Ipico Sports Timing Solutions award
winning products satisfy the demands of events of all types and
sizes. IPICO Sports technology is designed for running, mountain
biking, swimming, nordic sports and other events, including
Ipico offers three chip types to meet a wide
variety of race needs.
The Ipico Shoe Tag is the standard
tag that most athletes are familiar with. About the size
of 1/3 a credit card, it attaches to the shoe. For most
applications it will be recovered at the finish line.
However, in certain circumstances, the shoe tags are inexpensive
enough to be used as disposable or to be logoed to provide a
The Ipico MultiSport Tag is
waterproof and can be worn for a variety of swimming, multi
sport and adventure race applications. The MultiSport Tag
is worn around the ankle with a velcro strap. These tags
are not disposable and must be returned at the finish line.
The Ipico Bib Tag combines Ipico's
unique dual frequency technology with a disposable bib tag.
The advantages of the Bib Tag are many. It is easier
to match the athlete with the correct tag; there is no
need for the athlete to pick up (or fail to pick up) a chip; no
volunteers needed to collect chips at the end of the race; and
no potential lost chip charges.
The IPICO Sports system consists of 3 core
IPICO Sports Tag
IPICO Sports Antenna Mat
IPICO Sports Reader
IPICO Sports timing solutions utilize
IPICO's patented Dual Frequency technology. This technology was
developed to overcome the limitations faced by Low Frequency
(LF), High Frequency (HF), and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) RFID
Dual Frequency technology
utilizes magnetic induction for both energizing and for
communications (similar to LF and HF).
Low frequency signal is used for
energizing the tags (Advantage:less restrictive regulations
compared to HF band allows longer energizing range)
High frequency signal is used for
communication from tag to reader (Advantage: significantly
higher data rates support robust anti-collision, i.e., many
tags can be read in a short period of time).
The technology’s real advantage lies in its
ability to work even in harsh and challenging environmental
conditions. The patented Dual Frequency technology virtually
eliminates signal loss and tag read collision and works
especially well for objects high in liquid, carbon and
electronic content, such as the human body.
Dual Frequency RFID technology
offers the following benefits:
Short well defined charge range (0.3 m)
and read range (2.0 m) allows for better accuracy and
precision as compared to UHF RFID technologies (long and
variable charge and read range of up to 10 meters)
Much longer read range than LF (1.2 –
2.0 meters compared to LF 0.6 – 0.7 meters in ideal
Higher anti-collision than LF
(100 tags/second vs. <5 tags/second)
Can read through liquids (in contrast to
UHF which reads primarily line of sight)
Performs reliably and consistently in
close proximity to metals (in contrast with UHF )
Works in all weather conditions –
including very low to very high temperatures; high moisture
environments (antenna works when submerged or buried under
snow and ice); and wide-range of problematic surface
conditions (salt water soaked sand; granite, reinforced
concrete, mud, etc.
Maximum read rate: 120 tags per second
Read percentage: 99.99
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