Among many wireless technologies, RFID UHF is the one that deserves the yellow jersey for winner. This technology proved it by its multifunctionality, durability and precision. It will work perfectly well for sport events, including cycling.
Spring and summer season are the best time for organizing such events as running, athletics or cycling competitions. All of them are undeniably popular, attracting both amateurs and professionals. The attractiveness of that event is determined mainly by the skillful organization. Participants who dedicate their time and money (starting fee) expect ideal conditions. One of the most critical point is time measure. This is mandatory to pick the winner. RFID technology has the most to offer in comparison to other technologies ? in professional and amateur sport.
Mark for Start
To measure time with RFID, three devices are substantial:
- RFID tags ? e.g. as small sticker on competitor?s number;
- antennas ? installed in time measure locations (mountain top finishes, finish lines);
- RFID UHF readers ? connected with readers.
System constructed in that way guarantees that the results of all participants will be correctly read. They will be available via PC application or any mobile device.
?Almost every amount of information may be saved on tag. Not only the basic data such as name or surname. It can contain team name, history of previous appearances, record of awards etc. Plus, RFID tags content may be easily modified. After race, tags may be updated with the newest results? ? explains PhD. Eng. Karolina Kozlowska, Smart Technology Group CEO who is the RFID expert for over 9 years.
However, this simplicity hides sophisticated mechanism. It makes it possible to precisely measure time of every participant, regardless speed he/she is moving with. For RFID it doesn?t matter whether people cross the finish line individually or collectively, as it happens often in peloton. This radio technology allows to measure exact time of even 300 participants in 1 second. That significant number may be increased when more antennas or readers are added.
That solution works perfectly well for measuring intermediate times when runners or cyclists compete on repeated laps or rounds. With RFID, their results may be instantly and correctly compared.
Just like athletes are expected to be appropriately prepared for sport, technological solutions are expected to work flawlessly. ?RFID technology is known for its durability and readiness to work even in difficult conditions? ? says PhD. Eng. Karolina Kozlowska CEO Smart Technology Group. ?Readers and tags which are used by RFID, work faultlessly in every weather conditions: rain, snow or heat. Plus, tags which serve as markers, are practically indestructible. Hence, they can be used for many years? ? she explains.
It is important as predicting weather is always highly difficult for every organizer. If time measure would fail due to downpour, then all sport competition would end in embarrassing disaster.
Other crucial RFID advantage is the easiness of its installation and integration. Therefore, organizers have even bigger opportunities to make a whole event better organized. ?Engineer knowledge and creative approach helped us in creating SMART RFID brand which is the combination of RFID with other wireless technologies such as Bluetooth, WiFi or GPRS? ? stresses PhD. Eng. Karolina Kozlowska. ?Our RFID UHF reader Master 01 is ready to work using all of them simultaneously.?
Should it matter for organizer? Indeed, as he can pinpoint location of any sportsman in real time. Reacting in fast manner when something unfortunate occurs, becomes easier. Bringing medicals or emergency crew takes only few moments.
Mix of RFID and Bluetooth is equal to instant and direct communication with other coordinators or athletes.
At Every Scale
One could think that such precise and advanced technology is available only for organizers of grand events only, such as Tour de France. Wrong. ?RFID is a very flexible technology that integrates surprisingly easy. And it is very scalable? ? notices PhD. Eng. Karolina Kozlowska. ?It can be used by coordinators of smaller, local events. For small price, they will enjoy RFID precision and certainty.?
RFID system for time measure are already in use in Poland. The most often application is for cycling competition. And they work perfectly well. Thousands of Polish cyclists can prove it.