Rugged New Antennas Feature Stronger Motors and Enhanced Tracking Software for Use in the Most Extreme Marine Conditions
MIDDLETOWN, R.I. – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Feb. 17, 2005-- KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), the leader in mobile satellite television antennas for the marine, RV, and automotive markets, has added a higher level of power to its award-winning marine TracVision® family of satellite TV antennas with the introduction of its new High-Performance (HP™) models today at the 2005 Miami International Boat Show. All of KVH's 18- and 24-inch antennas now come standard with the new HP enhancements, including improved tracking algorithms, higher torque motors for better tracking, and a heavy duty mechanical assembly for improved vibration resistance. So even when installed high in the air on a vessel speeding at 40 knots in rough seas, the new TracVision HP antennas will continue to track the satellite and provide uninterrupted satellite TV reception.
"KVH's new TracVision 4-HP, G4-HP, 6-HP, and G6-HP marine satellite television antennas ensure the best possible operation in even the most extreme conditions," said Ian Palmer, executive vice president of satellite sales for KVH. "The new HP enhancements also offer significant improvements to our already robust tracking capabilities. Now, thanks to TracVision's even more precise tracking, KVH customers are able to enjoy satellite TV farther offshore and in conditions where competing products just won't work reliably. These improvements, which have been phased in over the last several months, allow the TracVision antenna systems to provide superior performance even when installed in dynamic and demanding applications, such as on tuna towers."
Captain Scott Pearson, a sport fish captain who usually operates off the Florida coast, had been using KVH's TracVision products for seven years and was the first person to have the new, improved TracVision G4-HP, which he now uses on his 80-foot Donzi sportfishing yacht.
"We originally had the TracVision on a 65-foot Hatteras and I swear the thing was bulletproof!" Captain Pearson said of his original product. "Now KVH has put in bigger motors, and has done whatever was necessary to get the system to work at its best in all conditions. I would absolutely recommend it to anyone. Even in rough seas we still get the signal! We've probably been out in 10- to 12-foot waves and are still able to watch television!"
Mike Spyros, service manager and senior technician for Electronics Unlimited in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has been in the marine electronics business for more than 25 years and was working with Captain Pearson when he received the first TracVision HP system.
"KVH improved on an already good thing," Mike said. "A stronger motor, a counterweight on the back of the dish and some improvements to the material of the plate - the result is a very happy customer!"
KVH's TracVision systems are Digital Video Broadcast (DVB®)-compatible, offering superb satellite tracking and a range of capabilities to suit any vessel. The TracVision G4-HP (18") and G6-HP (24") antennas combine antenna-mounted rate gyros, CONSCAN signal strength tracking, and the award-winning KVH GyroTrac™ Digital Gyro Compass to provide the fastest satellite acquisition available.
For those who want a simpler configuration, the TracVision 4-HP (18") and 6-HP (24") offer the same integrated DVB design as their counterparts, but without the GyroTrac sensor package. These single-unit systems contain no external control boxes or sensors, simplifying installation and offering a lower cost option. Even with all of the improvements, the new TracVision HP systems have the same stylish look as the original models, so they are still the ideal "matching dome" for KVH's award-winning Tracphone(R) products.
The TracVision 4-HP's predecessor, the TracVision 4, was the five-time winner of the National Marine Electronics Association's (NMEA) "Best Satellite TV Product" award, while the TracVision line as a whole has won the award for seven consecutive years. Details on all of KVH's award-winning TracVision products for boats, recreational vehicles and automobiles 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.
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