Satnews Daily
February 18th, 2014

GTS Enlists KVH To Take TracPhone  Solutions To The Border... On U.S. Customs and Border Protection Programs

[SatNews] ...enables the system to deliver VSAT service using antennas that are 85 percent smaller and lighter than competing solutions.

KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) has received an order from Virginia-based Global Technical Systems (GTS) to support a 10-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract for ULAD platforms that will be used in U.S. Customs and Border Protection programs. KVH will provide communications for the platforms via its TracPhone V7-IP satellite communications systems and mini-VSAT Broadband service. KVH has already begun to fulfill the order by delivering the initial shipment of TracPhone V7-IP systems to GTS; there is potential for KVH to supply 144 systems to GTS over a five-year ordering period of a 10-year IDIQ contract.

The mini-VSAT Broadband service will be used to transmit data from a mobile platform that will house surveillance radar and other sensors for homeland security initiatives. “The TracPhone V7-IP is perfect for the ULAD platform because it offers outstanding performance in on-the-move and on-the-halt applications, transmitting data with the agility needed to support any number of operational scenarios,” says Dan Conway, executive vice president of KVH’s guidance and stabilization group. “Our mini-VSAT Broadband network is fully licensed by the FCC to provide seamless coverage across North America, ensuring that communications are always available in remote locations.”

TracPhone V7-IP is a compact, rugged solution featuring an antenna that is approximately 24 inches (60 cm) in diameter, with uploads as fast as 1 Mbps and downloads as fast as 2 Mbps. Spread spectrum technology enables the system to deliver VSAT service using antennas that are 85 percent smaller and lighter than competing solutions. TracPhone V7-IP’s Integrated CommBox Modem (ICM) controls the one-to-one connectivity of the mini-VSAT Broadband service, including fast, low latency data connections and exceptionally high-quality VoIP phone service. The ICM also provides network management functionality that includes such services as email management, transmission optimization, and assured file delivery, key elements for mission-critical data transmissions. Learn more here.

Global Technical Systems (GTS) provides engineering products and services encompassing latest generation software and hardware solutions for homeland security, defense, and other critical government interests. GTS expertise in advanced technologies generates products and services across a spectrum that includes: C4ISR systems, mission-critical combat systems processing, biometrics, cyber security, military combat systems hardware production, advanced radar and sensor systems, and depot repair and logistics. The company is based in Virginia Beach, VA, and has offices in St. Petersburg, FL.