KVH shows off triple-speed
KVH Industries Inc. has unveiled an advanced, 60 cm marine satellite antenna system designed to deliver the fastest data speeds globally to the maritime market. The new Ku- band satellite antenna system, the TracPhone V7-HTS, enables leisure boaters and commercial mariners to stream HD content and conduct video calls at sea while simultaneously
supporting a free, unlimited use data channel.
The V7-HTS achieves data download speeds of up to 10 Mbps, three times faster than current 60 cm models on the market, including KVH’s own system, and fast enough to enable
the streaming of HD-quality content at sea. In addition, to further meet the demands of
increased data usage at sea, KVH is offering the TracPhone V7-HTS with new hybrid airtime
plans that deliver a free, lower-speed unlimited use data channel that runs at the same time
as the high-speed data channel.
The faster data speeds are accomplished by a combination of KVH’s proprietary antenna
system design and mini-VSAT Broadband network, which recently began using advanced
Intelsat Epic satellites for high-throughput satellite (HTS) capabilities, and additional capacity
from SKY Perfect JSAT satellites. With the HTS network, KVH added 25 million square miles
to its global maritime Ku-band high-speed connectivity footprint.
For the commercial maritime market, the TracPhone V7-HTS is designed to enable merchant fleets to take advantage of cloud-based software programs, remote system monitoring,
and data analytics in the pursuit of digitalization. With applications such as remote system
monitoring requiring frequent data uploads, the TracPhone V7-HTS provides upload speeds
of up to 3 Mbps, six times faster than KVH’s current 60 cm system.
“We are thrilled to offer the streaming fast TracPhone V7-HTS to boaters and mariners
around the world, so they can experience the benefits of connectivity even while at sea. Ship
managers can improve their operational efficiency by taking advantage of data-driven tools
and decision-making, while yacht captains can offer guests onboard the faster connectivity
they desire,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of KVH.
Garmin Ltd. has acquired Navionics S.p.A., a pri- vately held company based in Viareggio, Italy. Financial terms of the acquisition will not be
“Navionics has long been known as a leading sup-
plier of highly accurate navigational charts and mobile
applications for boaters,” said Cliff Pemble, Garmin Pres-
ident and CEO. “By combining Navionics’ content with
Garmin’s BlueChart and LakeVü content, we will be able
to offer the best available breadth and depth of coverage
to our marine customers. Going forward, we plan to
retain the Navionics brand and will continue to support
Navionics’ existing customers.”
“Since our founding, Navionics has been passionate
about creating products that enhance the boating experi-
ence,” said Giuseppe Carnevali, Navionics founder and
President. “Garmin shares our passion for serving the
marine industry, and is an ideal company to carry the
strong brand and reputation of Navionics into the
Garmin also announced the availability of the Active-
Captain mobile app, which delivers a seamless content
management system with unlimited access to cartogra-
phy, automatic delivery of the latest software available,
off-vessel planning capabilities, connected services and
more in one simple, yet powerful application. The free
app is compatible with a range of Garmin chartplotters
and MFDs. Garmin acquired crowd-sourced ActiveCap-
tain when it purchased Active Corp. in May.
ACR Electronics is celebrating the five-year anniver- sary of its SurvivorClub program. SurvivorClub was launched in 2012 to encourage boaters to
include a 406 MHz beacon in their safety kit.
At this year’s Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in early
November, ACR Electronics announced that more than
200 survivors have joined SurvivorClub after activating
an ACR Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon
(EPIRB), Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) or ARTEX
Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT) in a life-threaten-ing emergency.
“It has been such a pleasure meeting and talking to
the variety of people who have opened their hearts and
taken the time to share their stories with the world in the
hopes of educating others about what can go wrong,
what they would have done differently and of course
why it is so important to have a properly registered distress beacon,” said Nichole Kalil, ACR Media Manager.”
SurvivorClub provides a free replacement beacon for
its members, using a testimonial-based educational
approach by publishing first-hand stories from real-life
survivors who have activated their beacons. Read real-life
testimonies at https://www.acrartex.com/survivor-club/.
-MAP has acquired i-Sea AS, a technology and consulting company focused on the
marine sector. I-Sea AS is located in Oslo, Norway. C-MAP is part of the Navico family.
Based on in-house technology, i-Sea developed and launched Embark in 2015, a
user-friendly, cross-platform application for the boating community. With more than
160,000 Embark users, i-Sea uses its scalable technology platform to create and deliver nautical maps to boaters around the world.
“We are very pleased to acquire i-Sea,” said Sean Fernback, CEO C-MAP. “We are committed to providing recreational boaters with the best experience to help them plan, navigate
and enjoy their journey. The acquisition of i-Sea helps us to further deliver on that commitment.”
C-MAP purchases i-Sea
On page 47 of the Nov/Dec 2017 issue, Northport Systems Inc./Fugawi should
have been listed as: Fugawi/Johnson Outdoors Canada, Inc. The address is 411
Richmond St. E., Ste. 307, Toronto, ON M5A 3S5 Canada.