Before you start using a device that has ANT+ technology you need to understand the basics of how the ANT protocol works.
WHAT IS ANT+ ?
ANT+ is a managed ANT network that uses ‘device profiles’ to define how to send data over the network in a consistent way. The target applications for the ANT+ managed network include sport, wellness, and home health. Of course in reality the ANT+ managed network is made up of many smaller networks spread around the world; these networks exist wherever a group of ANT+ sensors and receivers can be found, and are separated simply by the physical distance between them. In a nutshell: ANT+ devices use the ANT+ network key to access the ANT+ network, and they implement at least one of the ANT+ device profiles. At a high level that’s really all there is to it. >> So what is a Device Profile? Each ANT+ device profile contains the network rules relevant to a specific use case e.g. Speed & Distance monitors. These include settings for the channel parameters, the format of the data transmitted, and other specific communication mechanisms for the interaction between two devices.
For example an ANT+ heart rate strap (using the ANT+ Heart Rate Monitor device profile) can be used with any ANT+ watch that also implements the ANT+ Heart Rate Monitor device profile. The heart rate monitor can be interchanged for any other ANT+ heart rate monitor, from any manufacturer. It is common for display devices to implement several device profiles at once e.g. the watch might also implement the speed and distance monitor profile.
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ANT+ activity icons represent the information that the product is capable of transferring. Sensors and displays with matching activity icons will work together. For example, an ANT+ heart rate strap will send heart rate data to a watch, phone, bike computer, tablet, and/or any other device that reads ANT+ heart rate.
Mix multiple displays with multiple sensors all at the same time! For example, an enabled bike computer can read data from a power meter, speed/cadence sensor and heart rate sensor at the same time. Or have multiple displays read the same sensors at once. For example, both your watch and mobile app can read data from your sensors at the same time, allowing you to conveniently view live feedback on your watch while you work out, and track and analyze your workout with your app later.
With ANT+ the possibilities are endless!
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