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Race Chip Timing (RFID)


RFID stands for radio-frequency identification. There have been many applications for its use from inventory management, pet identification and timing athletic events.

Also called transponder timing, chip timing, RFID timing, or tag timing, it is a method for measuring time and place in athletic events. A transponder working on a radio-frequency identification (RFID) basis is attached to the athlete and sends a code that is detected by radio receivers.

Race Chip timing systems require that athletes wear lightweight chip that identifies them as they cross electronic mats or antennas. The chip is typically attached to shoelace, an ankle bracelet, or on the assigned bib number depending on the system being used. Chip timing electronically collects and processes results at the finish line.

Race Chip timing eliminates the problems with manual timing. Mistakes in the results can be caused by confusing multiple-chute finishing areas, runners wearing the wrong number, runners who get out of order in the chutes or "bandits" (runners who have not registered). Also, because the process of matching times to numbers is computerized, human error is minimized, and results can be made available immediately.

As less expensive transponders have been produced, the use of disposable tags has become more popular. The technology is the same as a reusable tag, but the race does not have to collect the tags at the finish line. Chips are now available that can be attached to the athletes bib number. This has the added feature of increased accuracy in being recorded as the participants torso crosses the finish line as apposed to the lead or trail foot, which sometimes leads to incorrect place results.

Not every RFID chip system is suitable for race timing. A foam backing will prevent moisture and the bodies own electrical system. It is also important to use a system that works on an ultra high frequency (UHF) so that it is free from static interference.

It is important as well to work with a timing company that knows and understands the technology and understands race management and how to use that technology to produce results.

Article research from Marathon Guide, Wikipedia and years of research and 20 years in the timing business. Bob Beattie, owner of Island-Timing is a contributor to the Wikipedia article.

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Race Timing by Island Timing USA, Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. and Race Timing, Frederick Maryland
Serving the east coast, we use a disposable bib chip with the Innovative Jaguar System. We have two teams and working on a third, so we can be at several races a day in NY, CT, NJ, MD, VA, WV, PA, MA. We have a live in trailer and can travel. Race Timing has offices on Long Island, NY and Frederick, Maryland

Island Timing provides complete race management and chip timing services for your event. We have the background, skills, and technology necessary to help you put on a great event! In 2010 we greatly enhanced our services to include disposable bib chips, large screen displays, announcer screens and two timing systems and crews. We also enhanced our race promotions and provide online registration system.

Island Timing uses the Innovative Jaguar chip timing systems to provide the best technology has to offer in race timing.

Island Timing offers fast, friendly, accurate chip timing, database management and service for all types of running, cycling, cross-country skiing and multi-sport events.

Our services are very comprehensive and include everything from chip timing to complete management of your entire event. You choose from our services and create a customized solution that truly meets your needs and budget.

We know the importance of an accurate database to ensure accurate results as well as contacting participants in the future. We also understand the importance of fast and friendly packet pick-up on race day. We want your event to be flawless. Our staff will professionally supervise volunteers on race day making sure that packet pick-up and registration are a pleasant experience for both the participants and the volunteers. Let our staff ensure that participants needing extra attention are assisted quickly.

We know the importance of accurate and timely posting of results throughout the event. Let our expert scoring staff ensure that the results you need are provided when you needed them, how you need them.

We know that you want the best and we have researched and purchased the best equipment in the world so that we can offer you nothing but the best.

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