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Developed to provide the ultimate in ultra low power and flexibility for wireless enabled devices, the ANT protocol addresses the sensor connectivity problems experienced by other protocols. 

Having evolved through several generations, ANT today dominates the digital sensing market for sports, fitness and wellness. Focusing on the requirement of ultra low power and ultra-high efficiency, ANT and ANT+ offer a range of features and benefits that go beyond other standards and proprietary solutions.


Aging Independently

  • What?
      • Remote monitoring of elderly patients providing location, body telemetry and emergency alerts
  • Why?
      • The elderly population percentage is growing at meteoric rate.  Dementia is increasing exponentially
      • Aging populations want to remain at home longer
      • Technology is required to make the realization of this critical requirement
      • Aging populations are not technically astute so the technology must just work
  • Market Needs
      • Mix of technology best suited to integrate wide local and body area communication
      • Health sensors to provide body telemetry that are easy-to-use and ubiquitous
      • Local area solutions must be prevalent and pre-installed
      • Wide area technologies must be robust and inexpensive
      • Connecting the three networks (PAN, LAN and WAN) is mandatory for offering a viable, affordable solution
  • Challenge - ANT+ Solution
    • Challenges under the PAN environment ANT+ Solution
      Pairing

      Reliable, secure, ubiquitous pairing through ANT –FS

      Personal Data Security
      • Built in AES 128 data channel encryption
      • ANT-FS connection security
      Battery Life
      • Synchronous connectivity drives battery consumption to its lowest point
      • Proven beacon technologies offer ubiquitous coin cell battery operational capability
      Size
      • Single chip operation; solutions smaller than a postage stamp
      • Single chip operation; consumer design consideration
      Cost
      • Single chip operation; consumer design consideration
      • Quick time to product (less than 6 weeks)
      Multi-faceted System Design
      • Broad service ecosystem under ANT+
      • Existing network transport bridges – i.e. ANT to 3G, ANT to WiFi, ANT to Ethernet, ANT to USB, ANT to Android, ANT to iOS

      The successful solution must encompass all of the above factors. While other technologies can address any one of these factors, only ANT+ can manage all of the solutions at the same time.


Asset Management

  • What?
      • Creating a platform to identify, track and control environments surrounding critical assets as they travel through the supply chain
  • Why?
      • Cost of product degradation  due to temperature and environment is significant
      • Chain of possession proof required for many critical products
      • Costs of handling equipment prohibitive to lower tier users
      • Improper inventory placement on receipt causes errors
      • Applications on cell phones and tablets are emerging to add user demand
  • Market Needs
      • Mix of technology best suited to integrate wide local and personal area communication
      • Environmental sensors to provide container  telemetry information to Bill of Lading
      • Warehouse deployment must be inexpensive, simple and flexible
      • Wide area technologies must be robust and inexpensive
      • Connecting the three networks (Container Area Network, LAN and WAN) is mandatory for offering a viable, affordable solution
      • Long battery life needed for easily deployed sensors
      • Extremely low cost or re-useable technology needed for long shipping distances
  • Challenge - ANT+ Solution
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      Challenges under the PAN/LAN environment ANT+ Solution
      Simplicity of network design
      • Variety of network topologies available
      • Beacon to WAN/LAN vs Mesh
      Product Data Security
      • Built in AES 128 data channel encryption
      • Robust pairing and bonding solutions
      • Mature ANT-FS Data transfer
      Battery Life
      • Synchronous connectivity drives battery consumption to its lowest point
      • Proven beacon technologies offer ubiquitous coin cell battery operational capability
      • Relays and hubs run on coin cells
      • Asynch transmission further reduces radio on time
      High density tag deployment
      • ANT adaptive nature allows hundreds of tags in the same RF space
      • Many to one topology varieties
      Size
      • Single chip operation; solutions smaller
      • Than a postage stamp
      • Single chip operation; consumer design consideration
      Cost
      • Single chip operation; consumer design considerations
      • Quick time to product (less than 6 weeks)
      • Off the shelf location tags
      • One SKU works for all points of the sensor network
      Multi-faceted System Design
      • Variety of topology choices
      • Over the air configuration for reusable use case
      • Embedded multimode equipment in the market (ANT, WiFi, NFC…)
      • Existing network transport bridges – i.e. ANT to 3G, ANT to WiFi, ANT to Ethernet, ANT to USB, ANT to Android, ANT to iOS

