Each time an athlete wearing a ChampionChip crosses the mats, the chip is energized by the antennas in the mat, and the chip sends out its ID-number. The ID-numbers are read by the antenna in the mats and sent to the controller. The controller sends the number and corresponding time to a timing computer for further processing.    

Types of Systems

ChampionChip offers two types of systems:


The Standard System provides a 4 meters wide timing area, including a main and back up line. The Standard System can handle all possible densities of chips in the events timed. The highest possible density of chips occurs during the start of a marathon.

The Mini System is a low cost version of the Standard System. It cannot handle high densities of chips that occur in the start of a marathon, but it is suitable for timing splits and timing finishers in small and medium size events

The importance of main and back up lines

The ChampionChip technology relies heavily on electronics, computers and software that is operated by humans. Because of this, sooner or later something may go wrong. We insist that ChampionChip timers always use a main line and backup line at critical locations, such as the start and finish of an event. If one line fails, either the main or the backup will continue to operate. One line will still produce results close to 100%. It is extremely unlikely that both the main and backup lines will fail at the same time, because they are completely separate systems.
Please note that two Ears must be used, one for the main system and one for the backup system, to have completely separate systems.

This approach has made the ChampionChip Timing System the most reliable system for active sports events in the world, time, after time, after time.

Main and backup lines at the start of the Paris Marathon