KVH Industries Bullish on AgilePlans
The provider of mobile connectivity and inertial navigation systems KVH Industries said that it innovative Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) program, 'AgilePlans', is fast-growing choice of global maritime fleets.
"Increased demand for the AgilePlans subscription-based Connectivity as a Service (CaaS) program from KVH Industries has been the driving force behind the company’s unprecedented growth in VSAT unit deployments during the first six months of 2018, a timeframe when the maritime industry has been increasing its drive toward digitalization," said a pess release.
KVH recently reported that it successfully shipped almost as many VSAT systems in the first six months of 2018 as it shipped in all of 2017.
Further, KVH VSAT unit shipments from April to June were up 100% compared to the same timeframe last year and shipments are at an all-time record by far compared to any quarter in KVH’s 10-year history in the maritime VSAT business.
Throughout the maritime industry, commercial fleets are transitioning to digitalization to increase operational efficiency and allow for integrated IoT solutions. Vessel operators can leverage faster connectivity to take advantage of real-time data transfers to improve decision making for fuel optimization, route planning, and safety.
It said that Providing Internet access to seafarers for crew welfare and onboard training is also important in attracting and retaining today’s more digitally sophisticated crew.
“I believe our recent success is a result of the broad appeal of our all-inclusive no-commitment AgilePlans program in the commercial markets combined with our new high-throughput satellite global network and superior service,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH CEO. “We’re being selected across all segments, from small fleets to large.”
The AgilePlans program—a CaaS subscription-based model offering KVH’s global connectivity, VSAT hardware, news, entertainment, and training content, free installation in select ports, and zero maintenance—is proving extremely attractive to global fleets. KVH’s recent AgilePlans customers include fleets with hundreds of vessels transiting the world’s oceans, from Supramax bulk carriers and dry-bulk carriers to chemical tankers and containerships.
The CaaS solution is particularly popular when paired with KVH’s newest antenna system, the TracPhone V7-HTS, introduced in late 2017; nearly 80 percent of recent AgilePlans vessels selected the TracPhone V7-HTS.