Digital Scoreboards . . . The Future of Scoreboards is Here!
All of the software (Nat/FIS, Club, and NASTAR) now have the ability to output a Scoreboard image via TV output (HDMI).
|This means you can take advantage of off-the-shelf, low priced, readily available TV products in any way you see fit:|
- For temporary display around the finish area.
- For permanent mounting on your timing building.
- Any size TV you choose to purchase.
- Weather proof TVs are available (partial shade, or full sun).
- Off-the-shelf Video Wall technology to create a HUGE "scoreboard".
- Feed into the resort TV Network
- Wired or wireless.
Note: These photos were taken with a mock-up with running 10ths, actual displays show running seconds. Elapsed times are displayed to 1/100th along with rank.
- Directly controlled by the timing computer, so no delay.
- Running time.
- Elapsed of run and Rank.
- For two run in Club it displays most recent run, and Final Time along with rank for each.
- Most recent results displayed on bottom right.
Display shown here:
- 43 inch SunBrite Outdoor TV (relatively small).
- Signal sent wirelessly (up to 660 ft range).
The plan is to build on the options available over time have multiple formats for you to use:
- The display to the right is available from the 'Timing' menu (not in the actual timing screens), and could be used when not running a race. It displays the time-of-day and optional messages.
- Another similar screen is planned that will scroll through user provided graphics. To promote sponsors, upcoming events etc.
This is the configuration used in these examples:
- It's all done via a 2nd monitor attached to the Timing Computer.
- All layouts are based on the 1080p format (1920x1080 pixels). The computer and all displays must be capable of this resolution (most PCs, and virtually all displays will).
- From the computer a cable goes to an HDMI splitter.
- One output of the splitter goes to the monitor next to the computer. This is so you can see what's being displayed.
- In this example the other output from the splitter goes to an HDMI wireless transmitter.
- Behind the TV that's outside is an HDMI wireless receiver.
A number of customer have asked what equipment we used in our test setup. The choice is your of course, but for reference, this is what we used:
TV Tripod (seems really good but would need level ground)
Wireless HDMI Extender