The idea of CampNet was to serve the user group of the caravan and especially the motor caravan users with a new triple play service via satellite. The upcoming Newtec Sat3Play technology turned out to be the ideal vehicle for such service.
For IPcopter the core motivation for the project and the subsequent service have been:
More than 2 years after project start the service and the corresponding technology are already introduced in the market, which could not have happened without this project. Several hundred motor homes are already equipped with a CampNet like Triple Play.
The competitive analysis with GPRS, UMTS and WiFi Hotspots shows clear advantages of the CampNet solution:
Those benefits convinced the company Alden, one of the European leaders for satcom systems for campers, to cooperate with IPcopter, productize the systems and perform strong marketing activities.
Some of the manufacturers of autopointing TV platforms and competitors of Alden are preparing systems similar to the Alden @ Mondo. One of them is supplied by Alden with iLNB and ABX and uses the IPcopter network. One of them, who missed core technical developments, recommends Alden as the only straightforward Internet system for campers.
The following key features describe the unique selling points of the CampNet based services and terminals tailored to the needs of caravan users:
The project is subdivided into two phases according to the following project plan:
|BDR Baseline Design Review||14th December 2005|
|Final Review Phase1||29th-30th June 2006|
|PQR Pilot Qualification Review||June 2007|
|SDA System Deployment Acceptance||November 2007, 2nd step December 2007|
|Pilot||December 2007 to May 2008|
|FR Final Review||May 19th 2008|
The project has successfully been finalized on May, 19th . The pilot service with more than 30 commercial users lasted about 6 months. Joanneum Research did an extensive user evaluation. For that an online survey has been developed and executed within the project. The result of the survey is summarized in the following:
Although it is not possible to generalize the results of the survey it can be said that the group of test persons was quite satisfied with the Alden@Mondo system. The section about the general impression confirms this completely with minor exceptions.
The failures reported during the usage can mostly be considered as within the tolerance when using a sophisticated electronic device. But even in failure cases the overall quality has been approved by the pilot users. The user manual is generally also approved by the pilot users though there are single suggestions from the users that should be considered in future versions of the manual.
Since end of 2007 the product is marketed commercially. Several hundred terminals are already in the field. Sales and marketing of the terminals is performed by Alden, www.alden.fr. Meanwhile the system is in the catalogue of most of the camping equipment wholesalers, e.g. Movera.
Comment of a customer: You have an excellent product.