Multinational Consortium Hopes to Offer Wireless Internet Access to European Train Passengers
MIDDLETOWN, RI – May 11, 2005 – The same high-speed wireless broadband Internet access that people enjoy at home and in the office may soon become a reality on European trains, with the recent formation of a consortium of technology leaders from across the globe, including KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), and led by UK-based QinetiQ, a leading global technology company. The Rail Consortium is negotiating with European train operators to provide cost-effective high-speed “hot spot” hardware that mobile users will need to connect to the network as well as a software portal through which train passengers will access the Internet, e-mail, and online entertainment. Other services could include on-train passenger information, remote surveillance, telemetry, and onboard commerce.
“We are excited to be participating in this consortium to bring wireless Internet to rail passengers across Europe,” said Paul Martin Schwartz, product line manager for satellite communications products at KVH Europe A/S. “KVH is a pioneer of mobile broadband Internet via satellite to marine vessels around Europe. In fact, KVH has been the leader in mobile satellite communications for years, beginning in the marine market and moving on to the land mobile market, and most recently, the North American automotive market with our TracVision® A5 satellite antenna system. We are enthusiastic about the possibility of helping to bring satellite communications to the European passenger train market as well.”
In addition to KVH and QinetiQ, consortium members include Cisco Systems, Cisco Capital, The Cloud, Interfleet Technology, Aramiska, and Newtec. The Rail Consortium is already involved in detailed negotiations with several UK and international train operators. The service, which could be made available as early as 2006, would allow laptop, PDA, and smartphone users to surf the web while traveling, with pricing to be determined by train operators.
KVH’s mobile satellite tracking antennas are used in a wide range of platforms, capable of receiving digital satellite TV as well as broadband data downloads. Additionally, the TracNet™ Mobile High-speed Internet System, when connected to a Digital Video Broadcast (DVB®)-compatible KVH TracVision antenna, receives Internet downloads at speeds reaching 512 Kbps, faster than any existing mobile Internet solution.
For details on KVH’s complete line of satellite communications products, please visit our web site at http://www.kvh.com.
KVH Industries, Inc., is the leading provider of in-motion satellite systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 75,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on boats, RVs, trucks, buses and automobiles. 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; anticipated innovation and product development; and customer preferences, requirements and expectations. The actual results could differ. Factors that may cause such differences include, among others, the availability of suitable third-party Internet-via-satellite services, suitable acceptance of mobile Internet technology by rail operators, and 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.