zarnick wrote:Hello, I'm recently engaged on a project that needs to track athletes time on a race (running, skating and cycling).
What we thought of was using RFID for the tracking.
If your primary goal is to track athletes, then hire somebody with equipment and skills... and you don't need to read lines below.
So, obviously, you're reading... and your goal is to develop the system.
I'm not sure that generic RFID technology is suitable. The main problem are detections of multiple RFID tags present at the same time.
Typical setup of check point area for athletes is 2 meters wide (to be sure that both feet touch the ground) and cover complete track width. Events with massive number of competitors measure both times (next to bruto time triggered at gun start also netto time after the particular athlete actually passes the start line). Therefore, you should support presence of quite some athletes on these detection sector at the same time... starts are crowded.
Beyond this first "technical issue", you need to be aware that existing system providers have global databases - you can purchase your ID tag "for lifetime" and compete with it on various events all over the globe. So, by introducing your new system, expct a resistance due to quite some personal ID chips which athletes have already purchased and cannot be used on your events due to incompatibility fact (existing systems are not open source/open hardware
)... this leads to increased starting fees (and additional effort to enter their persona data)... You just cannot become popular with your system.
Well, my opinion is that you're very late to enter these "classic" events, like marathons, cycling, skating, triathlons, etc.
Try to locate sports which are not yet covered with this technology. For example, implementing system for scouts orientation competition could be nice. A niche might be system for some animal competitions...
Best regards, Ivan Zilic.