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By Beth Bacheldor

Tadbik Shoe Tags Keep Time at the Nike Women's 5K in Istanbul

Israeli labeling solutions company Tadbik Advanced Technologies has announced that its passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) RFID shoe tag and related RFID equipment, all compliant with the EPC Gen 2 standard, was used to keep time for the recent Nike Women's Run Istanbul 5K, which featured approximately 2,500 women and is part of a Nike worldwide race series.

Tadbik shoe tag
The event was timed by means of Tadbik's RFID-enabled shoe tags and RFID Race Timing Systems' Ultramats, modular antenna mat systems that are designed for sporting events, according to Michal Yanuv Max, Tadbik's sales and marketing director. The mats measure 1 meter (3.3 feet) in length by 0.55 meter (1.8 feet) in width by 20 millimeters (0.8 inch) in thickness, feature a special non-slip surface and are tough enough to handle trucks driving over them, the company reports. The entire RFID timing system at the Istanbul race was managed via RaceTec software. The durable Tadbik shoe tag featured a Smartrac DogBone Monza 4D paper inlay encoded with a runner's number and printed with that number and application instructions. The shoe tag was branded with the Nike Women's Race logo, Yanuv Max says, and runners tied the tags to their shoelaces.

In addition, three RFID-powered kiosks were used at the event venue to display individual results. The kiosks featured proprietary software designed to access the RaceTec database, as well as FX7500 readers made by Zebra Technologies (formerly Motorola Solutions' RFID division).

The RFID system at the race successfully read 15,000 splits and was well received by the participants, Tadbik reports. In addition, the firm notes, Nike organizers were pleased by the attendance, the smooth operation and the accurate results, and said they look forward to offering this event in Turkey again next year.

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