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To: awecr2 who wrote (6917)9/12/2017 11:44:25 AM
From: WalterP
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KVH Introduces Videotel Performance Manager, a Breakthrough Solution for Maritime Training

Combines award-winning content and a cutting-edge software platform for transforming a fleet’s training activities


MIDDLETOWN, R.I. and LONDON, Sept. 11, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- To help maritime operators ensure that crew are training and performing at their peak, KVH Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq:KVHI) has introduced Videotel Performance ManagerTM, a breakthrough solution for maritime training. The scope of the Videotel Performance Manager offering is unparalleled in the maritime industry, combining the extensive range of award-winning training content from VideotelTM with the power of web-based data analytics – all from KVH, a technology innovator known for its maritime solutions.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at: globenewswire.com

By providing maritime managers with actionable insights about their fleets’ training activities, Videotel Performance Manager is designed to help increase operational efficiency, safety, and crew performance. The cloud-based software platform ensures that a crew’s latest training records are accessible from any web-enabled device, and interactive, dynamically rendered reports and dashboards present easy-to-view data about crew performance, skill levels, strengths, weaknesses, and training schedules.

Leading ship management company Thenamaris, one of the early users of Videotel Performance Manager, notes the benefits: “It offers a wide range of sophisticated features and reports enabling our Marine Personnel team to have accurate and timely insight of the training progress per person, per vessel, per title,” says Yannos Koudounas, Performance & Development Supervisor, Thenamaris (Ships Management) Inc. “Consequently, this application becomes a valuable tool in decision-making for our seafarers’ onboard training plans. We like its simplicity and the fact that it is constantly upgraded with new features. Most of all, we have found that it is well-supported by a skillful and fast-responding team.”

At the core of Videotel Performance Manager’s cutting-edge training management tools is the user-friendly web application, which was developed with input from maritime training professionals. Key features include:

Crew Management – for managing seafarers’ training programmes as they move from vessel to vessel Training Reports – for seeing what training is being carried out, where, and by whom, and for generating evidence of compliance required during an external audit or ship inspection Schedule Builder – for creating training plans for seafarers based on an established safety management system Performance Monitoring – for tracking progress of crew against a recommended schedule of training
    “The ability to quickly see the training status of all seafarers in a fleet provides important advantages for a maritime training manager,” says Mark Woodhead, KVH senior vice president, EMEA. “With an easy-to-use dashboard, the manager can assess the precise level of a crew’s training, preparation, and compliance, which ultimately helps to keep operating costs low, and reduce safety and financial risk. This isn’t just recordkeeping, it’s valuable intelligence for maritime training managers.”

    Videotel Performance Manager is available in three different packages, called Essential, Professional, and Master, that vary in the number of features and training titles provided. All packages include Crew Management, Training Reports, Schedule Builder, and Performance Monitoring. Additional features will be added over time.

    Videotel’s maritime training programmes are in use on more than 12,000 vessels worldwide and cover a wide range of topics related to the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping established by the maritime industry. The extensive selection includes 950 new and updated titles – available in a range of formats including computer-based training, videos, and gamified learning. Videotel’s Practical Engineering Suite includes 100 modules covering topics critical to marine engineers; it was released earlier this year on a variety of platforms, including mobile devices, which was an industry first for maritime eLearning.

    Videotel has a 40-year track record of developing training content in partnership with leading industry bodies and organizations, and the company’s videos have received more than 100 awards. The company began creating training materials in 1973 at the request of the Intergovernmental Maritime Consultative Organization, the forerunner to the International Maritime Organization, which today oversees standards for maritime training. In 2015, Videotel became part of KVH, a technology company whose maritime products and services include mini-VSAT Broadbandsm global connectivity and the IP-MobileCastTM service for delivering news, entertainment, chart, and weather content via satellite to vessels at sea.

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    To: WalterP who wrote (6918)9/12/2017 11:48:54 AM
    From: WalterP
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    Moving Map Display for Military Vehicles Provides Critical Navigation Information on Touchscreen

    Designed for demanding battlefield conditions, the MMD provides soldiers with an immediate visual map reference

    MIDDLETOWN, R.I., Sept. 12, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq:KVHI), has introduced the TACNAV®Moving Map Display (MMD), offering real-time moving map technology for military vehicles. The TACNAV MMD provides an easy-to-read, easy-to-use graphical navigation capability by combining available internal or external GPS/GNSS with TACNAV’s inertial or compass-guided navigation solution.


    Soldiers who once relied on grid reference alone now have the benefit of viewing a visual map on a 10-inch diagonal, high bright color display viewable in all lighting conditions. They can create, store, and activate waypoints and routes from the touchscreen, which helps increase situational awareness.

    The TACNAV MMD displays position, heading, speed, cross track error, distance, and bearing to waypoint. Vehicle location and other pertinent navigation information is shown on either a satellite or topographic map stored locally on the TACNAV MMD. The information can be displayed to the vehicle commander, driver, and other occupants as required. The TACNAV MMD is capable of presenting navigation information in multiple languages, enhancing joint multinational operations.

    “The display was designed for ease of use with a touchscreen that provides intuitive operation, which is a major strength on the battlefield,” says Dan Conway, executive vice president of KVH’s inertial navigation group. “Anything that increases a soldier’s situational awareness will help to keep that soldier safe. The moving map display enhances the capabilities of our widely fielded TACNAV systems, which have been helping to keep soldiers out of harm’s way for years.”

