Smit Lamnalco Selects KVH Maritime Solution for Connectivity and Network Management Services on its Offshore Vessels

05.10.17

The major European maritime operator has concluded a successful field trial and is currently installing KVH systems and services on its offshore vessels

Middletown, RI – May 10, 2017 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), announced today that major European maritime operator Smit Lamnalco finalized an agreement earlier this year to install KVH’s maritime solution on its offshore vessels. Following a successful field trial with KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband connectivity and TracPhone V3-IP satellite communications antenna system, the potential is for KVH to deliver and install its maritime solution on up to 100 Smit Lamnalco offshore vessels over the next few years, and 20 have 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,” says 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 standardize the connectivity on our vessels and improve our operational efficiency.”

The solution chosen by Smit Lamnalco includes KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband service with a usage-based monthly airtime package; TracPhone V3-IP Ku-band antenna system and Integrated CommBox Modem (ICM) belowdecks unit; and, CommBox network management and VPN solutions, as well as VoIP service. All the hardware is protected by the KVH OneCare support program and warranty. The solution also comes 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,” says 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.”

Note to Editors: For more information about KVH’s complete connectivity and content solution, please visit mini-VSAT Broadband. High-resolution images of KVH products are available at the KVH Press Room Image Library.

About Smit Lamnalco
Smit Lamnalco is a leading provider of safe and efficient towage and associated marine services to the oil and gas terminal industry. With more than 225 vessels and close to 3,000 staff worldwide, Smit Lamnalco is dedicated to providing marine support services tailored to the operational needs of global customers in local markets. Active in almost 30 countries, Smit Lamnalco specializes in bringing international standards on safety, logistics, mooring, and towage to onshore and offshore operations in challenging environments.

About KVH Industries, Inc.
KVH Industries, Inc., is a leading provider of in-motion satellite TV and communications systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 200,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on vessels, vehicles, and aircraft. KVH is also a leading news, music, and entertainment content provider to many industries including maritime, retail, and leisure. Videotel, a KVH company, is a market-leading provider of training films, computer-based training and eLearning. KVH is based in Middletown, RI, with research, development, and manufacturing operations in Middletown, RI, and Tinley Park, IL. The company’s global presence includes offices in Belgium, Brazil, Cyprus, Denmark, Hong Kong, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, the Philippines, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

KVH, TracPhone, CommBox, KVH OneCare, myKVH, and Videotel are trademarks of KVH Industries, Inc. mini-VSAT Broadband is a service mark of KVH Industries, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.

Creotech Instruments presents the HyperSat platform

The Polish Creotech Instruments company presented the new small satellite HyperSat platform.

The Creotech Instruments company has been consequently conducting the plan to become the first Polish satellite integrator. The announcement of HyperSat satellite platform is part of this plan.

Details were presented on the 26th of April 2017, during a special press conference held at the Polish Press Agency. Dr Grzegorz Brona, Jacek Kosiec and dr Marcin Stolarski presented the concept of the HyperSat platform. In the smallest configuration HyperSat’s modular construction has the size of 30x30x10 cm and a mass of 10 kg. The largest configuration is 30x30x60 cm and 60 kg respectively. The structure of this platform is open and Creotech encourages other companies to collaborate in the design of individual HyperSat components. Currently the project development partners are the Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Warsaw University of Technology respectively.

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Video material of the manufacturing process of the HyperSat platform shown during the press conference. / Credits: Creotech Instruments

Creotech Instruments aims at dynamically developing the market of small satellites. Simultaneously, the company intends to avoid competing with big constellations supported by foreign Venture Capital funds with multi-million research and development contribution. Dr Brona claimed that other satellite operators are mainly interested in data collected by research instruments. Therefore, low cost of production and rapid integration (nine months since ordering a satellite until integrating the research instrument and launching) may be attractive for future customers. Dr Stolarski said that Creotech will be able to manufacture up to ten platforms a year. First launches are to be conducted in 2019. The company informed that there are first potential customers.

Moreover, Creotech claimed that mostly commercial COTS solutions are to be used during manufacturing of HyperSat. The platform is equipped with a rocket standard fastening joint, which cannot be found in CubeSat satellites.

More information can be found on the website of the project.