Nokia is working with sports instruments and heart rate monitoring equipment company Polar Electro to connect its new 5140 outdoor pursuits phone with Polar running and cycling systems, to help trainers monitor athletes.
The Polar Java application is optimised for the Nokia 5140 and can be purchased from the Nokia Software Market website. Using this Java applet, athletes are able to send physiological and environmental exercise data wirelessly from their Polar equipment to their 5140 phone, where it can be read on the phone’s screen.
The information can then be sent by the athlete to their trainers or fellow athletes using SMS text messaging.
Olli Vahanen, vice president of marketing at Polar Electro, said: "By using this new application, runners and cyclists and their coaches are able to analyse their achievements instantly, with the distance between them no longer an obstacle.
The wireless connectivity feature between Polar equipment and the Nokia 5140 will be available in the second quarter of this year, coinciding with the period when the phone starts shipping.
The rugged 5140 has an integrated VGA camera, flashlight, and colour display, and removable covers for protection against dust, bumps, and splashes.
This article was part of Computer Weekly's enterprise mobile business channel, sponsored by Nokia