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MIDDLETOWN, R.I., June 4, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq:KVHI) announced today that it plans to launch a new IP-MobileCast™ content delivery service that will economically deliver Jeppesen's entire ENC and Professional+ chart databases to mini-VSAT Broadband customers. The announcement was made at the international maritime Nor-Shipping show in Oslo, Norway. Based on ongoing cooperative efforts between KVH and Jeppesen, it is anticipated that this new service will enable automatic delivery of electronic charts over a very reliable satellite delivery service, eliminating the time-consuming, manual process of physically shipping DVDs containing chart updates to customers' ships.
"The launch of KVH's new IP-MobileCast service is expected to offer tremendous value in delivering large files such as chart databases to vessels, because of its anticipated ability to multicast the data to all customers in the satellite coverage area with a single satellite transmission of the file, rather than sending the same file individually to each vessel," explains Brent Bruun, Executive Vice President of KVH's Mobile Broadband Group. "One-to-one transmission of entire chart databases, which can be as large as three gigabytes, would be prohibitively expensive. We're hoping to change the economics by applying a new, more efficient approach to delivering content to ships."
The new IP-MobileCast service is expected to be a complete, end-to-end solution for content delivery. Source data will be encoded to be multicast using proprietary software that is expected to provide advanced error correction, file compression, and data validation that together ensure a high level of reliability in file delivery. Data will be delivered, decoded, and validated using KVH's onboard CommBox
™ Ship/Shore Network Manager, which is built into the new unified Integrated CommBox Modem (ICM) belowdecks unit standard in all of KVH's new TracPhone
® V-IP series products. The IP-MobileCast service is being designed to not impact the normal service speeds or airtime plans of mini-VSAT Broadband subscribers, since it will be sent "over-the-top" of service allocated for one-to-one services.
"This new service could benefit thousands of Jeppesen customers who currently use our DVDs to update their charts by providing an easier, automatic update process," said Alex Zakroff, Jeppesen's Vice President/General Manager, Marine. "As the IMO's ECDIS mandate phases in, many of our Professional+ customers will be required to migrate to our ENC product. Since KVH plans to multicast both chart sets to its customers, the updating process is expected to be stable and uninterrupted before and after the transition."