The RDS Forum is the international platform for advances in RDS technology The next meeting of the RDS Forum is on 12/13 June 2017

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The RDS Guidelines are for broadcasters, transmission operators and RDS equipment and receiver manufacturers to provide RDS implementation advice. They contain in fact the collective RDS implementation know-how of the RDS Forum members.

These RDS Guidelines were last updated in 2013/4 with the aim to add more implementation advice to support the transition to digital radio, actually taking place very slowly in Europe.

Non-members of the RDS Forum can purchase a PDF copy.

Here you can download an order form for the Implementation Guidelines (IGL).

NOTE: For broadcasters the guidelines will be provided for free.

One of the following guidelines can be downloaded as a PDF for free at your own choice and it can be opened with a password that is available upon request.

IGL no. Title
1 About the Programme Service name
PS (static & dynamic)
Request password for IG 1
2 About the Programme Identification
PI & Extended Country Codes ECC
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3 About Programme Type coding PTY & PTYN
Request password for IGL 3
5 About Radiotext RT/RT+
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6 About cross referenced services
EON & Linkage
Request password for IGL 6
7 About Alternative Frequencies (AFs)
Request password for IGL 7
8 About Clock Time & Date feature
Request password for IGL 8
9 About Open Data Applications ODA
Request password for IGL 9
10 About RDS receiver concepts
Request password for IGL 10
12 About an RDS & DAB feature comparison
Request password for IGL 12
13 About Regionalisation
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14 About Traffic Programme & Traffic Announcement flag coding
Request password for IGL 14
15 About Service Following by RDS & DAB mobile receivers
Request password for IGL 15
16 About RDS in Smart phones and Tablets
Request password for IGL 16
17 About broadcasting and reception in road tunnels
Request password for IGL 17