With Integrated GPS and Exclusive 12V Mobile Receiver, TracVision A7 Connects Travelers on the Go with DIRECTV's TOTAL CHOICE MOBILE Package, which Now Includes Local Channels
MIDDLETOWN, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 13, 2006--The sleek, low-profile TracVision® A7 from KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) changed the face of in-car entertainment in August 2006 by offering in-motion reception of up to 185 channels of DIRECTV® service plus broadcast networks like ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and PBS via local TV affiliates - a first in the mobile entertainment and automotive industries. That breakthrough approach to live mobile media for in-car entertainment was recognized this week by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) when it named the TracVision A7 an International CES Innovations 2007 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers, and members of the trade press to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics products.
"Automobiles are increasingly viewed as extensions of the living room with regard to their accessories," commented Ian Palmer, KVH's executive vice president of satellite sales. "In developing the 5-inch high TracVision A7, we sought to offer travelers an innovative, exciting means of enjoying a home entertainment experience in the vehicle thanks to DIRECTV's all-digital programming service, stereo sound, and an unmatched variety of live content, all available directly on in-car video screens. It is very gratifying to have the CEA recognize the efforts of the KVH and DIRECTV teams that worked together on TracVision A7, including the new 12V receiver technology that helps make mobile access to local channels a reality."
The prestigious Innovations Design and Engineering Awards, which were first awarded in 1989, recognize achievements in product design and engineering. The program is sponsored by CEA, the producer of the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow, and endorsed by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA), the voice of industrial design, committed to advancing the profession through education, information, community and advocacy. The Innovations entries are judged based on the following criteria:
- Engineering qualities of the product, including technical specifications and materials used
- The product's intended use/function and user value
- Aesthetic and design qualities (using visuals provided)
- Unique and novel features
- Contributions to consumers' quality of life
- Impact on the manufacturer's business model
KVH's TracVision A7 will be displayed at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which runs January 8-11, 2007 in Las Vegas, NV. The Innovations Design and Engineering Showcase will feature honorees by product category at Innovations Plus at the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Booth #68747. In addition, KVH will also have the TracVision A7 on display in CES Booth #4633, North Hall, Las Vegas Convention Center, as well as on a number of project vehicles inside and outside the LVCC.
About KVH Industries, Inc.
Middletown, RI-based KVH Industries, Inc., is a leading provider of in-motion satellite TV and communication systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 100,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on boats, RVs, trucks, buses, and automobiles. Winner of the prestigious General Motors Innovative Design Award, CES Innovation Award, 22 National Marine Electronics Association Industry Awards, and a finalist for the Automotive News PACE Award, KVH's mission is to connect mobile customers with the same digital television entertainment, communications, and Internet services that they enjoy in their home and offices.
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