bernd are able to co-create stories on the radio.