Exclusive RingFire Antenna Technology Provides Strongest Signal Available for Superior Satellite TV Reception, Even Offshore or in Harsh Weather
Kokkedal, Denmark – June 8, 2007 – Commercial vessel owners and operators recognize the value of premium entertainment when it comes to increasing crew morale and ensuring passenger satisfaction. While at sea, there’s only one way to enjoy home theatre-quality television wherever commercial vessels operate – satellite TV; and for the captain who insists on quality and reliability, there’s only one way to get it – the HDTV-compatible, professional-grade TracVision® M-series from KVH, the world’s leading mobile satellite TV antenna systems. Presenting at the Nor-Shipping International Shipping and Maritime Exhibition in Oslo, Norway, from June 12-15, 2007, KVH enters the commercial maritime market with powerful new marine satellite TV systems that offer KVH’s exclusive new RingFire™ antenna technology for the best coverage and reception available in the marine industry today. And thanks to the most rigorous testing regimen in the industry, commercial operators may rest easy knowing they can depend on their TracVision systems to bring true “home theatre” quality satellite TV onboard, in even the harshest conditions.
“If you want the most rugged marine satellite TV solution for a commercial vessel and its crew, then you need a TracVision M-series system,” said Mads Bjerre-Petersen, managing director of KVH Europe A/S. “TracVision systems like these have been proven aboard vessels of the U.S. Coast Guard, the Vasco de Gama-class frigates of the Portuguese Navy, and more than 25 ships in the Greek Navy, among others. Now, the M-series products radically redefine the relationship between antenna size and how far offshore you’ll be able to watch TV, allowing crews on vessels equipped with these systems to enjoy their satellite TV when other vessels are left with a ‘Searching for Satellite’ message. In fact, our TracVision M-series products outperform many larger, competing systems. When you combine our new RingFire technology with the tracking performance that has made our antennas the industry standard for highly dynamic applications, the result is the most rugged and reliable maritime satellite TV option for commercial vessels.”
KVH offers a full range of TracVision antennas for virtually every vessel size and type with the industry’s premier products in every antenna class ranging from 37 cm to 82 cm, with larger vessels typically fielding larger antennas for expanded coverage. KVH’s product line starts with the 37 cm TracVision M3, winner of the 2006 DAME Award for marine electronics and which is of interest primarily to smaller workboats and supply vessels. For larger vessels with extended operating needs, commercial operators may choose the 45 cm TracVision M5, the 60 cm TracVision M7, and the 82 cm TracVision M9, which includes integrated GPS and fully automatic, stabilised skew control.
“Satellite TV antennas for vessels are designed to collect the faint digital signal from a satellite orbiting the earth more than 35,000 kilometers away,” explained Robert Balog, KVH’s vice president of engineering. “Their ability to deliver a good picture to the TV on a vessel at sea depends on how accurately they can point at the orbiting satellite, and the efficiency of the design of the satellite antenna. Our RingFire technology increases the illumination of the antenna’s reflector, resulting in signal strengths that are comparable to competitors’ larger antennas and up to 30% more powerful than our original, award-winning family of satellite TV systems. For the crews on commercial vessels, this means that a KVH TracVision M-series system will deliver the satellite TV picture in situations where inferior competing products will not, such as farther offshore or in extreme weather.”
Certified to the rigorous ISO 9001:2000 standard for quality, the TracVision M-series is also subjected to the most stringent performance evaluations in the industry, including testing to military specifications for salt fog, humidity, dust, rain, and temperature change, among others. Plus, every TracVision M-series antenna must survive a battery of tests that goes well beyond the industry standard before it is released for production. These evaluations include: CE EN55033 approval for Electromagnetic Interference; CE EN55024 approval for powerline transient immunity; Inmarsat operational and survival testing; HALT (Highly Accelerated Life Cycle) and HASS (Highly Accelerated Stress Screening) testing; ISTA (International Safe Transit Authority) packaging testing; and FCC Part 15 Class B approval for Electromagnetic Interference.
Additional details about KVH’s full line of commercial-grade TracVision satellite TV systems are available at http://www.tracvision.com along with a new white paper, “Applications of Innovative Technology: Bringing Satellite TV to Commercial Vessels via the Commercial-grade TracVision M-series.” This document offers additional details regarding KVH’s RingFire technology and its rigorous testing and certification process.
About KVH Europe A/S
KVH Europe A/S is a wholly owned subsidiary of Middletown, RI, USA-based KVH Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: KVHI). KVH is a leading provider of in-motion satellite TV and communication systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 125,000 mobile satellite antennas for marine and land mobile applications. KVH is the winner of 22 National Marine Electronics Association “Best Product” awards, 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.