German tech firm settles in Gainesville

A German broadcast technology company recently moved its U.S. headquarters to Battlefield Business Park near Gainesville.

D.A.V.I.D. Systems, Inc. (Digital Audio and Video Integration and Development) designs computer systems for the broadcast market, concentrating on radio applications.

The company’s main product, DigaSystem, manages all the content used by a radio station. It plays the music and news segments according to a programmed schedule.

DigaSystem is the most widely used system in Europe, with several thousand radio clients, according to Alex Armstrong, who handles projects and customers services for D.A.V.I.D. in the Prince William office.

The system is not widely known in the United States, but is used by a few radio stations across the country. Marketplace, the financial report heard locally on National Public Radio WAMU 88.5, uses DigaSystem.

D.A.V.I.D. is trying to increase its presence in the American radio industry and branch out into television broadcasting applications.

The company recently partnered with communications equipment company Harris Corp., which will sell a video application system to broadcasting clients.

The D.A.V.I.D. office in Prince William has four employees and plans to add another two by March, Armstrong said. The office was located in Warrenton for about a year before moving to the county.

D.A.V.I.D. Systems was founded 10 years ago and has offices in Munich and Berlin.

Staff writer Kate Bissell can be reached at (703) 878-8068.

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