Sven-Eric Brooks Joins KVH to Direct Business Development for KVH Watch Maritime IoT

Maritime industry expert has background in smart and connected vessels, maritime telematics, and strategic business solutions

Global maritime connectivity provider KVH is pleased to announce that Sven-Eric Brooks has joined the company as senior director of business development for KVH WatchTM, the company’s recently announced maritime IoT solution. Maritime IoT is an emerging area of vital interest to ship owners, ship managers, and maritime equipment manufacturers who are seeking ways to improve vessel operations through real-time monitoring and data analysis. A subscription-based solution, KVH Watch IoT Connectivity as a Service leverages the company’s end-to-end maritime VSAT connectivity services, advanced satellite communications antennas, and high throughput satellite (HTS) network.

“This is an exciting time to join KVH as we apply our connectivity solutions to meet urgent needs throughout the maritime industry,” says Mr. Brooks. “Connectivity is the foundation to all digital applications and the key to enabling more efficient operations at sea. The KVH Watch IoT connectivity service is a true industry game changer that delivers affordable and reliable IoT connectivity anywhere.”

Mr. Brooks has nearly 20 years of experience in the maritime industry with expertise in integrated bridge systems, smart and connected vessels, ship operations, and fleet management solutions. Prior to joining KVH, Mr. Brooks worked for Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine for 13 years in a variety of roles culminating as business development director responsible for Sperry Marine’s key accounts. In prior roles with Sperry Marine, Mr. Brooks was a sales manager, global logistics manager, and regional director for Asia. He has held positions in London, Rotterdam, and Hong Kong.

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KVH and Kongsberg Digital Successfully Install First Integrated Maritime IoT System on Active Working Vessel

The vessel, owned and operated by Kongsberg, is using KVH WatchTM IoT Connectivity as a Service and the Kognifai Vessel Insight platform as part of an innovative maritime IoT bundled solution

MIDDLETOWN, RI – January 2, 2020 – KVH Industries, Inc. and Kongsberg Digital announce the successful installation of their first joint maritime IoT system on an active working vessel. The team installed a KVH Watch VSAT antenna for IoT connectivity and the Kognifai Vessel Insight platform on Simrad Echo, a Norwegian research vessel owned and operated by Kongsberg, which will continue normal operations during the pilot maritime IoT project. Together, KVH Watch and Kognifai Vessel Insight provide an integrated infrastructure for IoT connectivity and vessel-to-shore data.

Maritime IoT is a focus of great interest among ship owners, ship managers, and maritime equipment manufacturers who are seeking ways to improve vessel operations through real-time monitoring and data analysis. This bundled connectivity solution by two leaders in the commercial maritime market, KVH and Kongsberg Digital, is one of the first cases of an active working vessel using an integrated maritime IoT solution.

Simrad Echo will rely on Kognifai Vessel Insight to monitor main and auxiliary systems on the vessel and help ensure 100% availability. For example, the Kongsberg Mapping Cloud application will move high-resolution echo sounding data from vessel to shore in real time so that shore-based experts can provide analysis to optimize vessel operations.

“While Vessel Insight works as an infrastructure for accessing contextualized quality data from a vessel or fleet, KVH is providing an alternative for IoT connectivity that enables the transfer of data from ship to cloud,” says Vigleik Takle, Kongsberg Digital’s senior vice president of maritime digital solutions. “We are very happy to be able to offer this as a connectivity option to our users.”

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KVH Joins Smart Maritime Network as Founding Member of Technology Development Initiative

Maritime innovator KVH is pleased to announce it has joined the Smart Maritime Network (SMN) as one of the founding members of the initiative dedicated to supporting collaboration and standardization in the development of IT systems for the shipping sector. As a founding member, KVH will participate in Smart Maritime Council meetings with a select group of maritime technology developers, systems integrators, and vessel operators to discuss issues relating to the compatibility, standardization, and harmonization of the technology used in the modern shipping industry.

“KVH is thrilled to be a founding member of the Smart Maritime Network,” says Rick Driscoll, KVH’s vice president for service development and implementation. “Setting digital, data, and tech standards that resonate throughout the maritime industry is an extremely important effort that will provide far-reaching benefits at this crucial time in the industry’s digital transformation.”

KVH has a history of innovation in the maritime industry for producing award-winning satellite antenna products and providing global VSAT connectivity services with the fast data speeds to support the digital transformation underway throughout the industry.

Last month, KVH introduced KVH WatchTM, a maritime Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity solution for maritime equipment manufacturers and application providers. KVH Watch enables equipment manufacturers to conduct remote monitoring and real-time interventions so they can minimize expensive service calls and ensure their equipment is performing at its peak.

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