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New terminal added to mini-VSAT service

KVH has introduced a new onboard terminal for its mini-VSAT Broadband service, the TracPhone V7-IP.

The TracPhone V7-IP features a 3-axis, gyro-stabilised antenna and integrated below decks unit with an ArcLight spread spectrum modem, similar to existing KVH systems, but also features the company's new IP-enabled antenna control unit - the CommBox-ACU.

The CommBox-ACU includes a built-in CommBox Ship/Shore Network Manager, Voice over IP (VoIP) adapter, Ethernet switch, and Wi-Fi adapter, making KVH's CommBox network management solution available to every TracPhone V7-IP customer without the need to invest in additional hardware.

The system offers a web browser-based user interface and access via an iPhone app, as well as onboard services like managed e-mail, secure file delivery, and remote network access.

The system software can be updated over-the-air using either the mini-VSAT Broadband service or cellular service, using a GPRS modem built into the antenna, allowing technicians working in KVH's GlobalCare support centre to diagnose and troubleshoot any issues.

“The TracPhone V7-IP represents a significant leap forward in delivering fast, affordable, reliable broadband connectivity to maritime customers,” explains Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH's chief executive officer.

“A major upgrade to our pioneering TracPhone V7 system, the TracPhone V7-IP offers a complete end-to-end solution for managing both IT functions and communications on board the vessel. It delivers data at up to 2 Mbps, and has two integrated voice lines that can be expanded to support up to nine simultaneous calls.”

“It's the same size and as easy to install as a FleetBroadband FB500 system, but it delivers data five times faster and at one tenth the cost of Inmarsat FleetBroadband.”

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