KVH Industries has introduced their mini-VSAT Broadband Crew Calling System at Nor-Shipping 2009 in Norway.
This optional system expands the enhanced VoIP telephone services offered by KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband service and TracPhone® V7 antenna to provide an additional dedicated telephone line specifically for crew calling. Adding the crew calling option is a simple process. A dedicated Crew Calling Gateway is connected to the TracPhone V7, thereby establishing a link for a dedicated crew calling phone. Crew members will be able to purchase a calling card from the ship’s captain or buy minutes directly from KVH via credit card. They will then be able to place calls anywhere in the world via this dedicated phone while ship’s business is handled via the two enhanced VoIP lines that come standard with mini-VSAT Broadband service.
Together with the KVH TracPhone V7, the mini-VSAT Broadband service comprises the first end-to-end 24-inch VSAT hardware, service, and support package available for maritime communications. The mini-VSAT Broadband service currently offers Voice over IP telephone and Internet access as fast as 512 Kbps (upload) and 2 Mbps (download) at fixed monthly rates to mariners throughout North America, the Caribbean, the North Atlantic, Europe, the Northern Pacific, and the Persian Gulf. KVH also recently announced an agreement with SP-JSAT to expand mini-VSAT Broadband coverage into Asia Pacific waters and the Indian Ocean.