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DISPATCH TIME FOR THIS PRODUCT: STARTING FROM END OF JUNE, 2022
The SPORTident BSF9 is the latest addition in the series of SPORTident stations. It features a completely new housing while being compatible in size to the BSx8 form factor. The new housing is extremely stable and robust. It fits into the mounting plate so far offered for the BSx8. In addition, there are four mounting holes. This enables a direct mounting of the station for permanent and semi-permanent fixed control stations as well as the usage of
fixings for anti-theft purposes. Stations ground plate is mounted by using four screws. The use of a silicon like sealant becomes obsolete. In addition, the hole is no longer continuous, which eliminates a sealing point. This is not only more sustainable and environmental friendly but also makes it easier to service the station in case of needs. The typical service case is stations battery exchange after some years of operation.
Station BSF9 always comes with status/service display on top. Readability of the LCD is improved by using a new background contrast colour. Other improvements are the LED’s for optical feedback signals. The LED’s are now placed round about the punching hole and cannot be covered by athlete’s hand. By functionality the station BSF9 is fully equivalent to the BSF8. It can be configured in all operating modes. It supports classic punching and contactless AIR+ mode.
- control station for universal use
- direct punching modes only or combined direct/contactless punching modes fully in accordance to IOF standards
- Extremely low power consuming working scheme for typically five years of operating time before battery exchange
- Easiest user handling based on “always on” feature, no need to switch on or turn off the station
- High robustness for distributed setup caused by real time clock concept and highly accurate internal clock system
- Non-volatile configuration memory and data backup memory for more than 20.000 punching records
- Extremely stable and robust housing that fits into the mounting plate for the BSx8.
Warranty 2 years
Datasheet - SPORTident Station BSF9
The SPORTident-Station BSF9 is based on an advanced hardware core. The completely new design
offers a number of significant improvements and new features compared with the older series of
SPORTident-Stations. The BSF9 station is compatible with the existing SPORTident-System parts and
can be used mixed with older equipment.
The BSF9 station is designed as a smooth and compact device. It is about the size of a keypad based
phone but still large enough to incorporate a number of future enhancements. Different mounting
options allow the station to be used for a variety of applications in different environments. A special
semi-transparent plastic is used to show off the insides.
The BSF9 station is “always on” and works in a low power Stand-by Mode. There is no need to switch
on the station or to make any special preparations before the unit can be used. Also in Stand-by Mode
the station is fully qualified to proceed SPORTident-Cards. The maximal wake up time is 1 second but
can be adjusted by the user. A faster wake up will increase station’s power consumption. The station is
switched from Stand-by Mode to Active Mode when the first SPORTident-Card is inserted.
Once the station is in Active Mode the re<<action time to the insertion of subsequent SI-Cards is very
quick. After an adjustable period without a SI-Card being inserted, the station drops back to Stand-by
The BSF9 station features with an on-board service display visible from the top side only. The display
shows quickly main stations' settings like real time and code number. After a card has punched the
card number is displayed for 3 seconds.
From Stand-by Mode the station can also be switched to Service Mode. This is done by switching on
the station with the Instruction card "Service/OFF". In Service Mode the station’s LCD display offers
additional information like the serial number, battery consumption and firmware version. Information
about station’s battery is given both by measuring the battery voltage and by computing the station’s
battery consumption in relation to the battery performance. Service Mode is automatically terminated
after 10 minutes or earlier if the Instruction card "Service/OFF" is used.
The SPORTident station BSF9 features with a very low power consumption. In typical application
cycles a battery will serve for several years. This battery type does neither contain Cadmium nor
Mercury. Other points of importance are improved environmental properties because there is no need
to glue together.
The station’s real time clock system is calibrated and temperature compensated. This offers higher
accuracy also at very high and very low temperatures. The internal time resolution is 1/256 s,
approximately 4 ms.
The station’s backup memory is increased and stored more than 20.000 punching records.
The BSF9 station supports contactless punching according to the latest IOF specification for foot-o.
No hardware investments are required. In addition to the direct punching functionality beacon records
are sent out by the station one a time slot base. A “mixed” usage of the station direct/contactless punching within one event is possible. To enable mixed working mode the station has to be
programmed in a working mode with a prefix “BC_…”. The default working time for beacon mode
should be set to 12 hours. The station explicitly must be switched into active mode by a direct punch.
