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Tech Update

March 02, 2015

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ANT Advances the Multi-Node Family

ANT Wireless announces the newest addition to its family of multi-node solutions. The technology is a self-forming, self-healing multi-hop network in which nodes can appear and disappear seamlessly.   This is the ideal solution for Internet of Things applications, and markets such as smart and connected homes.

Sample use case: Connected candles (MWC 2015 demonstration):  Any or every battery-operated candle in a set is controllable from multiple smartphones or remotes when in range of any candle.  Watch the video or visit us at Mobile World Congress (Hall 7, Booth 7M49) March 2-5 in Barcelona.

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New Android ANT Services Published to Google Play and new Android SDKs Released

Significant Changes (Full changelog is available for view on the SDK repo on GitHub): Fixes for Android 5.0 compatibility; Support providing ANT+ sensor data through the Google FIT sensor API; Expose RSSI information of connected ANT+ sensors; Support for continuous scan mode channels;  Support fixes for third party adapter providers relying on implicit intents.

N548 Module Upgrade to Rev B

As part of our continuous improvement efforts, Dynastream has upgraded the N548 module series to rev B with new factory pre-loaded software. One significant enhancement of this upgrade is the addition of the ANT-WP (Wireless Programming) bootloader which enables over-the-air firmware updates. Other upgrades are the S210 SoftDevice and the ANT Network Processor code. The N5 ANT SoC Module Datasheet rev 1.4 has been released to detail all of the new added functions, as well as important notes thereof.

Today's products are getting smarter and smaller with increasingly shorter cycles from design to market. With this trend, user friendly field updates providing new features or bug fixes become mandatory.  A new N5 Starter Kit SDK was recently released with ANT DFU (Device Firmware Updates) reference code. Now this over-the-air firmware update feature is embedded into the N5 module through the combination of three factory pre-loaded software components – the ANT-WP bootloader, the ANT Network Processor code and the S210 SoftDevice v.4.0.1.

In the N5 module rev B, the firmware update function can be triggered either by tying one input pin to high during power up or by sending a serial command to the module. Not only does this firmware update feature enable out-of-the-box use (e.g. in a production line to load custom application), but it also showcases  how the OTA update feature can be tailored and implemented in different ways to fit in specific product needs or unique use cases.

With the release of rev B, a new ANT hardware product forum is now available. Please join us as we would like to hear from you.

FIT SDK 14.00 Update

Version 14.00 of the FIT SDK, featuring support for Cycling Dynamics, is now available on the downloads page.  This version also includes updates to components to support further expansion into 32bit speed/altitude fields.  Encode examples are updated to better reflect usage of local id. Other minor profile updates.

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