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Wireless communication

Bluetooth
Bluetooth is a proprietary open wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances (using short-wavelength radio transmissions in the ISM band from 2400–2480 MHz) from fixed and mobile devices, creating personal area networks (PANs) with high levels of security. It can connect several devices, overcoming problems of synchronization.

 

Bluetooth Smart
Bluetooth low energy (Bluetooth Smart) is a feature of Bluetooth 4.0 wireless radio technology, aimed at new, principally low-power and low-latency, applications for wireless devices within a short range. This facilitates a wide range of applications and smaller form factor devices in the healthcare, fitness, security and home entertainment industries. In other words, ideal for cycling sensors.

Because most big smartphone producers (Apple, Samsung, HTC, etc) facilitate Bluetooth Smart, we think this will be the future of wireless communication with smartphones

 

ANT+
The ANT+ Alliance is organized by Dynastream Innovations Inc, a subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. ANT+ is primarily designed for collection and transfer of sensor data, to manageable units of various types. The three main areas of operation are sport, wellness and home health. It can be used for data-transfer for a number of devices:

  • heart rate monitors
  • speed sensors
  • cadence sensors
  • power meters
  • activity monitors
  • calorimeters
  • body mass index measuring devices
  • blood pressure monitors
  • blood glucose meters
  • pulse oximeters
  • positions tracking
  • weight measuring devicesa
  • temperature sensors