Coca Cola v. Pepsi Comparison. Unique Orbiter features are: (1) The Event Planner that turns on and off events automatically. This is used for control many events at the same time like PE classes at schools with many teachers. In a typical school can be as many as 36 events in one day! (2) Race Control using a wireless Tablet. This frees the timer from the timing tent and allows full mobility during a race. (3) Monitoring of many way points in real time with heart beat monitor and watch dog. No longer are Pelican boxes with knobs and switches required at each way point. The timer sees in real time the condition of all way points. Similar to they way NASA Houston Control monitors remote satellites.
See the screen shot of Orbiter4 software detector control below:
This is how Mats work.… Mat antenna cables are made of delicate copper and fray as they are moved and used over and over. This causes performance to degrade over time. A full 18 ft (6 meters) wide mat system has 22 different connections to put together, and another 22 to take down. In the picture below a Parks Department truck ran over the antenna shorty after they were nailed down. Nails are used to reduce tripping hazard on Mats.
Time accuracy is compromised with mat systems by the number of mats used and the latency to read the tag detect. This creates a fuzzy finish as detection can happen on any of the one mats. Orbiter’s time is very accurate because it is the leading edge of the phased detect lobe that captures the time speed of light.
Orbiter has a Reprocessing button that allows configuration of the race to be changed on the fly and even after the race. Reprocessing saves races because it allows setup errors to be corrected even after a race.
One tag per bib is all that is needed. This provides additional economy over the two tag method, and reduces preparation time prior to the race. Twotags are often required of mat systems, or more than one mat because radio waves get grounded when placed directly on mother earth. Two tags or two mats are used to counter act this effect but even then reports of missed tag detects are given. Orbiter side antennas are up in the air and communication to the tag is superior. Thus, only one tag per bib is needed with Orbiter.
Orbiter detectors are excellent Way Points because they set up so quickly.
Seen in these pictures are complicated competitive systems. They are not easy all-in-one set up like Orbiter.