Your families, friends or colleagues have remained on land, while you are making another long journey, and there is no connection? Well, the situation, we think, is familiar to everyone. Fortunately, thanks to modern technology, this problem can be solved!
TracPhone offers an option for those who cannot be at sea without communication with the outside world. The TracPhone antenna offers Internet access and connectivity from virtually anywhere in the world.
The problem for most seafarers is this. Conventional dome antennas usually require an below deck equipment rack and an AC power supply.
Yes, it was. Until now! The new TracPhone V30 from KVH uses only 10 to 36 watts DC. It uses a small VSAT hub on the lower deck that is no larger than a Wi-Fi router. This makes it easy to install on board a wide variety of cruise sailboats.
The TracPhone V30's fairing isn't the smallest. It is 40 cm wide, 44 inches high and weighs just over 10 kg. A stabilized antenna is located inside.
“When we started the TracPhone V30 project, the first priority was to make DC power supply!”Robert Balogh, technical director of KVH.
What exactly can TracPhone handle?
After installing and connecting to the network, it works at a good speed for the sea. Data is uploaded (transmitted) at speeds up to 2 Mbps and downloads them at speeds up to 6 Mbps.
The TracPhone V30 is ideal for more than just phone calls. It can be used for enterprise software or download GRIB files. Of course, where without browsing the web and streaming high definition content. Well, where can we go without Zoom video calls.
What are the terms?
TracPhone also has tariff plans - it all depends on your needs.
"We offer two tariffs: limited and unlimited"Jim George, KVH Sales Director
"The plans are priced at 50 cents per megabyte and are for customers who use their boats on weekends." Unlimited KVH plans run from $ 150 to $ 3,000 per month and provide 200 to 10 gigabytes of high-speed data.
As soon as the client reaches their data limit, the system switches to a slower speed. Unlimited plan customers do not pay for lower data usage. Changes or suspension of tariff plans with limited or unlimited traffic are possible at any time.
So, if you are into long cruises but need to stay connected, the TracPhone V30 might be the perfect solution. Especially if there is not enough space on the lower deck or not enough AC power supply.
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