Orbiter’s competitive advantages: (1) A localized software design that uses your laptop as the server. Cloud based timing systems can not count laps and split times accurately. Our local design provides complete control and is easier to use. (2) Quick set up as shown in the picture above. Each Orange Spire shown in the SUV is equivalent to one full mat line. Just pull out and roll over to the detection point and turn “on”. (3) Orbiter is easy to use, and (4) Anyone Can Time A Race. This is all the novice timer needs to know.
The following article is only important to Professional Timers, Event Directors, and Developers that use UHF passive tags for race timing:
As validation of our approach, Olympic timers use our product as well as novices. We have true 3 minute set up. From the time it takes to pull an Orbiter (Spire 29 lbs.) from your vehicle, and roll it over to your detection point, and turn the detector “on”, takes only three minutes. The Sling readers (18 lbs.) are even better. These satchels can be taken to remote locations and set up quickly. No connecting and disconnecting cables as in other systems. No hauling mats, stands, or Plastic Pelican boxes.
Orbiter is the only system that uses Phased Detect(TM) Antenna Technology. Our technology positions a tag on a line for greater time accuracy. You may ask, “What is the difference between Phased Detect(TM) and phased array? Think of our technology as a simplistic phased array that positions on a X – Y, two dimensional axis, or line. True Phased Array positions on an X-Y-Z, three dimensional axis. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phased_array
Since Orbiter is used for land based race events where crossing a start or finish “line” is only important, there is no need to use expensive Phased Array technology. As evidence of our time accuracy the US Military has measured us more time accurate than mats. Intuitively, you know this to be true. For example, When you look at a mat system with multiple mats you can see the spread of distance from one mat to another. This makes for a broad fuzzy detection zone. And, even with a single mat and “strength of signal” is used, there is often 7 seconds of latency before the tag position can be shown. The runner is long past the start – finish line by the time the position is shown. The strongest tag detect signal is normally not over the line but several feet prior to the line. This is because the backscatter radio wave reflection is strongest when the tag is perpendicular to the detection antenna, not over the top of the antenna where the tag is vertical and on edge to the mat antenna.
Orbiter proves where tags detects are made. In real time our system “beeps” (LED Flashes) on the spot where the tag is detected. This is for all to see and confirm easily.
“How did Orbiter develop such a technology? I have never heard of you.” Our engineers came from Micron Communications in the mid 90’s and the Sandia National Laboratories. Together we have worked on hundred million (USD) government research projects. We find RFID race timing and School Lap Counting gratifying and fun.
Other product detail: We are also the only company with 24 volt battery power which yields 33% more power. Orbiter can read a tag when worn on the back or front, and even under clothes. We are the only company that has true real-time condition monitoring so you can see the status of your readers from afar and on your own laptop or tablet. This is similar to NASA Houston mission control Space Age.
The Spire reader provides a stable upright platform with true “all in one” construction. No separate parts required. Just turn “on” and start timing as the system auto-connects. No IP addressing necessary. Stability is assured because 75% of the weight of our system is on the bottom 25% of the tower. This means Orbiter is stable in wind, and in extreme wind an optional quick to deploy wheel holder is used. In dense runner areas such as large marathons, because of our greater range, the tower is placed far enough off the running path so it will not be knocked about. No tripping over mat Pelican Boxes as with mat systems. Orbiter is built with a foam core for rugged construction. The Spire is designed to be banged around and used in all weather conditions. The simplicity of our design means lower total hardware costs than other systems.
Our RFID inlays have superior tag detect performance and cost less. Our inlays are the same as manufactured and used in the NY Marathon. Millions of dollars were invested to get the tag design correct. They are better and much less expensive than custom made race bib inlays that are new and untested with years of use. One competitive timing manufacture had to make custom make RFID Bib inlays because their system uses mats. Mother earth dampened the RF signal so they needed to use a bigger more expense inlay than Orbiter. Orbiter, on the other hand, has side antennas that are in free air and not laid on the ground. Thus tag detection is better. Similar to Cellular towers. Our antennas are up in the air for good reason.
Another advantage is that you have the “Freedom to Choose” your own inlay. This means you can encode a blank inlay with our encoding software. Our encoding logic allows you to make full bib inlays for 18 cents each including the foam off set, and labor to do it. Plus, keep the bibs lay perfectly flat until they are handed to the participant. Our inlay method is the intelligent choice. It is used by hundreds of timers all over the world. Call us at 253-627-5588 for more information.
