About Orbiter Chip Timing System Orbiter prides itself for simplicity of use. “Anyone can time a race.” We want to share information about the technology that makes this happen. First is our patented designs make Orbiter truly unique. All you need is an Orbiter reader and a Panasonic ToughPad tablet or laptop to time a race. No mats, no overhead structures.
The Orbiter side-antenna technology is unique.As more and more companies license this technology, it is becoming an industry standard for timing events. For large and small races, the Orbiter side-antenna technology method allows races to be timed accurately with 3 minute set up and ease. This is why many of the largest marathons, through their timing Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM), have their events licensed. It even works for bike races.
Plus, Orbiter provides economy as we show you how to combine your own bib tags for $ .29 cents each or we can supply fully programmed RFID chips and bibs for you. Co-designed the unique 3D-Tag which Ironman triathlon timers say are the best in the world.
A light simple design means for the average race, you and your car are all you need to get to the race and time it.
Better Accuracy: Independent tests conducted by the military find the Orbiter timing method is as accurate as or more accurate than mats and overhead structures. The reason is that the Orbiter readers, both Standard and SLING, may be adjusted such that participant tags are detected and “beep” on the Start and Finish lines for all to see and hear. Competitive systems typically need two rows of mats and wires, or 2 RFID tags per bib to accomplish the same as Orbiter one reader and one bib. They also often have a 7 second delay to register the detection.
Orbiters technology also solves shadowing issues common to other systems.Tags are detected even in the most dense runner line ups. This is done by proven positioning of the readers, phased detect antennas and increased power. The advantage is 3 minute set up rather than an hour with competitive systems that use complex mat or overhead structures
Our readers are autonomous, smart and use non-volatile memory.They are not just antennas and cables operating as a slave to the server, but make decisions on their own. For example, knowing if a person running into a transition is returning to pick up something left behind. Orbiter is the only company that can communicate to 17 Antenna sets with no cables, and then move them on the fly. This is even true with our tablet solution. Other tablets solutions communicate with the RFID readers one at a time, and reading more at a time requires time consuming manual process to switch from one WI-FI icon to another. We monitor our system with heart beat monitors and watch dog wirelessly.This advanced method is not available with other systems because we wrote on own embedded software. This is a must for mobile side antenna technology.Traditional embedded reader software is designed for supply chain with cable connections not the demands of flakey wireless connections which are up and down, ‘Can you hear me now’.
Plus, each of our antennas produce 1 watt of energy. This means a multiple of power over the start finish line.Unlike competitors that only use 1 watt to power shared over a full array of antennas.
All weather rugged design: Orbiters are used high heat and dust (Mojave Desert), and used in torrential rain (Guam), salt-water (Florida), Mountain Tops (Canadian Rockies), and mud runs.
Our Warranty is 1 year all parts and labor anywhere in the world.