MIDDLETOWN, R.I., March 4, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq:KVHI) today announced that Netherlands-based Vroon has chosen the KVH TracPhone ® V7 and its mini-VSAT Broadband sm network as the new satellite communication solution for the more than 125 in-house managed vessels in its fleet. The selection follows a competition involving 22 different satellite communication providers and results in a multi-year mini-VSAT Broadband service contract covering Vroon's vessels and its global operations.
Explaining the choice of KVH, Rob Frenks, Vroon's group ICT manager, says, "In today's competitive shipping market, our ships, charterers, and fleet managers require secure and reliable IT networks to support critical business processes. It is also equally important to improve crew welfare in order to attract and retain skilled seafarers. However, we realized that our existing, diverse satellite communication solutions will not meet our future business requirements. By choosing KVH, we are gaining an affordable, comprehensive solution that brings together proven hardware, a global network, and fully integrated network management and crew welfare solutions that will support our needs for years to come."
Vroon vessels will be equipped with the award-winning 60 cm TracPhone V7 antenna system, mini-VSAT Broadband service, and the KVH CommBox ™ Ship/Shore Network Manager. CommBox provides a suite of network management tools ranging from web compression and acceleration and least cost routing among multiple communication services to pre-paid Internet access and remote access for Vroon's shore-based IT personnel.Vroon crews as well as crews from contractors and third-party companies will also be able to take advantage of KVH's pre-paid crew calling system and, depending on the vessels' activities, a GSM picocell system that will enable those on board to make calls via their mobile or smartphone from virtually anywhere within the mini-VSAT Broadband coverage area. Technical service needs will be provided by KVH's exclusive GlobalCare Premium Support Program.