Live data

Introduction

The use of live data has to be considered as a complete system, from collecting and uploading the data of the competitor to a server (or directly to a PC with a SRR USB Dongle), to the downloading and processing of the data by an evaluation software. The SPORTident components and the settings described in the previous sections are necessary to ensure their correct functioning as part of the system, and their setup can differ from one race to another and from one sport to another. SIAC, BSF8-SRR station, SRR USB Dongle, SI-GSM Modem, SI-Reader software, Mobile Reader App and SPORTident Center provide a complete distributed online data system to meet the growing need for live information during the race.

The basic setup of the system is given in the scheme below.

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Of course, having access to the internet is essential.

Software and web services

To be able to upload/download data during a race and to handle an event, from the setup of the race, entries registration, until the publication of the (intermediate) results, a series of software and web services is available. Together, they offer the complete package for handling an event and to make it attractive for the organiser, athletes and spectators.

SPORTident Mobile Reader App

SPORTident Mobile Reader is the Android app for reading out cards, receiving punch data via short range radio with your mobile phone, and uploading the data to SPORTident Center.

For detailed information regarding the SPORTident Mobile Reader App please feel free to visit the SPORTident website.

SPORTident Reader

SPORTident offers the (free) software SPORTident Reader as a universal data capture program. It is able to upload data from a BSF8-SRR or SIAC, received by a SRR USB Dongle, to SPORTident Center (in addition to the data from a SI-GSM Modem, that are directly sent to SPORTident Center). Furthermore the SPORTident Reader is used to download the data from SPORTident Center to an evaluation software. However, downloading data is frequently done directly by an evaluation software such as SiTiming.

SPORTident Reader can be downloaded from the SPORTident website.

SPORTident Center

SPORTident Center is hosting the database that stores information on events, modems and timing data. The service allows you to assign your SI-GSM Modem to an event for a certain period. The data received by this modem are displayed.

You can register yourself for SPORTident Center. Use the Register function on the start page. As a user, you will receive a confirmation e-mail for your account with your user name. You will have to activate the account by setting your password. Once this is accomplished, you will be redirected to the SPORTident Center.

SiTiming by SPORTident UK

SiTiming is a SPORTident UK Ltd results software. A license has to be bought if you want to use this software. More information is available at SPORTident UK website

A detailed user guide is available at SPORTident UK website. Only a few features of SiTiming are highlighted in this guide.

SPORTident Center

The first step to upload data is the setup of the available modems for an event. Open SPORTident Center in your browser. Four tab sheets are available: Events, Modems, Billing and Subscriptions.

Events

Create a new event by clicking the + button. Choose the name, start date and end date of the event and complete the process by clicking create. Your event will now be added to the event list.

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Any event can be modified by clicking on the pencil. Some additional information is shown.

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The Event ID and the SOAP API Key are necessary for the SPORTident Reader program to be able to upload and download data.

Modems

The list displays the available modems assigned to the user. The modems are assigned by SPORTident to a user. There is no possibility to add a modem by yourself. In case of questions, please contact support@sportident.com.

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An icon indicates the state of the modem (grey if offline, green if online) and its battery level. This is useful information for testing the modem on site before the event (or even to monitor the modem during an event).

A modem can only be assigned to a single event at the same time. To assign a modem to an event, click on the flag icon at the top right of the screen.

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Some extra fields are shown. Select one of your events from the list, choose a modem and confirm it. The modem is now assigned to that event.

Monitor

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The monitor provides an overview of the data received. Go to the event page and click Monitor punches of your event. You can filter the punches by event, modem, card (enter the card number) or for any control number (enter the control number) for a selected time period. The default setting is the day and time of opening the program. The display is updated periodically.

This functionality is useful for testing the configuration and correct operation of the equipment that will be used during the event.
Data uploaded by a PC and received with a SRR USB Dongle can also be uploaded and monitored. The field ‘Modem’ will be empty in this case. Also incoming data collected with SPORTident Reader and SPORTident Mobile Reader App will be shown without modem ID.

