Networking with AXWareTS
A Network Module for
AXWareTS provides the capability to
control Events across several computers.
This can greatly improve
and speed up the registration process
and provides flexibility during the event
by spreading the functions and process
to multiple computers, rather than
having everything managed by the timing
Networking AXWareTS is managed using TCP/IP communications, is fast, flexible and supports
whatever network setup you may be using.
The Networking Modes are:
Server: This is the
computer with the timing hardware
connected to it and is considered to
be Timing Control. It is the
central data store and main gateway
data throughout the event. Network Clients
connect to this computer and manage
the event in real-time.
Server is the key to
providing the data exchanges between
itself and all of the clients,
coordinating and controlling data
content and acting as a data router/gateway.
Timing data, changes to
registrations and other data is sent
to all active clients whether the
changes originate from the Timing
Server itself or from any other
Networking client, such as the
Registration and Audit clients.
However, data exchanges only occur
when the Timing Server is active.
If the Timing
Server is not active, Networking
Clients, event though not connected,
may cache data
changes and once the Timing Server
comes online, all data exchanges
will commence. It is critical to
note that you should, in all
practical efforts, start the Timing
Server before launching any other
Networking Client in order to
provide real-time exchanges and keep
all your clients consistently
networking, simple start the Timing Server
on your timing computer and specify
the Timing Server PC name on all
other Networking Clients.
The Networking Clients (listed below) can provide functions
and features similar to the Timing Server however access to data is specific to the Client Mode.
Some capabilities on the Networking clients will be limited
based on the Client that is loaded. This also includes features and functions
that can help offset some of the key functions to Timing and Scoring.
Below is s list of specific features of the Clients.
Client I & II: Registration
Clients (2 clients are available)
Registration clients provide
remote registration capabilities.
This can adds 2 additional computers
that can help speed up registration
or provide registration throughout
the event, as necessary. All
registration updates, new entries,
edits, deletions etc., are exchanged
between the Timing Server and
these clients in real time.
control, timing data and related functions are
disabled on the Registration Clients,
rendering the Staging Grid
4 Total computers can manage
Registrations, including Heat setup,
class changes etc. These include the Timing Server, Audit Client
and 2 Registration Clients.
In a typical installation, the
Timing Server and one or both
Registrations Clients will suffice.
For example: 1 Registration Client
can provide a quick check in and
payment line for online registrations and
the 2nd computer (be it Timing
Server or another client) can manage
walk ups where additional data and
thus time are needed.
- enter and edit registrations
- print registration based reports
- heat assignments
- work assignment
- grid assignments
- most any feature of
- Note: No timing data will be
seen on these clients.
I && II:
Announcer clients (2 clients are available)
Announcer Clients provide
style of views allowing
data to be displayed and viewed any
way necessary. These can
provide your announcers full data
access to pull up data
in the registrations, staging, any reports,
and even utilize the
Announcer Window for interactive
access to vehicles that are staged,
running and a history of vehicles
The Announcer Clients
can view, print, display
and manage anything, all without the
ability to edit any data. They
even have the ability to display
times on a Display or so configured.
display times on
(real time announcer information)
do live timing
anything about the event.
The audit client provides full
editing functionality of the data,
including Registrations and Staging
data. You can edit entrants
times, penalties and other effective
the Timing Server and the T&S persons from
managing penalty changes, audits and edits during the event. Audit Client can make
those changes real-time and seamlessly.
The T&S persons can then focus on
staging cars and keeping timing
The Audit client
also has full access to all of the data. You have access to view, display,
use the Announcer Windows, print
reports, print time slips, do live
timing, live streaming, as well as
other functions, all without
affecting the Timing Server or any
other client. Timing Displays
and printers may be configured to provide
additional functionality as well.
Essentially the Audit client is
almost as powerful as the Timing
Server but without the timer
- AXWareStaging an
AXWareTS DM (Distributed
Management) Android application that
provides staging control allowing
you to easily and quickly stage
vehicles into the T&S Server. Very
much akin to a bar code scanner but
with simplicity in mind, the app
loads the registration list from the
T&S computer and stages entries with
1 button click. The app displays the
Registration List in Class or Car
Number order and allows you to
easily scroll, view and stage
entries, all while supporting your
class structure. Clear and concise.
control of entering and managing
penalties for 1-6 corners in
Penalty Manager receives staged
entries via the normal Networking
communications and provides direct penalty
control for each corner station.
This client can be used as a data
entry client for penalties, relieving this
duty from the T&S Timing computer, as well
as a fully integrated WIFI setup
that utilizes our AXWareTS Corners Android App
at corner stations.
Using AXWareTS Corners Android App,
corner stations are no longer required to radio in the
penalties, but instead select
penalties using the buttons in the Android App.
Simple and fast, the penalties no
longer need to be acknowledge since
they are provided to the Penalty
Manager and relayed to the T&S
Timing Server in real time.
Confusion about which vehicle owns
the penalty is also reduced since
the App provides very clear and
distinct information for each
vehicle. This effectively
reduces voice interactions and the
time it takes to acknowledge
penalties and allows the corner
station workers concentrate on the
vehicles on course. See
Penalty Manager for more information.
The WIFI setup requires a robust
WIFI Network that can consist of a
high output AP (Access Point)
similar to the Ubiquity
Nanostation M5. Extending the
network can consist of several
Ubiquity Nanostation M5 running
as AP-Repeaters that both provide
WIFI support for Android devices at
longer distances on course.
The location of the Nanostations is
fairly important and should be in
clear line of sight configurations.
The main challenge is providing
power to the remote Nanostation,
which is powered by PoE (power of
Ethernet) with 24VDC support.
Golf cart batters, invertors and
various other power systems can be
used to provide the remote station
power, which can include a generator
with AC/DC adapter for PoE that
comes with the unit.
Networking - WIFI for AXWareDM
One of the challenges for providing WIFI support is the range of WIFI
networks. We are recommending a particular setup that uses Ubiquity
hardware components. They are in-expensive but very robust solutions than can
provide miles of range and support.
In particular we have tested and recommend the
Ubiquity NanoStation M5
(or newer) Access Points. These Nanostations provide long range solutions
at a very reasonable cost to value. They also have excellent support and
lots of information about configurations and setups that can be tweaked for most
any setup. Ubiquity also offers a software called airView
that can be used to analyze frequencies in your area.
products can be purchased from many distributors including Amazon.
For our purposes, small autocross lots should be covered fairly adequate with
a single Ubiquity NanoStation M5 acting as a Access Point for the Corner
Stations. For very long distances, long lots or runways may requiring an
additional station. Setup if very straight forward and only requires you to
modify your network settings and setup the Nanostation with a fixed IP address
(and security as necessary). some minor tuning and setup should be
performed to tune the Nanostation to support a less used WIFI channel in your
area, as well as various settings that support hand held devices like phones and
One of the challenges for remote Nanostations is
the power supply. Most of the Ubiquity components
use PoE (24VDC) configurations. Power can be provided using batteries, solar panels, generators, invertors
and AC/DC power if available. For extended networks the Nanostations should be configured as
This allows each station to act as an Access Points and still provide the bridging
that is needed to extend the WIFI network. Ubiquity dictates ranges of up to
15km+ (~10miles), depending on configuration.