Accuracy and Reliability
Technology and Technique
We offer both manual (hand recorded) and electronic (RFID or Radio Frequency ID) timing methods. It's no secret that we use the timing software 'WebScorer' that is readily available and relatively cheap to use. However, it's the special sauce we add to the mix that makes the difference!
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Manual Timing - A good choice for events with small numbers and easily controlled finish lines, or events that require mobility and flexibility. We utilize the WebScorer iPad app and work as a 2-person team to ensure accurate recording of bib numbers and time. Our technique has been tested with MTB, Cyclocross, Running and Triathlon with fields of up to 150 competitors with races spanning over 6 hours.
One big advantage of Manual timing is portability. A great example being a Staged MTB Enduro race, where we have timed multiple legs all starting at different times in different locations. We were able to travel with the race on Mountain Bike, setting up ready to go in a matter of minutes. No external power required, no bulky equipment, just a couple of iPads and a backpack. Our iPads are housed in waterproof cases making them a great, lightweight and robust timing system.
Automated Electronic Timing
We are investing in RFID timing technology to provide a solution for larger events such as running or road cycling where greater numbers of competitors will be crossing the start/finish line than can be recorded manually
There are two types of electronic timing system available, either passive or active RFID (Radio Frequency ID). Our system is a passive type, which is not as accurate as an active system but significantly lower cost to operate. We can employ low-cost disposable ID tags in the form of special stickers, or a robust re-useable ankle tag that is well suited to multi-sport, triathlon, adventure running and cycle sports.
Active systems are much more accurate, but carry a significant operating cost with tags costing upwards of $50 each.
RDIF timing requires use of an antenna system at the finish line and can be configured for different types of sport. Our reader system integrates with the WebScorer timing software platform which gives us the ability to instantly switch to manual timing in the event of a problem.