In racing, photo finishes don’t come cheap: high speed cameras can cost upwards of $25,000, making them impractical for all but the highest levels of most motor sports.
RFID tags can cost just a few dollars per competitor – some marathon officials are already using them to time their runners – but they are hard to track at the high speeds of motorized racing.
Hardcard Systems, in cooperation with Alien Technology, may be able leap that hurdle. The company has successfully tested its tags on motorcycles at speeds of up to 140 mph and believe they will work at the over 200 mph typical for stock cars.
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