AXWare TS for RaceAmerica T-Link Wireless
AXWare Systems is proud to have a high end solution utilizing RaceAmerica Wireless
technologies (T-LINK series of products) and other wireless components. Our
combined solution the only such system in the entire world and offers high end
performance and functionality.
2nd Generation T-LINK technologies are
We are now introducing the 2nd generation of T-LINK and other
wireless components starting in the fall of 2012.
New technologies are allowing us to provide improved performance with
higher output RF modules and a move to Li-ion batteries. Both
of these items allow the T-LINKS to be smaller, lighter and offer
significant performance advantages. The batteries offer significantly
reduce re-charge times as well as allowing the protection of the
- The new T-LINK2 5810xx series of components provide a more
cost effective means to get into the Wireless solutions or
upgrade your existing systems. They offer improved RF output
across the board with the base model being 25% higher RF output,
while the high power versions offer 250% RF output over the 1st
- The 2 models we are offering are:
- T-LINK2 5810A - standard version T-LINK with 25% more RF
output and include Li-ion batteries. By far the least
expensive RF solution to be offered with this kind of
performance. (45 min recharge time)
- T-LINK2 5810AEXR - provides 2.5X (250%) the RF output
over any prior 5800 series models, and with 2x the battery
capacity. (1.5hrs recharge time)
- T-LINK2 units are 100% compatible with 1st
generation units and may be used together in any capacity, and
are therefore interchangeable.
- T-LINK2 solutions provide a reduced cost of ownership
impacting your budgets in a positive way. Get a
performance bump with improved range, improved battery management
and performance, and at a reduced cost.
- You can now obtain a full system for around $2,500,
and upgrade for around $1,500. Now that's pricing
in the right that direction.
- Retain our high level of features, functionality and with
- All of our systems are designed for racing applications of
various formats and thus performance is vital. Not sure
you can say that about the other companies....racing is part of
- Wireless - a very overloaded term. Not all
wireless components should be placed into the same bucket.
PC based wireless and Industrial grade wireless solutions are 2
very different entities and have different properties.
Range, capabilities, robustness and various other items are
important and something that our solutions deliver. Our
wireless solutions are Industrial grade and provide high-end
features including RF error recovery, data encryption and range.
They are intelligent units, not wireless switches (as in many of
our competitors solutions), and this allows us to process
and recover easily from RF interference. This cannot be
said about our competitors.
We have several products that utilize the wireless technology and more are coming. The wireless solutions are product specific and tailored to each
specific type of racing, although all use the same equipment.
T-LINK Solution (an Autocross solution)
- Long range industrial grade wireless transmissions in the 900Mhz range.
- Automated error recovery including intermittent RF interference
- Continuous status feedback for RF and battery levels.
- Each T-LINK consists of a CPU and RF unit that manage independent timing functions and
- Practical Ranges support miles of range depending on your environment,
using standard antennas. Such ranges were obtained from practical
tests with all units on the ground which forces the highest constraints on
the Wireless signals.
- Elevating the units higher off of the
ground also improves the communications levels across wider distances (typical
wireless transmission constraints). Note: Wireless transmission is
greatly affected by solid objects and terrain, thus ranges may vary depending
on your surroundings. In 'noise free' locations, ground units experience
fair signals at ~2000ft ranges (without Yagi Antennas). Quite spectacular.
- Yagi Antennas can be used to significantly improve the ranges due to
their directional functionality. Nominal 2-3 fold range improvements can
easily be attained using these type of antennas.
- Higher power units are available for longer range requirements.
- Configurable with either an onboard Sensor or a plug in sensor (to support
existing AXWRATS systems sensors). The plug-in sensor configurations utilize existing
Sensor and Emitter technology. As a recommendation the long range
Emitters are recommended to allow a wider gate to keep the system out of harms
way. The Emitters, 5050B or better provide 75ft gate distances and
better. In addition, external sensors allow you to move the T-Link to
higher elevation if necessary. Alternatively, T-LINKs with onboard
sensors can have their range extended using Yagi Antenna's.
- T-LINK 'Z' unit is connected to the PC and acts as a receiver. It continually provides feedback on the activity of the
system, including Battery Levels and Wireless Signal strength, and other
- T-LINK 'A'-'G' are the sensor side T-LINKs.
- T-LINK 'A' unit is the Synchronization Master and must be active at
all times. It is used to manage all the other T-LINKS in the system and
maintains the data exchange among the units.
- A typical autocrossing setup consists of a 'Start' (T-LINK 'A'), with
a Finish (T-LINK 'B').
- Segment timing can be
achieved easily by introducing T-LINK 'C' & T-LINK 'D' to
provide for a 2 or 3 sector configuration.
- The AXWareTS also supports Single light operation.
Packages and Pricing
Various packages are offered that provide an upgrade path for
AXWRATS Hardware or the AC4, as well as turn-key solutions that contain
everything you will need. Please visit our online store at
T-Link Wireless Status Dialog
A status dialog is continually available and tracks the
statuses of battery and signal levels real-time. Once the Timing
interface is activated, the dialog is activated and may be hidden from view
When any status changes, the status bar T-LINK Attention indicator
, will become visible. Click on the button to
display the status dialog if it is not already displayed. If the dialog
is hidden and a critical condition is detected, the dialog will automatically
display along with the T-LINK Attention indicator
. Below is an
example of a 2 sensor configuration.
The Message Area will receive messages based on the status of the
system. Various messages are reported based on status and activity conditions.
The Signal and battery levels are indicated in 10% increments at all times.
In addition, they will be reflected in the Status Bars RF indicators
respective to the 'T-LINK A' and 'T-LINK B' units.
|The RF status bars are normally green for when good RF
signals are detected and red from the top-down with degraded RF signals.
The image below represents 100% RF signals for both the 'A' and 'B' units.
|This is an example of a 100% RF for unit 'A' and approx
50% for unit 'B'.
T-LINK Attention button
The red dot in the above status bar image, represents the 'T-LINK
Attention button'. When this is displayed the T-LINK status dialog has
pertinent status information. Any status change will force this button
to be displayed. If a critical condition occurs that required immediate
notification, the T-LINK Wireless Status dialog will pop up as well.
Here's a picture of a live T-LINK unit in action. This event was run using
Click for larger picture.