After completing field trials of KVH’s dual-mode, C/Ku-band TracPhone V11-IP system earlier this year, BW Group has chosen KVH’s broadband connectivity solution for the vessels of its Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and Liquified Petroleum Gas fleet. Twenty vessels are expected to be equipped by the end of 2013, with rollout continuing through 2014. BW Group, a leading global maritime group involved in oil and gas transportation, floating gas infrastructure, environmental technologies, and deepwater production, mentioned the ease of working with a dual-mode antenna system as well as the importance of working with an end-to-end solution from one company.
“We chose KVH’s dual-mode antenna and mini-VSAT Broadband service for their global coverage, ease of deployment, and reliability,” says Geraldine Pang, Vice President, Information Technology, BW Maritime. “The system provides a reliable network and some hardware redundancy as both C- and Ku-band can operate independently. This is important for business continuity. Beyond technological considerations, it is important to work with a company that designs, manufactures, and operates both the hardware and network as this reduces communications complexities. The simplicity of a single dome and an extremely compact belowdecks unit that includes everything makes the KVH VSAT system very simple and fast to deploy. We managed to deploy 15 vessels in just one quarter. This would be impossible with larger C-band-only domes.”
The TracPhone V11-IP uses a single, compact antenna to seamlessly access both the C- and Ku-band satellites of the mini-VSAT Broadband network. The three-axis, gyro-stabilized antenna system is one of three systems in KVH’s breakthrough TracPhone V-IP series, introduced earlier this year. The systems feature a streamlined belowdecks unit called the Integrated CommBox Modem, which includes an IP-enabled antenna control unit, CommBox™ Network Manager, ArcLight spread spectrum modem, Voice over IP (VoIP), Ethernet switch, and Wi-Fi capabilities.
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