      The successful solution must encompass all of the above factors. While other technologies can address any one of these factors, only ANT+ can manage all of the solutions at the same time.


Corporate Wellness

  • What?
      • Collection of real time exercise information from a group of participants
  • Why?
      • Competition drives success in attaining goals
      • Many obese need to get active
      • Coaching improves results
      • Driving membership retention in gyms
      • Accessory revenues increase
  • Market Needs
      • Affordable for the gym
      • Many to one to capture 10’s of participants at a time (average cardio class 40)
      • Portability needed to address obesity
      • Ecosystem of available stationary equipment and sensors
      • One to many needed for sensors to enable group display and individual display simultaneously
      • Motivated coaching environment
      • Guaranteed secure pairing
  • Challenge - ANT+ Solution
    •  

      Challenges under the PAN/LAN environment ANT+ Solution
      Simplicity of network design
      • Complex star needs on spin bikes
      • ANT to WiFi or Ethernet
      • Many to one heart rate to WiFi bridge
      • Bridges to existing WiFi or Ethernet system
      Data interoperability
      • 35+ vendors of heart straps
      • Robust pairing and bonding solutions
      • Substantial stationary equipment install base
      • ANT+ device profiles
      Battery Life
      • Industry leader in sensor battery life
      • Br
      High density Beacon/Reader deployment
      • ANT adaptive nature allows hundreds of transmitters in the same RF space
      • Many to one topology varieties
      • Multiple star coexistence guaranteed
      Market acceptance
      • 35+ vendors of heart straps
      • 30+million devices sold to date
      • Indoor cycle dominance
      • Deployed solution today
      Cost
      • Consumer accessories leader
      • Quick time to product (less than 6 weeks)
      • Existing infrastructure
      • Consumer bridge technologies

      The successful solution must encompass all of the above factors. While other technologies can address any one of these factors, only ANT+ can manage all of the solutions at the same time.


Group Exercise

  • What?
      • Collection of real time exercise information from a group of participants
  • Why?
      • Competition drives success in attaining goals
      • Many obese need to get active
      • Coaching improves results
      • Driving membership retention in gyms
      • Accessory revenues increase
  • Market Needs
      • Affordable for the gym
      • Many to one to capture 10’s of participants at a time (average cardio class 40)
      • Portability needed to address obesity
      • Ecosystem of available stationary equipment and sensors
      • One to many needed for sensors to enable group display and individual display simultaneously
      • Motivated coaching environment
      • Guaranteed secure pairing
  • Challenge - ANT+ Solution
    •  

      Challenges under the PAN/LAN environment ANT+ Solution
      Simplicity of network design
      • Complex star needs on spin bikes
      • ANT to WiFi or Ethernet
      • Many to one heart rate to WiFi bridge
      • Bridges to existing WiFi or Ethernet system
      Data interoperability
      • 35+ vendors of heart straps
      • Robust pairing and bonding solutions
      • Substantial stationary equipment install base
      • ANT+ device profiles
      Battery Life
      • Industry leader in sensor battery life
      • Br
      High density Beacon/Reader deployment
      • ANT adaptive nature allows hundreds of transmitters in the same RF space
      • Many to one topology varieties
      • Multiple star coexistence guaranteed
      Market acceptance
      • 35+ vendors of heart straps
      • 30+million devices sold to date
      • Indoor cycle dominance
      • Deployed solution today
      Cost
      • Consumer accessories leader
      • Quick time to product (less than 6 weeks)
      • Existing infrastructure
      • Consumer bridge technologies

      The successful solution must encompass all of the above factors. While other technologies can address any one of these factors, only ANT+ can manage all of the solutions at the same time.


