ANT+

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ANT+[1] (pronounced ant plus) is an interoperability function that can be added to the base ANT protocol (an open access multicast wireless sensor network technology) designed and marketed by the ANT+ Alliance.[2] It encourages interoperability and open-access to data between manufacturers of "smartphones, bike computers, diagnostics, power meters, heart rate monitors, remote control systems, etc."[1]

Applications[edit]

ANT+ is designed for the interoperable collection and transfer of sensor data as well as the integration of remote control systems such as indoor lighting, phone control, etc. Several main focuses of operation include sport, wellness, home care and remote control. It can be used for data-transfer for a number of devices:[3][4][5]

This allows for it to be used for general fitness tasks, medical and remote control functions. Currently ANT+ is implemented on more than 35 applications, produced by over 27 different manufacturers.[7]

ANT+ Alliance[edit]

The ANT+ Alliance is organized by Dynastream Innovations Inc, a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. As of September 30, 2010, it had more than 300 members,[8] including Adidas AG, Concept2, Garmin, Suunto, McLaren, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sony Mobile, Texas Instruments, Timex and Trek.

ANT+ Plugins on Android[edit]

The ANT+ Plugins are a collection of system services which provide a single, common interface for apps to communicate with ANT+ devices across all Android versions and platforms for which it is available.

The ANT+ Plugins abstract the underlying technical workings of ANT such as pairing and decoding of ANT+ data before passing it onto apps.

The abstraction provided by the ANT Radio Service means any type of ANT hardware support such as USB sticks over USB OTG, Android USB Accessory, ANT over IPv4 in Android emulators, etc., is supported automatically by the API.

The ANT+ Plugins feature multi-app concurrency, where any number of apps may have access to the same data coming from the same sensor simultaneously, and any number of phones/devices may read data from the same sensor simultaneously. This opens additional use cases such as always-on background monitoring for multiple apps, group training, etc.

ANT+ under Linux[edit]

Support is provided by the open-source community.[9]

Certification[edit]

The ANT+ Alliance certifies devices[10] to ensure interoperability through compliance to device profiles.[5] Each device profile has an icon which may be used to visually match interoperable devices sharing the same device profiles.

Phones and tablets with ANT+ support[edit]

Xiaomi

OnePlus

HTC

Samsung

Sony Ericsson / Sony

LG

All Android phones or tablets supporting USB On-The-Go[21]

See also[edit]

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