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Networking with AXWareTS

A Network Module for AXWareTS provides the capability to control Events using several computers. Networking an event can greatly improve and speed up the registration process, provides flexibility during the event, and includes support for announcers and audits during the event, as well offsetting the work load to computers other than the T&S computer.

Networking AXWareTS is managed using TCP/IP communications. It is fast, flexible and supports whatever network setup you may be using.  

The Networking Modes are: 

  • Timing 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 that exchanges data throughout the event. Network Clients connect to this computer and manage the event in real-time.

    The Timing 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, will 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 up-to-date.  

    Timing Server IP Address: To allow clients to connect to the Timing Server, the Timing Server will display it's IP address in the main window.  All of your networking clients must use this IP address in the format xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx. The Networking Clients will ask for an IP address before attempting to connect to a Timing Server. Please be precise, the address is very explicit.
     

The Networking Clients (listed below) can provide functions and features similar to the Timing Server but access to data is specific to the Client Mode.  It is by design that the software appears similar on all the machines and allows expands the capabilities that are typically only provided on the main timing computer. This helps offset the work load from the Timing Computer and to the Clients, reducing the amount of work the T&S personnel have to carry out.

Below is s list of specific features of the Clients.

  • Registration Client: 2 Registration Clients are available, Registration Client I, Registration Client II.

    Registration clients provide remote registration capabilities and thus can add 2 additional computers that can help speed up registration or provide registration throughout the event, if necessary. All registration updates, new entries, edits, deletions etc., are exchanged between the Timing Server and these clients.Timing control, timing data and related functions are disabled, including an in-active staging grid.

    4 Total computers can manage Registrations, including Heat setup, class changes etc. These include the Timing Server, Audit Client and the 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.

    You can:
    • enter and edit registrations
    • print registration based reports
    • heat assignments
    • work assignment
    • grid assignments
    • most any feature of registration.
    • Note: No timing data will be seen on these clients.

 

  • Announcer Clients: 2 announcer clients are available, Announcer Client I and Announcer Client II.

    Announcer Clients provide a 'read-only' style of view allowing data to be displayed and viewed any way necessary.  These are very handy for your announcers to pull up data in the registrations, staging, any reports, and even utilize the Announcer Window for interactive access to summarized announcer view in real-time.

    The Announcer Clients essentially can view, print, display and manage anything, all without the ability to edit any data.

    You can:

    • view

    • display

    • use the Announcer Window

    • print reports

    • print time slips

    • do live timing

    • live streaming

    • Timing Displays

    • Announcer Window

    • and view anything about the event.

  • Audit Client: The audit client provides full editing functionality of the data, including Registrations and Staging data.  You can edit entrants times, penalties and other effective timing changes.

    This relieves 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 rolling.

    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 connections.


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