KVH makes marine weather updates standard for IP-MobileCast service

(MIDDLETOWN, R.I.) — KVH Industries Inc. has announced that its content delivery service IP-MobileCast now includes high-resolution updates from Applied Weather Technology (AWT), a leading marine weather service provider, as a standard feature. Subscribing vessels will receive global weather data four times per day via the KVH mini-VSAT Broadband network without incurring any data transmission costs.

This standard feature is now available to all KVH mini-VSAT Broadband customers who also are licensed users of AWT’s Bon Voyage System (BVS), a leading onboard application for weather rendering and voyage optimization. To begin receiving the AWT weather updates, mini-VSAT Broadband customers need only subscribe at no monthly charge to the FORECASTlink channel of KVH’s IP-MobileCast service.

“As a weather-based, ship routing and vessel performance company, AWT is excited by this opportunity. We can deliver high-resolution weather data at every six-hour forecast interval, while collecting ship data from our customers for performance optimization,” said Haydn Jones, AWT’s CEO.

The ability to provide weather data updates with no data transmission costs is made possible by KVH’s IP-MobileCast multicast communications protocol, a technology launched by KVH in 2014. The IP-MobileCast service also features news, entertainment, training, and sports content for subscribing vessels at sea without affecting data transmission speeds or vessel communications performance.

“We are thrilled to be working with AWT to enable vessels to receive such high-quality weather information around the clock via our FORECASTlink channel,” said Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH’s CEO. “Weather data gives vessel operators essential information for voyage planning and route optimization, critical to their bottom lines, especially during these challenging economic times. This is one more way that our breakthrough IP-MobileCast service is transforming the maritime industry.”

KVH’s IP-MobileCast content delivery service is a vital aspect of the overall integrated maritime solution offered by KVH, which is addressing the needs of the maritime industry in a unique way. KVH’s solution includes the mini-VSAT Broadband satellite network, which provides broadband connectivity to thousands of vessels worldwide; the TracPhone V-IP series advanced satellite communications antenna systems; leading marine content from KVH Media Group and Videotel; and, the KVH OneCare comprehensive global support program. Taken together, the company refers to the complete solution under the Power of One banner.

To showcase KVH’s new FORECASTlink feature, AWT will be demonstrating BVS as part of the ongoing presentations of IP-MobileCast in KVH Stand 1.218 at Posidonia, the international shipping exhibition taking place in Athens, Greece, this week.

For more information about AWT,  visit www.awtworldwide.com. For more information about IP-MobileCast and KVH’s complete maritime solution, visit www.ipmobilecast.com.

By Professional Mariner Staff