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Active Tags have a battery inside that's rated to last ~4 years. To combat the possibility of assigning Athletes dead tags, we've introduced the ability for MiniTrack controllers to record Active Tags' voltage levels. The Mini will create an Active Tag Info (.ati) file that can then be examined in Excel or a text editor or uploaded into Launch. This guide will show you how to do both.
This feature is only available using MiniTrack firmware version 220.127.116.11 or higher. This version is currently in Beta. If you have any questions, please reach out to Timer Support.
Read the Tags
For best results, connect an Active Extension and loop wire to an enabled MiniTrack and read all of your Active tags in batches of 100, allowing a couple minutes for the Active Extension to detect every tag.
Once the tags have been read by the Extension, use Menu 3 > 2 > 1 to copy the current files from the MiniTrack to a USB drive, then plug it into your Launch computer.
Open Launch and Upload the File
On the Kiosks tab of Launch's admin interface, you'll see the Dead Tag Validator check box on the right side of the screen. When you check this box, a button will appear that allows you to upload an ATI file.
Click the Upload Tag Reads .ATI File button and then locate the file on your computer. After upload you'll see the file listed as seen here:
You can click the +Add File link to add additional ATI files if necessary.
Launch Tag Assignment Validation
After you upload an ATI file to your Launch event, Launch will use the voltage information in the file to alert users when they try to assign a tag that has poor voltage. Staff and volunteers can then separate the bad tags from the good.
Examining ATI Files
You can open an ATI file in Excel or a text editor like Notepad. This is an example of a line in an ATI file:
The number in Red is the tag number. The number in Blue is the voltage level. In this example, tag 212's voltage is 2.6V. Tags at or below 2.4V (240 in the file) are considered bad. However, it is recommended that you re-test any tags that report at or below 2.4. First place those tags in a refrigerator to reduce their temperature to ~40 degrees Fahrenheit/5 degrees Celcius, then re-scan them. If any of those re-tested tags report 2.38V or higher, they can still be used.