Microsoft® Platform for Management of Personal Health Information Links with Leading ANT+ Data Collection Devices

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Microsoft® joins ANT+ Alliance to facilitate data upload from ANT+ enabled sport, fitness and wellness products using Microsoft HealthVault Connection Center.

ANT™ Wireless, a division of Dynastream Innovations Inc. (, today announced that consumers will soon benefit from compatibility between selected ANT+ enabled profiles and Microsoft HealthVault - a consumer health technology platform designed to put people in control of their health information.

"Combining Microsoft's leading software and services platform with the integrity of ANT+ devices facilitates efficient independent health and disease management," stated Brian Macdonald, Director, ANT Wireless. "Microsoft's participation in the established ANT+ Ultra Low Power Wireless ecosystem offers personal health data tracking and storage from ANT+ devices.

HealthVault allows users to track and store health and wellness information such as heart rate and fitness activity, weight, blood glucose, blood pressure, pulse oximetery, medications, labs, etc. ANT+ currently enables data collection and transfer in sport, fitness and wellness with sensors ranging from heart rate and weight to bike power and speed and distance. Several new ANT+ health and wellness device profiles are currently in development to meet the requirements of ANT+ Alliance members and their customers. When ANT+ device drivers are available for use with HealthVault Connection Center, consumers will be able to easily use a HealthVault account to make this information available to physicians and care givers while using the data with HealthVault connected applications.

"By expanding the HealthVault community to include ANT+ partners, consumers will be able to capture and transmit health and fitness data on-the-go from an even wider variety of devices," said Oren Rosenbloom, director of development in Microsoft's Health Solutions Group. "HealthVault's application ecosystem, storage and sharing capabilities combined with the physiological monitoring solutions of the ANT+ community enables consumers to meet their health management goals as part of an integrated and connected health experience."

About ANT™ / ANT+
ANT+ facilitates interoperability between manufacturer's devices and the collection, automatic transfer and tracking of sensor data for monitoring information anywhere, anytime. The key advantage of this unique managed network is device specific interoperability which enables wireless communication with other ANT+ products. 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 who have adopted the ANT+ promise of interoperability. The Alliance ensures standardized communications through optimized brand value and partnerships with other top tier products. As of March 12, 2009 there are 120 members in the ANT+ Alliance.

ANT is a proven protocol and silicon solution for ultra-low power (ULP) practical wireless networking applications. Designed for 2.4 GHz operation, ANT is perfectly suited for any kind of low data rate sensor network topologies in personal area networks (PANs) and practical wireless sensor networks (WSN).

ANT has been intentionally engineered to simplify wireless network development and maximize network efficiency.

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.

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