The MYLAPS ProChip Decoder
The detection loop is connected to the decoder. This decodes the received signals into the athletes ID and records (lap) times to the millisecond. The maximum distance between the detection loop and the decoder is 100 meter (330ft) which can be covered by a high quality coax cable. The Prochip decoders are available in 2 versions; The standard Prochip decoder (RED) and the Portable Prochip decoder (Yellow)
The Prochip decoder sends this data the timekeeper’s computer. The decoder has a built-in practice mode that allows automated uploads of practice results to the internet, without the need of a timekeeper.
Portable ProChip decoders are housed in a sturdy Pelican Case. This makes them easy to carry to any event, and fully weatherproof. The decoder weighs around 10kg and when fully charged it will function for over 15 hours: long enough to deal with triathlons.
Detection loops are installed in the track at the start and finish line and intermediate time points. The loops work as the system´s antennas and pick up the ProChips signals.
The detection loop can be installed in basically every type of surface.
- Asphalt or concrete (not permanent): use industrial quality adhesive tape to affix the loop to the course. Make sure you use high quality tape to secure the tape to the road.
- Ice: Cut slots of approximately 2 cm (1inch) deep in the ice, embed the loop wires and fill with water. Make sure to do this well in advance of an event, as the water will need some time to freeze.
- Snow: cut slots in the snow, approximately 20 cm (8 inch) deep. Place the loop wires in the slot and fill them with snow.