LAS VEGAS, January 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Panasonic Avionics Corporation and Kymeta Corporation have announced a landmark agreement that brings innovative, high-performance antenna technology to several unique maritime markets. Under terms of the agreement, Panasonic will order a significant volume of Kymeta's flat panel antennas and use Kymeta mTenna technology to manufacture and distribute maritime terminals for vessels around the world. The antennas are expected to go through prototype testing this year and be commercially available in 2017.
Unlike traditional maritime antennas, which weigh several hundred kilograms, require weeks of vessel downtime to install, and use mechanical components that can easily break and are difficult to maintain, Kymeta's technology enables electronically steered, lightweight, flat panel antennas that can acquire and track any satellite from any moving platform, anywhere in the world.
By combining Panasonic's high-throughput satellite network with Kymeta's lightweight antenna design that can be carried on-board by hand to be easily installed, the companies are giving maritime vessels anywhere in the world the ability to provide cost-effective, high-speed connectivity to passengers and crew alike.
Panasonic also will purchase and distribute a new technology from Kymeta that enables the combining of multiple apertures into one antenna. This combining technology will give customers a more powerful antenna that ultimately will provide faster and more efficient connectivity.
"This agreement is a perfect example of our commitment to bring broadband communications to a wide range of mobility markets," said Paul Margis, President and Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics. "We believe this exciting breakthrough technology will enable rapid growth in many market segments, and we look forward to working with Kymeta to set a new standard in connectivity for merchant vessels, yachts, river cruises and other vessels."
"Kymeta's goal is to use our mTenna technology to help realize the power of a truly connected future for any platform that moves around the world, and this agreement is another major milestone towards that goal," said Dr. Nathan Kundtz, Chief Executive Officer of Kymeta. "We are excited to partner with Panasonic and help their maritime customers with higher speed internet connections for vessels anywhere in the world."
About Panasonic Global Communications Services
Panasonic Global Communications Services operates a global Ku-band satellite network that provides broadband communications services to a wide range of mobile markets. Through its acquisition of ITC Global and its strategic partnership with OmniAccess, Panasonic today delivers business critical communications and connectivity services such as Internet access and email, live television and mobile phone services to the air transport; business aviation; oil, gas and energy; merchant maritime, yachts, and river cruises.
Panasonic Global Communications Services is a division of Panasonic Avionics Corporation. Established in 1979, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, a U.S. corporation, is a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation.
For information on Panasonic Avionics and Panasonic Global Communications Services, please visit http://www.panasonic.aero.
About Kymeta Corporation
Kymeta Corp. is commercializing a new, innovative software-enabled metamaterials-based electronic beamforming antenna for satellite communications. Kymeta has been named by CNBC to its annual list of the world's 50 most disruptive companies for two consecutive years. Kymeta was selected by Future in Review as a 2014 FiRe Starter company. Boats. Planes. Cars. If it moves, Kymeta is the antenna solution that will keep it connected. Anywhere. The company is based in Redmond, Washington and operates on a worldwide basis. For more information, please visit http://www.kymetacorp.com.
SOURCE Panasonic Avionics Corporation