The picture below shows an example of a large race mat system being nailed down. This is to prevent the mat from being a trip hazard. Each row of mats can be ten times the weight of one Orbiter. Mats have up to 29 components to assemble and disassemble after each race. They must be cleaned because dirt gets on the antenna. They then do not function properly. Mats create lots of unnecessary work. Plus, most mats need a package truck and several people to set up. To keep up with the flow at large races two to three rows of mats need to be used. Because of Orbiter’s proven side antenna method there is only one start line and time is more accurate than mats. Plus, Orbiter is different than other side antennas because we use phased detect antennas that create a line not a lobe. We have the ability to position on the tag which no other company can do. And, we operate at 24 DC volts. It is an electrical engineering fact that RFID readers are more effective at higher design voltage. This is a principle of all electronic devices. Power at the highest rated voltage for more efficient operation.
A USA Marathon manager in Boston predicted, “future is side antennas, and mats will no longer be used.”
One Timing manufacture with fold-able plastic mats who for years criticized side antenna technology, is no coming out with side antennas. This validates the Orbiter approach. Yet event now, they lack phased detect antennas, high voltage, and the ability to position on a tag. Plus, they put their time computer in the Cloud where problems arise.
Mats take a long time to lay down. Orbiter side antenna detectors are better way-points because they set up so quickly and are more economical.
Notice the Bent leading edge of the foldable mat.
When used in mud mat systems require disassembly to clean. This includes the internal parts and hinges. Then it takes time to put the many parts back together. As you can see, the space needed to do this is significant. Alternatively, with the Orbiter set up and take down is done in 3 minutes, and is easy. No cleaning required because our side antenna system does not lay down into the earth like mats. Orbiter’s three triathlon readers pack in one suit case for easy transport. Orbiter batteries are approved for Airline Travel.