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KVH Best in Communications and Navigation With 4NMEA Awards for 2nd Year in a Row

October 27, 1999 08:31 AM
MIDDLETOWN, R.I.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 27, 1999--For the second year in a row, two communications systems and two navigation products from KVH Industries, Inc. KVHI have earned "best product" awards from The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). TracVision(R) 3, a new 1999 system based upon last year's award-winning TracVision II, was voted Best Satellite Television System, and Tracphone(R) 25 was again named Best Satellite Telephone System. The company's new Azimuth(R) GyroTrac(tm) was named Best Gyro Compass and the Azimuth 1000 was once again voted Best Electronic Compass.

"It is an honor for our communications and navigation products to once again be recognized by marine electronics dealers from throughout the nation," said Ian Palmer, director of sales, who accepted the awards at the NMEA annual convention ceremony October 23 in Orlando, Florida. "We have a strong commitment to developing and marketing products for the marine market, and to using our core technologies to continue KVH's leadership role in the communications sector of the industry. Our dealers are invaluable partners in marketing, installing and supporting both new and existing KVH products, and we consider their votes in the annual award competition an affirmation of the company's development strategies."

TracVision 3 is unique in that it combines proprietary orientation sensor and antenna pointing technologies that deliver the best satellite tracking performance in its class. The addition of KVH's award-winning GyroTrac allows TracVision 3 to interface with virtually all other on-board navigation systems, including autopilots and radar. Mariners can access 200 channels of direct broadcast satellite television up to 100 miles off the North American coast and at the same time use the earth-referenced gyro sensor for directional data, including True North calculations through an interface with a Global Positioning System (GPS).

"TracVision 3 represents the merger of two core KVH technologies, gyro sensors and unique robotic pointing mechanisms, where our innovation consistently leads to significant advances in marine satellite broadcast and communication products," Palmer said. "Our strong TracVision 3 sales indicate that our decision to combine these two technologies is proving to be even more in demand than our previous television systems."

TracVision 3 features a 19" diameter dome, the smallest in the market. The system is completely compatible with DIRECTV(R), the DISH(tm) Network, and all leading brands of receivers for the direct broadcast satellite (DBS) signal reception off the shores of North America. Dual LNB outputs allow users to watch as many different channels as they have receivers and also to access, through either a TV or computer, broadcast services for weather information, financial data and news. The gyro sensor provides reliable performance in all sea conditions where vessels are subjected to pitch, roll and yaw. A unique digital data link with the satellite signal receiver provides automatic satellite tracking, and a LCD user interface allowing mariners to monitor signal status based on feedback from the DBS receiver unit as well as the robotic pedestal. Tracphone 25 also features proprietary KVH gyro sensors to stabilize the system antennas that provide mariners with worldwide voice, fax and data service through Inmarsat mini-M satellites. KVH also offers a larger telephony system, Tracphone 50, that is used primarily by commercial fleets of bulk carriers where advanced communications capabilities are in heavy demand to meet crew and business needs.

An established, widespread network of dealers supports the KVH marine communications and navigation product lines. KVH has made supporting its dealers a high priority, and is continually striving for new ways to enhance company-dealer communications, collaborate in marketing efforts, extend training and provide rapid, high-quality customer service.

KVH Industries utilizes its proprietary fiber optic, autocalibration and sensor technologies to produce navigation and mobile satellite communications systems for commercial, military and marine applications. The company has headquarters in Middletown, RI, (USA) with offices in Illinois, Florida and Denmark.

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