ANT+ Demos Unique Approach to Linking Group Heart Rate

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Low cost, modularized WiFi solution gives clubs live data stream. Owners gain choice and seamless membership retention tools; members gain easy access to data and optimized training options.

It allows club owners to create excellent training and retention tools with minimal outlay.

ANT Wireless ("ANT", a division of Dynastream Innovations Inc., today announces that ANT+ and North Pole Engineering (NPE) will demonstrate a new group fitness solution at IHRSA 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NPE’s newly-launched WASP is an ANT+ enabled WiFi bridge that facilitates the demand for accessible, networked data in a club group environment. This completely portable and expandable system automatically links with over 30 brands of ANT+ digital heart straps, and modularized solutions allow for unlimited class sizes.

At IHRSA, multiple ANT+ member exhibitors located throughout the show floor will wear heart straps from various ANT+ brands. Their live heart rate data will then appear on a screen in the ANT+ booth (#2360), demonstrating the breadth and functionality of this low cost system. Demo participants include ANT+, Free Motion, Garmin, Octane, Schwinn and Timex.

“It’s an ideal option for health and fitness clubs - it allows owners to create excellent training and retention tools with minimal outlay,” remarked Rod Morris, Director, ANT Wireless. “And because it links to available ANT+ devices, clubs have the choice of exercise measurement as well as cross-merchandising and sales opportunities for their pro shop.”

The system created by NPE and ANT+ creates a seamless live data stream with full data reception and display. Strategic placement of WASPs within any room allow for transfer of key data for training versatility and optimized coaching. Portable and light weight, the WASP units are also water and shock resistant.

“We are intent on offering a solution that combines the best in technology with the practicality of real use cases,” stated Jim Meyer, Business Development, NPE. “The WASP system is so simple to use - it brings an interesting and social dimension to data access and club activity.”

During IHRSA, ANT+ will also showcase:

  •     The Cross Country Challenge featuring the SkiErg by Concept 2. Winners of the male and female categories will win an ANT+ certified MOTOACTV from Motorola.
  •     Cardio equipment with ANT+ LINK HERE functionality
  •     Software solutions for club activities that incorporate multiple ANT+ sensors and mobile devices
  •     ANT+ health solutions including weight scales, blood pressure and continuous glucose monitoring
  •     Geocaching for youth fitness activities

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

The company behind ANT Wireless is Dynastream Innovations Inc. Dynastream was established in 1998 and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. 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.

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Catherine Aylesworth
Dynastream Innovations Inc
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