Data upload with SPORTident Mobile Reader App

After installation, the app must be linked to SPORTident Center. To do this, go to Settings User account and enter your credentials to use the online functionality of the app.

User account settings

Create a new event / session by tapping on the plus + on the start page. Enter a user-defined session name and select the corresponding event in SPORTident Center or use the function to create a new event in SPORTident Center. When you are asked, enable the automatic upload of the data. The app thus uploads received data directly to SPORTident Center.

Session setup

Connect your SRR USB Dongle, BSM7-USB or BSM8-USB station using a USB OTG adapter cable to your smartphone.

Download your chip or send the data by radio to the smartphone. The received data is displayed in the menu List. The punches are uploaded directly into SPORTident Center.

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Data upload with SPORTident Reader

After installing the program SPORTident Reader, it might be necessary to click Show/hide settings in the configuration bar.

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The desired language can be modified if necessary.

Uploading data to SPORTident Center

The data collected with a readout station or a SRR USB Dongle (the input device), from a single punch up to all data records from a SI-Card, can be uploaded to SPORTident Center (the output device). The configuration of SPORTident Reader is a three steps procedure:

1. Configure the input device

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Connect a readout station or a dongle to the computer and click on fresh list.

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If you want to use two SRR USB Dongles (as recommended for sports were competitors pass at high speed), or a dongle and a readout station, you need to open SPORTident Reader twice. Only a single input device can be selected per SPORTident Reader window. Choose a different device in each window. Now data from both sources will be uploaded.

2. Configure the output device

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There are many options, but these are mainly for developers of evaluation software. As a user, only the last button is necessary.

The API Key and Event ID of the target event have to be copied from SI Center into the specified fields.

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3. Activate the connections

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The summary of the configuration is given at the top of the screen, in this example from a readout station (the input device) to SPORTident Center (the output device). The connections are not active yet and this is visualized by the two red dots.

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Click Open/Close to open (or to close) the connections. Two green dots will confirm that the communication lines are open. SI-Reader is now ready to receive and to upload data.

In case of a red dot, the connections should be checked. It might be that the internet connection is not available.

Next to the monitoring page in SI Center activity can also be monitored in SI-Reader by clicking on Show activity form.

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Data processing with SiTiming

To use this feature you need to install SiTiming by SPORTident UK and buy a license.

Download data

First you have to configure your connection to SI Center as a Telemetry Device.

Open your event in SiTiming and navigate to Data Collection → Collect Punches → Telemetry Device → Add Telemetry Device.

Select as Device Type SPORTident Center and enter your Event ID from SI Center. The Description is optional.

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Click the Save Button.

Go back by clicking the Up Button. Now you’ve get a new menu item SPORTident Center Receiver. Enter this menu.

Enter the following Service URL: https://center.sportident.com/stamps/soap and the API Key of your event. You will find the API Key in SI Center.

To download the data once click the Refresh Now Button or select the refresh Interval and click the Start Timer Button for continuous download.

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If SiTiming displays Server returned error code: 6, there is a difference in the number of stamps between SiTiming and SPORTident Center. This is the case after testing, for example. To solve the problem you have to reset your Telemetry Device. Navigate to Data Collection → Collect Punches → Telemetry Device → Open your Telemetry Device → Actions → Clear Down.

To stop the continuous download click the Stop Timer Button.

Upload to SPORTident Timing website

For the upload of the live results to the website you will open a new SiTiming instance.

To enable this option in Modify Event Step 4 – Results Options the Special Results Format of Enduro and Use Substage Reporting must both be ticked.

Open your event in SiTiming and navigate to Results → Export Results → Enduro Result Loader.

Enter the Service URL and Token for your event. Both you will get from the SPORTident Timing website.

To upload the data once click the Write Now Button or select the refresh Interval and click the Start Timer Button for continuous upload.

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To stop the continuous upload click the Stop Timer Button.