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ANT+ Product Certification

ANT+ Certification is designed to standardize all ANT+ products and applications and foster a consumer-friendly ecosystem, and is required to apply ANT+ brands, logos or wordmarks to any product or application, including its associated collateral.


Administered by ANT Wireless, this Certification process involves:

  • An ANT/ANT+ communication capability verification
     
  • An ANT+ device profile implementation testing or review (when applicable)
  • Proper device profile implementation provides interoperablity with other ANT+ products and apps
  • An ANT+ brand review on product and product collateral
  • Consistent ANT+ branding assists consumers in determining the compatibility of branded products and apps.  The Brand review ensures that minimum brand standards are met by all certified products to build brand awareness and consumer confidence in products displaying the ANT+ brand 

ANT+ Certified products receive:

VALUE FOR BRANDS.  COMMITMENT TO CONSUMERS.

The commitment and value of the ANT+ brand, for both manufacturers/developers and consumers, is device interoperability, industry-directing functionality and the link to a vast ANT+ ecosystem of connected products.

ANT+ Certification provides:

  • Authorization to use appropriate ANT+ logos, icons and workmarks in your product/app and associated collateral
     
  • Design and quality confidence
    • Manufacturers and consumers can be confident that products displaying ANT+ trademarks have been reviewed to meet ANT+ interoperability standards
  • Increased brand value and product differentiation
    • Bringing awareness to the certified ANT+ connectivity features in your product or applicaiton will strengthen the value that consumers place on your products. Adhering to the brand requirements and guidelines will assist with this awareness, while further expanding the long-term value of your devices.
  • Listing(s) in the ANT+ Product Directory and/or B2B Guide 
    • ​Consumer products and apps are showcased on the ANT+ Product Directory, a comprehensive resource that makes it easy to find what ANT+ products are compatible and how they work together.  A listing here provides:
      • an effective resource to differentiate your products to retail buyers
      • a useful point of purchase resource for retail sales staff
      • a  promotional tool to reach new markets and consumers
    • ​B2B products such as components, reference designs, OEM products, fitness club solutions and other commercial applications are featured on the B2B Guide.*  A listing here provides
      • a useful resource for business buyers
      • a promotional tool to reach new clients 
        *NOTE:  Current Beta version is only available to ANT+ Members. Access will be provided to ANT+ Adopters shortly.

 

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

As per the ANT+ Adopter Agreement, any product or application that incorporates ANT+ technology and is sold or made generally available for use must be certified for authorization to use or reference ANT+ brands, logos or wordmarks on the product or its associated collateral.

This applies whether you are developing a new ANT+ product or application, updating an existing ANT+ product, or rebranding another company's design. 

Products are classified into different types to simplify the application process:

  • Type 1:  A new product or application that have never been certified.  
  • Type 2:  A new product/application or derivative model that is based on the same basic platform of a previously certified product/app

 

ANT+ CERTIFICATION IS EASY!

When you are ready to proceed, follow these simple steps:

1. Complete the online application request form

You will find the online application form in the Getting Started section.  It is recommended that a staff member with knowledge of the ANT+ implementation and platform features completes the form.

Please note:  If you have multiple products in a bundle (e.g. a watch with a heart rate monitor , footpod and custom app), you must complete a separate application form for each product. and app.

2. Prepare and submit your application materials

Each application request will receive a confirmation email with a job number and a list of all required materials for your product type. Submit the requested materials as instructed to move to the next step.  

The following materials are typically required.  Always check your confirmation email for all items specific to your product.

  • Technical Materials:
    • Logs from the ANT+ Device Profile Self Verification Tool (for products/apps with ANT+ profiles implemented) or the ANT Mobile Device Verification Tool (for mobile platforms).  
    • Please note: products based on a previously certified product/app(Type 2) may have reduced technical verification test requirements. This will be confirmed when your online application details are reviewed.
    • Other forms may also be required depending on your product design.
  • Brand Materials:
    • A brand submission form and supporting collateral items, as per the Brand Tool package
    • Please note:  If you require additional time to compile your branding collateral, you may request a technical test first and schedule the brand review when your product collateral is ready.

Links to all tools will be provided in your confirmation email.  Tools are also available in the Getting Started section.

3. Pay the certification fee

A fee quotation and payment instructions will be emailed once your submission documents are reviewed by an ANT+ certification team member.

Payment must be received before the certification test or review will commence.

*Note:  for budgeting purposes, a fee estimator is provided in the Getting Started section.

4. Ship your test sample (if required)

Not all applications require a sample.  This will be confirmed based on your product type.

If samples are required, a list will be provided with your invoice.  In order to assure confidentiality and testing schedules, samples must be shipped according to the shipping instructions provided in the Getting Started section.

Please do not ship samples prior to receiving the required sample list from the certification team.  If time is short, always contact us to expedite the process.

NOTE:  If your product is large, heavy or difficult to ship (ie. large fitness equipment),  please contact us to inquire about our new remote testing alternative.

5. Review results and update as needed
Testing and review will take approximately 2 weeks following receipt of your payment and test sample(s). Status information will be provided throughout the certification process to the contact persons(s) identified on the submitted application form.​

6. List your product
Once reviews have passed and your product is released, your product /app will be listed  according to the end market:

Required listing materials include a product description, web page link, company logo and product image. 

After listing, your test sample will be added to our promotional library, destroyed, or returned according to your preference.

APPLY 4-6 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR LAUNCH DATE

Although the test and review itself generally takes approximately 2 weeks, this can take longer if issues are identified that require discussion and correction. Application & submission, sample shipping, fee payment and product listing also takes time to complete, so we recommend that you allow at least 4-6 weeks ahead of your scheduled product launch date to start ANT+ Certification.

