Common Questions About Chip Timing

What is chip (RFID) timing?

Chip timing uses RFID (radio-frequency identification) to commuicate information between a participant and the timing equipment.

What are chips?

Transponders are often referred to as “chips”. These chips can be attached to the participant’s bib or worn on the wrist using a comfortable neoprene strap, or fastened to the front fork of a bike (no neoprene strap required).

Passive and active chips

Passive chip on the race bib and the Dynamic chip attached to the wristband.

What is the appropriate timing system for my event?

We offer two timing systems that can be customized to meet the specific needs of your event.

For instance, a passive system may be more suitable for a half marathon or trail race, while an active system may be a better fit for a triathlon or adventure race. Our team can help you determine the best option based on your event requirements.

What is the Passive System?

The passive system is the most widely used type of chip at mass participation events such as 5km, 10km, half marathon, and marathon road races. It is well-suited for events with a large number of participants.

The disposable chip is affixed to the participant’s bib number. Customisable bibs with attached chips can also be provided.

What is the Active System?

The active system is designed for trail races, ultramarathons, and mountain bike races, as it transmits detailed information to the timing station. It utilises a battery-powered chip that can communicate with the timing equipment.

The active chip is designed to withstand harsh weather and rough handling, and can withstand rain, mud, and snow. It is also sturdy and durable.

For running and triathlon events, the active chip is worn on the wrist or ankle using a soft neoprene band. For bike races, it is attached to the front fork of the bike.

These chips have a precision of 0.01 seconds and a maximum speed capability of 93 mph (150kmh). In store mode and tracking mode, data is transmitted to the server when at a timing station with internet access.

How will results be made available?

Results will be published on our website as soon as participants cross the finish line. There is also the option to post the results directly on your website

Do you offer live timing?

Yes, we can provide live timing services.

If internet service is sufficient, we can publish live timings and results online, either on our website or yours.

In cases where internet service is limited, we can still provide live results locally by setting up a local WiFi service and/or screens. The specifics will depend on the location of the finish line, which we will assess in more detail once it is determined.

Do you provide registration services?

Our registration service is customisable to your event and offers a range of benefits. One of the main advantages is that participant data is kept in a single, centralised database, allowing for real-time updates and direct communication with participants via email. This service can be tailored to your specific needs.

Can you integrate with third party entry systems?

Yes, we can work with third party entry systems that have the ability to export participant data. Our team is familiar with a variety of such systems and can assist with the export process.

In what format will results be supplied?

We will provide results in your preferred format, such as Excel, CSV, or PDF. This is convenient for submitting results to official race organizations and results websites.

Do you offer an announcer service?

Yes, we can provide an announcer service. This involves setting up an additional timing point before the finish line, allowing you to announce participant information as they enter the finishing area. The cost for this service will be detailed in the quote.

Can you offer printouts to participants at the finish line?

Yes, we can provide printouts to participants at the finish line. These can include information such as time, position, categories, splits, etc

Can you create finishing certificates for participants?

Yes, we can design and create finishing certificates that participants can print at home or work. These certificates can be customised to your specific requirements, such as incorporating sponsor logos.