California-based Becker Automotive Design, a luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV)conversion firm, says it has taken the mobile office to new heights by addingsatellite TV and high-speed mobile Internet access to itselite SUV limousines. Using the TracVision satellite TV and TracNetmobile Internet systems from KVH Industries, BeckerAutomotive Design now offers its executive business and celebrityclients connectivity with more than 300 channels of news,entertainment, and audio, as well as the full power of two-way mobileInternet access."We selected the KVH TracVision and TracNet because there was nobodyelse in the industry who could offer the two-in-one approach ofsatellite TV and Internet. This design simplifies installation andminimizes the number of antennas that are mounted on the roof,"explained Chad Clemens, Becker Automotive Design's project supervisor."The primary application for the TracVision and TracNet has been themobile office and commuting scenario with a vehicle built in alimousine-style configuration. Our clients specify that they need to usetheir time on the road more effectively."Based in Los Angeles, Becker Automotive Design, Inc.,(www.beckerautodesign.com
) specializes in converting SUVs and otherexternally low-profile, non-attention-drawing vehicles (including theFord Excursion and Chevrolet Suburban) into original-length,non-stretch, executive limousines by providing spacious and elegantinteriors, equipped with an array of personal comforts andtop-of-the-line electronics. Customization options include GPSnavigation systems, LCD video screens, audio systems, andarmor sufficient to protect drivers and passengers from a variety ofthreats, claims the company. "Increasingly, the automobile is becoming an extension of the modernoffice through the use of wireless technology," remarked Jim Dodez,KVH's vice president of marketing. "Satellite TV offers all of the newsthat an executive needs, from Bloomberg TV to CNN and the businesscoverage offered by CNBC. When you combine that with a two-way, mobileconnection to the Internet, you have access to all of the resourcesnecessary to stay in touch and make critical business decisions. We arevery pleased that Becker Automotive Design, which is renowned for itsoutstanding quality and attention to detail, uses the KVH TracVision andTracNet systems as the satellite TV and mobile Internet solutions aboardits extraordinary SUVs. The combination of luxury, versatility, andamenities make the Becker-designed mobile office unlike any other on theroad today."Complete information regarding KVH's TracVision and TracNet systems canbe found on the company's web site, www.kvh.com
. In addition,high-resolution, press-ready images of a Becker Automotive Design SUVconversion vehicle equipped with both TracVision and TracNet, areavailable to download from the News section of the KVH web site. KVH Industries, Inc., designs and manufactures products that enablemobile communication, defense navigation, and direction sensing throughthe use of its mobile satellite antenna and fiber optictechnologies. An ISO 9001-registered company,KVH has headquarters in Middletown, Rhode Island, with a fiber opticmanufacturing facility in Illinois, and a European sales, marketing, andsupport office in Hoersholm, Denmark.