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For Fleye, Capturing Action Videos Is No Obstacle

The company is using RFID to manage the recording process during the Spartan Races series of extreme foot races, and to allow participates to view and share their moves.
By Claire Swedberg

When a user is about to enter an action section in which recording takes place (such as a jump or halfpipe), he or she taps the wristband against the reader, which transmits that ID to the Fleye server via a Wi-Fi Internet connection. The camera's built-in motion sensor triggers the recording, and that video is then sent via Wi-Fi to the back-end system, and is linked to that visitor's wristband ID, which had been read immediately prior to the recording.

The user then proceeds to a viewing station installed at the park with a large-screen monitor. The station includes another RFID reader that interrogates the wristband's ID number and forwards that information to the software on the Fleye server, which then delivers the video footage to the station's screen. To view the video at home or on his or her smartphone, a user could then visit Fleye's Web site and input the ID number also printed on the wristband.

While users could be asked to pay to view the videos, access is available for the pilots at no cost to users until it expires. At that point, the videos are removed from the site, typically after 30 days.

For the Spartan Races, held throughout this year, Fleye devised a mobile solution that can be quickly installed and then be taken down after a few days. In such a scenario, Miner says, a Wi-Fi Internet connection is not always an option, and data in some cases must thus be stored locally and uploaded to Fleye's server at the end of each day. At the Spartan Races, instead of capturing individuals sweeping past on skis, snowboards or skateboards, the Fleye cameras are recording individuals as they do such things as climb through mud, crawl under barbed wire or jump over fire. The company is using a multifrequency (304.2, 309.9 and 314.26 MHz) J-Chip active RFID tag from Micro Talk Systems to enable a precise pinpointing of each individual passing the camera. In the case of the Spartan events, he explains, multiple people can be within range of the reader simultaneously, and the J-chip tag can be read despite the presence of mud and a crowded environment of many tags. Fleye can then provide video footage to everyone located within camera range at that time.

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