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Monday, December 14, 2020 

KVH Industries says that TMS Maritime Solutions, a provider of Internet of Things (IoT) sensors and applications to vessels, has joined the KVH Watch Solution Partner programme and will offer KVH Watch connectivity to enable real-time data transfers leading to actionable insights.

KVH Watch connectivity will allow TMS’s technicians to support clients remotely for preventive maintenance and on-demand troubleshooting, rather than waiting for vessels to come into port.

Jesus Rodriguez, co-founder and CTO of TMS Maritime Solutions, said: “KVH Watch is the perfect solution to connect vessels’ IoT systems with ashore/cloud platforms and applications. It is a dedicated, isolated, and secure way to transfer sensor and navigational data in real time. This will allow us and fleet managers to analyse gathered information for preventive maintenance, vessel performance, and historical KPIs as opportunities to lower operational costs. With Remote Expert Intervention, we can offer real time remote support to the vessel with immediate assistance saving time and money.”

“We are thrilled that the experts at TMS have chosen our connectivity solution to enhance their maritime IoT service offering,” said Sven Brooks, senior director of IoT business development, KVH. “The equipment manufacturers and vessel operators that rely on TMS for insights will benefit from the improved equipment performance and operational efficiencies that real-time data analysis can provide.”

Prompted in part by the Covid-19 pandemic, the maritime industry is increasingly relying on digital processes to realise operating efficiencies; this digitalisation has highlighted the need for high-speed satellite connectivity. With limited, expensive, or slow bandwidth, there is a missed opportunity for remote data platforms and analytics to play a role in improving vessel performance.

KVH Watch is an IoT Connectivity as a Service solution that provides Flow, dedicated 24/7/365 machine-to-cloud satellite connectivity for remote monitoring of onboard equipment plus the ability to perform on-demand Remote Expert Interventions using video, voice, or text via KVH’s global HTS network. KVH Watch is claimed to offer affordable monthly subscription-based connectivity that L-band and cellular services cannot deliver at sea.

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