TracVision Satellite Television Systems Offer Premier Form of Entertainment for Naval Crew Members Worldwide
MIDDLETOWN, RI – July 28, 2004 – The Portuguese Navy has selected the TracVision® G8 and TracVision G6 satellite TV antenna systems from KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) for installation on its Vasco da Gama-class frigates. Compatible with high-powered regional Digital Video Broadcast (DVB®) satellite TV services, KVH’s TracVision systems provide in-motion reception of hundreds of channels of satellite TV. When combined with the TracNet™ 2.0 Mobile High-speed Internet System, both TracVision G8 and TracVision G6 are also capable of supporting broadband satellite Internet services aboard vessels at sea. A total of six TracVision systems have been installed to date on Portuguese naval vessels.
“We are very pleased to support the Portuguese Navy’s entertainment needs through the use of satellite TV and our TracVision antennas,” said Ian Palmer, KVH’s executive vice president for satellite sales. “Regional satellite television is an effective means of providing naval crews with access to current news as well as premier entertainment while they are at sea. In addition to providing crew entertainment and supporting morale, high-bandwidth TV satellites also serve as an ideal conduit for the delivery of large volumes of video, imagery, and data to military forces. We look forward to working with the Portuguese Navy to support its onboard entertainment and data needs in the future.”
The Portuguese Navy is the latest in a series of naval customers selecting KVH’s TracVision products. In addition to Portugal, KVH has equipped Greek, Spanish, Dutch, and French naval vessels with satellite TV systems in recent months. KVH has also supplied more than 100 TracVision systems to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The TracVision G8 is equipped with an ultra-efficient 82 cm (32") carbon fiber antenna, fiber optic gyro (FOG) stabilization, all housed in a dome more than 35% smaller than other competing satellite TV antennas with similar reception strength. The smaller TracVision G6 in-motion satellite system uses a 24" (60 cm) antenna combined with antenna-mounted rate gyros, signal strength tracking, and the award-winning KVH GyroTrac™ Digital Gyro Compass. Both antennas use KVH’s integrated DVB technology to provide fast satellite acquisition and reliable satellite tracking and compatibility with such services as Astra, Hotbird, Hispasat, Nilesat, Arabsat, Sirius, Thor in Europe; DIRECTV®, DISH Network™, and ExpressVu in North America, DIRECTV Latin America, and other services around the world. Service for the TracVision G8 and G6 will be provided through KVH’s Certified Support Network, which offers all TracVision customers access to an international network of skilled technical dealers and support centers.
For complete information on the TracVision line of satellite TV systems, visit 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.
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