For Mariners Worldwide, Powerful TracVision In-motion Satellite Systems Both Entertain and Inform
MIDDLETOWN, RI – October 31, 2002 – With a growing selection of satellite TV services and the emergence of high-speed Internet via satellite, mariners worldwide are increasingly turning to the versatile TracVision family of products from KVH Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: KVHI) to help stay in touch. KVH, which pioneered maritime access to the new DIRECTV® service in 1994 and is now the world’s #1 manufacturer of in-motion satellite TV antennas, offers an array of powerful antennas designed to suit virtually any vessel and budget. Adding to the appeal of the TracVision systems are the antennas’ compatibility with the mobile DirecPC® broadband Internet service and KVH’s TracNet™ 2.0 Mobile High-speed Internet System. For the first time, boaters throughout North America and its surrounding waters can enjoy not only their favorite satellite TV and audio entertainment but in-motion, high-speed Internet access as well.
“During the past several years as the selection of services has grown and become even more affordable, satellite television has crossed the threshold from being a nice-to-have gadget to becoming a must-have product for mariners around the globe,” remarked Jim Dodez, vice president of marketing for KVH. “Our goal at KVH is to offer our customers a versatile, convenient, and foolproof conduit for any type of digital information they desire, from satellite television and commercial-free music to high-speed Internet access. To achieve this goal, we are continuously expanding the capabilities and scope of our TracVision line.”
At the heart of KVH’s innovative antennas is the proprietary integrated Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) technology, which allows TracVision antennas to receive signals from high-powered digital television services like DIRECTV®, as well as virtually any DVB satellite service worldwide, including DISH Network™ and ExpressVu in North America; DIRECTV Latin America in Central and South America; Astra, Hotbird, Thor, Sirius, and Hispasat in Europe; and Arabsat in Africa and the Middle East. Recently, the TracVision 4 was named the 2002 “Best Satellite TV Product” by the members of the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA), the third year in a row for the TracVision 4 and the fifth consecutive year that a TracVision system has won that honor.
In addition to their ability to receive satellite TV signals, all new marine TracVision antennas are fully compatible with KVH’s new TracNet 2.0, which uses broadband Internet downloads to provide in-motion Internet access at speeds reaching 400 Kbps. TracNet 2.0, which was introduced at the 2002 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, is the most powerful mobile Internet system available, providing Internet access throughout North America and its surrounding waters, including Alaska and the Bahamas. This versatile, server-based system permits as many as five separate users to be surfing the web simultaneously from virtually anywhere on board thanks to TracNet’s 802.11B (Wi-Fi) and Ethernet networking capabilities, even when the TracVision antenna is receiving signals from another satellite.
In a recent interview with Searay Magazine, long-time TracVision owner Frank Rodriguez spelled out the value of his KVH satellite TV antenna: “With the TracVision system and DIRECTV, we have hundreds of channels on board. Even when we’re underway – over 200 miles from Daytona Beach to Walker Cay – we can tune in without ever losing the signal. With the receiver hooked up to the Bose stereo, we also use it as a music source. And since we have multiple televisions aboard, the kids can watch whatever they want while I’m watching the news or weather up on the bridge.”
Complete information regarding KVH’s TracVision and Tracphone systems can be found on the company’s web site, http://www.kvh.com/MarineSat/index.asp.
KVH Industries, Inc., designs and manufactures products that enable mobile communication, navigation, and precision pointing 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 Tinley Park, Illinois, and a European sales, marketing, and support office in Hoersholm, Denmark.