Home and Industrial Automation

  • What?
      • Gathering information from sensors distributed around a home, business or factory to better control the user experience in that space
  • Why?
      • Power consumption expenses are skyrocketing
      • Renovations and facility reorganizations are expensive when wiring needs to be moved
      • Applications on cell phones and tablets are emerging to add user demand
  • Market Needs
      • Mix of technology best suited to integrate wide local and personal area communication
      • Health sensors to provide body telemetry add data to the apps
      • Residential local area solutions must be easily deployed by the consumer
      • Wide area technologies must be robust and inexpensive
      • Connecting the three networks (PAN, LAN and WAN) is mandatory for offering a viable, affordable solution
      • Long battery life needed for easily deployed sensors
      • Low infrastructure requirements for industrial and residential
  • Challenge - ANT+ Solution
    • Challenges under the PAN/LAN environment ANT+ Solution
      Simplicity of network design
      • Variety of network topologies available
      • Practical mesh capabilities
      Personal Data Security
      • Built in AES 128 data channel encryption
      • Robust pairing and bonding solutions
      Battery Life
      • Synchronous connectivity drives battery consumption to its lowest point
      • Proven beacon technologies offer ubiquitous coin cell battery operational capability
      • Relays and hubs run on coin cells
      Size
      • Single chip operation; solutions smaller than a postage stamp
      • Single chip operation; consumer design consideration
      • One SKU works for all points of the network
      Cost
      • Single chip operation; consumer design considerations
      • Quick time to product (less than 6 weeks)
      • Off the shelf location tags
      Multi-faceted System Design
      • Variety of topology choices
      • Existing network transport bridges – i.e. ANT to 3G, ANT to WiFi, ANT to Ethernet, ANT to USB, ANT to Android, ANT to iOS

      The successful solution must encompass all of the above factors. While other technologies can address any one of these factors, only ANT+ can manage all of the solutions at the same time.


Indoor Location

  • What?
      • Provide location of a person or object in an indoor environment
  • Why?
      • Malls and large venues are becoming larger
      • Service as a differentiator for Landlord
      • Industrial needs also. Equipment in factory, warehouse or hospital
      • Commercial advertising targeting location
      • Smart phone GPS disabled
  • Market Needs
      • Easy to deploy network
      • Smart phone connectivity
      • Many to one to capture 100’s of participants at a time
      • Door entry as target portal
  • Challenge - ANT+ Solution
    •  

      Challenges under the PAN/LAN environment ANT+ Solution
      Simplicity of network design Practical mesh relays info up and down network path
      Many to one and mesh on the same node
      Bridges to existing WiFi or Ethernet system
      Consistent use Small unobtrusive sensors on market
      No user interface upload
      Compact file system offers great granularity or reports
      Battery Life Industry leader in sensor battery life
      Beacon to ANT-FS operates on coin cells
      High density Beacon/Reader deployment ANT adaptive nature allows hundreds of transmitters in the same RF space
      Many to one topology varieties
      Deployability Beacon tags available now
      Little infrastructure build required
      Simple network architecture
      Motivation Location services at kiosk for shoppers
      Advertising revenue for Landlord

      The successful solution must encompass all of the above factors. While other technologies can address any one of these factors, only ANT+ can manage all of the solutions at the same time.


