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Dear Friends and Partners in the timing world,

RFID Race Timing SystemsSpring has blossomed across the Northern Hemisphere, opening a new season of events, while Down Under at our Perth HQ, winter is fast approaching!

At RFID Timing Systems, we are as busy as ever developing cutting-edge race timing technologies and supporting our partners and customers across the world.

This newsletter is packed with updates covering events using our systems along with some new video clips explaining the HDD and Ultra systems.

We hope you enjoy this update and look forward to hearing from you.


Andrew Peterson

Some of our recent events

RFID Timing Systems products were deployed at many events during the last two months, and we present a only a handful here:

Two Oceans MarathonOld Mutual Two Oceans Marathon (Cape Town, South Africa):

Billed as “The World’s Most Beautiful Marathon,” the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon took place on Easter Weekend in Cape Town, South Africa, attracting over 23,000 participants. The event began at the crack of dawn, treating participants to a 56 KM course that included picturesque scenery, justifying the marathon’s tagline. The event was timed by Racetec SA, using the HDD System.

More information on the race may be found here:

Highlights from the event can be viewed here:

DVV Antwerp 10 Miles & Marathon (Antwerp, Belgium):   

On April 17, an estimated 200,000 spectators came to support 24,000 participants that took part in the various events of the DVV Antwerp 10 Miles and Marathon.

The largest turnout was for the 10 mile run (16,500 runners), followed by approximately 2,000 participants in each of the marathon, short run, and ladies’ runs. A kids’ fun run rounded out the event which was deemed a huge success by the organizers.

Belgian-based ChronoRace used RFID Timing Systems’ Ultra System to time the event.

For more information, please see:


Hervis Prague Half-Marathon (Prague, Czech Republic):

Over 7,200 runners gathered in Prague’s beautiful historic city center for the Hervis Prague Half-Marathon. The 21.1 KM track, which wound through different neighborhoods alongside the Vltava River, took place on April 2 in uncharacteristically warm weather and saw record-breaking finishes in both the men’s and women’s events. Italy’s TDS timed the event with the Ultra System.

For more information, please see:

Reno's Rock-n-River Marathon Festival (Reno, Nevada):

Reno Rock-n-River Marathon FestivalThe Fourth Annual Rock-N-River Marathon and Half-Marathon Festival took place on May 1 in Reno, Nevada. Over 4,500 participated in the event which included a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon, whose course is one of the most scenic in Northern Nevada: starting out under the famous Reno Arch downtown and then following the Truckee River. Synergy Race Timing utilized the Ultra System to time the various events in rainy conditions with 100% read rates.

More information on the event may be found here:

A local news reporter who participated in the marathon filed her story here:

Busselton Half-Ironman (Busselton, Australia)

The 2011 Sunsmart Busselton 70.3 Half Ironman was held on May 7 in perfect triathlon conditions. The swim and run legs took place in beautiful Geographe Bay next to the Busselton Jetty, while competitors pedaled through the Tuart Forest and along coastal roads for the cycle leg. 

The 2,100 people that took part in the event were warmly welcomed by the people of Busselton.

Blue Chip Timing timed the event with the HDD System utilised for the swim check-in, swim, T2, running laps, and finish.

The Ultra System was used for T1, cycling laps, and cycle finish. The disposable UHF tags were placed on a numbered sticker on each competitor's bike seat post.

For information on the event, please see

A highlights clip may be found here:

Learn about the HDD and Ultra Systems

RFID Race Timing Systems recently released two video clips describing the numerous benefits of using the High Density Digital (HDD) System and the Ultra System. The clips can be viewed on-demand at the links below:

HDD System:

Ultra System:

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?

We are constantly updating our Video Clips page on our website. We encourage you to check our website to stay up-to-date with the latest news and clips.

Tech Talk - The Great Spacer Debate

There is sometimes confusion over the performance of RFID tags placed on wet objects. This is not a problem for low frequency passive tags used by our HDD System, but for the newer UHF passive tags this can present challenges. Unless race timers use Battery Assisted Passive (BAP) tags, they will need to make allowances for proximity of a passive UHF tag directly next to the liquid-filled, moist human body.

There is no 'black magic' here. Even when high performing, industry leading Monza 4 or Higgs 3 ICs are used with the very best dipole designs, passive UHF tags suffer performance problems when directly placed on the human skin. Simply put, it is just physics and the result of detuning and signal loss due to water.

The solution is to space the tag away from the skin with the cheapest electrically inert substance: closed cell foam. Our testing has shown that the spacer needs to be only 2-3 mm thick to guarantee excellent read rates, even when the runner’s race bib is stretched tight against the body - and the singlet dripping wet with sweat.

Some of our competitors claim they don't need a spacer, yet they have to employ two tags per bib. Even a 1 mm thin PET spacer will help things, but we believe that to get near 100% read rates, some type of thin foam spacer is required to guarantee performance in all racing conditions. Using two tags is also a good insurance policy given that each tag costs less than $0.15 each*. Yes, that’s 15 US pennies, not the exorbitant $1.00 per tag that our competitors are charging!

* Approximate cost of the passive tags that we recommend: Alien Squiggle and UPM Raflatac Dogbone. Adding a spacer adds about $0.04 per tag.

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