Our History

Orbiter RFID History is about continual improvement. We built a system designed as a tool to be used by schools, the military, non profits and parks. Our engineers produced Version 1 in 1996 and we are now into Version 4. Our people have evolved the product into an economical and professional system for counting laps and timing events.

We crafted a System that results in a combination of patented software and hardware using RFID technology.

Our engineers were the first to use mobile side antenna technology for race timing. This technology has rapidly replaced mat and overhead structures. Users like the ease of set up. They also like time accuracy with precise beam control.

List of firsts

We have innovated many other chip timing firsts. In addition to those mentioned above, we made the traditional plastic pelican box obsolete. Obsolete means not needed. This makes our Orbiter light and an all in one package. p>

The Orbiter reader is autonomous from the server. The reader is truly smart and does not need a live connection to an outside computer. The Orbiter reader makes intelligent decisions on it’s own. It can even determine last tag detect on it’s own. Priority cellular communication and much more.

We use higher voltage batteries. 24 volt battery power means more tags may be read at the same time than with 12 volts. The is because each integrated circuit on the runners bib consumes electrical power radiated from the reader. The more bibs in the field the greater the power voltage needed to communicate successfully.


Another important first is the ability to trade tags between participant. This saves money and is especially important for school physical education and military fitness assessment tests. Special software called the “Event Planner” makes this happen.

Unique Tags

We were the first to innovate passive Triathlon tags that are read well in any direction. Thus being responsible for funding the initial development of the Hu Tag. Then making a further advancement with the 3 Tag. We innovated the lowest cost method of combining tags to bibs. This allows a flat surface this is not lump as is the case when tape or plastic sticks are used. Thus making it easier to distribute bibs the day of the race. Lastly, we invented the “white” school tag that is a balance between economy yet retains very long read ranges. This allows school kids to run free without lining up and stopping at the reader.

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