Point of Information

  • What?
      • ULP system of deploying information beacons to enable transfer of exhibit/product description and in return user identification to be stored for download
  • Why?
      • Advertising market is clamouring for demographic information in response to advertising
      • Interactive displays and exhibits in museums and science centers
      • Brand loyalty driver as attached to frequent shopper program
      • Enable purchases well beyond store hours
      • Applications on cell phones and tablets are emerging to add user demand
  • Market Needs
      • Inexpensive
      • Many to one to capture crowds of interested participants
      • Mobile platforms like smart phones a necessity
      • No infrastructure builds
      • Connecting the three networks (Container Area Network, LAN and WAN) is mandatory for offering a viable, affordable solution
      • Long battery life needed for easily deployed beacons
      • File structure for data logging
  • Challenge - ANT+ Solution
    •  

      Challenges under the PAN/LAN environment ANT+ Solution
      Simplicity of network design
      • Beacon to many phones- many phones back to beacon
      • 3G/4G/LTE to internet
      • Non NFC offers through glass communication
      Product Data Security re demographics upload
      • Built in AES 128 data channel encryption
      • Robust pairing and bonding solutions
      • Mature ANT-FS Data transfer
      Battery Life
      • Beacon state machine targets coin cell for 1 year+ operation
      • Battery info in message stream
      High density Beacon/Reader deployment
      • ANT adaptive nature allows hundreds of beacons in the same RF space
      • Many to one topology varieties
      • Requires two way communication of many to one on coin cell beacon
      Size
      • Single chip operation; solutions smaller
      • Than a postage stamp
      • Single chip operation; consumer design consideration
      Cost
      • Single chip operation; consumer design considerations
      • Quick time to product (less than 6 weeks)
      • Off the shelf beacons

      The successful solution must encompass all of the above factors. While other technologies can address any one of these factors, only ANT+ can manage all of the solutions at the same time.


Sport, Fitness and Health

  • What?
      • Collection of real-time sport, fitness and health data
      • Stored data for long-term tracking and analysis of performance
      • Optional sharing/data transfer of real-time and stored data to other devices and people (friends, trainers, caregivers, health professionals)
  • Why?
      • Performance analysis for personal assessment and goal achievement.  Objectives may be driven by competition (skill development) and/or personal intent to improve overall health (frequent activity)
      • Performance analysis for coaches, care givers, medical support including physicians, physiotherapists, etc
      • Performance tracking is proven to positively influence personal motivation
      • Participation in social community inherent in sport, fitness and health based activity
  • Market Needs
      • Simple, seamless, interoperable devices that just work!
      • Wide variety of compatible products that grow with consumer and fitness/health levels
      • Personalize product suite that can be easily added to and/or upgraded
      • Products that are highly functional, comfortable and easily integrated
  • Challenge - ANT+ Solution
    •  

      Challenges under the PAN/LAN environment ANT+ Solution
      Simplicity of network design
      • Complex star topology offers flexibility and limitless connection possibilities
      • Interchangeable devices allow for personalized combination of products.
      • Consumers benefit by getting the data they want, the way that they want it.  Results in richer and more advanced user experience.
      • Consumer bridge technologies
      Data interoperability
      • 35+ vendors of heart straps
      • Robust pairing and bonding solutions
      • Address wide range of sport, fitness and health use cases in multiple environments
      • Proven ANT+ device profiles
      Battery Life
      • Industry leader in sensor battery life
      • Efficient battery use allows for more data for longer period of time – lasts through ultra endurance events
      High density Beacon/Reader deployment
      • ANT adaptive nature allows hundreds of beacons in the same RF space
      • One to many topology varieties
      • Multiple star coexistence guaranteed
      Market adoption
      • Leader in interoperable sport, fitness and health products
      • Multiple brands with multiple products give consumer extensive choice – eg. 35+ vendors of heart straps
      • 60+ million devices sold to date
      • Cycle dominance
      • Deployed solution today
      Cost
      • Leader in reliable, interoperable consumer accessories
      • Quick time to product (less than 6 weeks)
      • Existing infrastructure

      The successful solution must encompass all of the above factors. While other technologies can address any one of these factors, only ANT+ can manage all of the solutions at the same time.