KVH Awarded U.S. Patent for Award-winning TracVision A5 Hybrid Phased-array Antenna.
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"The technology outlined in this patent has allowed us to create a flat panel antenna system that is at the heart of the TracVision A5, one of the premier satellite TV antennas in KVH's family of products," said Kal Ganesan, KVH's vice president of engineering. "While phased-array antennas have been available in the military environment for a number of years, the Years, The
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The TracVision A5 is a low-profile satellite TV antenna designed specifically for passenger vehicles. The 5-inch high TracVision A5 uses KVH's hybrid phased-array technology to create an antenna with a rugged, sleek design suitable for anything from conversions vans and SUVs to minivans and other vehicles. The TracVision A5 antenna is designed for easy installation and is compatible with most factory-installed and aftermarket roof racks. KVH also offers a tamper-resistant roof mount system for vehicles without roof racks. In July, 2004, KVH was awarded U.S. Design Patent #D493,164, "Mobile Antenna," for the design of the TracVision A5. A number of additional technology patents are also pending.
The award-winning TracVision A5 opened the automotive market to mobile satellite TV service, allowing travelers to enjoy digital-quality DIRECTV(R) programming on open roads across the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. . Shipping since September 2003, the TracVision A5 reached consumers just as the demand for passenger entertainment systems began to intensify in the automotive marketplace. Passenger entertainment is now among the most popular automotive accessories on the market today, with more than one-third of 2004 model year SUVs and minivans sold in the U.S. equipped with in-vehicle video screens, according to according to
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The TracVision A5's impact on the automotive market has not gone unrecognized. In addition to the GM award, the company received the Market Leadership Award from industry research firm Frost & Sullivan, which recognized KVH's pioneering efforts to develop and support the automotive satellite TV marketplace. KVH has also been named a finalist for the prestigious 2005 Automotive News PACE Award, as well as a Consumer Electronics Association "Design & Innovation Honoree," among others.
Additional information regarding the TracVision A5 and KVH's complete line of mobile satellite TV systems can be found at http://www.tracvision.com.
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