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 and most need a package truck and several people to set up. Additionally, mats can not keep up with the flow of runners at very large races. Up to three need to be used. Because of this Orbiter is more time accurate than mats.
A USA Marathon manager in Boston predicted, “future is side antennas, and mats will no longer be used.”
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.