MIDDLETOWN, RI – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) today announced that Netherlands-based Vroon has chosen the KVH TracPhone® V7 and its mini-VSAT Broadband network as the new satellite communication solution for the more than 125 in-house managed vessels in its fleet.
Vroon vessels will be equipped with the award-winning 60 cm TracPhone V7 antenna system, mini-VSAT Broadband service, and the KVH CommBox™ Ship/Shore Network Manager. CommBox provides a suite of network management tools ranging from web compression and acceleration and least cost routing among multiple communication services to pre-paid Internet access and remote access for Vroon’s shore-based IT personnel.
Vroon crews as well as crews from contractors and third-party companies will also be able to take advantage of KVH’s pre-paid crew calling system and, depending on the vessels’ activities, a GSM picocell system that will enable those on board to make calls via their mobile or smartphone from virtually anywhere within the mini-VSAT Broadband coverage area. Technical service needs will be provided by KVH’s exclusive GlobalCare Premium Support Program.
“The changes to maritime satellite communications over the last several years are dramatic as commercial fleets like Vroon move from basic voice and low data rate applications to more demanding business requirements that need affordable, reliable broadband solutions,” observes Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH’s chief executive officer.
The mini-VSAT Broadband network was designed from the ground up to be the first next-generation maritime satellite communications solution. The global spread spectrum satellite network, built with ViaSat’s patented ArcLight® technology, offers more affordable airtime, voice service and Internet access as fast as 512 Kbps (ship to shore) and 2 Mbps (shore to ship). More than 1,000 TracPhone V7 systems have been shipped in the three years since the product’s introduction, making the mini-VSAT Broadband network the fastest growing maritime VSAT solution.
Based in Breskens, Vroon operates and manages a diverse international fleet of about 150 vessels including tankers, car carriers, dry cargo ships, offshore support vessels and reefer vessels.