Vessels of All Sizes are Taking Advantage of Superior Marine Communications Provided by KVH and Inmarsat’s Fleet Technology
MIDDLETOWN, RI – July 8, 2004 – In an increasingly interconnected world, mariners around the globe require the same communications tools that they enjoy on land. Telephone, fax, and high-speed Internet enable boaters – whether weekend sailors or commercial crews – to stay in touch with family, friends, and business. Using the Fleet Inmarsat service, KVH Industries (Nasdaq: KVHI) now offers a complete family of maritime satellite communication solutions. KVH’s lineup of Fleet-compatible Tracphone satellite communication systems provide a powerful and affordable way of staying in touch while at sea. KVH’s Tracphone systems are now available in sizes and capabilities to match virtually any size vessel. By adding Inmarsat’s fleet service, boaters can create the ultimate marine satellite communications solution aboard their vessels.
“KVH can equip customers with a complete and convenient satellite communications solution that brings together our award-winning satellite antenna systems with Inmarsat’s market-leading global communications services,” said Ian Palmer, KVH executive vice president of satellite sales. “By offering ‘Inmarsat Airtime from KVH’ and award-winning Tracphone systems, KVH provides comprehensive customer support and service for mariners worldwide.”
The new Inmarsat Fleet service offers global telephone and fax connections. In addition, Fleet also equips vessels with powerful high-speed Internet capabilities using Inmarsat’s Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) and Mobile Packet Data Service (MPDS). The high-capacity mobile ISDN channel provides a constant data stream at speeds as fast as 64 Kbps, making it ideal for phone and fax service, video conferencing, and transmitting large files and images. ISDN usage is charged on a per-minute basis. Designed for short-burst data transmission, MPDS is perfect for receiving e-mail, logging onto and working within a company intranet, or browsing the web. And with it’s “pay per bit” pricing, users are charged only for the amount of the data sent and received, not connection time. As a result, a vessel can remain connected via e-mail or the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at no additional cost, making maritime Internet access a far more relaxing experience.
“Speed and cost are the biggest benefits. I find the Tracphone F55 is extremely fast and cost effective since with MPDS I only pay for what I use,” explained Larry Warren, captain of the Screaming Eagle, a 60-foot Bertram SportFisherman based in Barbados.
The most powerful of the three Fleet-compatible Tracphones is the Tracphone F77, an ideal choice for megayachts and commercial vessels. With a 32" antenna, the Tracphone F77 is capable of providing high-speed Internet virtually anywhere, thanks to Fleet’s global beam coverage. The Tracphone F77 offers additional benefits for vessel safety, as the antenna and the Fleet F77 service meet the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) latest distress and safety specifications of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS). The Tracphone F77 can also be matched perfectly with the TracVision G8 satellite television system, creating a stylish dual-dome installation.
With a compact 26" antenna, the Tracphone F55 is a great choice for smaller commercial vessels and mid-sized leisure craft. Voice capabilities are available via Inmarsat’s global beam coverage while ISDN and MPDS services are supplied by Inmarsat’s spot beam coverage, which covers 90 percent of the world’s maritime cruising routes and all major coastal regions. The F55 dome also matches that of the TracVision G6/6, which offers crystal-clear satellite television while off the coast.
“I’m very, very impressed with the Tracphone F55. It’s reliable and fast…I’ve never had a problem since I activated it…I mostly use it for downloading and web browsing. I also used it to get weather reports, which we rely on here, especially during hurricane season,” continued Warren.
The newest of the Fleet-compatible products is the Tracphone F33. This antenna is available in either a 14" or 18" dome, making it convienent in both size and cost for leisure craft and small commercial vessels. In addition to global voice and fax access, Tracphone F33 also includes Fleet’s MPDS and 9.6 Kbps data channel, both of which are accessible via Inmarsat’s global spot beams. KVH’s TracVision G4/4 satellite television system has an identical 18" dome, making the Tracphone F33 and the TracVision G4/4 a perfect combination for communication and entertainment while offshore.
All Fleet services, along with Inmarsat’s other satellite communications services, are available directly from KVH Industries. Any of these communications options can also be enhanced by using KVH’s Velocity™ Acceleration software, which provides a 200-500% increase in data speeds for Inmarsat’s Fleet and mini-M services.
“I find that Velocity Acceleration software is significantly faster, especially for downloading files,” concluded Warren.
For complete information regarding KVH’s line of marine satellite communication products, visit www.tracphone.com.
KVH Industries, Inc., is a leading provider of innovative high-bandwidth communications products. Using proprietary fiber optic and satellite antenna technology, 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 Kokkedal, Denmark.
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