Interesting ANT+ technology has made a real splash on the market. More and more devices are featuring it, including some of our TwoNav devices, and practically all athletes hear about it at some point, with many even using it daily. But do you really know what it is and how it works? In this article we are going to clear up all your questions.
What is ANT+ technology?
ANT+ is a wireless communication system designed to render multiple devices interoperable, quickly and easily, while consuming very little power.
What advantages does its use in a GPS give?
The idea behind ANT+ is similar to that of a traditional Bluetooth or Wi-Fi Direct connection: they can transmit information between two devices without using cables, but there are some differences. While it has a small range and only allows for the transmission of a very limited amount of data, it boasts important advantages that makes it an ideal system for linking GPS devices to sensors like heart rate monitors, cadence meters, pacers, speedometers and potentiometers:
– SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCED ENERGY CONSUMPTION. Battery life is one of the factors of greatest concern to GPS users. The battery consumption levels made possible by ANT+ transmission technology are far lower than those of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth systems, fully optimizing battery life.
– MULTIPLE CONNECTIONS. ANT+ technology makes it possible to connect more than two devices. For example, a smartphone and a GPS device (obviously both equipped with ANT+ technology) can simultaneously receive information from the same heart rate monitor.
– ADEQUATE SCOPE OF TRANSMISSION AND CAPACITY. ANT+ technology’s range of transmission is just a few meters, but this is more than enough for connection to GPS sensors. The same is true of the volume of data that it is capable of transmitting, which although much less than with other technologies, is sufficient for it to work perfectly.
What TwoNav devices benefit from ANT+ technology?
TwoNav offers this technology on some of its devices. The “premium” model of the Anima, the Anima+, boasts ANT+, making it particularly appealing for cyclists who value having data on their pulse, cadence, speed and power. The Ultra also features ANT+ technology.
Do only GPS devices incorporate ANT+ technology?
No, it is not only GPS devices that have it. Some high-end smartphones also have ANT+, enabling them to connect to sensors for sports. At TwoNav we continue to work constantly on the expansion and improvement of this technology, and in a few weeks we will introduce two innovations designed for users of the TwoNav application for Android:
– The TwoNav application for Android can draw upon ANT+ technology in those smartphones that have it.
– The TwoNav application for Android – as well as the Ultra – can be connected to potentiometers via ANT+ technology.
For a few years now some smartphones have also featured BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) systems, similar to ANT+. We also allow connection to sensors via BLE and TwoNav for Android.
There are sensors with a dual communication system; that means they work with both ANT+ and BLE, and in this way able to communicate with devices that have one system or the other. Our heart rate monitors and cadence meters have this dual system.