MIDDLETOWN, R.I., Sep 19, 2002 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ --
Becker Automotive Design, a Premier SUV Conversion Firm, Chooses KVH TracVision and TracNet to Create Mobile Offices for Celebrities
For an executive, time on the road is time that could be spent managing a business. Until recently, the mobile office was limited to cellular phones and fax machines. However, California-based Becker Automotive Design, a premier luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) conversion firm, has taken the mobile office to new heights by adding the power of satellite TV and high-speed mobile Internet access to its elite SUV limousines. Using the TracVision(R) satellite TV and TracNet(TM) mobile Internet systems from KVH Industries (Nasdaq: KVHI), Becker Automotive Design now offers its executive business and celebrity clients unmatched connectivity with more than 300 channels of news, entertainment, and audio, as well as the full power of two-way mobile Internet access.
"We selected the KVH TracVision and TracNet because there was nobody else in the industry who could offer the two-in-one approach of satellite TV and Internet. This design simplifies installation and minimizes the number of antennas that are mounted on the roof," explained Chad Clemens, Becker Automotive Design's project supervisor. "The primary application for the TracVision and TracNet has been the mobile office and commuting scenario with a vehicle built in a limousine-style configuration. Our clients specify that they need to use their time on the road more effectively."
Based in Los Angeles, Becker Automotive Design, Inc., (www.beckerautodesign.com) specializes in converting SUVs and other externally low-profile, non-attention-drawing vehicles (including the Ford Excursion and Chevrolet Suburban) into original-length, non-stretch, executive limousines by providing spacious and elegant interiors, equipped with an array of personal comforts and top-of-the-line electronics. Customization options include GPS navigation systems, LCD video screens, world-class audio systems, and armor sufficient to protect drivers and passengers from a variety of threats. Past and present customers of the privately owned firm include Cher, Will Smith, Tiger Woods, Bruce Springsteen, Sylvester Stallone, Barbra Streisand, and Shaquille O'Neal.
"Increasingly, the automobile is becoming an extension of the modern office through the use of wireless technology," remarked Jim Dodez, KVH's vice president of marketing. "Satellite TV offers all of the news that an executive needs, from Bloomberg TV to CNN and the business coverage offered by CNBC. When you combine that with a two-way, mobile connection to the Internet, you have access to all of the resources necessary to stay in touch and make critical business decisions. We are very pleased that Becker Automotive Design, which is renowned for its outstanding quality and attention to detail, uses the KVH TracVision and TracNet systems as the satellite TV and mobile Internet solutions aboard its extraordinary SUVs. The combination of luxury, versatility, and amenities make the Becker-designed mobile office unlike any other on the road today."
TracVision L3 is a fully automatic, in-motion antenna that delivers satellite television and audio from DIRECTV(R), DISH Network(TM), or other high-powered DVB-compatible satellite systems worldwide while the vehicle is both in motion and parked. Programming includes news, sports, weather, movies, and other entertainment commonly found on cable TV systems, as well as more than 40 channels of commercial-free CD-quality music. The TracVision L3 is also fully compatible with the new KVH TracNet Mobile High-speed Internet System, which offers mobile, two-way access to the Internet. 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 Industries.
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.