Dear Friends and Partners in the timing world,

With the beginning of 2011 well behind us, I would like to relay my best wishes for a prosperous and successful year. 

The year opened in a promising way for RFID Race Timing Systems with numerous events and activities. One particularly exciting activity has been relocating to a larger facility in order to keep pace with our growth and expansion (see news item below for more). 

We look forward to keeping you posted and staying in touch during 2011. Committed to providing our customers with the highest quality race timing equipment available on the market, I am always happy to hear from you with feedback, ideas, and suggestions.

Sincerely,

Andrew Peterson


Some of our recent events

Since the beginning of 2011, RFID Race Timing technology has provided high reliability in timing dozens of races. The following are only a select few:

Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour (Cape Town, South Africa):

Over 35,000 cyclists gathered on March 13 in Cape Town for the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour for what has been billed as the world's largest timed cycling event.  The cyclists were treated to near perfect weather at the 110K race, which was part of Lifecycle Week, a weeklong event that includes a number of races.  South Africa’s RaceTec used RFID Race Timing Systems' HDD System to time the event.

More information on the race may be found here: http://www.cycletour.co.za/


Davis Stampede (Davis, California): 

An annual running and walking event, the Davis Stampede took place on February 6 and included a 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon, as well as three fun runs for kids.  The Davis Stampede is organized by A Change of Pace Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on encouraging, educating, and motivating children to inspire life-long habits towards a healthy lifestyle.  This year’s event was the organization’s largest, with 3,800 runners and walkers. The Ultra System was used by A Change of Pace, which was extremely satisfied with the results (see sidebar).

For more information, please see: http://www.changeofpace.com/davis_stampede.html

Footage from the event can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqfBX2xAdHg


City2Bay (Melbourne, Australia):

Raising $50,000 for Challenge, an organization supporting children with cancer, City2Bay 2011 saw some 3,000 participants take part in a 5K, 10K, and 1.5K Family Run in Melbourne, Australia. Many of Challenge’s families and children participated by either running or volunteering in different capacities, making the event truly special for all those involved. Though it appeared that the weather would put a damper on the event -- first due to 36C heat, followed by cool winds -- conditions couldn’t have been much better at start time on January 9.  City2Bay was timed by Tomato Timing, using the latest Ultra System and disposable bibs embedded with Alien RFID tags.

For more information, please see the event website: http://www.city2bay.com.au/


Subic International Marathon (Subic Bay, the Philippines):

Around 1,700 runners poured into Subic Bay on January 9 to partake in the third Subic International Marathon. The event, dedicated to personal growth and development, featured 3K and 5K runs alongside 10K, 21K, and 42K courses. RFID Philippines (a subsidiary of Extribe) timed the event for the first time, using the new Ultra System and PowerT disposable tags.

More information on the event may be found here: http://www.subicinternationalmarathon.info/


We've moved - please note our new address

RFID Race Timing Systems has moved to brand new premises at 97 Garling Street, O’Connor in the industrial hub of Perth. The building has been custom fitted with state-of-the art Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) electronic diagnostic and development equipment and technologies. The new expansive venue allows RFID Race Timing Systems to continue to develop in 2011, with robust production and R&D capabilities which will enable continual improvements in the design and implementation of Radio Frequency ID in sports timing. 


Conferences for 2011/2012

RFID Race Timing Systems is finalising dates and venues for timing conferences in Europe and the USA. The likely dates and venues will be September 2011 in Central Europe and January 2012 in Florida. We will keep you posted on developments as they are finalised. Our conferences provide an opportunity for you to:

  • Meet like-minded individuals involved in sports timing;
  • Interact with the people behind RFID Race Timing Systems; and
  • Learn about our technologies directly from users, partners, and our technology gurus.

Want to see RFID in action?

Check out the NEW Video Clips page on our website.


Tech Talk - Remote Timing

Many large events require real-time scoring from sometimes distant timing points along the course. These times are often shown on a live scoreboard both on the web and at the finish line. While it may sound high-tech to some, it is really not too complex to put timing systems onto an inexpensive and reliable network using the Internet.

The most common way to accomplish this is to use a built-in GPRS modem that utilizes the GSM mobile phone network to send data over the Internet to a remote server which receives this data. An external 3G modem can also be used.  Some savvy timers can even use a 3G Modem Router to use “The Cloud” to send data over the Internet, and many places in Europe have free Wifi connectivity within the area of a timing point. Data can be sent over the Internet to a server that accepts, deciphers, and stores them in a database. This server can then be accessed by any computer via the Internet to pull down this timing data to scoring software at the race finish line. The whole process takes only one or two seconds, so the results effectively appear in real-time.

Some other timing operators have set up a virtual private network (VPN) where the remote modem is connected directly to the finish line as if it were on the same local area network. The setup of a VPN can be complicated, but essentially eliminates the need for a central or ‘repeater’ server saving the data.
We, at RFID Race Timing Systems, offer all of the above solutions to our customers. The Ultra System even has an optional built-in GPRS as well as an HTTP post request, using an external modem.

 


For further information please contact the
nearest distributor in your country 

Asia Pacific & Europe

North and South America

United Kingdom/Ireland

RFID Race Timing Systems

Accuchip

StuWeb

13 Willcock St
Ardross
Western Australia 6153

2501 NW
107th Avenue
Coral Springs,
Florida 33065

5 Harcourt Dve
Dudley DY32PW
United Kingdom

Phone: +61 8 9316 4528

Phone: (954) 461-6320

Phone: +44 7808 254 916

Email: info@rfidtiming.com

Email: AccuChip@bellsouth.net

Email: stuart@stuweb.co.uk

     

France

Spain

Hong Kong/China

Ipitos

UNO Multimedia

KEMAX Technologies

36 Rue Geoffroy de la Tour Landry
49120 LA TOURLANDRY
France

Alta, 46-A, Entlo,
39008 Santander,
Spain

8 Boon Lay Way,
TradeHub 21,
#04-05/06
Singapore 609964

Phone:+33(0)2 41 30 44 54

Phone:+34 609 131 130

 

Email: ipitos@ipitos.com

Email: bernardo@uno.es

Email: ypeter@teamone.com.sg

 

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