Boatracs becomes KVH service provider for mini-VSAT broadband

by Staff Reporter | May 15th, 2012

KVH Industries, Inc., has named Boatracs Inc.,┬áthe first Value Added Service Provider (VASP) for its mini-VSAT Broadband service. This collaboration will reportedly deliver an end-to-end fleet management package for the commercial workboat and fishing markets, bringing Boatracs’ software applications to vessels via a reliable broadband connection in a single package.

Sold under the name “Boatracs Broadband Fleet Management Solution”, this package includes a KVH TracPhone V3 and mini-VSAT Broadband service for global broadband connectivity as well as Boatracs maritime software platforms, Boatracs BTConnect and Boatracs BTForms.

Sold under the name “Boatracs Broadband Fleet Management Solution”, this package includes a KVH TracPhone V3 and mini-VSAT Broadband service for global broadband connectivity as well as Boatracs maritime software platforms, Boatracs BTConnect and Boatracs BTForms.

“We are very excited to integrate KVH’s industry-leading mini-VSAT Broadband service with Boatracs software for our customer base,” said Irwin Rodrigues, president and CEO of Boatracs. “We work with small to medium operators in the offshore, coastal and inland waterways, as well as commercial fishing vessels. These companies want voice and data services for crew welfare, increased compliance and greater productivity, as well as a powerful fleet management solution to track, message and operate their vessels efficiently. The Boatracs Broadband Fleet Management Solution provides a complete, reliable, and affordable way to meet these needs.”

The TracPhone V3 is reportedly the world’s smallest maritime VSAT antenna, designed for vessels as small as 30 feet. With airtime rates 1/10th the cost of L-band systems, the TracPhone V3 offers downloads as fast as 2 Mbps at US$ 0.99 per MB and phone calls worldwide at only US$ 0.49 per minute. The TracPhone V3’s small size, fast data rates, and affordable service have brought the power of satellite communications within reach for commercial vessels.

Boatracs BTConnect is a web-based solution that integrates message and mapping functionality, providing access to fleet-wide data from anywhere, on any device. With features such as route planning, custom landmarks, and global map layers, this solution reportedly ties together the critical functions of visually managing a fleet with two-way messaging to improve dispatching, accelerate invoicing and streamline shore side operations. Boatracs BTForms is an electronic forms solution that automates and simplifies vessel data collection for operations, reporting, and compliance record keeping.

“KVH and Boatracs are committed to offering outstanding solutions that bring real value to maritime operators,” said Brent C. Bruun, senior vice president of global sales and business development at KVH Industries. “This turnkey solution is the first of its kind, offering best-of breed broadband connections and software applications that will make an immediate difference to the bottom lines of commercial vessels. In addition, customers will continue to enjoy the outstanding support they’ve come to expect from KVH’s and Boatracs’ extensive support networks, which include the best maritime electronics professionals throughout the United States.”

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