MIDDLETOWN, RI – November 18, 2004 – During the last five years, Robert and Peggy Daniels have hauled cargo more than 1.2 million miles as they crisscrossed the country in their Peterbilt truck, averaging more than 300 days on the road each year. Every time they stopped during those 1.2 million miles, they enjoyed live DIRECTV satellite TV programming thanks to their TracVision SA antenna from KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI).
“The TracVision SA has been excellent,” remarked Mr. Daniels. “We had tried several other systems in the past and after 6 to 8 months they would just self-destruct from the vehicle vibration. But with the TracVision, there were no component failures and we used it every time we stopped. I recently took the dome off and the antenna looks like it’s brand new with no sign of wear.”
The Daniels are veteran independent owner-operators, with Robert having driven professionally for 40 years and his wife, Peggy, joining him for the last 22. They drive from coast to coast in their 1996 Peterbilt 377, which includes a custom sleeper, a dromedary box, and a 48-foot long, temperature-controlled trailer. The truck is also equipped with satellite radio and a DVD player but it’s the satellite TV that has helped keep them connected while traveling throughout the entire continental United States.
“It’s an important business tool for us as we can use it to look at weather reports and find out about storms ahead of us,” Mr. Daniels explained. “Sometimes you can go one hundred miles out of the way and still get there faster than if you go through bad weather.”
But TracVision SA and satellite TV aren’t just for business, as Mrs. Daniels points out. “We use it constantly during our layover time. If we didn’t have it, I don’t know what we’d do.” Describing themselves as fans of how-to shows who want to stay on top of current events, the Daniels have relied on their TracVision SA to bring them the latest news on events ranging from the Olympics and the 2004 elections to the recent eruptions at Mount St. Helen as they were planning their route from Washington State to California.
KVH’s original TracVision SA was the company’s first completely automatic, stationary satellite TV system and was designed for use when the vehicle was parked. With an eye towards enjoying movies and news, as well as getting up-to-date weather information, while they are on the move, the Daniels recently retired their TracVision SA and upgraded to a new in-motion TracVision L3 antenna. With its integrated Digital Video Broadcast (DVB®) technology, the TracVision L3 is the most versatile and reliable satellite TV system for people on the road. Easy to install and maintain, the self-contained TracVision L3 senses the vehicle’s motion as it is driving and adjusts to identify, acquire, and track satellite signals from a range of DIRECTV and DVB-compatible satellite TV services.
“We have a very positive experience with our TracVision and, after showing it to other folks, we know a lot of other guys who are putting KVH systems on their trucks,” concluded Mr. Daniels. “The TracVision has been reliable and it’s been great working with the people at KVH. Every time we’ve called with a question, we talk to someone who cares. They want the product to work and it does.”
Note to editors: High-resolution images of TracVision antennas, along with the Daniels and their TracVision-equipped Peterbilt, are available at http://www.kvh.com/mediasupport. Complete details regarding KVH’s full line of TracVision satellite TV systems are available at http://www.tracvision.com.
KVH Industries, Inc., is the leader in designing and manufacturing satellite television antennas for mobile applications on land or sea. More customers use mobile TracVision antennas on their boats, RVs, trucks, buses, and automobiles than any other competing product. An ISO 9001-certified company, KVH has headquarters in Middletown, Rhode Island, with a fiber optic and military navigation product manufacturing facility in Tinley Park, Illinois, and a European sales, marketing, and support office in Kokkedal, Denmark.
This release may contain certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include, for example, the functionality, characteristics, quality and performance of KVH’s products and technology; and customer preferences, requirements and expectations. The actual results could differ. Factors that may cause such differences include, among others, those discussed in KVH’s most recent Form 10-Q filed with the SEC. KVH assumes no obligation to update its forward-looking statements to reflect new information or developments.