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KVH's TracPhone V3-IP And Mini-VSAT Broadband Service Bring Reliable Communications To Well Sites

MIDDLETOWN, R.I., April 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Demand for broadband connectivity is increasing among service providers in the oil and gas industry, and KVH Industries, Inc. , (Nasdaq:KVHI) is meeting the demand for reliable, mobile broadband communications at remote well sites with the new TracPhone ® V3-IP terminal for its mini-VSAT Broadband sm service. The in-motion antenna comes with compact, integrated belowdecks equipment – KVH's new Integrated CommBox™ Modem (ICM), a streamlined unit that includes an IP-enabled antenna control unit, built-in CommBox Network Manager, and ArcLight ® spread spectrum modem with IP voice capability, Ethernet switch, and Wi-Fi connectivity. All of the TracPhone V3-IP's belowdecks equipment is built into a single 2U enclosure. The system is on display and available to order at the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers Expo and Annual Meeting in Wichita Falls this week.

"The need for data at well sites is increasing," says Brandon Bensch, IT manager for Gore Nitrogen Pumping Service, LLC, which is based in Oklahoma and uses KVH's mini-VSAT Broadband service on its data van. Throughout the oil and gas industry, this trend toward increased data use is being called the "digital oil field."  "Our customers want reports generated and sent, and cell phone service just isn't available everywhere. Ten years ago, you may have seen one satellite antenna on a job, but now there are multiples. It's kind of a 'have-to' thing now."

KVH's new TracPhone V3-IP costs less, is significantly easier to install, and provides greater reliability than competing solutions that combine discrete components from a number of different manufacturers. Unlike the 1-meter antennas traditionally used for well site communications, the TracPhone V3-IP does not have to be deployed, activated, and positioned onsite. It can be activated and used even as the vehicle travels to a well site, saving valuable time upon arrival. The system's completely integrated design offers a simple alternative to the complexity inherent in competing VSAT systems, which typically require a technician to configure a full rack of hardware from different third-party manufacturers of modems, antennas, controllers, switches, adapters, and servers. It also makes the advanced features of KVH's best-of-breed network management solution, the CommBox Network Manager, available to every TracPhone V3-IP customer without an additional hardware investment. With a compact antenna dish that is just 37 cm (14.5") in diameter, the TracPhone V3-IP brings sophisticated satellite communications and network management capabilities to a wide array of vehicles.

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