ELECTRONIC TIMING SYSTEM ‘STOPKO’ FOR SPEED CLIMBING AND BOULDERING

 

PRODUCT FEATURES

  • Two channels with either parallel or separate functioning (two individuals can start climbing at the same time or separately)
  • Single timing system for Speed Climbing and Bouldering both
  • Standalone or PC-interconnected mode
  • 3 different user-selectable count and display resolutions: 0.01/0.1/1 second with 3 counting ranges: 10 minutes/100 minutes/10 hours
  • Built-in high precision time base
  • Multiple function modes: training, speed qualifications*, speed finale*, bouldering*, lead*
  • Unprecedented features: innovative speed qualifications/finale modes allow attractive competitions on non-IFSC speed certified walls and on non-equal routes; internet multi-matching
  • Possible to import a start-list
  • The creation of a LOG file
  • Possible to set penalty times for youth or beginner competitions
  • Innovative use of the stereo PC sound system
  • Optional use of footpads, detection of false starts and measurement of reaction times
  • A timer countdown mode for bouldering that repeatedly restarts and repeats the countdown with any cycle time
  • Sound signals such as the one signalling Start are generated by a PC sound system and can be customized easily
  • Two-button remote controller allows the judge to control Start/Reset
  • Possible to install the system in the standalone mode permanently, with fixed Start/Reset buttons for both parallel and separate climbing (foot sensors are not supported by the system in this mode)
  • A single power supply for all parts of the system
  • Designed for indoor use
  • The system is not certified for Worldcup level speed climbing competitions. This is not because of quality but because of many specific requirements  by IFSC such as support to video streaming, two colors display boards, specific start/finish pads etc. You can check the complete list here. These requirements do not apply to bouldering events.
  • We offer responsive customer support
  • You can also check the prices for the many typical configurations

* PC connection required

 

Configurations

bouldering

The Bouldering Configuration

It requires a central unit, a computer and at least one display board. The use of a remote controller is optional.

speed basic

The Speed Basic Configuration

It can operate without a computer, which is useful for permanent installations. Using this configuration the users can manage the system entirely by themselves through the use of Start and Stop buttons. The two routes can be run either parallelly or separately. Additionally, only one route can be used.

speed full

The Speed Full Configuration

It entails connecting the system to a computer, which enables additional possibilities, such as switching to advanced speed modes (Qualifications and Finale) and the use of Footpads.

lead

The Difficulty (Lead)

This configuration allows for a competitor’s remaining time and achieved height to be displayed and tracked. The configuration does not require any peripheral switches or sensors.

 

Stop switches

stop sensor

  • Thin and innovative design
  • Electronic touch detection without moving parts
  • Two LED indicators: Power and Stop
  • Two touch area sizes available: Standard 20x20cm and Pro 25x25cm

Foot pads

foot sensor

  • Innovative design
  • Infrared detection of foot proximity
  • Touchless function allows for the maximum user freedom
  • Two bright LED indicators: Power and Ready
  • Sensing distance: up to 40 cm (20-25 cm optimal)

Display boards

 

display board
 

Display board 200mm

  • 5 digits, 200 mm (8 inches) digit height, red color
  • Outstanding visibility allows for the maximum viewing distance of more than 100 m
  • Dimensions: 100x30x4 cm
  • Weight: 8 kg

display board

Display board 100mm

  • 5 digits, 100 mm (4 inches) digit height, red color
  • Nominal viewing distance: 40 to 60 m
  • Dimensions: 58x20x4 cm
  • Weight: 5 kg

Central unit (controller)

central unit

  • Microcontroller-based
  • Quartz-controlled and temperature-compensated time base with inaccuracy < 1ppm
  • Communication to PC: RS232 (USB-COM converter is usually used)
  • Firmware can be upgraded by the user
  • Dimensions: 13x13x5 cm

Connection box

connection box

  • Reliable high quality XLR connectors allow for virtually unlimited number of connection cycles and long life span
  • Dimensions: 16x12x8 cm

Remote control

remote control

 

  • Two-button robust remote control allows the judge to control Start/Stop/Reset events

Sound signals

All sounds are generated by a PC, which can be connected to a powerful external sound system. Typical events that generate sounds:

  • Bouldering: One minute left, Five seconds left, End of time
  • Speed climbing: Start, Top of lane 1 reached, Top of lane 2 reached, False start

All sounds can be disabled when unneeded or be freely replaced by the user according to their choice.

If the two channels are used separately, sounds are also generated separately, by the left and the right channel. This mode is valuable in certain environmental conditions.

The official IFSC starting sound is integrated into the system.

 

Software

System requirements:

  • Windows 98/Vista/XP/7/8/10   32/64
  • Free USB or COM port
  • PC integrated stereo sound system
  • Screen resolution 1024×768 or higher

 

The software was developed with ease of use in mind and to keep things understandable and as simple as possible.

 

General speed

 

Counting can be activated by using the remote control or clicking the button on a computer screen. This applies to all Speed operating modes and Bouldering.

When Footpads are used, small semaphore symbols indicate the presence of competitors. Additionally, reaction times can be measured and displayed.

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Bouldering

For Bouldering, we recommend lowering the count resolution to 1/10s or 1/1s. The system is not limited to officially used cycle times, thus any cycle time can be used. The same time is displayed on both display boards. Alternatively, two channels can be used separately, with separate counting and separate sound signals.

Speed Finale

Two competitors race on two different climbing routes. After the first round of climbing, they swap the routes and race again. All these actions are supported and managed by our timing system. Both times are summed automatically at the end of a duel.

 

Lead

The Lead mode consists of two parts: a countdown timer, which limits the maximum climbing time to a set value, and a display of the height reached (more accurately, the number of holds reached. A PC operator inserts this number into the program, and then the number is displayed on the display boards).

The Lead mode can be used for tracking two climbing routes separately, e.g. for men and women.

Other

  • Power supply: 100-240 VAC
  • Power consumption: up to 60 W
  • Environment for use: Indoors

References

  • Numerous local events
  • NKBV (The Netherlands Association For Climbing And Mountaineering)
  • Bouldering World Cup, Eindhoven 2011
  • European Bouldering Championship, Eindhoven 2013
  • Delfts Bleau Bouldering Center

 

 

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Examples of non IFSC rules related events

 

 

 

 

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