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Emergency Services Professionals Choose KVH TracPhone V3 for Portable SATCOM


KVH distributor Mackay Communications offers a unique, transportable terminal for mini-VSAT Broadband service

MIDDLETOWN, RI – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) today announced a portable configuration of its ultra-compact TracPhone® V3 mobile satellite communication system designed for use by emergency responders. The kit, created by KVH distributor Mackay Communications, houses the TracPhone V3 antenna, modem, control unit, and cabling in two compact, hard-sided cases that can be transported easily and are even small enough to be checked as baggage on commercial aircraft. This configuration allows responders to quickly and easily deploy KVH’s global mini-VSAT Broadband communications service at disaster or emergency sites where terrestrial cellular services are overloaded or unavailable.

“The combination of the global, reliable mini-VSAT Broadband network and the compact TracPhone V3, in this unique, portable package from Mackay, provides immediate, reliable voice communications and broadband connectivity for anyone responding in military operations for relief or contingency. We are delighted that Mackay took the initiative to package our product and service in a way that absolutely meets this need,” says Bill Houtz, KVH’s military sales manager. “This solution is compact and simple enough to transport on a commercial aircraft, and can be up and running in minutes. With its large, overlapping beam pattern and built-in redundancy, the mini-VSAT Broadband network can support far greater bandwidth use than BGAN and Inmarsat FleetBroadband terminals, and its airtime is one-tenth the cost of those services to boot.”

The global mini-VSAT Broadband network offers excellent coverage that is invaluable for relief and military contingency operations addressing piracy, political unrest, oil spills, and natural disasters like earthquakes or tsunamis. In all of these situations, mini-VSAT Broadband’s spread spectrum technology delivers ultra-reliable connections over multiple beams, providing overlapping coverage that can be balanced in real time to ensure Quality of Service (QoS). This differs significantly from older technologies like BGAN that are quickly overwhelmed in these environments, defeating the very purpose behind why they were acquired.

“A U.S. Navy customer needed a light, transportable solution for rapid deployment, so we came up with a unique way to package the complete TracPhone V3 system in two rollaway cases. We reinforced the internal components of the cases for durability and survivability,” explains Robert Byrd, Director of Government Programs for Mackay Communications. “We also devised a way, using common, off-the-shelf materials, to use the larger case as the platform for the terminal, if needed. The customer was and is very satisfied with this solution, and they are purchasing additional units.”

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)-licensed TracPhone V3 includes a fully stabilized, 14.5" antenna that weighs just 25 pounds, a powerful ViaSat ArcLight® spread spectrum modem, and a sleek antenna control unit that are all fully integrated and configured for easy installation. ArcLight® spread spectrum technology enables very small antennas like KVH’s 14.5" (37 cm) TracPhone V3 to receive satellite transmissions with the speed and reliability of older, 1-meter VSAT antennas that use TDMA transmission schemes. KVH’s high-efficiency RingFire™ antenna design and dielectric feed rod technology mean the TracPhone V3 offers great performance, even in poor weather, and its rugged, lightweight (25 lbs.) design is perfect for use on small high-speed patrol craft or other response vehicles.

With more than 1,500 antenna systems shipped and global coverage, KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband network is the world’s largest and fastest growing maritime Ku-band satellite communications network. A managed airtime network solution, it equips vessels with true broadband connections as well as Voice over IP (VoIP) telephone lines with optimized service and prioritization of applications.

Both the TracPhone V7 and V3 are available via Mackay Communications’ electronic GSA Advantage catalog, with a variety of flexible airtime plans to meet the needs of any operation.

About Mackay Communications

Founded by John Mackay in 1884 and operating a network of telegraph cables through the 1920s, Mackay has demonstrated a consistent pattern of growth. In 1925, Mackay expanded into land and shipboard radio communications; being acquired by ITT in 1940 until 1987. Mackay, now a privately held firm, is headquartered in Raleigh, NC, with offices in all major U.S. seaports and several overseas locations.

About KVH Industries, Inc.

KVH Industries, Inc., and its subsidiaries are leading providers of in-motion satellite TV and communication systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 150,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on vessels, vehicles, and aircraft. KVH’s mission is to connect mobile customers around the globe with the same digital television entertainment, communications, and Internet services that they enjoy in their homes and offices. The company is based in Middletown, RI, with facilities in Illinois, Denmark, Norway, and Singapore.

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 materially. Factors that may cause such differences include, among others, those discussed in KVH’s most recent Form 10-Q filed with the SEC. KVH does not assume any obligation to update its forward-looking statements to reflect new information or developments.

KVH, TracPhone, and RingFire are registered trademarks of KVH Industries, Inc. “mini-VSAT Broadband” is a service mark of KVH Industries, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.

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