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Allen Hartle


Orcas Island Test Site
Mt. Constitution 2400' AMSL


Public Transportation System

Allen Hartle is an award winning, serial entrepreneur who has pioneered FM radio metadata technology enabling Artist & Title in car radios & consumer products for 30+ years. His groundbreaking products have served thousands of radio stations & millions of radio listeners worldwide.   


The Metadata Laboratory is a global community of engineers contributing ideas and technology for a next generation of metadata products.

The latest project is to bring emergency alerts to the San Juan Islands


Initial projects in the 1990's introduced the "information age" to terrestrial radio, resulting in artist and song title displaying on RDS radios in the car and at home.

Three generations of Apple iPod Nano's 

Eventually expanding the scope to enable artist/song information for consumer products such as Apple iPod and Microsoft Zune, informing millions of consumers about radio playlist activity.

The first "Now Playing" radio station websites
Today, the advanced information related to the radio station
on-air activity enables HD Radio & the connected car.

Orcas Island, of the Pacific Northwest's San Juan Islands, is the home of Allen's "Metadata Laboratory". A hub for a global community of colleagues, friends and family who have contributed to the many product development efforts over the years.  Allen, his wife Liberte plus an assortment of forest creatures live on Mt. Constitution, overlooking Eastsound, WA and British Columbia in the distance.

Yes, his home is essentially, an FM radio transmitter site.


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