RECOMMENDED RFID TIMING HARDWARE SETUP

by Vesa SuomalainenMonday, January 16, 2017 07:52 PM

Webscorer PRO v2.5 adds support for the Radiant Sensors RFID reader which is inexpensive and comes built-in with a WiFi hotspot for super easy setup.  After extensive testing, we’re now ready to recommend the following hardware for use in multiple sports:

 - Running
 - Cycling
 - Skiing
 - Mud-runs
 - Paddling

Recommended RFID hardware: 

$795 - 4-port RFID reader with WiFi: https://www.atlasrfidstore.com/radiant-sensors-rswr-400-uhf-rfid-reader-4-port-wifi/
$299 - RFID antenna kit with tripod & cable: https://www.atlasrfidstore.com/rfmax-rfid-race-timing-antenna-kit-15-ft-cable/ 
$80 - 20Ah 12V battery: https://www.batteriesplus.com/battery/sla-sealed-lead-acid/duracell-ultra/12/wkdc12=20nb
$35 - Battery cable for Radiant Sensors RFID reader (to order, email support@webscorer.com)

USD $1,209 - Complete system with a single antenna kit
USD $1,508 - Complete system with 2 antenna kits
USD $2,106 - Complete system with 4 antenna kits 

We have partnered with AtlasRFIDstore to provide the RFID hardware that’s compatible with the Webscorer PRO software.  AtlasRFIDstore.com is based in the US but will ship internationally - use code Webscorer50 to receive USD $50 off your shipping costs when ordering.

Key benefits:

1. Affordable
  - Arguably the least expensive complete RFID chip-timing kit on the market
  - Comparable systems from chip-timing hardware vendors cost USD $4,000 and up
  - No separate laptop required, you can use your own iOS or Android phone as the timing device 

2. Quick install
  - Complete RFID hardware system setup takes less than 5 minutes
  - Complete RFID software system setup takes less than 2 minutes

3. No generator required
   - The optional 20Ah battery powers the system for far longer than a fully-fueled generator
   - Quiet operation, travels light

4. Easy networking setup
   - Reader has built-in WiFi, hence no separate WiFi router needed
   - The RFID reader works “as is” out of the box, no configuration needed
   - Simply create a WiFi connection from your timing device to the RFID reader
   - Click “Scan” in the Webscorer PRO timing app to automatically obtain the reader’s IP address

5. Adaptable for use in multiple sports
   - Set antennas high on the tripod for helmet-mounted chips
   - Set antennas low on the tripod for ankle / shoe-attached chips
   - Set antennas medium on the tripod for bib-attached chips

You’re welcome to use any RFID chip, but where it’s practical, we recommend the reusable DualTag chip which is super sensitive and does not require as many antennas for a 100% detect rate.  The DualTag chipcan be ordered through the Webscorer website (order link available soon).  The DualTag costs $7 per chip.

Based on our testing, the 20Ah battery will give you a 25+ hours of continuous operation with 2 antennas - slightly less with 4 antennas. 

The number of antennas required depends on:

- Type of RFID chip used
- Placement of the chip on the racer
- Width of finish line
- Orientation of the antennas

Notes on chip & antenna placement:

 - The rule of thumb in RFID chip timing is that the antenna must “see” the chip face-on
 - A side antenna is unlikely to detect a bib-attached chip if the bib is on the chest
 - A chip will not read if the racer’s own body, or another racer’s body is in between the chip and the antenna
 - A single antenna will work if you can control the exact spot where the chip is placed on the racer
   (e.g. on the helmet, always on the left ankle facing out etc.)
 - Multiple antennas can help cover scenarios where the racers may not always follow the instructions where to place the chip

Hardware & software setup video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfWHbPPuCwA

Picture 1

- 2 antennas mounted low on the tripod for a shoe-attached chip
- Radiant Sensors RFID reader powered by a 20Ah 12V battery
- The blue mat is depicting the finish area (not required for timing)

 

Picture 2

- Demonstration of antenna kit adaptability
- Antenna on the left at its highest setting (7 feet / 2.1 meters from the ground)
- Antenna on the right at its lowest setting

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