Orbiter is more versatile than any other timing system and used at more events. Other systems recommend you purchase a timing system for road running, a different one for Triathlons, and yet still a different system for lap counting in-line skating. With Orbiter the same system times all events. As proof we are the only timing system that can be rented successfully. This is because we are so easy to use “Anyone Can Time A Race”. Also, Pelican time boxes are not used as we made them obsolete. We have noted that since we started point out that Pelican time boxes are obsolete competitive systems no longer show case them. Yet, they come along with a purchase. Instead, competitive systems Wow potential customers with exciting action sports videos that don’t show the timing system you buy at all.
We are a tool that times “Any Human Powered Event”. Stair climbs, track and field interval training, triathlons, 23 different type of bike races, inline and ice skating, fitness testing, school lap count fund raisers, and of course any type of road race. With our unique microwave tag we time light motor sports like KART, ATV, Snowmobile, and motor bike too.
Our versatility includes your choice of event Registration. Freedom to Choose. Our registration features four business methods. (1) Use your existing Registration platform. We support Run Sign UP, Active and others. (2) You do it yourself and keep all the registration money using our platform on a one time payment perpetual license, (3) we do part of the registration for $1.00 per person fee, or (4) we handle it all for $1.00 plus a percentage.
Versatility begins in how we start races. We have 7 starting methods including scheduled, interval, chip time, and gun starts. Six other types of starts too. Our system has optional integrated GPS tracking with course, optional cameras, lap counting and splits, remote real time reader condition monitoring, leap frog detectors on the fly, and much more.
The latest release of the Orbiter Reader and Application Software has many new features. These include choice of first tag detect, last tag detect, stable Reprocessing and Cloning of events. Our, phased array systems is similar to Phased Detect that is used by the US Navy for target acquisition. Orbiter’s radio beam is focused. We are far different than standard antennas. Tag detects on the start finish line “beep” in real time for all to see timing accuracy.
Competitive timing system that use “Strength of Signal” often have a 7 second delay and don’t work quite right. Strength of Signal is a marketing term that in the real world does not work well. Strength of signal does not work well because tags placed on the runners chest. the tags don’t respond as strongly when the bib is right over the mat because they are on “edge”. Thus the return RFID reflection is weakest signal at this point. The strongest is when the RFID tag is perpendicular to the mat antenna, and this i 6 to 8 feet forward of the mat.
Orbiter condition monitors each reader. The status of multiple readers is seen simultaneously on the timing computer. We use Remote Intelligent Control(TM) (RIC) software to do this. It is special software inside the RFID reader. RIC includes heart beat and watch dog and reader notifications with the ability to control readers from afar. Buying an RFID reader from online catalog stores do not come with RIC. Essentially you are buying a Slave designed for Supply Chain not Race Timing. Plus, if you want low cost readers call Orbiter as we sell them and beat Catalog house pricing.,/P>
Orbiter allows you to connect as many readers quickly and automatically. No IP configuration necessary. You can even make them work in pairs or more as if they were one. This is important when there are many runners packed together, or where the width of the Start / Finish or Way Point line has to extend across a multi-lane road. No other RFID reader manufacture is able to do this without cables, wires or mats. Many other systems offerings only allow you to connect-up to only one reader at a time. Why limit yourself? Orbiter allows you to grow your system as you need. Your past purchases are an asset. Did you know that our first reader made in 2006 is still works on our system today? All that was needed was software upgrades to keep them working.
For wireless connectivity you have the choice of wi-fi with cellular, or Military iridium satellite for coverage around the world.
For better tag detects, only Orbiter Spire has a custom built in power control board that operates at 24 volts
(33% greater than competitive systems) is included in the standard reader, and optional for the SLING. The board allows for use of AC and battery operation and automatic recharge with indicator lights.
Displays: New 3000 lumen 47 inch results display that shows results as people walk within 15 feet. Rated a much better method to show results than kiosks because it is much more convenient. No more dirty screen to tap on. Just work up and get your result and see it at the top of the list. Then 7 seconds later rotated down along the others. Or, mount the display next to the track and see laps counted in real time for participants to see.
Reports as timers know is most important. Orbiter Jasper Reports provides full color world class customizable reporting. Standard quick reports are made automatically and these are good for 90% of users without the need for Jasper knowledge. For novices Orbiter allows easy custom Excel reports too. Or, Custom reports are made by professionals using Jasper Reports for phone, web, or sport stadium score boards.
Our unique “Reprocessing” and “Cloning button saves races as it allows you to change configurations during and after the race.
These and other competitive advantages are continuously updated because we have both in-house electrical engineers and software programmers.
Keep checking back as more innovation to come. Better yet feel free to call and chat. 253-627-5588.