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FLW Outdoors introduces new automated boat check-in system using Groundbreaking RF Code technology from A.C.C. Systems

(13th January, 2004)

BENTON, KY. — In a continuing effort to keep competitive bass fishing on the cutting edge, FLW Outdoors introduced extended-range RFID technology distributed by A.C.C. Systems Inc. at the season-opening EverStart Series event on Lake Okeechobee Jan. 7-10. This high-performance tracking system originally developed to manage and secure munitions inventories on large military bases and critical healthcare equipment in hospitals, streamlines and simplifies the boat check-in process through the use of short-range radio waves and will be implemented at all FLW Outdoors events in 2004.

In previous years, FLW Outdoors, like many tournament organizations, assigned competitors coming through boat check a device with a boat number. Due to the high number of boats passing through a relatively small check-in area, however, this method was subject to human error. A small computer chip in long-range RFID tags sends out radio waves to a reader. Each tag is assigned an individual code that is picked up by the reader when a boat passes within a defined area. The reader can then automatically determine exactly what time each boat checks in during a tournament.

“Anytime tournament operations can be streamlined and automated, it’s good for the anglers,” said Charlie Evans, executive vice president of FLW Outdoors. “RFID technology will allow our tournaments to run more quickly and smoothly, giving anglers more productive fishing time on the water and eliminating any boat-check confusion associated with manual check-in.” According to Rob Ufford, vice president of business development, each boat will be given a float with a transponder that will be kept in the boat’s livewell. These transponders will emit a radio-frequency tracking signal that will automatically be detected when the boat gets within a certain number of yards of the reader, with the parameters determined by the tournament director. This data can also automatically be tied in to the tournament’s scoring system, so that if a boat is late for check-in, penalties can automatically be deducted.

“The advantage of this besides accuracy is the ability to handle all boats simultaneously,” Ufford said. “It’s faster than manual check-in because rather than checking them one by one, they check in automatically, which completely eliminates errors. We’re honored to have been selected as the tracking technology for FLW Outdoors, and we look forward to supporting each of the tournament circuits.”

RFID will make its Wal-Mart FLW Tour debut Jan. 21-24 during the tour’s season opener on Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Fla.

For more information about A.C.C. Systems Inc., visit or call (516) 674-0191. For more information on FLW Outdoors, visit or call (270) 252-1000.


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