Foot Orienteering

Orienteering is a combination of running skills with the ability to concentrate during the activity. By using a map and a compass the control points have to be found as fast as possible. The fascination of this sport is the individual planning and finding the best course. The control points are marked with orange-white lanterns and equipped with control stations.

In the first years of orienteering the participants got a piece of paper at the start and they needed to get a sign on it from every control station to show the attendance. SPORTident has developed an electronic punching and identification system. Until today we equipped 140,000 athletes with this system worldwide.

Using SPORTident

The SPORTident AIR+ as well as the SPORTident classic system support the requirements of foot orienteering with a simple timekeeping system and an identification feature at check points in the field. The SPORTident System is based on the SPORTident Card, an extended data memory stick in which the data of the card-owner will be stored, and the SPORTident Stations.

With the classic system the timing is done only by punching the SPORTident Card into the SPORTident Stations at a check points. Approved by the IOF the timekeeping can also be done with the contactless timing system AIR+. The athlete has just to pass by the station in a specific distance for a successful registration.

The SPORTident Card supports fast entries to apply for an event. It eliminates the need of a centralised data base and protects runner's privacy. During the race the SPORTident Card stores lap times and control points code numbers.


Each orienteering participant has to be equipped either with a classic SI-Card for direct punching or a SPORTident ActiveCard (SIAC) for contactless timing. In contrast to the classic cards the SIAC has to be switched on before starting a race.

The SI-Stations should be synchronised shortly before application. To illustrate the application of the AIR+ configuration to the participants, it is recommended to set up a test course with some control points in the event centre. There the athletes can test and monitor the feedback signals of the SIAC at different passing speeds.

Event execution

The standard SPORTident procedure CLEAR – CHECK – START – CONTROL(S) – FINISH remains, no matter which system is used. During the race the cards record split times and checkpoint numbers. The successful registration of the checkpoints is indicated by an optical and acoustical feedback signal emitted by the Control Stations. Using the classic punching system with the classic SI-Cards, only the SI-Card11 is giving an optical feedback signal in addtion. Using the AIR+ configuration, the SIAC emits an optical as well as an acoustical feedback signal additionally to the SI-Stations. When passing the FINISH station the SIAC becomes deactivated. Without a finish record the device deactivates itself 20 hours after having received the last record.

Evaluation of the results

After the finish, race data stored in participant’s SI-Card have to be read onto a computer for event evaluation. The readout is possible at any time and not depending on SI-Card's activation. Optionally, the data can be read out and transmitted by radio. For this online publication of intermediate and finish times the SPORTident stations additionally can be equipped with a GSM modem.

SPORTident AIR+ contactless timing makes orienteering faster and much more attractive. The SIAC is fully compatible with SPORTident station 7 and 8.

SPORTident ComCard combines known SI-Card and compass. Now you already have a free hand. Combine orienteering and punching with this new device.

SPORTident Card is for more than eighteen years the number one product of SPORTident. The SI-Card is used in over 65 countries.

SPORTident Stations are fully compatible with the SI-Classic System and with the new and faster SPORTident AIR+. Firmware upgrades allow to use the new function.

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Product Recommendation

Cards 10 units of SPORTident ComCard Up
Chip SPORTident Card8
Compass Moscompass model 11

The SPORTident ComCard Up is a novel product for orienteering, combining SPORTident card and compass in one single, beautiful device. Use the ComCard Up to both navigate on the track and punch at the control stations.

The ComCard Up's patent-pending design guarantees zero deviation of the compass needle and at the same time offers the comfortable SPORTident punching experience that you have come to rely on. The electronics hide under your thumb for optimal, distraction-free orienteering. Building on the proven SI-Card8, the device stores up to 30 punches while taking just over a tenth of a second per punch.


2 years

Weight 35 (per unit)
Case Small transport case with special inlay
Availability sell

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O-Stand for BS7/8 fixed on the base and a fiberglass stick (80cm)

Control flag "SPORTident" in three sizes available (30x30, 15x15, 6x6)

Mounting holder "plate" in two versions for BS7 and BS8 Control Stations

Transport case for SI-Cards or Control Stations. Special inlays available.



Ute Schoenfeld

Program Manager Orienteering

Phone: +49 3628 78300

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