June 3, 2014 – 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-MobileCastTM FORECASTlinkTM service.
AWT’s BVS 7 weather forecasts and ocean data will be delivered to vessels at sea via KVH IP-MobileCast, a breakthrough 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 market leading 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. “We are very pleased to be partnering with KVH, the world's market share leader in maritime VSAT. This is of particular importance as broadband installations are becoming increasingly common on commercial cargo carrying ships.”
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.
“Partnering with AWT to supply weather data for KVH’s IP-MobileCast FORECASTlink ensures that we will deliver the most sophisticated weather data to our clients,” said Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH chief executive officer. “AWT is the proven market leader with more that 5000 installations of its BVS onboard voyage optimization system, helping ship officers make critical, weather sensitive decisions to enhance safety while improving fuel efficiency. This is of great importance as shipping companies evaluate options for reducing emissions and bunker costs.”
The FORECASTlink 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. For more information about BVS 7 and KVH IP-MobileCast, click the links provided. To view a video of IP-MobileCast, click here.
About Applied Weather Technology, Inc.
AWT (awtworldwide.com) is a leading provider of shore-based ship route advisory services, onboard voyage management systems and fleet management systems. Its award winning products and services are designed to help ship owners, charterers, operators, fleet managers and captains identify the safest, most time-efficient or fuel-efficient routes for their fleets. Its products include onboard voyage management systems BVS, Seaware EnRoute and EnRoute Live and shore-based Fleet Decision Support System (FleetDSS). AWT is headquartered in California's Silicon Valley, with worldwide offices in UK, Germany, New York, New Jersey, Japan, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore and Korea. AWT is a StormGeo company. The StormGeo Group is headquartered in Bergen, Norway and operates out of 22 offices in 14 countries. More information is available at the AWT website or by calling +1.408.731.8600.
About KVH Industries, Inc.
KVH Industries is a leading provider of in-motion satellite TV and communications systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 175,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on vessels, vehicles, and aircraft. KVH is also a leading news, music, and entertainment content provider to many industries including maritime, retail, and leisure. KVH is based in Middletown, RI, with research, development, and manufacturing operations in Middletown, RI, and Tinley Park, IL. The company’s global presence includes subsidiaries in Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Cyprus, Denmark, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.
KVH, IP-MobileCast, FORECASTlink, TracPhone, and CHARTlink are trademarks of KVH Industries, Inc. mini-VSAT Broadband is a service mark of KVH Industries, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective companies.