    The TACNAV MMD is compatible with existing TACNAV systems including the TACNAV Light/GPS and the TACNAV 3D, and will be compatible with future TACNAV systems.

    KVH’s TACNAV product line is currently in use by the U.S. Army and Marine Corps, as well as many allied militaries, includingSaudi Arabia, Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Egypt, Botswana, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan,Romania, Poland, Turkey, Malaysia, Switzerland, South Korea, Singapore, Brazil, and Italy.

    From September 12-15, KVH is displaying the TACNAV MMD in Booth N5 160, at Defence and Security Equipment International(DSEI), held at the ExCeL convention center in London, U.K. KVH will also display the TACNAV MMD at AUSA, in Washington, DC, from October 9-11, Booth 7443.


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    To: awecr2 who wrote (6917)9/27/2017 4:32:25 PM
    From: WalterP
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    Today we finally set some new 2017 highs in KVHI and not a peep from anyone in almost 2 months, except for a couple of KVH news releases. Is anyone still here or in KVHI?

    Yes, I know (very well, thank you) that KVHI stock performance has been a total disappointment for way too many years, but hopefully the new Connectivity as a Service Program AgilePlans will finally show some building momentum for sales and another beat this quarter.

    Let's get this show rolling!

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    To: WalterP who wrote (6920)9/28/2017 7:44:05 AM
    From: nissan
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    Hi Walter

    Just good to see the stock price under accumulation.

    Looking forward to next cc. I think our biggest surprise will be how KVH is taking control of their content and airtime expenses. I think a lot of it is moving inside KVH doors. Not a lot has been said about this by KVH yet, but I am expecting a nice surprise as to what they will be able to include in their air time content and the lowering of costs.

    Read a small article where an analyst (didn't say who) was increasing quarter estimates significantly.

    I believe we are on the verge of both airtime and fog finally pulling us up together.

    KVH still has quite a hiring list and many new positions.



    J

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    To: nissan who wrote (6921)9/28/2017 10:45:11 AM
    From: awecr2
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    Hi guys,

    I echo your sentiments. At the same time, we are still waiting on the elusive TacNav contract and true HTS hardware. It’s these two events that make $12 a distant floor and not the unbreakable ceiling it is now.

    KVH is adding in incremental income opportunities which is good for the growth of the reoccurring baseline. They have also added some more Agile plan installation locations. If each location averaged one install a week, KVH would see unit run rate double over the current annual 1k run rate. It seems like a very low bar considering the aggressive all-in pricing plans. They need to improve the hardware and data package to see a true acceleration in growth, however. Other than minor changes, the v7 has been around for 10 years with only a minor increase in data rates. The competition is now offering comparable, if not better, hardware and data packages. The good thing is that the agile plans are still unique and priced very competitively.

    For the 1st time in over 2 years, currency exchange rates will work to KVHs favor. Albeit, minor. It’s nice to have this headwind behind us.

    And of course, it would be nice to be positively surprised for once. I just don’t think q3 will be that quarter, from a financial perspective, because of the lack of transformative hardware. What happens if TacNav continues to be a dud? They will be guiding lower for Q4, even if Agile plans are taking off. I wonder if that was the plan all along? Get us through 2017 by manipulation so we focus on 2018 and the explosive growth that will happen when they finally offer an HTS product line.


    I will feel much better when TacNav or HTS happens. Been waiting for 3 years. Still waiting. And I think we will all be ecstatic if a low cost, mass market FOG is introduced.

    Aw

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    To: WalterP who wrote (6920)9/29/2017 12:17:55 PM
    From: richardred
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    I do think Vintage will be pushing. Ironically I am a IEC stockholder also . Hedgeclipper mentioned IEC in a slide presentation on this board. Vintage did win the proxy battle at IEC. However IMO they like to buy on the cheap. RE: Anaren Microwave/API

    vintagecapitalmanagement.com

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    To: awecr2 who wrote (6922)10/3/2017 9:08:33 AM
    From: awecr2
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    Hey guys,

    KVH has removed the deep discount promotional brochures from the special offers link that they have been using for the last two years on minivsat hardware and services. Usually they just update the expiration date 1 or 2 quarters ahead. It’s possible they might just repost with new expiration dates but this is definitely a change in their approach. It’s more likely to be an indication we will soon see new hardware with true HTS or Agile plans are performing above expectations.

    Aw

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    To: awecr2 who wrote (6924)10/3/2017 4:53:34 PM
    From: WalterP
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    When I asked them what they would do if the new Agile plans were too successful (and they had to deliver more systems than they could build), the new CFO, Donald Reilly, and Martin said they had ways to scale back demand if necessary. I definitely see this as a positive sign of increased demand. The stock price is also confirming it too, I presume. Last December's peak was $12.75. After that, $15-16 next stop!

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    To: WalterP who wrote (6925)10/4/2017 1:06:51 AM
    From: hedgeclipper
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    Walter. I can't believe they said that to you. If you ask me they have been finding ways to scale back demand for their products for more than 15 years.
    Hc

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    To: hedgeclipper who wrote (6926)10/4/2017 5:19:48 PM
    From: WalterP
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    It was an obvious issue that if they offered free hardware, that demand would increase and would they be able to meet it. I got the answer as stated. Separately, they said that KVH was actually in a better state regarding sales compared with all their competitors, who were losing sales. It has been a difficult time in the marine communicatons sector for a while now. They have been able to maintain that 250 or so systems per quarter for some time. Sure, I wish it had been increasing, but it has not been the case for all their competitors. It should be interesting what Agile plans has boosted the rate to.

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