Coros Will Work
In a note to current Coros GPS watch users and speaking with this site, Coros confirms that their watch and app continue to work together in a scenario where the cloud-based part of their infrastructure fails. Obviously this was one of the ramifications of the recent Garmin debacle where Garmin watch users were still able to record workouts but could sync nothing back to either the Garmin app or web platform. Indeed there were further Garmin watch issues where some users couldn’t even record workout in scenarios where the watch held lots of past workouts because the app seemed to be needed to remove older workouts before new ones could be created. (More: here on this site as Garmin users ask “What data have iI lost?”)
Coros gives further reassurances telling us that their cloud-based platform is on a secure Amazon-based platform, as this message says
“To COROS users,
COROS uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) as the host of our cloud service. AWS is designed to be the most flexible and secure cloud computing environment available today. It also has the most secure global infrastructure. All of your data is safely stored and automatically encrypted at the physical layer. In the event of a significant cyber-attack, our team is also confident in our ability to restore and recover the service within a few hours.
Your data and service security is our top priority and we will continue to improve and stay on top of this goal.
It will be interesting to see which other vendors follow the lead of Coros to reassure us about our abilities to use their products if they mess up with their cloud platforms. Admittedly the Garmin Connect platform is a wee bit more complex than those of all of its competitors! then again, Garmin has more cash than them all put together as well as a reputation for (small ‘c’) conservative action.