Complete sports timing & results solution
Castech's complete sports solutions are founded on hundreds of races experience
over almost two decades.
We provide certainty through the provision of not just one level of backup, but
multiple over-lapping systems, which enable us to recover from any eventuality.
While there are various ways of providing timing, we rely on proven techniques combined
with careful inclusion of new technologies.
Our results can be published LIVE to the web, on our site www.onlineresults.com.au.
Our web sites are custom designed so we have complete control over the content.
This means while other sites force their links, advertising & format onto events
listed with their site, we can provide both a standard format but can also optionally
provide custom content, and importantly, control over advertising and links, ensuring
your branding and web traffic is protected. Options should you wish to explore them,
also include publishing on your own sub-domain of our site (eg. yourevent.onlineresults.com.au),
your own domain or built into your own site.
In addition to the internet results service, we are able to optionally provide an
in-venue WiFi service. The standard service provides an identical web site to that
on the internet, which can be optionally extended to provide other event specific
information such as communiqués or Media releases. The WiFi is specially designed
as a ‘captive portal’, meaning users are automatically redirected to the intranet
when they connect, they are in an environment secure from official event computers,
and attempts to access the internet are politely redirected back to the event site.
Complementing this service, ‘internet café’ terminals can be located in the venue,
allowing casual browsing of the information.
Scoreboards & Displays
We are able to provide scoreboards in a number of configurations depending on your
need. Firstly, we use easy to see clocks attached to the finish gantry or on stands
near the finish where a gantry is unavailable. These clocks can display elapsed
time, rider number and place for timetrial events, and elapsed time for mass start
events. Additionally they can show the lead riders time on each lap and the time
since the leader has past.
We can provide full colour LED boards that are 1.2m x 0.9m. These can be arrayed
to 2.4m x 1.8m in size as above. The board can be a leader board, show riders name
place and time as they cross a timing point, or be a score board in multiple configurations
(for sports like Cricket, Football, Netball etc). The board can also be used to
display video, logos and ads.
Photo-finish: the most precise timing
Photo finish is accepted in the timing industry as the most precise form of finish
timing available. It is regarded as superior to high-speed video, transponders and
light beams because it eliminates variability, providing visual proof of results
to a fraction of a second. Which is why it's used in horse races, where millions
of dollars are at stake, and sporting events when there must be no doubt who won.
Photo finish technology is used in Olympics, World Cups and many other elite events.
Photo Finish is typically used where the sequence of multiple finishers is critical.
In the finish image to the right, the bikes were just 16/10,000th’s of a second
apart. When you need to know , only a professional photo finish camera can give
the required level of precision.
Downhill (timetrial) timing
Our downhill timing devices work to a precision of 1/10,000th of a second internally,
allowing reporting to 1/100th of a second. They are homologated to time very high
speed events such as the bobsled & luge to 1/1000th of a second, and are widely
used in professional sports timing. At the start we normally use the same setup
as many international DHI events, with a wand style start gate, connected to a start
clock to provide consistent starting intervals. At the finish we have two ‘light
beams’, where one is used consistently as the primary finish, the other records
backup times if required. Other configurations such as pressure switches & light
beam starts are available if required. While we normally prefer wired connections
from the start to finish for our primary connection, we can operate wirelessly or
using times from precisely synchronised clocks. We have all available, and normally
use more than one at each event to provide additional redundancy. Optionally, mid-point
split times can be provided. Having mid-point times creates excitement in the crowd
for the elite level riders. Our implementation of intermediate timing can be via
an intermediate ‘light beam’ or transponders. Consideration needs to be given for
when and where intermediate timing is valuable: where transponders are used there
is additional logistics in handing out & collection. During much of the racing,
many riders are on course with various overtaking, making sencible use of the additional
volume of information difficult.
There are many transponder systems on the market, we use the JChip system because
it provides good quality at a reasonable transponder cost, and has been used in
many races worldwide. JChip uses an ‘active’ transponder technology, which means
there is a battery in the transponder. An active transponder system provides greater
reliability where transponders move quickly over the finish, as is the case in cycling
events. Indicators of the need for an ‘active’ transponder include increased speed,
and use near metal (eg. bikes or cars). We are yet to find a non-active transponder
technology with adequate reliability for cycling events such as the MTBA national
series. We can optionally use the MyLaps/AMB ‘active’ transponder system, however
understand that the transponders are over 6 times more expensive, which as well
as meaning we need to pass on some of that cost, it creates a greater problem with
unreturned transponders, while producing the same result.