What is ANT Technology?

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What is ANT/ANT+ Technology?
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Editorial Team - everything RF

Aug 6, 2018

ANT™ is a 2.4-GHz wireless networking protocol developed by Canadian company Dynastream Innovations,  a subsidiary of GPS technology provider Garmin (Garmin acquired them in 2006). This ultra-low-power, short-range wireless technology can enable devices to run on a coin cell battery for years. It supports AES-128 encrypted channels – for secure connections and can handle peer-to-peer, star, connected star, tree and fixed mesh topologies. ANT devices may use any RF frequency from 2400MHz to 2524MHz, with the exception of 2457MHz, which is reserved for ANT+ devices. ANT/ANT+ is the ideal technology for sports, fitness, wellness and home health applications.

ANT™ Features:

  • Worldwide 2.4GHz ISM band operation
  • Ideal for sports and fitness devices
  • Very easy-to-use
  • Advanced networking capabilities
  • Multi-vendor interoperability with ANT+
  • Comprehensive available selection of ANT+ profiles
  • An installed base of close to 10 million sensors/hubs
  • Seamless interoperability with ANT enabled mobile phones

Nordic Semiconductor and Texas Instruments are a few of the companies that provide ANT solutions.

ANT/ANT+ and Bluetooth (Bluetooth 2.0, BLE and Bluetooth 5.0) are competing low power technologies. Though ANT/ANT+ may have the upper hand for a few specific applications, the adoption of Bluetooth by Android and Apple have made it the sort of the standard for most low power applications.

Garmin, is one of the few companies that use develops products using the ANT/ANT+ protocol. However other than them, this technology has not seen much adoption. Click here to see the list of products that use the ANT/ANT+ technology.