Eagle Eye RFID Tags / CHIPS Operators can use Eagle Eye brand RFID TAGS or third party TAGS of their choice. Our UHF reader will read dozens of different types of EPC class 1 Gen 2. Eagle Eye's laminated RFID shoe TAGS (standard with the system) are rain and weather resistant and designed to be used for multiple events.
The Eagle Eye RFID TAGS are intended to be worn on the shoe (as shown) or pinned to the hip of each
athlete. TAG type and placement also depends whether ground mat or side mounted RFID antennas are paired with your Eagle Eye system.
Placement and Read Rates RFID TAGS should be attached to the laces of the shoe so that they are easily detected by the antennas aligned on the finish line. Once attached, the TAGS should hang freely off to the side of each shoe. TAGS should not be tucked inside the shoe or under the laces.
Operators and event directors must communicate clearly with all runners and coaches to assure proper RFID TAG placement. Missed times are often due to runners who either attach their tags incorrectly or who forget to attach their TAGS altogether. Poor read rates are often due to a lack of proper shoe TAG instruction by race management.
It is recommended that each runner
wear two RFID TAGS. It is possible to have successful read rates with one TAG, however the use of two TAGS create a
high level of redundancy (back up) to assure the highest read rates
possible. A 100% read rate should always be your goal, however this
requires each runner to attach their shoe TAGs correctly.
Ground Mat vs. Side Mounted Antennas Ground mat RFID antennas generally provide the best TAG detection, especially during large events that create a high density of finishers passing the read-zone at the same time. Ground mats also offer more flexibility on the location of TAGS (shoe, hip, bib). Side mounted antennas offer very high read rates, however are intended for smaller events and for shoe TAGS only (either worn on the shoe or pinned to the antenna side hip of each athlete).