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UHF Best Practices
Frequency matters when it comes to timing. While the basic principles of race timing will stay the same, there are differences in how you prepare for a race with ACTIVE | IPICO Dual Frequency technology, and how you prepare for a race using UHF RFID race timing systems.   Whether you are a new race timer, or an old-timer timer, there are steps you can take to ensure the accuracy of your reads and refresh your memory. Based on successful events with our TUHF reader, we have compiled this list of Best Practices.  Preserve your investment and get tips on: Software specifically designed for UHF readers Common UHF mistakes and how to avoid them Assembly and transport of RFID tags and equipment to ensure [ ... read more ]
“What’s my time?” Chip vs Gun
Every four years, the world unites in a celebration of unity through diversity and a show of unprecedented athletic ability. In 2012, the games kicked off in a new way: with a starting pistol. As a race timer, the concept of a starting pistol is nothing new to you; after all, gun timing has been the standard for world record times for many years. However, with the development of RFID timing systems, timers typically set up a gun start as well as chip timing for ease of use and accuracy. To those just getting into timing, there are two types of timing commonly used in endurance events: Chip timing (which IPICO technology uses) and gun timing. It's important to understand the difference in the two because, depending [ ... read more ]
Cool Tip to Grow Revenue
As a Race Timer, you are always looking for new services that you can offer your customers. That's a key part of your business strategy. After all, next to your expertise your services are what make you stand out from the pack! One area that you may not have looked to as a potential revenue generating opportunity is your Bib offerings. With ACTIVE | IPICO we offer custom bib options. Whether you are timing a Turkey Trot, a Triathlon, or an experiential race, we have a bib offering that is sure to impress. When pitching to your customers, here are some unique ways they can use your custom bibs Organization: No matter the size of your race, race day logistics are a major hassle. Custom Bibs with pull tags can [ ... read more ]
Which Timing System is best for you?
As you search the web for the timing solutions that are right for you, it's easy to get overwhelmed with your choices. With the many types of races out there, not every timing system will work for every race. That's why we created this detailed guide. Whether you are a timer for road races or cycling races, ACTIVE Network | IPICO has you covered. With this guide you will receive: Suggested Configurations for every rac Complete pricing for timing equipment on all races Tips to grow your revenue with technology Solutions for live-streaming results and more! visit this page to get the guide! [ ... read more ]
July Timer of the Month: Bart Muylle
MyTime began as a group of friends pooling timing equipment for events they were organising all across New Zealand, but today it has grown into one of the largest full service timing teams with around 140 events per season. From Road Races to Cycling, Kayaking and SUP Bart Muylle and his team do it all! Read on to get insight on how Bart sets up his races and why he loves his job! Q: Tell us a little about MyTime. A: Back in 2006 we were helping to organise a few events around NZ and that season we did results manually including for some triathlons. Needless to say, that was pretty painful and we found it a huge challenge to get results up online quickly for the participants to check. Not wanting a repeat, we [ ... read more ]
Introducing the TUHF Reader
    Jerry Riebling of River City Race Management, a long-time, loyal ACTIVE | IPICO timer, loves the work he does. For many years he has built his business on the gold-standard accuracy that IPICO timing provides. In recent years, the landscape of endurance race timing events has changes and Jerry has found it difficult to compete on pricing for smaller, local road races.  As Jerry works to diversify and grow his event portfolio, he explained to Matt, his Account Manager, that he needed a timing solutions designed specifically for the needs of smaller road races. Enter, TUHF™.   TUHF™ is the solution for timers just like Jerry. TUHF™ provides the reliability and service our timers have [ ... read more ]
5 things timers love
Timers get a lot of – well, let’s be honest – dumb questions during race day. And while our preferred response to most of these questions would bring in some pretty great reactions from participants, we know we’re part of the event and have to represent the event to the highest standard. So to help you relieve some stress, we compiled the top 5 things we “love” and our dream responses, dripping in sarcasm.   1. Registering Minutes Before the Start of the Race I know the race starts at 8 a.m. and the website and all the emails that were sent said to please be checked in by 7:45 a.m., but yes, we can totally make an exception for you at 7:58 a.m. We know how important it is that you stopped [ ... 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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