KVH Scores MVP Status as RoadStar Magazine Editors Cite TracVision L2’s Performance and Reliability Within the Tractor-Trailer Industry
MIDDLETOWN, RI – December 28, 2005 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) proved its satellite TV solutions are in it for the long haul in the commercial trucking industry as RoadStar Magazine, the leading publisher in trucking news and information in North America, named the TracVision® L2 a 2005 “Most Valuable Product.” The award honored TracVision’s performance and reliability as well as its tremendous popularity among truckers, especially owner-operators, throughout the U.S. and Canada. In the end, RoadStar’s top editors unanimously agreed that KVH’s TracVision delivers the best in mobile satellite TV.
“This year, we sorted through hundreds and hundreds of products,” explained Steve Sturgess, editor of RoadStar Magazine. “At a time when truck drivers are increasingly hard to recruit and retain, and hours-of-service changes dictate more sleeper time, equipment that can make a difference to a driver’s quality of life is critical. And it is precisely because the TracVision L2 addresses and enhances driver comfort and rest that we were keen to recognize the KVH product.”
Commenting on the 2005 MVP award, KVH’s national sales manager, Bob Cooper, said, “As the leader in satellite TV technologies, KVH is committed to making life on the road an easier and more enjoyable place to be for truckers and other travelers. It’s an honor to be named an elite product by RoadStar and join the other industry leaders recognized by RoadStar’s team of experienced editors and judges.”
The reliability factor can make all the difference to truck drivers when it comes to choosing the equipment for their rigs. Familiar with the harsh conditions unique to the trucking industry, KVH designs its TracVision products with the rugged durability that works the best, no matter what the mileage or weather may be. Robert Daniels, a long-haul truck driver and long-time TracVision owner, reflected on its reliability after more than 1.2 million miles on the road. “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.”
Even as the TracVision L2 was receiving the RoadStar’s MVP award, KVH introduced an all-new, upgraded product line well suited to the demands of the trucking industry. Building on the success of the TracVision L- and S-series, the new TracVision R-series promises even more versatile performance and reliability. The stationary automatic TracVision R4 and the in-motion TracVision R5, available now, include integrated DVB® technology and fully automatic satellite switching, offering tremendous value along with support for services like DIRECTV®, DISH Network, ExpressVu, and high-definition TV programming. Coming in Spring 2006, the premier TracVision R6 will offer the industry’s first integrated 12V satellite receiver, a low-profile dome, and fast, foolproof GPS-assisted DVB satellite acquisition and switching.
“The new TracVision R-series, led by the exciting TracVision R6, ensures that our customers have the easiest and most reliable mobile satellite TV experience possible,” explained Ian Palmer, KVH’s executive vice president of satellite sales. “For more than a decade, we have led the way in bringing mobile satellite TV to tractor-trailers, RVs, automobiles, and boats. By connecting people on the move to the same digital television services they already know, the ride home can feel a little shorter.”
KVH Industries, Inc., is the leading provider of in-motion satellite systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold nearly 100,000 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/military navigation product manufacturing facility in Tinley Park, Illinois, and a European sales, marketing, and support office in Kokkedal, Denmark.
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