If this is not possible, we always do our best to accommodate rush requests.

If your product is already on the market, certification must be completed as soon as possible.

Please note:  Should you require additional time to compile your branding collateral, you may phase your certification submission so the ANT+ technical review is scheduled first, and the brand review is conducted when your materials are ready for review.

ANT+ CERTIFICATION IS COST EFFECTIVE

Certification charges are based on the following factors:

  • ANT+ membership status. Significant discounts for ANT+ Members apply
  • Certification type and product classification
  • Product complexity
  • Number of implemented profiles and the sophistication thereof

For budgeting purposes, an online fee estimator is provided in the Getting Started section.  A formal quotation and payment instructions will be provided when your application is accepted.

 

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ANT+™ Product Certification Confidentiality Policy


This policy describes how ANT Wireless, a division of Dynastream Innovations Inc. (Dynastream) and the administrator of the ANT+ Alliance, manages the Product Samples and Submitted Collateral provided by companies or their authorized agents (“the Applicant”) to obtain ANT+ Product Certification, as well as Certification Reports generated by ANT Wireless, for a specific product with or without a specified model, hardware revision or software release (“PRODUCT”).

Definitions

“Product Samples” means hardware product samples, hardware accessories, and software as identified and listed in the submission that are provided by the Applicant pertaining to the PRODUCT subject to the ANT+ Certification process.

“Submitted Collateral” means the application form, checklists, videos, pictures, manuals etc, including product names and models that are submitted by the Applicant pertaining to the PRODUCT subject to the ANT+ Product Certification process.

“Certification Reports” means the reports pertaining to the PRODUCT under test and review, including associated photos, videos and other supporting attachments that are generated by ANT Wireless during the ANT+ Product Certification process.

“Confidential Materials” means Product Samples, Submitted Collateral and Certification Reports.

Use of Confidential Materials

ANT Wireless will limit disclosure of the Confidential Materials to only those ANT Wireless employees having direct involvement and responsibility for ANT+ Product Certification process. ANT Wireless will use the same degree of care as for its own information of like importance, but at least use reasonable care, in safeguarding against disclosure of the Confidential Materials.

ANT Wireless will (i) not reverse engineer, de-compile or disassemble any Product Samples; (ii) promptly notify the Applicant upon discovery of any unauthorized use or disclosure of the Confidential Materials and take reasonable steps to regain possession of the Confidential Materials and prevent further unauthorized actions or breach of this policy.

All Product Samples remain the property of the Applicant and will not be copied or reproduced without the express written permission of the Applicant, except for copies that are necessary in order to fulfill the ANT+ Product Certification test or review. The Product Samples will remain in the ANT Wireless facility located in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada during the period that this policy is in effect pertaining to a specific product.

Within thirty (30) days of the completion of the Certification test and review, or upon receiving an express written request by the Applicant, ANT Wireless will return or destroy the Product Samples along with all copies and portions thereof, unless otherwise agreed in writing with the Applicant. Certification Reports will be disclosed only to the Applicant.

The Applicant acknowledges that Dynastream or its affiliates might from time to time independently develop products or applications that may have similarities to the Product Samples or Submitted Collateral provided for review.  This policy does not apply to any such products or applications so long as Dynastream’s or its affiliates’ development of such products or applications are done independently and without reference to the Product Samples or Submitted Collateral.

Additional Controls

The Applicant may request additional confidentiality controls. Such requests will be subject to the advanced and written approval of ANT Wireless. Such approvals must be issued by ANT Wireless and received by the Applicant prior to any submission of the Product Samples and the Submitted Collateral to ANT Wireless.

Effective Date

This policy will come into effect for a specific PRODUCT upon submission of the application for ANT+ Product Certification via the Certification webpage at http://www.thisisant.com/developer/ant-plus/developer. This policy will expire for the PRODUCT when ANT Wireless (i) receives the approval for release by written authorization of the Applicant, (ii) observes a public press release pertaining to the PRODUCT, (iii) observes other public exposures of the PRODUCT, such as on the Applicant’s web pages, on public magazines, on public web sites, blogs and other online social media, in online stores and retail shops etc, or (iv) lawfully obtains any of the Product Samples and Submitted Collateral from a third party or parties without a duty of confidentiality, whichever comes first.

Changes to the Policy

If ANT Wireless makes any material changes to this Policy while it is applicable to the Applicant, it will notify the Applicant of such changes.

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Disclaimer

An ANT+ Certified Product encompasses:

  •     hardware with embedded or installed software using ANT+ profile(s)
  •     hardware platform with an operating system that supports ANT/ANT+ communication
  •     hardware or software that converts ANT/ANT+ communication to and from another communication protocol
        or
  •     software using or supporting ANT+ profile(s), that runs on an operating system

ANT+ Product Certification tests or reviews that the product:

  •     Supports ANT communication    
  •     Communicates in a standard fashion per ANT+ Device Profile specifications, if implemented
  •     Complies with the ANT+ Brand Guide

By certifying a product, ANT Wireless, a division of Dynastream Innovations Inc. and the administrator of the ANT+ Alliance, does not make any other representations, warranties or certifications regarding the quality, performance or use of the product.

ANT WIRELESS DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, WRITTEN OR ORAL, RELATED TO ANY CERTIFIED PRODUCTS, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO THEIR MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT. ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES ARE LIMITED ONLY TO THOSE (IF ANY) PROVIDED BY THE MANUFACTURER, DISTRIBUTOR AND/OR SELLER OF THE CERTIFIED PRODUCTS.