Suunto Joins ANT+ Interoperable Ecosystem

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World leader in sport precision devices helps grow wireless fitness sector.

“Given our long-time partnership with ANT, it is a natural transition for us to join the ANT+ Alliance and support work for common capabilities.”

ANT Wireless ("ANT" http://www.thisisant.com), a division of Dynastream Innovations Inc. and Suunto today announce Suunto’s membership in the ANT+ Alliance. A noted leader in the design and manufacturing of sport precision instruments, Suunto joins over 220 companies in delivering the best in wireless devices to the sport, fitness and health markets.

An original ANT partner, Suunto has worked in cooperation with ANT since the inception of the ultra low power (ULP) wireless protocol. In 2004, Suunto became one of the first companies to incorporate ANT technology into its well-respected fitness products.

Suunto products currently have a digital ANT interface, but with a closed network Suunto key. In future, Suunto will migrate to an ANT+ interface to enable its wrist units to operate with multiple ANT+ sensors.

“Given our long-time partnership with ANT, it is a natural transition for us to join the ANT+ Alliance and support work for common capabilities,” stated Juha Pinomaa, President of Suunto. ”By connecting to the ANT+ ecosystem we achieve immediate benefits and gain access to a wide array of sensor technologies and B2B opportunities. We also collectively contribute to the continued growth and development of new and better solutions in the fitness and wellness markets.”

The ANT+ Alliance is an open special interest group of companies who have adopted the ANT+ promise of interoperability. The Alliance ensures standardized communications, optimized brand value and partnerships with other top tier products.

“It is great to have Suunto, a pioneer and leader in sports electronics, join the ANT+ community,” declared Brian Macdonald, Director, ANT Wireless.

Added Jim Rooney, President, Dynastream Innovations Inc., “As the first company to use the ANT protocol and as an established leader in training, hiking and diving watches and precision instruments, Suunto is very much an honoured member of the ANT+ interoperable ecosystem. ANT+ will be greatly enhanced by Suunto's strong market position and technological innovations.”

About Suunto (http://www.suunto.com )
Suunto is a leading designer and manufacturer of sports precision instruments for training, diving, mountaineering, hiking, skiing and sailing. Suunto sports instruments combine the aesthetics and functionality of watches with sport-specific computers. Headquartered in Vantaa, Finland, Suunto employs more than 500 people worldwide and distributes its products to over 100 countries. The company is a subsidiary of Helsinki-based Amer Sports Corporation with sister brands Salomon, Precor, Atomic, Wilson, Mavic and Arc’teryx. http://www.suunto.com

About ANT / ANT+ (http://www.thisisant.com )
ANT is a proven protocol and silicon solution for ultra-low power (ULP) practical wireless networking applications.
ANT+ facilitates interoperability between ANT+ Alliance member devices and the collection, automatic transfer and tracking of sensor data. Applicable in sport, wellness management and home health monitoring, ANT+ (built on the base ANT protocol) defines device profiles that specify data formats, channel parameters and network key. The ANT+ Alliance is an open special interest group of companies.

ANT/ANT+ offer a superior ultra low power wireless technology solution that is:

  • Mature, stable and proven with extensive infrastructure (development and manufacturing tools)
  • Low cost solution (membership, development, certification, chips, etc)
  • Ultra low power solution (offering longer battery life than comparative protocols for the same data through put)
  • Capable of complex network topologies with multiple masters

ANT is available on Nordic Semiconductor products (the AP1 and AP2 family). A family of network node products will be available from Texas Instruments starting 2Q 2010. All ANT parts support ANT+.

The company behind ANT Wireless 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 innovator in the research and development of inertial and wireless technology. http://www.dynastream.com

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