MIDDLETOWN, R.I., Sep 25, 2002 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
Largest Bus Converter Marathon Coach Upgrades to TracVision L3 as Standard Equipment; TracNet and Tracphone 252 Also Chosen
Recognizing that its customers desire greater versatility as well as two-way Internet on the move, Marathon Coach has announced that it will offer KVH Industries' (Nasdaq: KVHI) premier TracVision(R) L3 satellite TV antenna as standard equipment on every vehicle it builds. The Internet- and Digital Video Broadcast (DVB)-compatible TracVision L3 represents a significant upgrade in capabilities for Marathon's customers, who have enjoyed the reliability of KVH's original DIRECTV(R)- compatible TracVision LM satellite TV antenna since 1999. In addition to its upgrade to TracVision L3, Marathon also named KVH's innovative TracNet(TM) Mobile High-speed Internet System as the coach conversion manufacturer's exclusive satellite Internet system.
"We are extremely pleased that Marathon Coach is not only continuing its long-standing practice of offering TracVision systems to its customers but that they are now including the TracVision L3, the most versatile satellite TV system available today, as standard equipment on all Marathon coaches," remarked Ian Palmer, vice president of satellite sales. "Marathon was among the first coach converters to recognize the value and appeal of in-motion satellite TV and to offer TracVision antennas as optional equipment. It is gratifying to know that KVH satellite products continue to meet the demanding standards for quality, value, and capabilities set by Marathon, the largest luxury bus converter, and its customers."
Along with the TracVision L3, Marathon Coach will also offer the KVH Tracphone(R) 252 satellite communications system and the KVH TracNet system as optional equipment. This combination will enable Marathon to equip its customers with a complete mobile office, communications system, and entertainment center ideal for use throughout North America.
"Marathon Coach supplies its coaches with the highest technology available," stated Steve Schoellhorn, executive vice president of Marathon Coach, Inc. "In-motion satellite reception, Internet, and telephone capabilities are what Marathon customers want. They want the services they receive at home in their luxury coaches. We are more than happy to provide KVH systems to them."
TracVision L3 is a fully automatic, in-motion antenna that delivers satellite television and audio from DIRECTV, DISH Network(TM), or other high- powered DVB-compatible satellite systems worldwide while the vehicle is both in motion and parked. The TracVision L3 is also fully compatible with the new TracNet Mobile High-speed Internet System. TracNet receives Internet downloads at speeds reaching 400 kilobits per second (Kbps) via the high-powered, mobile DirecPC(R) satellite service, available exclusively from KVH. The Tracphone 252 provides global satellite voice, fax, and data service via the Inmarsat mini-M service.
"Marathon Coach has had a longstanding relationship with KVH," Schoellhorn said. "Both companies are committed to producing high quality products designed to meet, or exceed, the demands of our clients. KVH provides Marathon Coach with the advanced systems we need."
Marathon Coach, Inc., (www.marathoncoach.com) is the world's largest luxury bus converter with headquarters located in Coburg, Oregon. Founded in 1983, Marathon Coach produces luxury bus conversions and specialty vehicles, with prices ranging from approximately $800,000 to more than $1.5 million. In 1994 Marathon Coach built the first manufacturing and service facility specifically designed to build custom coaches in Coburg, Oregon, opened its Marathon Coach Florida facility in San Antonio in 1997 and its Marathon Coach Texas facility in 2002. Sales and service locations are in the Tampa, Florida, and Dallas, Texas metropolitan areas.
KVH Industries, Inc., designs and manufactures products that enable mobile communication, defense navigation, and direction sensing through the use of its proprietary mobile satellite antenna and fiber optic technologies. The company is developing next-generation systems with greater precision, durability, and versatility for communications, navigation, and industrial applications. An ISO 9001-registered company, KVH has headquarters in Middletown, Rhode Island, with a fiber optic manufacturing facility in Illinois, and a European sales, marketing, and support office in Hoersholm, Denmark.