Firstbeat Technologies (Jyväskylä, Finland) is a Finnish company that specializes in developing innovative heart beat analysis software solutions for the physiological monitoring in wellness, sports, fitness, and preventive medicine. Firstbeat research studies have clinically validated that human body functions (stress, fatigue, recovery) can be assessed with Heart Rate Variability based methods. Research has also proven Heart Rate Variability can be very effective in improving lifestyle, well-being and performance levels.
Firstbeat Technology is based on extensive research in exercise physiology, mathematical modeling and behavioral research. Firstbeat was founded in 2002 as a Research and Development spinoff from KIHU. KIHU is a Research Institute for Olympic Sports located in Jyväskylä Finland. In 2004 Firstbeat was awarded the National Innovation Prize of Finland. Today there are several leading advanced sports instruments manufacturers who use Firstbeat solutions within their heartbeat based products, including Garmin, Bosch, Samsung and Suunto.
Firstbeat has been developing real-life heart beat based measurement solutions that can be used in non-laboratory or clinical settings.