Scoring© is a computer
software running in Windows 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7
and Windows 8. It is used to compile
results of car rallies using an intelligent "user friendly" interface
to speed up results output and minimize errors. An expert system also helps
finding hidden errors.
can be printed in many formats anytime during a rally using simple's menus. They
can be shown on a screen, published on the Web and printed in small typeface so
many cars and stages can figure on the same page, or in larger typeface to allow
for easy reading from a distance when posted on walls.
more details on the various types of result forms available, click on: Generic
specific and Graph. A database format
(CSV) and Excel is available for most of the report. Look at the
Excel spreadsheet with the Speed Factor.
be able to output detailed reports, check point times must be entered on
specific form that have been created to suit the time cards used by the
different organization. Click
here to see the various forms.
Time can also be import from various electronic clock
files. Validation is applied on those values to remove errors. Many different formats are supported. At the moment code is ready for
Alpha, ECM clock, South Africa clocks grid and others but other kind of data files can be added.
order to achieve fast and efficient output, the software "knows" the
features of rally scoring.
An "artificial intelligence" has been added to the software but
certain parameters still need to be set up.
here to look at the set-up.
different reports and listings have to be made to help running efficiently the
rally. Click here to look at them. You
can also look at some current results to see
the actual output on the web.
different listings have to be made to create start orders. Click here to see the
Here are some of the
main features of the software:
- Software computes
ALL timing data: road penalties, maximum times, early times and others. There
is absolutely no hand calculation. Data can be fed directly through
- The data entry
interface looks like the "time cards" used by competitors. It is type
selectable for USA, FIA, Canada, Targa and TSD events (FIA Alternative
Energies Cup), and makes data
entry a lot less error prone since card and screen look the same. The
operator just needs to "match" what he sees on a card.
- Time is entered in
the original format, i.e. "arrival time", "start time"
and "end time". In fact, the only data that needs to be
entered is the "end time" since the software already has an
"intelligent knowledge" of the two other times. The expected
time is shown on the screen and the operator only has to press
"." to confirm it.
- The software can
differentiate between 1:03 and 10:30 using active data entry recognition.
This means that only three keys need to be pressed most of the time.
- The data entry
interface immediately shows road penalties and stage times as they are
calculated. An error message appears when the data entered does not
match the supposed time. A pop-up window immediately tells when
the operator enters a start time identical as somebody else’s, or when a
time entry is less than the previous one.
- With this kind of
efficient data entry, there is not need to have times radioed in advance to
get quick results. Data entered directly from the time cards are less
error prone. As soon as the data for the first 10 cars are in, the operator
can press a
button to get the winner. The software also works very well at
headquarters when times are sent often by time control
- The program read many different electronic
Those files containing many times or a single check point data (check point
number, car number and time) can be sent by email, upload on FTP or simply
place on a USB key. No need to type anything. The program still
do validation for the data same as the manual process.
- The software has
been adapted to the various timing systems: US (hundredths of minute), FIA
(tenths of second), Canada (seconds) and Barbados (hundredths of second).
- The software checks
for unusual results like: a 10th place car that is suddenly winning a stage, or
a stage winner that is 10% faster than the second fastest, etc.
- One FIA, one
National and two Regional/Club championships are supported in the same
"file". There is no need to output separate results. You
just click to select the championship you want. The regional championship can
be stop and restart in the middle of the rally while the National continue and
the instant result still work.
- Most computers can
be used for data entry and there is no need for a server as the software
uses a synchronization process to merge the data. Thus, nobody is dependent on
And if all computers ever crash except one, you can continue on that
one without loosing any time. That is real redundancy.
- As well, most
computers can show instant results to the press, competitors, officials and
the public. Results can be presented in FIA format or in Rally Scoring©
format and they are identical as the organizer’s official results.
- The software
supports multiple route books. A rally can thus head in four different
- A Graph
can be produced for position changes, which is an easy way to visualize
changes from one stage to the other. You do not have to analyze the
numbers because the graph will tell at a glance. Other graphs show
position changes with differences in percentiles or using "Speed factor".
- Automatic Internet
uploading and downloading is also possible meaning that computers anywhere
in the world can show and print the same results as the headquarters.
- Automatic live
updating on the Web can be done without a webmaster’s help. The
software creates both main page and progressive results in HTML and
downloads to the web every minute.
- Support 160 cars and 150 check points.
- Compile TSD rally with mix of stages.
- Compile Targa Rally with 40 different base times, 40
different trophy times, 60 stages and 160 cars.
Scoring© software is the
only one in the world providing live results on screen, on paper and on the
Internet even with all the limitations imposed in North America. Here is a
rally situation where the software performed with great success:
program was developed with real situations in mind, and that is why it performs
so well in any conditions.
- Three different
- There was no time
transmission by radio or phone.
- Scoring done at
service stops using competitor's time cards
- Only four persons
- pick-up time
- enter times
- validate and
file time cards and log sheets
- Results printed for
the board, posted on the web and distributed to competitors
- Direct response to
time enquiries from competitors
- Numerous setups of
- Updating results on
- Full results books
produced as soon as they became official
done outside on two picnic tables
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Scoring Service can assist you with the scoring of your rally
- You can use the Rally Scoring program for $80.00 US
- Valid only for 1 event.
- Full support for 2 weeks before the event (phone and
/ or remote assistance using program as TeamViewer)
- Need to practice with dry run before the
event. Use for the first time while the rally is going need to be
supervised by me. It can be done easily with a remote acces program
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