Allen Hartle


Orcas Island Test Site
Mt. Constitution 2400' AMSL


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 FM RDS" in the USA, his products and services have been utilized in thousands of U.S. radio stations and abroad.   


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.  

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.

Three generations of Apple iPod Nano's 

Today we enable advanced information and images related to the radio station on-air activity for the connected car

The latest project: “StayAlert” is a public service oriented effort to enhance security at schools and corporate campuses by integrating diverse Alert data into campus security systems. 

Local FM signals providing alert data utilize the “always on” capabilities of terrestrial FM, resulting in maximum reliability in the event of Internet failures. 

Ultimately, the StayAlert approach will increase the reach of all emergency alerts sent by radio stations nationwide.

StayAlert Serves:


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

Essentially, an FM radio transmitter site. 


You can contact Allen at: allenlhartle@gmail.com