V.Ships selects KVH's mini-VSAT broadband service
Mar 08, 2012 (Datamonitor via COMTEX) --
KVH Industries, Inc., a provider of in-motion satellite TV and communications systems, has announced that V.Ships, an independent ship manager, has selected the mini-VSAT broadband service as its preferred satellite communications solution.
V.Ships intends to promote KVH's TracPhone onboard terminals and the global mini-VSAT broadband service to its customers through SeaCom Electronics Ltd., a fellow member of V.Group, V.Ships' parent company.
"Connecting ships with onshore networks offers exciting new ways to bring ship and shore-based operations closer together, to improve efficiencies, to manage operating expenses, and in general make a better onboard life for officers and crew," said Stephen MacFarlane, Information Systems Director at V.Ships. He stressed, "We plan to use the mini-VSAT Broadband network to deliver navigational, safety, and real time weather data, offer Internet cafe and VoIP calling to help further enhance crew morale, enable onshore technical experts to collaborate on repairs with their colleagues at sea, and to connect ships to onshore networks using 'ShipSure', our enterprise resource planning software developed by V.Ships."
The mini-VSAT Broadband service uses ArcLight spread spectrum technology developed by KVH's satellite technology partner ViaSat. The service reportedly offers a broad seamless web of multi-megabit service created by 14 Ku-band satellite transponders.
Installation and technical support for V.Ships' customers will be handled by SeaCom Electronics Ltd., a supplier of communication, navigation, and entertainment solutions for the merchant fleet including the cruise, ferry, and yacht industries. SeaCom will distribute KVH TracPhone satellite communications systems and the mini-VSAT Broadband service, as well as KVH's TracVision satellite TV systems. SeaCom will be supported by KVH's key account manager, Niels Reuther, from the company's EMEA headquarters in Denmark.
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