Stations backup memory does not record contactless punching records by default for power
consumption reasons. Instead SIAC’s backup radio channel can be used together with a radio dongle
or the SI-GSM.
BSF9 stations power consumption in general depends how often and how long the station is used. The
station is always on but features a very low power consumption in standby mode. Within 5 years only
15% of the battery capacity are consumed in standby mode.
In active mode stations power consumption is higher. But the biggest impact on the power
consumption has the number of feedback cycles, flash and beep. In any case it should be avoided that
a SI-Card is kept in direct punching contact with a station resulting in a never ending loop of feedback
If a BSF9 station is used twice a month in a typical orienteering event with about 500 participants, the
typical working time of the station before battery change is minimum 5 years.
A station in BC_… mode consumes about five times the energy compared to direct punching mode
only. But the total impact to stations life time is less significant. In contactless punching the station
does not emit feedback signals. As a rule of thumb the life time of a station becomes shorter by 20%.
But after the end of an event it becomes much more important to switch the station from active to
standby mode by using the Instruction card "Service/OFF".
The BSF9 station features an in built working time counter and a battery voltage measurement unit.
The working time counter considers the different consumption elements like standby, active, beacon
and feedback. SI-Config+ should be used to monitor stations life cycle.
Handling and service
The BSF9 station only needs minimal services. In typical application cycles only station’s real time
has to be monitored.
The station’s settings can be changed by using PC-software SI-Config+. In the inductive coupling
process between a SPORTident master Station and a slaved station a coupling stick can be used to
improve data transmission.
To achieve highest synchronism in the station’s real time clock it is recommended to adjust station’s
real time by using the SPORTident Station BSF8 SI-Master (coupling stick needed).
The battery has a capacity of 1000 mAh. This value should not be changed in the setups.
SPORTident Station BSF9 features with an easy firmware upgrade mechanism. Station’s firmware can
be uploaded by the user via simple inductive coupling. This feature keeps the station up to date and
enables the implementation of additional functionality. To upgrade the firmware a main station BSM8
in combination with SI-Config+ must be used. Please also refer to our User Guide with detailed
information about the latest firmware features.
The BSF9 is equipped with a total of 4 eyelets, one at each corner. These can be used to thread anti-
theft devices, for example thin wire cables. The station can be connected to a tree or other objects.
This base station can operate in different modes.
Classic punching system
The following operating modes are available for the classic system using direct punching.
Operating mode Functionality
CLR - CLEAR Removes all data from the SI-Card.
CHK - CHECK Verifies that the SI-Card is empty.
STA - START Verifies that the SI-Card is empty and writes the start time on the SI-Card if this is the case.
CN - CONTROL
Reads the competitor’s SI-Card and writes the control code and time on the SI-
FIN - FINISH Writes the finish time on the SI-Card.
Contactless punching system AIR+
The following additional operating modes are available for the AIR+ system using both direct and
Operating mode Functionality
BC STA - Beacon
Start Start time will be written on the SIAC in the contactless way.
BC CN - Beacon
Control Works like a normal control station, but also in the contactless way.
BC FIN - Beacon
Finish time will be written on the SI-Card in the contactless way. The SIAC
automatically turns off after receiving BC FIN.
SIAC ON SIAC’s AIR+ functionality will be activated.
SIAC OFF SIAC’s AIR+ functionality will be terminated.
readout SIAC will be triggered to send out all data records stored by internal radio.
SIAC Battery test Measured and shown the SIAC’s battery voltage.
SIAC test Sends a test record to verify the functionality in contactless punching mode.
Internal power supply 1 x Lithium ½ AA cell, no rechargeable
Battery capacity 1000 mAh
Durability minimum 5 years
Battery exchange by SPORTident GmbH and authorized service points; an instruction sheet for
self service battery exchange will be provided by SPORTident
Operating range - 20°C to + 50°C
IP 64 (DIN EN 60529)
Protection against penetration of dust
Protection against splashed water from all directions
Dimensions 112 mm x 57 mm x 21 mm
Weight 85 g
Accuracy at normal
temperature less than +/- 20 seconds a month
Switch on time < 1 second (standard)
Backup memory maximum number of punches: 21802
maximum number of SI-Cards data records: 1022