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Smit Lamnalco to roll out mini-VSAT

TracPhone V3-IP antenna systems are included in the package to be installed TracPhone V3-IP antenna systems are included in the package to be installed

KVH has announced that it has begun the roll-out of its mini-VSAT system on offshore vessels operated by Smit Lamnalco, following an agreement finalised earlier this year.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The deal was concluded after a successful field trial using KVH’s TracPhone V3-IP antenna system, and could include up to 100 Smit Lamnalco offshore vessels over the next few years, with 20 systems having already been delivered.

“We are extremely happy with the performance of KVH’s systems and services based on our test, and are proceeding to upgrade our vessels with this complete solution,” said Patrick van Woudenberg, group IT manager for Smit Lamnalco.

“KVH is a great partner for us, and their knowledgeable technical staff helped design a solution that we can replicate across our fleet to standardise the connectivity on our vessels and improve our operational efficiency.”

The package chosen by Smit Lamnalco also includes a usage-based monthly airtime package and Integrated CommBox Modem (ICM) below decks unit, with network management, VPN and VoIP services built-in.

The system additionally connects with the myKVH portal, which provides vessel location, connectivity details, vessel tracking, and control of onboard data usage.

“We are proud to be Smit Lamnalco’s choice for their impressive fleet, and the successful field test validates the high quality of our products and services,” said Mark Guthrie, KVH vice president of global channel management.

“Our solution provides many benefits of broadband connectivity, for everything from communications to crew welfare, and Smit Lamnalco sees the advantages of this approach.”{/mprestriction}

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