The Winning Time system is designed around the
TIRIS RFID (radio frequency identification) technology developed
by Texas Instruments, which offers a proven, highly reliable performance.
Other applications include pay at the pump technology
"Speedpass", automotive security, and building access systems.
The Winning Time system consists of 3 main elements:
WT Controller Boxes
The WT system operates in the following way:
- The antennas incorporated in the mats are driven
by the WT boxes to generate an electro-magnetic field that sends
an energizing signal to the transponder.
- Within 60 milliseconds the chip is fully powered
and ready to send its unique identification code back to the
- The chip ID code is then passed through the
antenna to the WT box that records it together with the relevant
time. These data are then read through the WT box serial link
via computer into the scoring software.
The Winning Time chip is a TIRIS transponder moulded
into a plastic weather tight capsule. The
passive Winning Time chip is worn on an adjustable, easy-on…easy-off
Velcro ankle bracelet. The Winning Time chip can be used under all
The Winning Time mats are made of plastic and
covered with a robust non-deformable rubberized material. A single
Winning Time module (mat) measures 160 cm long by 120 cm wide.
Because of this special design the Winning Time mats are lightweight,
easy to transport and non-deformable. They are easily joined together
through Velcro links so to create any required configuration for
start, finish or intermediate check points
The WT Controller Boxes:
The controller boxes house the TIRIS RFID modules
(chip readers), the modules are controlled by the Wining Time
designed CPU. They also contain long-life internal batteries that
are easily recharged between events. The boxes connect to the
antenna mats to capture the chip data (ID code & time) once
activated. An RS 232 serial port provides the communications between
the WT boxes and the host computer. The robust construction of
the boxes allows them to be easily transported and withstand all
modes of transportation.