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IPICO Timer of the Month: Ken Racine, Racine MultiSports
Ken Racine started his endurance career in the 1980s, spending five years participating in triathlons. After taking time off to focus on his family and career, he returned at age 39 and started competing again. That second wind helped him solidify his decision to become a race director, and in 2006 Racine MultiSports was formed. Today, the company owns and operates 17 events, which includes timing with IPICO equipment. We recently caught up with Ken and talked about how he got into timing, his IPICO setup and advice on how to enter the timing field. Tell us a little about Racine Timing and how it came out of Racine MultiSports. After hiring timing companies for the first two years of operation, I decided to [ ... read more ]

Introducing the TUHF System
From all the glitz and glamour of the IPICO Users Summit in Las Vegas, there’s one thing that stands out among the rest: the introduction of our brand new TUHF System. The TUHF System marks ACTIVE Network | IPICO’s introduction to the UHF market and is planned to launch in Q2 2016. While many IPICO timers rely on our Dual Frequency hardware, we’ve noticed an emerging trend of timers looking for a lower-cost, disposable timing solution. Keeping an eye on these needs, the ACTIVE Network | IPICO team created UHF hardware that compliments the existing – and evolving – portfolio of Dual Frequency hardware. Built for road races and those looking to enter the UHF timing market, the TUHF System features two [ ... read more ]

24/7 Support for IPICO Timers
Now we are able to offer timer support no matter the time of day.   The addition of 24/7 support was made based on feedback provided by IPICO users. Since IPICO became part of the ACTIVE Network family, we have continued to grow support resources for IPICO hardware users. Earlier this year we announced the addition of a support portal for our customers In addition to 24/7 phone support, IPICO timers have access to ACTIVE’s secure Customer Portal, discussion forums, and online training materials.  This portal is the best place to find answers to hardware questions and to submit support cases and track service requests.  We know timers and event organizers often work around the clock to make their [ ... read more ]

Registration Now Open for the 2016 ACTIVE Network | IPICO Users Summit
Conference to Outline Innovations and ACTIVE’s Emerging Technologies at the Forefront of the Timing Industry     Dallas – Dec. 17, 2015 – ACTIVE Network®, the premier global marketplace for activities and events and the industry’s leading provider of data solutions, today announced that registration is now open for the 2016 ACTIVE Network | IPICO Users Summit. The conference takes place Jan. 27-28, 2016, in Las Vegas. The theme of this year’s annual summit is “It’s About Time.” The conference will outline and celebrate forward strides in the event timing industry and provide a look ahead at emerging ideas and technologies for ACTIVE Network | IPICO users. The summit will include [ ... read more ]

The Differences in Dual Frequency, Ultra High Frequency and Low Frequency RFID Technologies
Contemplating becoming a chip timer?  Among other considerations, you may want to research the benefits of different RFID timing systems.  Investing time in understanding the various RFID technologies will help ensure you choose the right system for the types of events you are aiming to time and score.     RFID Technology Overview Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology allows events to capture event participant times by linking each participant to a transponder (timing chip) with a unique code and using radio waves to communicate between the timing chips and mats or antennas located along a race course. Producing timely and accurate results in a race environment is often a challenge. [ ... read more ]

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