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May 24, 2016 08:00 ET

ANT Wireless Connects More Than 250 Million Devices

Wireless Protocol for Wellness, Fitness and Sports Devices Expands Further Into Commercial Internet of Things Applications

COCHRANE, AB--(Marketwired - May 24, 2016) - ANT Wireless, proven innovator in ultra low power (ULP) wireless technology, today announced it now connects more than 250 million devices across multiple platforms and diversified use cases. As a leading wireless protocol provider for wellness, fitness, sports and wearable products, ANT Wireless is further expanding its presence within the Internet of Things (IoT) space, and supporting new partnerships and ANT-driven products through commercial and custom use cases.

With nearly 650 certified products in the market, ANT Wireless continues to innovate and develop the ANT+ interoperable product ecosystem with new ANT+ device profiles, giving manufacturers the opportunity to expand their product lines. New profile examples include wireless standards supporting radar-based cyclist awareness informing riders when a car is behind them, and extended displays defining communication between sporting devices and heads-up-display style wearables.

In addition to its success with ANT+, exciting developments in IoT applications also highlight the growth for the core technology of ANT Wireless -- the ANT protocol. ANT is actively used in applications such as peer-to-peer smartphone communication which enables people to communicate without cellular service, and a smart detector that enables property-owners high precision smoke detection, carbon monoxide and air quality sensing.

"We give manufacturers the simplest, most expandable and most reliable development experience possible. While we are best known in the fitness, wellness and sports sectors, our solutions are being embraced by other connected verticals," said James Fujimoto, Director of ANT Wireless. He added, "ANT Wireless solutions are making the Internet of Things work."

Since 2003, ANT Wireless has built an ecosystem of products from leading brands including Garmin, Specialized, Bontrager, Samsung, Pioneer, SUUNTO and Strava. Currently, hundreds of top brands have implemented ANT+ connectivity into their products and that number is expected to grow as ANT usage expands into other IoT markets.

Device manufacturers choose to work with ANT Wireless and build with the ANT protocol for a variety of reasons: it can be implemented into the smallest of devices, doesn't need a hub and enables devices to be available when the power goes out. ANT also has ultra-low power requirements, meaning that ANT-enabled devices can last months and even years between battery replacements. The ANT networks also scale practically into the thousands of nodes, making the connection potential virtually limitless.

Key business highlights include:

  • 250 million + nodes
  • Nearly 650 ANT+ certified products to date
  • Network topology from simple peer to peer to high node count for IoT
  • Support in chip and module platforms

Find out more about ANT Wireless at www.thisisant.com.

About ANT / ANT+ (www.thisisant.com):

ANT is an established protocol and silicon solution for ultra-low power (ULP) practical wireless networking applications.

ANT+ (built on the base ANT protocol) is an interoperability infrastructure that defines device profiles that specify data formats, channel parameters and network keys to facilitate seamless wireless connectivity between ANT+ enabled products including the collection and automatic transfer of sensor data.

Popular in sport, wellness management and home health monitoring, ANT+ is the pervasive ULP wireless technology facilitating the capture of critical market share in the exploding mobile sensor sector. This standardized communication platform enables quick-to-market solutions for application developers, sensor manufacturers, and cell phone makers.

ANT+ has amassed an ecosystem of world-class technology vendors in the ANT+ Alliance, an open special interest group of companies who have adopted the ANT+ promise of interoperability. With over 250 million devices in the market, these industry leaders offer readily-available brand name products for sport, wellness management and home health monitoring. Visit thisisant.com/directory for a complete listing of ANT+ certified and verified products.

ANT Wireless is responsible for managing the base ANT 2.4 GHz ultra-low power wireless protocol, the ANT+ interoperability infrastructure and the ANT+ Alliance. The company behind ANT Wireless is Dynastream Innovations Inc. (www.dynastream.com). 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.

ANT+ Product Directory (www.thisisant.com/directory):

The ANT+ Product Directory is a complete inventory of all ANT+ certified or verified products. It is a tool designed specifically to help consumers source hundreds of industry-leading devices and all compatible products within the vast ANT+ ecosystem. Apps and devices may be searched by product name, brand, activity or product category, allowing the consumer to create a monitoring system that meets their specific needs.

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