The Winning Time Chip (© Winning Time Americas)

The Winning Time system is designed around the TIRIS RFID (radio frequency identification) technology developed by Texas Instruments, which delivers proven and highly reliable performance. The equipment and chips have been successfully used to time thousands of races around the world from large marathons to densely-packed nordic ski racing to cycling races where sprinters cross the finish line at 40mph. There are three main elements to the system: The Chip, Box and Antenna.

THE CHIP

The Winning Time transponder (known as a "Chip") is an extremely light passive radio transmitter, without a battery. The Chip consists of a micro antenna and an integrated circuit which can transmit a unique 20 digit code, and is encased in a hard plastic cover. It is worn by the athletes on an adjustable easy-on / easy-off Velcro ankle strap. The chip can also be mounted on a bicycle's front fork with a special lightweight support case. The Winning Time Chip is extremely durable and will last for years.

THE BOX

The controller boxes are used wherever athlete data must be captured: starting lines, split check points and finish lines. The controller box houses the TIRIS RFID modules (chip readers), which are controlled by Winning Time's proprietary CPU. Long lasting rechargeable batteries are also included in the box. A built in memory stores data until the user wishes to delete it. Our weatherproof controller boxes connect to multiple mat antennas that capture chip data (ID code & race time) as athletes pass over them. Numerous communications ports provide connectivity options between the controller boxes and the scoring computer. The boxes have been constructed to withstand the rigors of constant use, environmental conditions and transportation. They are built to last!

THE ANTENNA

The controller boxes are used wherever athlete data must be captured: starting lines, split check points and finish lines. The controller box houses the TIRIS RFID modules (chip readers), which are controlled by Winning Time's proprietary CPU. Long lasting rechargeable batteries are also included in the box. A built in memory stores data until the user wishes to delete it. Our weatherproof controller boxes connect to multiple mat antennas that capture chip data (ID code & race time) as athletes pass over them. Numerous communications ports provide connectivity options between the controller boxes and the scoring computer. The boxes have been constructed to withstand the rigors of constant use, environmental conditions and transportation. They are built to last!

The Winning Time system operates in the following way:

  • 1. The antennas incorporated in the mats are driven by the controller boxes to generate an electro-magnetic field that sends an energizing signal to the transponder.
  • 2. Within 60 milliseconds the chip is fully powered and ready to send its unique identification code back to the antennas.
  • 3. The chip ID code is then passed through the antenna to the controller box, which stores it together with the time of day. The data is then read through the controller box serial link, via computer, into the scoring software
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