CSR and Bluegiga provide Bluetooth for the Polar Team2 heart-rate monitoring system
Wirelessly monitor up to 28 athletes simultaneously
Cambridge, UK - 21st of October 2008 - CSR (LSE: CSR) today announced that its BlueCore Bluetooth silicon provides wireless connectivity for the Team2 heart-rate monitoring system from Polar. The system comprises of up to 28 Bluetooth heart-rate monitors that link up to a PDA, PC or laptop to log and process the data via Bluetooth Access Server platform from Bluegiga. The system is ideal for sports teams, research centres and universities to monitor and improve the performance of athletes.
The Bluetooth connectivity in the Polar Team2 system is provided by Bluegiga's WT11-A Class 1 module which uses CSR's BlueCore4 silicon and Bluegiga iWRAP Bluetooth connectivity firmware. Bluegiga's Access Server which is based on multiple CSR BlueCore4 chipsets allows the system to wirelessly collect and analyse data from up to 28 players simultaneously. This enables the heart rate monitors to achieve a battery life of up to 30 hours when using Bluetooth and a range of up to 100 metres - ideal for monitoring the players in field sports. The Team2 heart-rate monitors are water resistant down to 30m, fully shock resistant and each system comes complete with PDAs and PC software for uploading the data and providing analysis.
"The Team2 system needs reliable and accurate wireless connectivity, CSR's and Bluegiga's leading Bluetooth technology was an obvious choice to provide this," said Mika Laine, Segment Manager Team Sports Polar. "The heart rate monitors need to work under the stress and conditions experienced by the athletes that use our Team2 system, and by working with CSR and Bluegiga we have ensured that the Bluetooth wireless connection is of the highest quality to give the best user experience."
"The Team2 system from Polar is a fantastic way of constantly and accurately monitoring athletes' performance," said Karen Parnell, Marketing Manager of CSR's Consumer Strategic Business Unit. "Polar had to ensure that the Bluetooth technology it used would work under the stress conditions of track and field sports, and still provide the best wireless performance and battery life. As the industry leader in Bluetooth CSR was in the best position to achieve this."
"Bluegiga is excited about Polar's new offering for team sports' real-time monitoring. The Team2 application demonstrates Bluetooth's capabilities for creating a secure and reliable network for fitness applications," comments Tom Nordman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Bluegiga Technologies. "Bluegiga's long-term development and co-operation with Polar to optimise Bluetooth for real-time monitoring applications has culminated in the Team2, a monitoring system for outstanding team sport experience."
CSR has reduced production costs and time-to-market for manufacturers by making minimal use of external components. BlueCore4-ROM Plug-and-Go is integrated onto a compact module from Bluegiga and is fully compliant with the Bluetooth v2.0+ EDR specifications.
Polar's Team2 system is available end November. http://www.polarelectro.com/en/products/team_sports
Tom Nordman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Tel.+358 (0)9 435 5060
BluegigaTechnologies Ltd is the world's leading provider of Bluetooth‐based Access Solutions and Bluetooth OEM modules. The company was founded in 2000 in Finland and has a sales office in Boston, MA, USA. Bluegiga has an extensive network of qualified distributors and value‐added resellers in more than 50 countries. For additional information, please visit www.bluegiga.com
CSR is the leading global provider of personal wireless technology and its product portfolio covers Bluetooth, GPS, FM and Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11). CSR offers developed hardware/software solutions, based around its silicon platforms, that incorporate fully integrated radio, baseband and microcontroller elements.
CSR's customers include industry leaders such as Apple, Dell, LG, Motorola, NEC, Nokia, Panasonic, RIM, Samsung, Sharp, Sony, TomTom and Toshiba.
CSR has its headquarters and offices in Cambridge, UK, and offices in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, India, France, Denmark, Sweden and both Dallas and Detroit in the USA.
More information can be found at www.csr.com
Listening to your body is one thing, understanding what it is telling you is an altogether different story. Polar helps you get under the skin of your training. We put it down to a combination of expertise in sports, physiology and electronics, coupled with a deep understanding of customer needs. It's no surprise then that we've been leading the way in technological innovations and heart rate monitors since 1977.
And we cater for all levels of fitness by offering a comprehensive product range, along with essential support and advice. Everything from improving an athlete's sports performance to helping people enjoy a healthier lifestyle, and aiding rehabilitation. And our success is clear to see.