Where would one purchase a high-performance rollout mat antenna for Gen 2 RFID tags, like the mats now used at the finish lines of running races like the Boston Marathon?
I would recommend that you contact Times-7, which makes the SlimLine RTAS race-timing antenna system. The SlimLine RTAS is a complete, high-performance ground mat antenna system, designed specifically for race-timing and event-management applications.
Race Timing Systems, in Australia, is another option. The company’s Ultra mats are made of anti-fatigue rubber and contain a passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) reader antenna. If you go to the company’s website, click on “Contact Us” and choose “North and South America” from the drop-down menu, you will see contact information for the company’s representative in the United States.
There are, of course, complete solutions available that come with mats, tags and software.
—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
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