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Dear Friends and Partners in the timing world,

As spring turns to summer for us Down Under, we at RFID Race Timing Systems are hard at work pushing the envelope in the timing field.

Our presence at events around the globe – from Africa, across Europe and the USA, to Asia – highlights our firm, expanding market position alongside our deep commitment to race timing. Below are a few event briefs, and we encourage you to click here to view an expanded list of events in which our systems have been utilised.

Our ULTRA system is continuing to go from strength to strength around the world building a reputation based on its dependable reliability and cost effective operation. These unique values were recognised by our European timers, and were a reoccurring theme in many of the conversations at our recent Annual Users Conference which took place on September 13 and 14.

We now look forward to meeting our partners and friends at the Americas Users Conference slated for January 2012. These conferences are crucial not only for sharing our news, but, as importantly, for listening intently to our customers, understanding their needs, and planning development based on these needs.

We hope you find this update informative and, as always, look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards,

Andrew Peterson


A selection of our recent events

RFID Race Timing Systems products were the number one choice of timers at events during recent months. Here is a taste of the action from around the world:

Fort4Fitness (Fort Wayne, Indiana):

An estimated 25,000 runners and spectators came out for the fourth annual Fort4Fitness event which took place on September 24 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A total of 8,600 participants registered for the Half Marathon, 10K, and 4 Mile Run/Walk making it the largest Fort4Fitness to date. End Result LLC used the ULTRA System combined with disposable tags to time the race.

More information on the race is here.

Local news coverage of the events is here.

 

 

Dublin Marathon (Dublin, Ireland): 

Considered to be the ‘blue ribbon’ marathon event in Ireland, the Dublin Marathon took place October 31, with record numbers as 14 000 runners, joggers, and fun-seekers poured onto the streets of Ireland’s capital. The event has grown in popularity over the years and is internationally known as the Friendly Marathon due to the amicable atmosphere shared by the thousands of spectators. Timing Data Service effectively managed the increased number of competitors delivering accurate and timely results thanks to the reliable ULTRA system.

For more information visit the race website.


Challenge Henley (Henley-on-Thames, UK)

Some 1,000 participants gathered on a misty September 19 morning for the inaugural Challenge Henley ironman triathlon. Taking place on the River Thames, through the scenic Chiltern Hills, and nearby villages, the event included a 3.8K (2.4 mile) swim, 180K (111.8 mile) bike race, and 42.2K (26.2 mile) run. Challenge Henley-on-Thames is part of the Challenge Family global series of long distance triathlons featuring 13 races over three continents. The race was timed by our UK / Ireland distributor, StuWeb Timing Solutions, using the HDD System. 

More on the triathlon can be found here.

BBC coverage of the event is here.


Triathlon Audencia La Baule (La Baule, France):

On September 17 and 18, over 60,000 spectators cheered on the 5,600 competitors lining up in various races comprising the 24th Triathlon Audencia La Baule. The event, which included nine races geared for any age and athletic level took place in picturesque La Baule, France, northwest of Nantes. The triathlon was timed by RFID Race Timing distributor, Ipitos, with the HDD System.

For more information, visit the event website.

Video highlights are here.


Coca-Cola Road Race (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia):

RFID Race Timing helped make history when it had the honor of being selected as the first RFID system used to time all participants in an Ethiopian event. On September 19, the first race of the 2011 Coca-Cola Road Race Series – a 7K run – took place in Addis Ababa with more than 3,000 participants. The ULTRA system was used by the Great Ethopian Run who was proud to have results posted for all runners online within two hours of the event’s completion.

More information on the event may be found here.


Europe Conference a Success. Next Stop, the US

On the heels of the successful Users Conference for our European timers in September, we are pleased to announce that the 2012 RFID Race Timing Conference for our partners in the Americas will take place in beautiful Deerfield Beach, Florida on January 26 - 28, 2012. We are also thrilled to extend complimentary registration to those who respond by December 26, 2011. The conference will include a meet and greet cocktail party on January 26 in the evening and informative seminar sessions – including the launch of our new multisport UHF tag as well as other product demonstrations -- on Friday, January 27 and 28.

For more information and to register, please click here


Tech Talk – In search of a UHF Multisport tag that works

From the day we produced our first ULTRA we have been acutely aware of the requirement for a UHF multisport tag. This is because events like triathlon that must use a transponder attached to the ankle because a shoe cannot be worn for all disciplines and often a wetsuit is worn right up to the transition between swim and cycle. The problem with passive UHF tags is that water is a major barrier to good read performance. This occurs either due to the tag’s close proximity to the skin or having a wetsuit dripping in salt water wrapped around the transponder. Most attempts at a solution in the past have seen chunky plastic clips used to hold the tag off the skin but this is cumbersome and not effective for wetsuit swims.

RFID Race Timing Systems in conjunction with our agents in USA and Europe have been testing a new special Gen 2 UHF tag with amazing results in triathlon. The tag has been tested and modified by RFID Race Timing Systems to maximize read performance when worn on the ankle. These tags are reliably read using only two antenna ports connected to two side flank antennas either side of a timing point that can be up to 6m wide. The new tag will be officially unveiled in January 2012 at the RFID Race Timing System conference in Florida. Attendees at the European Conference held at Stansted UK were also given a sneak preview of the new multisport tag we call UltraTag.


For further information please contact the
nearest distributor in your country 

Asia Pacific/Europe/Africa
North & South America
United Kingdom/Ireland
         

Contact:

Andrew Peterson

Address: RFID Timing
Unit 1, 97 Garling St,
O’Connor WA 6163

Email:

info@rfidtiming.com

Mobile:

+61 400 105680

Phone:

+61 8 9331 6562

Skype:

andrewpeterson

 

Contact:

Alan Harding

Address:

2501 NW
107th Avenue
Coral Springs,
Florida 33065

Skype:

accuchipusa

Email:

AccuChip@bellsouth.net

Phone:

(954) 461-6320

Web:

www.accuchiptiming.com

 
Contact: Stuart Steele

Address:

5 Harcourt Dve
Dudley DY32PW
United Kingdom

Skype:

stuartdsteele

Email:

stuart@stuweb.co.uk

Phone:

07808 254 916

Web:

www.stuweb.co.uk

France
Spain
Japan
         

Contact:

Ipitos

Address:

36 Rue Geoffroy de la Tour Landry
49120 LA TOUR LANDRY
France

Email:

ipitos@ipitos.com

Phone:

+33(0)2 41 30 44 54

 

Contact:

Bernardo Mazón

Address:

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

Email:

bernardo@uno.es

Phone:

+34 609 131 130

Web: www.uno.es
 

Contact:

Motoki Sato

Address:

Japan 21
1-26-7 Ebisunishi
Shibuya-ku
150-0021              Japan

Email:

sato.motoki@japan21.co.jp

Phone:

+81 3 5456 8540 

Web: www.japan21.co.jp

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