It Began With an Idea
Established in 1998, we introduced the first accelerometer-based speed and distance monitor for runners in 2000. This revolutionary product was born out of an idea by one of our founders: to measure the speed and distance of his sons as they excelled in short and long distance track. Fuelled by an insatiable curiosity and a conviction in the possibilities, this engineer and three equally-determined colleagues set the first foot speed and distance monitor in motion. What began with a handful of inspired engineers in a home garage and kitchen quickly grew into a line of cutting-edge technologies and an enviable company still driven by innovative ideas and talent.
First Product Launched
In 2000, Dynastream produced the first commercial SDM for Nike. Since then, we’ve developed dozens of OEM (Outside Equipment Manufacturer) products for several leading sports brands such as adidas, Polar and Garmin.
Highly optimized wireless technology
When we first began developing our shoe-mounted sensors, there were no cost-effective, off-the-shelf wireless protocols suitable for communicating the sensor data to a watch receiver, or capable of running on a watch battery. It was necessary to develop an ultra-low power but capable wireless protocol simply to get our first product to market. Over time, as our sensor technologies became more diverse and their requirements more complex, the wireless protocol was adapted to provide greater flexibility and scalability.
We soon came to realize the broad commercial applicability of this simple-to-use but powerful wireless technology. In 2003, we launched our wireless protocol ANT™ and in 2004 we created the first ultra low power wireless standard, ANT+. That same year, products from both Atomic® and Suunto were introduced to the market.
Integrated PAN Solutions
Commercialization efforts were propelled forward in 2005, when Nordic Semiconductor introduced the nRF24AP1, the first 2.4 GHz transceiver with ANT™. Since then, the company has worked with partners to develop a broad range of drop-in ANT™ solutions, ranging from general-purpose single-chip products like Nordic's nRF24AP2, to highly integrated, multi-mode communication chipsets like Texas Instruments' WiLink 6.0, which supports ANT™, WiFi, Bluetooth® and FM radio for mobile handset PAN applications.
While Dynastream refined its ANT™ wireless protocol and worked with silicon partners to ensure best-in-class technical performance, the company also established ANT+ as a communication interface standard for ultra-low power devices. As we defined use cases and published ANT+ profiles, we allowed companies to build products based on their core strengths knowing that they could sync with other, complimentary best-in-class devices. This unique move launched the ANT+ Alliance (an open special interest group of companies who have adopted the ANT+ promise of interoperability) and prompted the development of significant new products.
Today, hundreds of companies are members of the ANT+ Alliance, building products across a range of Personal Area Network (PAN) applications, including sports, wellness and home health monitoring.
Growing the Market
In December 2006, Garmin® Ltd, once a valued Dynastream customer, purchased the company. Today, as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Garmin, we continue to grow the sport, fitness and health markets with our world-leading monitoring and interoperable solutions.
Dynastream employs approximately 80 people. We are based in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies.