This is what makes Orbiter the most important and different from other companies. Most companies only have timing software inside the timing laptop but not inside the RFID reader. Those that have software inside the RFID reader are rudimentary compared to Orbiter, as you will read. Ours is “ORP” Orbiter Reader Protocol. No other Timing Software has anything close to it. The benefit is that the reader software allows your Orbiter detector to work autonomously from your laptop software. This means can move detectors in the middle of a race without interrupting nor having to shut it down first.
The “Reprocessing” feature saves races
Any race setting may be changed at at anytime (before, during, and after a race). This means surfacing problems concerning saved data can easily be fixed. This is all because of the memory in the reader that can be saved on a FIFO bases. You always have a copy of all your original tag detects inside the RFID reader and they are never lost. Therefore if something goes wrong, it can simply “reprocess” and recover your race data. Many other systems clear their data, resulting in data of races being lost. With Orbiter, if you want a preview before each race, you can do just that. The past data is still there hidden from view and can easily be recovered in case you need it.
Remote Condition Monitoring lets you control your readers and change internal settings during a race. This features notifies you of potential problems and lets you correct them from afar. No need to go out to the monitors for manual correcting, it just does it for you!
It allows many events to start and stop automatically even globally around the world. Schools in particular use this to control PE Lap Counting classes. This is because of how so many classes are happening all day long within a short time. This also allows trading of RFID tags between races and to time races back-to-back. This is a great way to economize on the number of RFID tags purchased with none going to waste.
The Ability to “Clone” or “Copy” events is of great help to those that run the same event back to back. An example of this is the Interval training exercises for coaches and Fitness Assessment Tests. With “Cloning” in just 4 key strokes, a new test can be set up using the same RFID chip tags. This serves as a quick method to restart a race if stopped accidentally without the loss of any tag detects.
“Gestation” and “Decay” periods are a unique tool used by Orbiter. These determine how tag detects are used in odd situations like transitions in a Triathlon. Due to how Orbiters’ software resides inside the RFID reader. This allows it to make independent decisions without constant check-up by individual timers. Nor are its decisions reliant on any network connection. For example, a runner is in a Triathlon Transition and comes out of race. But they then realizes they left something behind and returns, therefore exiting a second time. The Orbiter reader know that this is still “one” transition and automatically posts it as such.
Corkscrew enables Orbiter to read bibs on both the front and backside of runners. Last Tag and First Tag seen, allows more precise timing on a line. For bike races, the last tag seen helps pre-energize RFID inlays for better tag detection. It can detect around carbon frames and still detect individual inlays even in masses of human bodies passing by.
Timers report of the difficulty when using Cloud based registration, timing, and reporting. This in particular the connection to the Cloud in races of tens of thousands of people. This particular connection problem can be solved when using Orbiter. When it comes to strength, Orbiter’s Wi-Fi outshines all competitors. This is due in its powerful narrow band taking precedence over others. Military around the world would use it based on how reliable and strong the signals are. Plus, the fact we are on a private network overwhelms retail Wi-Fi with our solid connection