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Allen Hartle

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Orcas Test Site Mt. Constitution 2400' AMSL

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Public Transportation System

Allen Hartle is an award winning, serial entrepreneur who has pioneered terrestrial radio metadata technology for over 30 years. Often referred to as the "Father of RDS" in the USA, his products and services have been utilized in thousands of U.S. radio stations and abroad.   

His initial projects in the 1990's introduced Artist and Song Titles to RDS radios at home and in the car.  Eventually creating and licensing metadata services for consumer products such as Apple iPod and Microsoft Zune, informing millions of consumers about radio playlist activity.

Orcas Island, of the Pacific Northwest's San Juan Islands,  is the home of his "Metadata Laboratory" that still serves the terrestrial radio industry today. It is also the hub for a global community of colleagues, friends and family who contribute to the many product development efforts. 

His Swan Song is to bring Emergency Alerts to the San Juan Islands (& other communities) without reliance upon the Internet, using his FM technologies to increase public safety. StayAlert.org

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Allen, his wife Liberte plus an assortment of forest creatures live on Mt. Constitution, overlooking Eastsound, WA and British Columbia in the distance. Basically, an FM radio transmitter site. 

You can contact him via email: allenlhartle@gmail.com. 

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Brands created

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1992 - The streets of Seattle showcased the origins of "Now Playing" Metadata

RDS metadata began as a hand-built LED sign bolted to an outdoor billboard, displaying artist and song title data.
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1993
The radio station's
FM signal would carry the "Now Playing" data to the billboard
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During the dot-com era we would enable revolutionary technologies such as ecommerce web-sites and mp3 players featuring FM radios
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Now Playing Websites
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First ecommerce via Spun.com
Three generations of Apple iPod Nano
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2022
Today we enable advanced information and images related to the radio station on-air activity for the connected car
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Our Customers/Partners

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Areas of Interest & Expertise

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