Boat owners are known for their resourcefulness when it comes to figuring out ways to spend more time on the water. Here’s a development from the technology world that is sure to help: fast broadband connectivity on the boat. If you can check e-mail, VPN in to the office, and stay connected with social media, you can spend more time at sea. At the 2013 NMEA International Marine Electronics Conference in San Diego this week, a hot topic is the best way to meet the increasing need for broadband on boats and yachts of all sizes.
The new end-to-end marine VSAT solution from KVH is designed for the era of the connected yacht, and is being introduced to the marine electronics professionals in attendance at 2013 NMEA.
TracPhone V3-IP, V7-IP, and V11-IP are advanced systems for marine satellite Internet and phone – the only systems in the marine industry to utilize ArcLight spread spectrum technology.This technology enables an extremely compact design that is sleek enough for boats and yachts, yet powerful enough to deliver fast Internet access (up to 4 Mbps down and 1 Mbps up) and crystal-clear voice services with KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband network.
Another trend for the marine world that parallels one on land is the interest in new ways to receive entertainment content. As people on land begin to access movies, news, programming, and sports via an Internet connection (think Apple TV, Aereo, and other services), boaters can soon do the same. At the “Technology Insider Report: The Next Big Idea in Maritime SATCOM” presentation (Thursday, Sep. 26, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.) during the 2013 NMEA conference, KVH sales manager Steven J. Griffin will discuss the technology details behind KVH’s next-generation connectivity, network management, and content delivery solution, IP-MobileCast™. This upcoming service utilizes advanced multicasting technology to deliver licensed premium content at sea, including current release movies, sports, news, and chart updates.
With the ability to go online, send e-mails, post on social media, and watch new movies at sea, boaters may just have it all without stepping foot off the yacht.