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June 7th, 2011

KVH... Easing Into ECDIS (SatCom)

[SatNews] Regulations usually require a re-evaluation of one's SatCom equipment to meet such communication demands...

In a move to increase safety and efficiency at sea, the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) new Electronic Chart and Display Information System (ECDIS) regulations require certain commercial vessels, as well as passenger vessels over 500 gross tons, to be equipped with ECDIS on the bridge by 2012 followed by compliance by other affected commercial vessels in stages through 2018. A global, affordable SatCom solution is key for meeting these requirements, since regular chart updates and ECDIS training are now provided online. That’s why many competitive fleet operators are selecting turnkey mini-VSAT Broadband(sm) SatCom solutions integrated with the CommBoxShip/Shore Network Manager from KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) to make ECDIS a convenient, affordable reality on their vessels.

KVH' TracPhone V7 in use on a tanker.
“Mariners need a reliable communications solution that can be acquired and installed easily and affordably, with predictable, low-cost monthly airtime rates to help them comply with the IMO’s new ECDIS requirements,” said Brent Bruun, KVH’s senior vice president for global sales and business development. “KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband network, TracPhone® V-series antennas, and optional CommBox Ship/Shore Network Manager are the most reliable and affordable satellite communications options to support onboard ECDIS technology and make regular chart updates and ECDIS training part of daily life on commercial vessels. Plus, mini-VSAT Broadband service is affordable enough to be used for additional applications like business communications and crew morale initiatives.”

KVH is offering a free white paper, ECDIS and mini-VSAT Broadband – Next-generation SATCOM for Next-generation Navigation that explains the new ECDIS regulations, and the benefits offered by KVH’s SATCOM solution, in detail. Please visit www.kvh.com/ECDIS to download this new resource exclusively from KVH.

A managed airtime network solution, mini-VSAT Broadband equips vessels with the highest data rates available today with downloads as fast as 2 Mbps and uploads as fast as 512 Kbps, as well as Voice over IP (VoIP) telephone lines with optimized service and prioritization of applications. Multiple airtime plans are available, including simple metered plans ($0.99 for data and $0.49 per minute for voice services) and fixed monthly and seasonal plans with even lower data and voice costs. The global mini-VSAT Broadband network and KVH’s TracPhone V7 and V3 maritime terminals are fully approved by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and meet the strict regulations of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). KVH also offers the CommBox Ship/Shore Network Manager, a tool that can be used with any onboard communications solution (including mini-VSAT Broadband, Inmarsat FleetBroadband, GSM cell service, and more, plus all supporting hardware) to maximize the value of that service using a variety of software modules. Using the CommBox helps mariners to use less data, and reduce airtime costs, by reducing file sizes from 80-99 percent, on average.