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The Pal asked me quite a while ago for ideas on how we (RemoteX Technologies) could help them out in digitalizing the scorekeeping process during the event. First I thought about putting together a customized version of RemoteX Applications which would help entering scores etc using PDAs. However, the scorekeeping process and the service process (which is what RemoteX Applications primarily supports) did not align very well, so we skipped that idea.
The solution ended up in using their already existing web application (based on the LAMP stack), with some minor adjustments to support Pocket Internet Explorer, Opera for Mobile and such.
Each player plays two so called entries and each entry consists of 4 random games.
Each game on each entry is registered a score and the best score is used in a player ranking algorithm to produce the tournament standings page.
To ease the pain of writing down the score on a piece of paper and THEN enter them into the web application, the solution also involves a free software called i-Nigma which is used to scan QR-codes.
All players get their two entries printed on papers. Each printed entry has four QR-codes, each representing a link to a page on which the score is to be entered by the scorekeeper.
So basically, the scorekeeping process is:
- The player plays a game
- Calls for the scorekeeper to register the score of the game
- The scorekeeper uses a mobile phone equipped with i-Nigma to scan the QR-code of the game
- The scorekeeper enters the score in a text field in the web browser on the mobile phone
- The player can continue play the remaining games in the entry
AFTER EVENT UPDATE:
Everything worked out eventually, but we came up with a few issues we need to address before the upcoming (bigger) event, Stockholm Open:
- i-Nigma is not ready out of the box. Further configuration needs to be done on the mobile phones in order to turn off security checks related to camera usage, turning on the led light (“flash”)
- i-Nigma can’t turn on the led light/flash on the mobile phone. This becomes an issue when trying to scan the QR-codes in a dark room.
- Either i-Nigma or more probably Windows Mobile does not play very well together. Query strings are chopped of when using ampersands as the separator between query string variables. An adjustment was made live during the event and addresses the issue by replacing ampersands with semicolon.
- Info in QR-code should be printed as normal text together with the code to allow for a pen-and-paper backup solution (compare with EAN codes where the number is printed together with the bar code)
- Facility issue: Test the WiFi/cell network before the event!! Signal was poor and it was nearly impossible to connect for the two HTC TyTn phones we used
- More testing up-front with realistic conditions. We had to re-print every pre-printed entry on a sloooow ink-jet printer (which neither wanted to play WiFi)
We had some really nasty problems during the event, but as my former CEO Ulf Engerby at Qbranch would put it: Success is planned, shit happens!
If you want more information about the event, please visit the website.