For the second year in a row, two communications systems and two navigation products from KVH Industries, Inc. have earned "best product" awards from The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). TracVision 3, a new 1999 system based upon last year's award-winning TracVision II, was voted Best Satellite Television System, and Tracphone 25 was again named Best Satellite Telephone System. The company's new Azimuth GyroTrac was named Best Gyro
Compass and the Azimuth 1000 was once again voted Best Electronic Compass.
TracVision 3 is unique in that it combines proprietary orientation sensor and antenna pointing technologies to deliver impressive satellite tracking performance. The addition of KVH's award-winning GyroTrac allows TracVision 3 to interface with virtually all other on-board navigation systems, including autopilots and radar. Mariners can access 200 channels of direct broadcast satellite television up to 100 miles off the North American coast and at the same time use the earth-referenced gyro sensor for directional data, including True North calculations through an interface with a Global Positioning System (GPS).
TracVision 3 features a 19 in. diameter dome. The system is completely compatible with DIRECTV, the DISH Network, and all leading brands of receivers for the direct broadcast satellite (DBS) signal reception off the shores of North America. Dual LNB outputs allow users to watch as many different channels as they have receivers and also to access, through either a TV or computer, broadcast services for weather information, financial data and news.
Tracphone 25 features proprietary KVH gyro sensors to stabilize the system, antennas that provide mariners with worldwide voice, fax and data service through Inmarsat mini-M satellites. KVH also offers a larger telephony system, Tracphone 50, used primarily by commercial fleets of bulk carriers where advanced communications capabilities are in heavy demand to meet crew and business needs.