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Spec Performance Runs New RFID Triathlon Timekeeping System

Academia RFID Centre of Excellence’s TESTeam develops the new RFID solution for event timing
Jul 27, 2010—This is an unedited press release from a technology vendor.

July 27, 2010 – Montréal, QC Canada—Spec Performance, a leading Quebec swimming specialty shop and sports events organizer, has announced that after 3 successful pilot runs in June it will now use its newly developed RFID timekeeping system at all its sporting events, including triathlons and swim races.

After years of searching for an accurate and affordable timekeeping solution, Simon Faucher, president of Spec Performance, decided to mandate the Microsoft award-winning TESTeam at Montreal’s Academia RFID Centre of Excellence to design, develop and test a new UHF RFID solution to answer the specific needs and environmental challenges associated with triathlons.

Existing systems using RF antenna-equipped floor-mats didn’t easily lend themselves to swimming and bicycling events and therefore UHF RFID snap-pipe portals were built to create read points at transition areas and the finish line. Waterproof UHF wristbands and bib tags were tested and selected based on size, placement and performance to offer the most accurate read rates.

“This was exactly what I envisioned when I asked the TESTeam six months ago to evaluate the feasibility of this timing solution,” said Faucher. “We worked together to make sure the system would meet the exact criteria of the specific events I organize and I can’t say enough about the experience of creating a new application with existing components without feeling the pressure of working with pre-determined hardware vendors.”

“Every time we start a project, we make sure to clearly define the objectives and then work with a client to guide them step by step through to the process of designing, developing and testing a new solution while remaining vendor-neutral,” added Anthony Palermo, Director at Academia RFID, “this way we can deliver intelligent and application-specific solutions to our clients’ industry-focused business problems.”

The Spec Performance system manages both events and participants; including timing, ranking and simultaneous multi-event reporting and is now being used at events across Quebec.


About Spec performance
Since 2007, Spec Performance has positioned itself as a leader within the swimming and triathlon community by offering to clubs and individual athletes training programs and event organization services. By continuously striving to offer innovative solutions for event timekeeping and event planning, the Spec Team recently opened a specialized swimming and triathlon boutique south of Montreal called Natation Plus.

About Academia RFID Center of Excellence
Academia RFID is a world-class research & development, consulting and training center driven by a team of PhD researchers and accredited RFID instructors in the fields of industrial engineering, operations management, supply chain management, transport & logistics, distribution & retail, and e-commerce marketing. Creator of RFIDRadio.com (a bi-monthly educational podcast and blog), Academia RFID offers expert RFID services and training/certification courses worldwide in-lab, on-site or on the web. Please visit the Academia RFID website for more details and schedules at www.RFIDacademia.com.


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