Electromagnetic Interference and Compatibility

Helps Members monitor the implications of electromagnetic interference and compatibility.

Along with other users of the radio spectrum, broadcasting has always had to accommodate the effects of interference from natural and man made sources. The primary task of the EIC group is to identify, control or at least mitigate these effects. New technologies with the capability of interfering with the broadcasting are emerging all the time and it is important that the broadcasting community maintains an awareness of these developments and contributes to the debate over their deployment. Examples of emerging and developing technologies are Power Line Communications – where electrical supply cabling is used to carry broadband data - and Wireless Power Transfer – where the batteries in devices from mobile telephones to buses are being charged without any physical connection to a power source.

Another area where broadcasting operations can be affected is the increasing awareness in the community at large of the health effects of electromagnetic radiation. While not competent to influence the debate over the physiological effects, it is important that the broadcasting community has at its disposal the necessary measurement techniques to demonstrate that its operations comply with prevailing standards.


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EBU Project Group on Electromagnetic Interference and Compatibility

The topic of Electromagnetic Interference and Compatibility is part of the EBU's Strategic Programme on Spectrum Management and Regulation. 

Our Project Group on Electromagnetic Interference & Compatibility helps Members to monitor the implications of electromagnetic interference and compatibility.  We do so by providing expertise, sharing best practice and engaging with industry to discuss important matters like broadcaster receiver performance.  We also represent your interests at international bodies such as the ITU, Standardisation houses and the European Union.

Main areas of interest:

Interference to broadcast reception from non radio communications systems such as:

  • Wired communications systems like Power Line Communications
  • Wireless Power Transmission
  • Energy saving Lighting systems (LEDs)
  • Grid Connected Power Converters

Activities in standardisation bodies such as ETSI and CENELEC

Electromagnetic effects on human safety. 

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21 - 22 Jan 2020

EBU HQ, Geneva

Held in place of the annual FORECAST event in November, the 'FORECAST – Special WRC-19/23 Workshop' (January 2020, final dates tbc) will look at the outcomes of WRC-19 (World Radiocommunication Conference, November 2019, Sharm el-Sheikh) and focus on actions and preparations for WRC-23.

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Issue 12 of tech-i includes a look back at February's RadioHack workshops, a look forward to the Libre Software Meeting where the EBU is organizing sessions on Free and Open Source Software for media, introductions to the IMPS programme, EBUCore and MPEG-DASH, plus an update on follow-up actions from WRC-12. David Wood weighs up digital radio options and HRT's Kazimir Bacic is "In the spotlight".

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