Developing a live results service

Over the past few weeks I have been developing a live results service. The original concept was to create a local WiFi hotspot that competitors could connect to using their own smartphones. The standard page would display the top three results in each class (or course) with a More… link to display the whole class.

Development moved in various directions. At SOC we are using Michael Napier’s software, Colour, for our Level D and C events. The live results service now had additional screens to extract out some information that was not so easy to get to in Colour:

  • A list of those still to download including Emit card number and hire indicator;
  • A page to indicate the number of maps left;
  • Participation figures broken down into BOF friendly sub-totals.

Recently EMIT UK asked if I could run live results at the forthcoming Harvester Relays. This generated a new phase of development. Firstly I had to link the software with the Etiming data format, then also to work out how to display team information. That phase of development is now complete and my fingers are firmly crossed for a successful run-out this weekend.

The plan is to project constantly updating live standings at the event centre and to upload to at ten minute intervals.

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