The RFID Race Timing System has its origins back in 1996 when two pioneering West Australians developed a transponder timing system for their local triathlon club. The device was so successful that another larger system was commissioned by Triathlon Western Australia in 1996. In 2001, the timing system (known then as the Coyote Timing System) was updated to a newer system by a Triathlon WA committee member (Andrew Peterson) as a project over the winter months. The system was stripped down and rebuilt using the latest Palm handheld computers. The TIRIS components were all housed in a rugged Pelican case with an internal battery supply, voltmeter, antenna cable socket and Palm hotsync cradle.
Improvements included up-scaling to a dual antenna system, utilising industry standard Ethernet, and developing specialised rubber mats optimised for maximum read rates. The RFID Race Timing System was subsequently used to time just about every multi-sport race in Western Australia as well as numerous swimming races including the Multiplex Rottnest Channel Swim which boasted a field size of over 2000 swimmers.
By 2004, the RFID Race Timing System was being used to time major triathlons around the country including the Australian Triathlon Championships. Even a first of its kind antenna was developed for use in canoeing races and was used for the first time in 2005 to time the Avon Descent. In the same year, Accuchip Timing became our exclusive distributor for North and South America.
By 2007, the RFID Race Timing System had been used at both Australian Ironman races, ITU World Cup Triathlon races and the World Kayak Championships.
Early in 2008 the brand new High Density Digital (HDD) System was released which gave the RFID Race Timing System the capability to time the start and finish lines of any size running event. The HDD System passed with flying colours at the prestigious 2008 Melbourne Marathon (20,000 runners) and the 2009 New Orleans Mardi Gras Marathon (8000 runners).
In August 2008, the Dual Antenna System MKIII was released offering a simplified setup and greater flexibility for smaller timing operators and clubs. This new system has been a hit with triathlon and running clubs throughout regional Australia.
In 2009 the HDD Systems continue to be the workhorse for many internationally timed events including both the ITU World Championships (Gold Coast) and Long Course Championships (Perth). The same system timed the prestigious Noosa Triathlon for the first time with a field of over 3000 triathletes. The HDD System was also used at the largest timed cycle event in the world – The Cape Argus Cycle Tour in Capetown South Africa.
In 2010 the new Ultra System was released and debuted at many high profile events around the globe. Using entirely new technology and disposable tags, the Ultra System represents the pinnacle of timing systems and has sold strongly in the running and cycling timing market. The beginning of 2011 marked a new beginning for RFID Race Timing Systems with the move to a brand new purpose built building in O’Connor. Both production and R&D capability continue to expand to meet the requirements of the modern timing business we see today.