COORDINATING the times of thousands of runners during a race is no longer a marathon task. A sports timing system, based on TI-RFID technology, can collect perfect timing data at major marathons around the world from Boston to Berlin.
The TI-RFID sports timing system begins when a runner outfitted with a RFID transponder laced to their running shoe or strapped to their ankle, passes over an antenna under the starting line. The process is completed as the runner crosses an antenna at the finish line.
TI-RFID sports timing technology available from Electro-Com features:
* Wide acceptance at some of the world's most prestigious running events.
* Ability to track individual times; important for runners minutes away from starting line.
* Guards against cheaters by placing antennas at interim points.
* Can be used in all active sport events including triathlons, bike races, and ski events - one tag can be used for all these events.
* Data captured from the transponders, loads to Internet for everyone to access.
* The transponders can be used in all weather conditions.
How does the technology work?
The RFID sports timing device is a small glass RFID transponder in a specially designed casing, containing a unique identification number. The RFID transponder is a waterproof glass capsule that contains a chip and an energising coil.
There are no batteries in the RFID transponder. The transponder is inactive until it passes through the field generated by the mat at the designated read points. When the transponder enters the magnetic field, the transponder transmits its unique identification number to the reader in a mat. The entire process takes approximately 60 milliseconds.
Electro-Com can offer two different technologies that can be used for sports timing. The low frequency 134.2kHz glass capsule transponders, and the high frequency 13.56MHz label transponders.