The latest innovation from RFID Race Timing Systems is now available for purchase from our web shop. The Joey (named after a baby kangaroo) has many features that do not exist in the marketplace today and provides a true ‘plug and play’ experience for smaller timers. The device is perfect for clubs wanting a low cost RFID solution for timing yet have access to disposable transponders that are under half the cost of those from our competitors. As CEO Andrew Peterson said, “There are plenty of integrated readers in the market today (called portals) but none of them work as a timing system straight out of the box”. The Joey also has the latest version of bluetooth LE which allows a tablet or phone to interface with the hardware – an improvement over the harder to configure LAN connection. The Joey was designed to be as easy to use as possible whilst still having enough power to achieve good read rates and all for a cost of USD$3500.
While Contract Timers in the southern hemisphere are kept busy over the summer months it can be a different story in the northern hemisphere with limited events being held due to cold weather conditions. This is not the case for Sportsoft who keep busy during the winter months with cross country ski races. The Ultra system can handle the below freezing conditions and the overhead patch antennas are prefect for ski races as there are no mats to cross or hassle removing snow from the antenna mats.
RFID Race Timing Systems has been producing the latest version (V4) antenna mats for two and half years and during this time we have been able to gather valuable feedback on the mats during every day use as well as some of the world’s most extreme events including the Polar Circle Marathon in Greenland to adventure races in the heat of Australia’s Great Sandy Desert. The change to a single Polyurethane material has been a great success with the V4 antenna mats being the most robust model produced. In addition to the hardy nature of the Polyurethane material the added weight ensures the mats remain in position during heavy traffic without having to tape down and there is reduced risk of the mats being lifted up by strong wind gusts.
Despite these advances RFID Race Timing Systems is continually looking for ways to improve its products and feedback from our customers suggests that the cable assemblies could be changed to enable better handling and storage of the mats as well as prevent damage to the cable. Following months of development and testing RFID Timing Systems has been able to add a weatherproof QMA connector to the antenna end of each cable. This new connector not only protects the cable from potential damage during handling and storage but it allows customers to replace cables cheaply and quickly without having to replace the whole mat or even the antenna insert.
The QMA connector simply works like an air compressor fitting using a single push and pull action to connect and disconnect the cable. The fitting also swivels which prevents any twisting of the cables during setup and use. For those customers that have existing V4 antenna mats this new system is compatible by replacing both the antenna insert and cable.
Should you have any questions or require further detail on this product please contact RFID Race Timing directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or your local distributor.
Conditions were predictably hot for the another debut Challenge event at Camsur, Philippines. The long course event was raced over a half ironman distance and was won by Aussie Brad Kahlefeldt and Simone Braedli of Switzerland. The event was timed using Ultra and Hutags with Racetec mobile live results. The water ski park at Camsur is ideal for running triathlons and the post race party is also legendary.
Over 2000 women took part in the 2015 Nike Womens Race in Istanbul on the 6th of June. The event is the second major Nike event to be run in Istanbul in a year and was timed by local timer Plus Timing using Ultra and special tags developed by Tadbik. Nike is a fan of the shoe tag so Tadbik designed a new tag that would work perfectly without costing a fortune. The result was excellent read rates and a professional customised and branded tag for the event. To read more about the new tag and event click here.
State -of -the -art chip timing has finally come to South Africa’s premier canoe marathon – The Dusi Marathon. Timing of the event was achieved using Ultra and a new flip tag developed by Tadbik Industries specifically for this type of event. Craig Eldridge from FinishTime was impressed with the performance of the tag and side antennas. See the full wrap on RFID Journal.
RFID Race Timing Systems were used at two Challenge events in the month of February. First up was Challenge Melbourne which saw over 1400 compete in atrocious weather conditions. Despite the wind and rain the athletes all enjoyed the scenic course on Port Philip Bay and the finishers towels were very welcome on the finish line. The event was managed by SuperSprint and timed by Tomato Timing using Ultra systems and Hutags.
Leon Griffin, Nic Kastledien and Robbo say cheers to Challenge Melbourne
Later in February one of the hottest events on the Challenge Family series took place in Subic Bay (Philippines) and was again timed by RFID Race Timing Systems using Ultra. The timing service at Challenge Philippines boasted more timed splits than previous years and a new live results application that anyone could track using their smartphones. The combination of Ultra, Hutag with OutReach software is proving to be the new benchmark in multipsort timing and well in the race against the older and much more expensive active transponder systems used in Ironman.
RFID Race Timing has perfected the manufacture of new antenna mats that have been in use now since early 2015. The 4th Generation mats boast even better antenna sensitivity whilst being made of bomb-proof polyurethane. The development took close to 1 year experimenting on shapes and materials to come up with what we believe is the ultimate UHF timing mat. These new antenna mats are proving popular with our existing timers due to the professional look they exude at the finish line. Like in previous generations the new mats are easy to deploy in about half the time of our competitors. The weight and suppleness of the polurethane means that the mats stay in one place and the ribbed non-slip surface will give years of service. The new Gen 4 mats are now shipping standard with Ultra4 and Ultra8 systems.
Ultra was again in action this time in the hot and steamy conditions of Jakarta on October 26. Over 10,000 runners took part in 4 different events culminating in the marathon. The race timed by IndoRace based in Jakarta was won by Julius Seurei and Nyansikera Winfrida both of Kenya. The popularity of running events in Indonesia is on the rise following much the the same phenomenon in Singapore, Malaysia and The Philippines.
Tilahun Regassa won the 2014 De Lage Landen Marathon Eindhoven in 2:06:21 on 11 October. The womens event was won by Iwona Lewandowska in 2:28:33. Over 20,000 competed in the event held in the picturesque dutch town of Eindhoven. The event was timed by MySports who are the leaders in event timing and videography in Holland. They used over twenty Ultra8 systems to provide live race results and a comprensive video montage of each athlete in HD quality at many points along the course. Our new Ultra mats also debuted at the finish line this year.