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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 ]
  Scoring a World Marathon Major event may be the pinnacle of achievements held by only a handful of event timers. Japanese timing company R-bies Corporation has used IPICO timing hardware for nine years and has been timing the Tokyo Marathon with this technology since 2011.  Continuously striving for perfection, R-bies triumphed in 2015 with only two missed tags in a field of over 35,000 runners.     Click below for a technical analysis of the timing hardware, manpower, and read statistics for the 2015 Tokyo Marathon.  Tokyo Marathon whitepaper   [ ... read more ]
       In our last post, we highlighted how Race Timer, Greg Stuart of Stuart Road Racing built his amazing timing career. We also spoke to him about his favorite timing hardware and Stuart revealed to us that even though he started out with IPICO’s Elite Reader, he’s much more comfortable with the Super Elite Reader. Read our interview to find out what he likes best about the new Super Elite Reader! IPICO: Why did you decide to purchase the Super Elite Reader? Stuart: I had one event that was going to require three separate chip-timed finish lines.  It was a canoe race with three different distances – recreational, competitive canoe & kayak and a biathlon canoe & run.  IPICO: [ ... read more ]
      Greg Stuart’s passion for racing is evident by his treasure trove of fun stories as a race timer. His foray into timing started in 1970 with the purchase of his very first stopwatch. “I still have the stopwatch which is now an antique!” says Stuart. But his career really took off in 1999 when his eldest daughter joined her high school’s cross country track team. “I started helping with splits and timing meets,” he explained.      Nowadays, he is equally busy timing 5Ks, cross country meets and track meets. Stuart’s enthusiasm for racing came from his own background as a runner. “I love all running events. I’m a life-long runner. I have a long distance [ ... read more ]
Enhance Your Race with Custom Shoe Tags

IPICO timers are closely working with event directors to produce a heightened experience for race participants and sponsors using custom shoe tags.

Click the image below to see some great examples.

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          Working to continually provide valuable support solutions, ACTIVE | IPICO is building upon an existing team of stellar support experts to deliver expanded support tools for IPICO timers.    Enhanced support includes: Knowledge Base: Tap into a continuously growing library of quick-reference articles to answer questions anytime, anywhere. Case Management: Submit, view and manage service requests through one intuitive interface. Collaborative Forum: Ask and answer questions from other IPICO timers.   Knowledge Base Earlier this year, we launched a public knowledge base on our support homepage that provides IPICO timers with self-help guides [ ... read more ]
So, just how many runners are timed?
  Running event participation continues to increase year after year, which is no surprise to the timing industry.  More runners easily mean more events to time, and more athletes to time within these events. What is new, however, is the explosion of runners in non-traditional events (also known as experiential events or mob events), such as color-infused runs, glow-in-the-dark events and obstacle races. These events do not typically require a timer to track the whereabouts of runners along the course or carefully monitor the finish times of elites. Running USA reports that in 2013 there were over 19 million finishers in timed running events throughout the US.  They estimated 4 million participants in [ ... read more ]
Souvenir Shoe Tags given to 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon Runners
    The Virgin Money London Marathon upped the ante for runners by providing them with a commemorative shoe tag on the 35th anniversary of the race.       The Souvenir Tag The shoe tag celebrates the marathon with a photo from the inaugural race back in 1981, when the first marathon winners Dick Beardsley and Inge Simonsen crossed the finish line together. After contending a close race for more than 26 miles, the two winners quickly chose to cross the finish line together and win the race hand-in-hand. This moment was especially moving for both elites, as neither had yet won a marathon during their career. This special moment was printed on the timing chips that were [ ... read more ]
2015 Tokyo Marathon – A perfect day
99.99% read rates in Tokyo Marathon Motohiko Kato, Head Timer for RECS, pictured the day after the Tokyo Marathon 2015, has something to smile about. At the 2015 Tokyo Marathon, they received 99.99% read rates, the BEST EVER at a major mass participation event. The 2015 Tokyo Marathon took place on February 22nd and had 35897 starters and 34,528 finishers with 14 read point out on the course. Read the race report here. And if that wasn't enough...On the same day RECS timed an additional ten races with an additional 50,000+ runners, 200 staff working that day, and over 100 elite systems deployed! Amazing! [ ... read more ]
FOOT LOCKER NATIONALS Balboa Park, San Diego, CA Anna Rohrer and Grant Fisher are your 2014 Foot Locker Cross Country National Champions. TIMED BY FINISHED RESULTS - CHRIS DRESCHER AND ALEX LOHMAN GAVE LIVE SPLITS AND INSTANT RESULTS RESULTS [ ... read more ]
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