ANT+ Managed Network Alliance Surpasses 100

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Adoption of proven interoperable technology hits new level with over 100 members now choosing the ANT+ interoperable wireless connectivity for personal monitoring sensors.

ANT™ (http://www.thisisant.com) today announces that the open ANT+ Alliance has grown to over 100 members as individual manufacturers adopt the ultra low power interoperability ecosystem of ANT+. With the addition of latest members TKO Mobile, Inc., New Leaf / Medical Graphics (Angeion Corporation), Woodway USA, knowledgepark AG, Aspenware Internet Solutions, Pedal Brain LLC and Digital Rowing Inc, the Alliance increases the momentum of ANT+ and its adoption as a de facto standard for the sport, fitness and consumer health sectors.

As an open Alliance, ANT+ ensures the seamless communication between devices from different companies and already includes major names in sports and health monitoring such as Concept2 Rowing (the first Alliance member), along with Timex Corporation, Saris Cycling Group, Inc, Garmin, Beurer GmbH, Seiko Epson Corporation and Tanita.

"In passing the 100 company mark in only the second year of existence, ANT+ has achieved critical acceptance and created a strong, vibrant interoperable ecosystem," said Brian Macdonald, Director, ANT Wireless. "The ANT+ Alliance has gained solid adoption in sports electronics and is now extending to include home and club based fitness and personal wellness monitoring."

Based on the ANT optimized ultra low power wireless protocol, ANT+ provides a superior solution for interoperable, ultra low power wireless devices. As an open standard, ANT+ was established to maximize the efficiency of infrastructure development and ANT+ based product market penetration.

The ANT+ process of device profile development has also proven to be efficient in rapidly delivering optimized solutions. This is a contrast to other standards bodies (e.g. IEEE) which have been slow to deliver comparatively compromised solutions. The cost of joining the ANT+ Alliance is minimal ($500 for a 5 year development license) and includes the documentation, tools and applications development support. There is no charge for compliance testing as it is a self compliance process using tools provided by ANT+. This minimizes delays and costs which in turn, speeds time to market and maximizes return on investment.

"Innovative companies need revolutionary solutions and a fast response in meeting their wireless connectivity demands," continued Macdonald. "The ANT+ Alliance enables successful business cases with application of optimized technology and the infrastructure for rapid development and integration."

Rick Ciervo, Systems Engineering Manager for Timex Group USA, Inc. agrees. "Timex selected the ANT radio platform because it offered the data performance we required combined with the ultra low-power consumption and long battery life that our customers have come to expect from our products," said Ciervo. "ANT+ and the ANT+ Alliance enhance the value of the radio platform by ensuring compatibility between our products and those from our Alliance partners, such as home gym equipment - this was something that was problematic for us in the past when we used our own proprietary radio system. And it's not just a technology advantage - we also appreciate the ease with which we can develop entirely new business and product partnerships knowing that the technology won't get in the way of product development," he concluded.

According to Marco Bühler, Managing Director, Beurer GmbH, "ANT+ is the new gold standard for wireless transmission in the sports and home health care sector when ultra low power consumption is required as in battery driven monitoring devices. The interoperability between different manufacturers and brands brings additional business opportunities to life, such as a combined sports monitoring and weight management systems."

"I now envision a myriad of applications for ANT's ultra low power wireless systems for Kurt's Industrial Products and Quality Control Operations," added Carl Gulbronson, Business Development, R&D, International Sales, Kurt Kinetic. "The quality of ANT's products combined with the knowledge and support of world class partners, like Nordic Semiconductor and Texas Instruments make the ANT+ system the best wireless solution."

The ANT+ open platform encourages consumers to select just the best-in-class equipment that suits their training and wellness regime and budget while guaranteeing compatibility. ANT+ is the only wireless connectivity solution able to ensure standard communications between such a wide array of personal sports and health sensors.

A current list of ANT+ Alliance members may be found at: http://www.thisisant.com/features/proven-apps

About ANT+ and ANT™
ANT+ is the leading technology that facilitates the collection, automatic transfer and tracking of complete personal fitness and lifestyle health data. A managed network, ANT+ defines the structure of the data payload with a device profile so that products from different manufacturers communicate seamlessly. Device profile definitions and network keys are managed by the ANT+ conformance group and new device profiles are added to the managed network to meet the needs of the participants. A list of current ANT+ Device Profiles can be found at: http://www.thisisant.com/ant/device-profiles

By using ANT+ managed network, manufacturers ensure compatibility with other leading suppliers and guarantee seamless digital wireless communication in the popular 2.4GHz license-free band. The ANT+ 'off-the-shelf' interoperability - and underlying ANT technology's proven efficiency, long battery life and communication reliability - allows participating manufacturers to develop products that demonstrate their core competencies, raising the value of their brands. For example, sensor manufacturers can optimize their product and don't have to spend resource and money developing a display unit to collect and analyze data from their sensor because an ideal alternative is available from another manufacturer.

ANT™ is a proven practical wireless network protocol operating in the 2.4 GHz ISM band and ideally suited for Personal Area Network (PAN) applications. With an installed base of over three million nodes, ANT provides reliable data communications, flexible and adaptive network operation and cross-talk immunity.

Designed for ease of use, efficiency, scalability and ultra-low power, ANT enables sensors to operate for up to three years on a coin cell (CR2032) battery. Based on a Time Domain Multiple Access (TDMA)-like adaptive isochronous network technology, ANT easily handles peer-to-peer, star, tree and practical mesh topologies (with a capability of up to 65,536 slave nodes talking to one master over a time slot shared single channel). ANT's protocol stack physical layer is extremely compact, requiring minimal microcontroller resources and considerably reducing system costs.

The company behind ANT is Dynastream Innovations Inc. Dynastream was established in 1998 and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Garmin International Inc. in December 2006. Dynastream is based in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, and is a world-leader in the research and development of inertial and wireless technology.

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