What is a ChampionChip?

A ChampionChip is a miniature transponder in a specially designed housing, marked with a unique identification number. The transponder is a waterproof glass capsule that contains a silicon chip and an energizing coil. The ChampionChip can be used under all weather conditions, wet and dry, cold and hot.

How does the ChampionChip work?

There are no batteries in the ChampionChip. The transponder is inactive until moved into a magnetic field, generated by a send antenna in a mat. When the ChampionChip enters the magnetic field, the energizing coil produces an electric current to power the chip. The transponder then transmits its unique identification number to a receive antenna in a mat. The entire process takes approximately 60 milliseconds.

Where can a ChampionChip be used?

The ChampionChip can be used in many active sports events. Thousands of event organizers around the world are using ChampionChip timing for running, triathlon, cycling and mountain biking, in-line skating and cross-country skiing. One chip can now be used in all these sports worldwide.

How to use a ChampionChip during events?

  • When you bring your personal chip to an event, make sure the organization knows the chip code. This is the 7-digit code, marked on the outside of the chip.
  • Make sure no one else uses your personal chip, or the chip issued to you by the event organization.
  • Make sure that you have only one chip in an event (except cross country).
  • Bear in mind: no chip, no time. Only athletes wearing a ChampionChip will be timed.
  • Chips issued by the event, should be returned immediately after crossing the finish line. The event brochure or information package will include instructions for returning the ChampionChip.

How to attach the ChampionChip?

The reading distance of the ChampionChip System is limited. The antennas are embedded in the red mats. Therefore the chips should be located as close to the mats as possible on the body of the participant. In cycling events the chips should be located as close to the mats as possible on the frame of the bike.

In running, triathlon, cycling or swimming:

  • The chip should preferably be attached to the individual either with the provided zip tie or attached to the ankle with a strap.
  • When using a strap, attach the ankle strap with the chip around your ankle. Make sure you do not attach it too firmly because your ankles will swell up during the event.
  • For use of the chip, the best position is the lowest part of anklethe , as close as possible to your foot.
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