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The Case: The Case:

Konrad Marine is the only stern drive manufacturer ca- KVH is a mobile tech innovator with award-winning ma- pable of handling high horse power and high torque out- rine satellite antenna products and industry-leading maritime put. Konrad provides optimal solutions for vessels seeking connectivity services serving thousands of vessels worldwide. reliability, endurance and performance. With its newest Operator of the maritime industry’s most advanced managed 600B product line, Konrad has created a package that can- HTS network, KVH is consistently listed by industry ana- not be met in the diesel stern drive application market. lysts as the global maritime VSAT market share leader.

The Company: The Company:

The company is a privately held entity, founded by husband KVH Industries, Inc. is a global leader in mobile connec- and wife team Ken and Kathy Konrad in 1991. They have tivity and inertial navigation systems, innovating to enable self-funded all research and development, engineering, manu- a mobile world. A market leader in maritime VSAT, KVH facturing, testing, and product releases. As demand for addi- designs, manufactures, and provides connectivity and con- tional marine propulsion power continued to grow and diesel tent services globally. KVH is also a premier manufacturer engines climbed to exceed 700 lb.-ft (949 Nm) of torque, it of high-performance sensors and integrated inertial systems became evident that an entirely new design was needed to stay for defense and commercial applications. Founded in 1982, ahead of the diesel (military and commercial) niche Konrad the company is based in Middletown, RI, with research, de- uniquely serves. Horsepower would continue to rise; longev- velopment, and manufacturing operations in Middletown, ity and ef? ciency would continue to be demanded, while ease RI, and Tinley Park, IL, and more than a dozen of? ces of maintenance and cost of ownership would be scrutinized around the globe. With more than 600 employees world- by potential users. After funding the Omega and 500 Series, wide, KVH’s connectivity solutions for commercial mari-

Ken and Kathy Konrad anticipated the need for next genera- time include the award-winning TracPhone and TracVision tion drives named it the 600 Series. Integrating larger gears, product lines, the global mini-VSAT Broadband network, shafts and housings the 600 series drives have set the new and AgilePlans Connectivity as a Service (CaaS). The com- standard for high performance propulsion technology. pany recently introduced KVH Watch, a maritime Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity service for maritime equip-

Primary Product / Service ment manufacturers and application providers.

The Konrad 680B has been engineered with the largest Addressing the critical need for cybersecurity among and strongest gears in the industry. The 680B is capable of commercial vessels today, KVH’s 6-level cybersecurity carrying capacities up to 8.4 metric tons (over 18,500 lbs.) program for its mini-VSAT Broadband HTS customers per drive. This drive operates with extreme ef? ciency in includes advanced network-level ? rewall with automated the area of 40 knots (46 mph) and is intended for military, threat management to provide additional security. To- commercial, medium duty and recreational performance. gether with 24/7/365 support in more than 3,500 ports

The Konrad 680B offers oversized bearings, thicker walled worldwide, ? exible airtime plans, and the industry’s ? nest casings, dual counter rotating propellers, continuous oil cir- operational and entertainment content, KVH’s TracPhone culation for cool operation, no corrosive exhaust through HTS-series and mini-VSAT Broadband HTS connectiv- drives, and precision machined super alloy gears. Minimal ity make up a seamless maritime communications solution maintenance is required. unparalleled in the industry.

August 2019

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