Satnews Daily
February 13th, 2018

KVH Industries' HTS Systems and AgilePlans™ Set the Seas for E.R. Schiffahrt

This major shipping company manager announced their choice of KVH's HTS Systems and AgilePlans™ for vessel connectivity

KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq:KVHI), announced global ship manager E.R. Schiffahrt has chosen KVH’s new advanced TracPhone® V7-HTS antenna equipment and the AgilePlans™ subscription-based Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) program to bring fast, global connectivity to its container and dry bulk vessels. Installations for the first 11 vessels have begun, with plans for a total of up to 60 vessels throughout 2018.

Christoph Werner, director of marine and quality for E.R. Schiffahrt, which is based in Hamburg, Germany said that they chose KVH for the fast data speed, the reliable data management, the global coverage, and their experience with KVH as a trusted and proven professional service provider. They see the very nature and flexibility of KVH’s AgilePlans program as a great benefit to their business.

The AgilePlans program provides equipment and airtime for one monthly airtime fee, with no commitment; installation at select ports and maintenance costs are included. KVH, a mobile tech innovator, designed the TracPhone V7-HTS for the mini-VSAT Broadbandsm network, which recently added high throughout satellite (HTS) capacity. The 60-cm TracPhone V7-HTS provides download speeds of up to 10 Mbps and upload speeds of 3 Mbps, enabling vessels to benefit from marine applications designed to improve operational efficiency. 

Rob Parkin, maritime sales director for KVH. E.R. Schiffahrt has been a customer of KVH’s CommBox™ network management service, as well as a subscriber to other KVH services, including NEWSlink™ daily newspapers for seafarers and Videotel™ maritime training programs said their close and long-term relationship with E.R. Schiffahrt was the foundation for moving forward to work together on satcoms.

Thomas Plueschau, KVH’s sales manager for Germany, has played a key role in coordinating the initial AgilePlans order installed at the Port of Hamburg. AgilePlans includes free standard installations at select ports around the world, important for a global ship management company such as E.R. Schiffahrt. He said that they are thrilled that their AgilePlans program with extensive coverage, fast data speeds, and proven data management, combined with the new TracPhone V7-HTS system, were ideally suited to E.R. Schiffahrt’s fleet needs.

KVH introduced the AgilePlans program for Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) in 2017 as an innovative maritime mini-VSAT® solution for commercial fleets. This subscription-based business model is designed to address challenges faced by the maritime industry, such as the capital expense of new equipment and the unpredictability of fleet size and business conditions.

In addition to including installation and technical support, onboard hardware, and high-speed airtime, the AgilePlans monthly fee also includes the IP-MobileCastTM content delivery service for daily NEWSlink content for crew welfare; a package of 20 Videotel maritime training videos; delivery of chart and weather updates via CHARTlink™ and FORECASTlink™; and real-time vessel tracking.