AWT, KVH Deliver Weather Service
AWT Collaborates with KVH Industries to Deliver BVS High-Resolution Weather Data via IP-MobileCast Content Delivery Service
Applied Weather Technology, Inc. (AWT), a StormGeo company, today announced a partnership with KVH Industries, Inc. to deliver AWT’s BVS high-resolution weather data via the KVH IP-MobileCast WEATHERlink service.
AWT’s BVS 7 weather forecasts and ocean data will be delivered to vessels at sea via KVH IP-MobileCast, a service utilizing multicasting technology for a low fixed monthly fee. The data will be updated up to four times per day to help ships optimize voyage planning and safety.
The BVS 7 voyage optimization system provides on-board and around-the-clock weather-routing information. KVH’s IP-MobileCast content delivery service will provide captains access to BVS 7’s global, high-resolution data for wind, waves, visibility and currents with tidal streams, as well as detailed port vicinity forecasts, updated pirate attack reports and rogue wave forecasts.
“As part of its global business strategy, AWT is partnering with leading maritime systems and service providers to be part of the integrated bridge systems of the future,” said Haydn Jones, AWT CEO.
KVH’s IP-MobileCast service utilizes multicasting technology to deliver large amounts of content to many ships at once, overcoming the prohibitively high satellite communications costs typically charged to deliver files for individual use. The new service is notable for technological advancements that enable the content to be delivered over the top of KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband network, while also ensuring that the multicasting transmission does not affect the vessel’s mini-VSAT Broadband onboard data speed.
The WEATHERlink content delivery is scheduled to begin beta testing this month and to be commercially available by September. All vessels with a KVH TracPhoneTM V-IP series satellite communication system onboard will support the BVS weather content after a free over-the-air software upgrade.