[SatNews] KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) has been selected by BW, a worldwide leader in maritime energy transportation, as the satellite communications solution for its Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) fleet.
BW’s vessels will use KVH’s advanced, dual-mode TracPhone V11-IP onboard satellite communications system and mini-VSAT Broadband service for the “always-on” broadband connectivity that is essential for today’s commercial maritime operations. BW recently completed field trials of the TracPhone V11-IP system, and expects to have 20 vessels equipped by the end of 2013, with rollout continuing through 2014.
With more than 3,000 onboard terminals sold, mini-VSAT Broadband is the world’s most popular maritime VSAT solution, according to independent industry reports published in 2012 by Euroconsult, NSR, and Comsys. The network uses ArcLight® spread spectrum technology, which was developed by KVH’s partner, ViaSat, Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT), specifically for mobile use. ArcLight is unique due to its efficient reuse of satellite channels, fast speed, low latency, and its ability to support very small antennas that provide reliable service, even in poor weather conditions.
The TracPhone V11-IP uses a single, compact antenna to seamlessly access both the C- and Ku-band satellites of the mini-VSAT Broadband network. The three-axis, gyro-stabilized antenna system delivers premium quality multimegabit connectivity worldwide, and is the world’s only dual-mode, 1.1 meter (42.5-inch) diameter VSAT antenna. TracPhone V11-IP features KVH’s new Integrated CommBox Modem, a streamlined below decks unit that includes an IP-enabled antenna control unit, CommBox™ Network Manager, ArcLight spread spectrum modem, Voice over IP (VoIP), Ethernet switch, and Wi-Fi capabilities. KVH manufactures two additional V-IP series antenna systems for the mini-VSAT Broadband service: TracPhone V7-IP, a 60 m (24-inch) diameter Ku-band VSAT antenna, and the ultra-compact TracPhone V3-IP, a 37cm (14.5-inch) diameter Ku-band VSAT antenna.
For further KVH details, go to http://www.kvh.com/
For BW company information, head to: http://bwmaritime.com/