Bush campaign using KVH technology on the road

MIDDLETOWN – When President Bush’s re-election campaign hit the road for a bus tour of the American heartland in early May, the campaign’s custom motor coaches were equipped with KVH Industries Inc.’s TracVision L3 satellite TV antennas and the TracNet Mobile High-speed Internet System.

The systems offer in-motion access to satellite TV programming, including 24-hour news networks, ensuring that everyone traveling with the president could get the latest news and some entertainment as the vehicles made a campaign swing through four Midwestern states. ABC News has also mobilized three campaign buses, all equipped with KVH TracVision satellite TV systems.

“The speed of political campaigns is increasing, with breaking news followed by immediate responses from the competition,” said Jim Dodez, KVH’s vice president of marketing, in a release. “TracVision and TracNet make it possible for campaigns and the press to make news, report it and see it live on TV at the same time.”


Virginia plans to award lottery contract to GTECH

WEST GREENWICH – GTECH Holdings Corp. announced it has been notified of the intent of the Virginia Lottery to award a seven-year contract to Oberthur Gaming Technologies Corp., under which GTECH will be subcontracted to provide new instant ticket vending machines and management of warehousing and distribution of instant tickets.

The contract award, which is expected in June, includes options to renew for up to three years. Upon execution of the contract, GTECH will deliver 500 Expandable Dispensing System Quad Burster machines, which replace a portion of the 1,500 machines already in operation. GTECH has been the online lottery terminal provider for the Virginia Lottery since 2000, and currently provides field services for a variety of terminals. The deal is expected to generate revenues of $25 million over the seven years.

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