MIDDLETOWN, R.I., June 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq:KVHI) introduced an upgraded line of TracPhone ® onboard terminals for its mini-VSAT Broadband sm service this morning at the Nor-Shipping international maritime show in Oslo, Norway. The TracPhone V3-IP, TracPhone V7-IP, and TracPhone V11-IP all feature KVH's new Integrated CommBox Modem (ICM), which combines all of the necessary belowdecks equipment of a maritime VSAT/network management system – antenna control unit, CommBox ™ Ship/Shore Network Manager, ArcLight ® spread spectrum modem, VoIP, Ethernet switch, and Wi-Fi capabilities – into a single 2U enclosure. In addition to simplifying installation, the new ICM offers powerful network management tools for maritime IT managers and can receive multicast content such as charts, weather forecasts, news, sports, music, and movies from KVH's new IP-MobileCast ™ content delivery service, which was also introduced today and is expected to be available later this year.
"KVH is unique in the satellite communications market in that we not only operate our own network and provide airtime services, but we also manufacture our own equipment, enabling us to bring innovative hardware solutions to market in addition to competitive new airtime services," commented Brent Bruun, Executive Vice President of KVH's Mobile Broadband Group. "Our new ICM fully integrates a whole rack of discrete components common with other maritime VSAT systems into one module, which saves space, is easier to install, and is more reliable and easier to support than competing systems. It also features our CommBox Ship/Shore Network Manager, which provides important tools that IT managers need to manage their onboard networks and bandwidth use, as well as the anticipated ability to receive content via our new IP-MobileCast service."
The TracPhone V3-IP is the world's smallest maritime VSAT terminal, featuring an antenna that is only 37 cm (14.5-inch) in diameter, with ship-to-shore speeds of 128 Kbps and shore-to-ship speeds of 2 Mbps. The TracPhone V7-IP is an enterprise-grade solution featuring an antenna that is approximately 60 cm (24-inch) in diameter, with ship-to-shore speeds of 1 Mbps and shore-to-ship speeds of 2 Mbps. Both the TracPhone V3-IP and the TracPhone V7-IP operate in the Ku-band coverage area of KVH's mini-VSAT Broadband network, which is among the broadest in the maritime industry.