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Nokia and Polar Bring Mobility to Athletes
Posted: 02-Feb-2004 [Source: Nokia]

[Polar teams with Nokia to bring wireless connectivity to Polar products and the Nokia 5140 phone.]

Munich -- On Monday, 2nd February at ISPO Winter 04, Nokia, the world leader in mobile communications and Polar Electro, the world's leading manufacturer of sports instruments and heart rate monitoring equipment announced a formal cooperation to bring the benefits of mobility to high performance athletes and sports enthusiasts. The two industry leaders have combined their technological expertise through research and development in connectivity, software, content and optimisation. As a result of their cooperation the recently announced Nokia 5140 phone connects wirelessly with top-of-the-line Polar products like the Polar S625X Running Computer and S725 Cycling Monitor.

Polar and Nokia have combined their technological expertise to serve the needs of today's and tomorrow's athletes and sports enthusiasts. The Polar Java(TM) application is optimised for the Nokia 5140 phone and is easy to buy and download from the Nokia Software Market website. Runners and cyclists are able to send physiological and environmental exercise data from their Polar S625X Running Computer and S725 Cycling Monitor wirelessly to their Nokia 5140 mobile phone. The Nokia-Polar co-operation offers athletes and outdoor enthusiasts innovative, easy-to-use solutions that support and enhance their training.

"There is a growing number of sports-oriented consumers for whom mobility offers multiple benefits," says Kai Oistamo, Senior Vice President, Business Line Management, Mobile Phones. "Our cooperation with Polar, a trusted brand in the sports instruments space, enables us to introduce our products and mobility solutions to a technology-savvy sports-oriented audience."

With The Polar Runner(TM) and The Polar Cyclist(TM) mobile application installed in the phone, it is simple to view the physiological and environmental exercise/training summaries immediately on the phone's screen. The Nokia 5140 phone also offers additional storage capacity for more training data and enables the sharing of data. It is straightforward to transfer training or competition data instantly over-the-air from the Nokia 5140 phone directly to training mates, team-mates or a coach via SMS. This provides runners and cyclists with the opportunity for advanced performance analysis during training or competition.

"This cooperation has made it possible for the sporting consumers to receive information in a whole new way," says Olli Vahanen, Vice President, Marketing from Polar Electro. "By using the new application, runners and cyclists and their coaches are able to analyze their training achievements instantly, and the distance is not an obstacle anymore."

The wireless connectivity feature offered by the Polar S625X Running Computer and S725 Cycling Monitor with the Nokia 5140 mobile phone will be available in the 2nd quarter of 2004.

The top-of-the-line Polar S625X Running Computer and the Polar S725 Cycling Heart Rate Monitor incorporate unique Polar technologies, such as OwnCode(tm), OwnCal(R) and (OwnIndex) Polar Fitness Test(tm) OwnOptimizer (tm)and a host of features to measure speed, distance, altitude, temperature, cadence etc. that enable athletes to get a deeper understanding of their race, run or ride.

The Polar S625X Running Computer and Polar Footpod are available in leading sports and sports equipment stores in May.

The Polar S725 Cycling Heart Rate Monitor, Polar Wireless Cadence Sensor, Polar Speed Sensor and

Polar Power Output Sensor are available in all good cycling outlets in March.

The sporty and durable Nokia 5140 phone is the first phone from Nokia specifically designed for sports people to include an integrated VGA camera. In addition to an integrated camera, flashlight and colour display, the Nokia 5140 features removable covers that offer additional protection against dust, bumps and splashes.

The Nokia 5140 phone is planned to be available in leading telecommunications and sports stores from 2nd quarter 2004.

The Polar Runner(TM) mobile application (Java(TM)) and The Polar Cyclist(TM) mobile application (Java(TM)) are available from Nokia Software Market in May.


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