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Feb 06, 2018, 11:23 PM
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How GliderScore's smartphone scoring works

SVSS is using GliderScore for TD and ALES contests in 2018 for the first time (already used in F5J at SVSS for several years). This post describes how pilots can use their smartphones to directly enter their own scores. This saves time, allows the viewing of real-time scores during the contest, and makes it much easier on the CD and scorekeeper, and especially so for bigger contests.

Old way of scoring

Normally each pilot is given a scorecard that they fill out and turn into the scorekeeper after every round or at the end of the contest. Then the scorekeeper enters every round's score for every pilot. Often a helper reads off the scores while the scorekeeper enters them; then they both go back and double-check their entries before printing the final scores for the pilots meeting.

New GliderScore smartphone way

First thing you need to do is install a free QR Code reader. For Android many of us use QR Droid. Others are available for Android. iPhone also has many free QR Code readers. Pick one and install it.

With GliderScore every pilot gets a personalized Score Record Card printed just before the contest; this card has their name and a "QR Code" in the upper L.H. corner of the card. When you scan the QR Code your personal home scoring screen is displayed. The pilot always records their scores on their card which gets collected by the CD at the end of the contest. In bigger contests like Spring Fling the landing judge will still sign that card on the field.

See Score Record Card example below.

So after you enter your score on your card then you enters your own score using your personal scoring screen. To speed your entry and to make it more accurate there are drop-down choice lists for minutes, seconds, and landing points. To prevent later "editing" of scores you only get one shot at entry; if you submit a bad score by mistake you have to ask the scorekeeper to correct it.

Note in the example scorecard the url above the entry grid. The last characters "P=555" shows your pilot ID that you use if you are entering scores on the community laptop instead of your phone.

See Score home and entry screen examples below.

Must enter scores in round order

You have to enter scores starting from round 1 to the last round. So for those "any order" TD contests you will have to wait to do your smartphone entry until you fly the first round's time. e.g. for a contest of 5min, 8min, 10min, and 12min in any order you have to enter the 5min task first before it allows you to enter the next one (8min). But for "in order" contests you always enter your scores in the order you fly them.

How smartphone scoring works

When you submit your smartphone scores they get sent to the GliderScore server (in Calif) and saved in a holding place until the scorekeeper explicitly downloads them to the scoring laptop. Once on the laptop they get reviewed and then uploaded--usually at the end of each round; once uploaded they become official and visible.

See Smartphone info flow diagram below.

From there the pilots can view their scores from previous rounds. You can also view the current standings if you scroll down to the bottom of your personal scoring screen.

For pilots without a smartphone they can use their same personal scoring screen on a community laptop at the CD table using their pilot ID (at the top of your scorecard, see "ID=555" in the example).

Entering your own scores: easier to cheat?

So you might ask: well, if pilots can enter their own scores can't they cheat? Answer: if a pilot wants to cheat the time to cheat is entering a phony score on their score card, not when they enter their scores electronically. Remember, the score cards are still turned in at the end of the contest and can be checked by the CD if they suspect anything fishy.

The smartphone scoring entry process has been used in F3J for many years, and was used all last year during USA F5J contests, at the Phoenix EVEF club last year, and at CVRC's Bent Wing and Fall Fest contests last year. i.e. it's proven.

Any questions let me know!
Last edited by SoaringDude; Feb 09, 2018 at 09:36 PM.
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Feb 07, 2018, 12:28 PM
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QR Code scanners to use

There are many free QR Code scanners that you can install on your smartphone. The one I use on my Android phone is QR Droid. Works great, easy to use. You start the app, hold your phone over your scorecard, and it beeps and takes you to your personal scoring page in your browser.

If anyone is using an iPhone feel free to share which scanner app you like.
Feb 09, 2018, 09:31 PM
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I just got a question about what you have to install on your smartphone. All you need to install is a free QR Code reader. You do NOT install GliderScore (there is no such app).

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