FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA (USA) – Yacht owners and crew using the GOST™ (Global Ocean Security Technologies) Watch HD System from security and tracking systems supplier GOST can now watch and review video from their vessels on the GOST Watch HD web site – or using the GOST Watch HD iPhone & Android Apps – globally via the KVH Industries, Inc. ((Nasdaq: KVHI) TracPhone mini-VSAT Broadband satellite communications system.
The two companies have worked together to compress the video in a way that offers end users the ability to view their cameras globally, without using an excessive amount of data.
“Partnering with GOST on this provides a great compliment to our products and offers our mutual dealers and owners a tested and approved end to end solution for global video, monitoring and security,” said Ryan Smith, National Sales Manager for the Marine Division of KVH.
KVH’s TracPhone V3 is the world’s smallest maritime VSAT solution, featuring a 14.5-inch diameter antenna, below-decks antenna control unit and integrated ArcLight® spread spectrum modem. This complete solution for onboard communications and Internet access for boats as small as 30 feet is approved for video reviewing on the V3 GOST Watch HD system.
Clients who use the TracPhone V7 on metered service plans and its fully integrated below-decks modem and control unit are allowed streaming video via the V7 GOST Watch HD system. A fraction of the size of standard 1-meter VSAT systems, the V7 offers easy connections to shipboard networks, fully stabilized tracking, a remarkable reduction in the cost of hardware and installation, and all with no compromise in performance! KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband airtime pricing terms make the offer even more attractive, as subscribers who exceed the amount of data allotted for their plan simply pay $1.99 per megabyte for the additional data use.
It is common for a vessel to be outside cellular data coverage when cruising to many ports. The ability to review video off the vessel from virtually anywhere in the world with GOST™ Watch HD via KVH is a powerful tool to be alerted to events and have situational awareness when not on board. “From their office or smartphone, a yacht owner can catch up with onboard fishing action 200 miles offshore, check a mooring location in the Caribbean, or simply be alerted to video security violations aboard their GOST Watch HD-equipped vessel,” said Brian Kane, GOST Director of Research and Development.
Utilizing the GOST™ Watch HD Analog to Digital Gateway, any analog camera can be converted to IP for simple connection to the KVH system. Get saved video off a boat and set cameras to record clips to the GOST™ Watch HD web site based on motion detection. The web site will also store these clips to be viewed at a later date.