The decoder receives the signals from the transponders, calculates the exact finish time and provides the data to the
scoring software like race|result 11 in real time. The system runs independently from your computer and from power supply.
Besides it offers the follow features: internal battery which lasts 8 hours, GPS receiver for time synchronization,
2 Ethernet ports with internal switch, detection indication via LED and/or beeper, connector for external battery/cigarette
lighter of your car, integrated 3G modem for automatic upload, feature port to connect accessories like light barrier,
USB connector to save the data on a USB stick.
FIX: General: Stalled TCP/IP connections could result in an unresponsive decoder menu when changing network settings. (Detections were sill recorded and stored.)
FIX: Interface: "GETCONFIG;DETECTION;NOTIFICATION" would return "GETCONFIG;DETECTION;REACTIONTIME;..."
FIX: Interface: FIX: Interface: "SETCONFIG;DETECTION;NOTIFICATION;..." would return "SETCONFIG;DETECION;s" in an error case
NEW: General: Added additional auto start modes
MOD: Passive: Connection losses to UHF unit are handled more gracefully.
MOD: General: Improvements when creating a new file while a huge amount of detections occur
FIX: General: Message box could show wrong arrow symbols.
REMINDER: Firmware 2.5 for the Active Extension is bundled since version 2.05 of the decoder firmware with the following changes:
MOD: Improved noise measurement
MOD: Improved site survey
MOD: Decoder will display the actual loop power when hitting the loop limit
NEW: Dual channel structure for v2 transponders
FIX: Beacons bugfixes
FIX: Other internal improvements and bug fixes
To upgrade the firmware of a v2 Active Extension, simply connect it the decoder after boot and wait for the prompt. No internet connection is needed.
MOD: General: When a USB drive is replaced with another one
mid-race, the new drive will now contain all passings of the current
MOD: Active: Also detect Active Extension when decoder is in timing mode. Decoder will ask whether you want to stop timing mode.
FIX: Passive: Made UHF unit detection more robust.
NEW: General: Support for an additional LCD model.
NEW: Active: Firmware 2.5 bundled.
NEW: Passive: New UHF firmware bundled.
NEW: General: Added static link to latest passings file to web interface.
MOD: General: Moved "Archive Files" feature into the "System" sub menu.
MOD: General: Slightly changed how archived files are displayed in the web interface.
FIX: General: Blanks in decoder name prevent upload from working.
FIX: General: Negative time stamp output.
FIX: General: For some systems, the battery charge percentage never reached 100%.
FIX: Active: Setting loop power could freeze the system under rare cicrumstances.
FIX: General: Fixed possible problems with executing commands
via upload connection (i.e. race|result System Online source in the
NEW: Interface: Online status contains box name.
NEW: General: Roaming supported in 2G/3G auto mode.
FIX: General: Old passings file were not copied to USB thumb drive when passings file were never archived..
FIX: Passive: Stopping/Starting timing mode while the UHF unit was in an error state could prevent a fast recovery.
MOD: General: Completely rewritten battery status indicator code.
NEW: General: START button/impulse can now be configured to generate a new file instead of a marker detection.
NEW: General: It is now possible to archive all current
passings files. Archived files will be put into a separate directory (on
USB drives/the web interface).
NEW: General: When using estimated GPS time, a * is displayed next to the time in the main menu.
FIX: General: Pressing START while GPS dialog was displayed was not working.
FIX: General: Powering off while GPS dialog was displayed was powering the system off, but was not indicating it.
FIX: General: After inserting a non-working USB thumb drive, inserting an actually working USB thumb drive did not work.
FIX: General: Adding/removing servers for client mode in the web interface could lead to multiple connections to the same host.
NEW: Active: Warning when channel survey is about to be executed while system is in operation mode.
MOD: Active: Made noise warning a little less trigger-happy.
FIX: Active: On some systems an old bootloader version was reported even if the most current bootloader version was installed.
FIX: Active: After entering the channel menu, some Active Extension Versions could stop detecting transponders.
FIX: Active: Connecting a V1 active extension after a V2
active extension could result in flashing the V2 firmware onto the V1
MOD: Passive: Preparations for upcoming UHF firmware versions.
NEW: Developer: System will braodcast UDP discovery packets on port 3601.
NEW: Developer: Functions to create a new file, stream old file data and archive files.
NEW: Developer: Status record now contains whether time is
currently running or stopped and whether time was set manually or by GPS
(and if the letter was only estimated).
MOD: New implementation of GPS time sync. Leap seconds
configuration is now semi automatic. Auto mode needs an up-to-date
firmware version to work correctly. Auto start will fall back to
inaccurate time instead of 00:00:00. Timeout increased to 12 minutes.
NEW: Passive: Output power can be configured on US systems.
NEW: Active: Show firmware version of Active Extension when updating/in info screen.
FIX: Active: A communication error could occur when changing active settings.
FIX: Active: Active Extension would sometimes not recover after a communication error.
FIX: Active: Status report of other loop boxes could be invalid.
MOD: General: Slight changes on battery indicator.
FIX: Upload: Menu could hang when connecting to LAN after uploading via 2G/3G had connection problems.
NEW: Active: The system is now able to update a Active
Extension V2 to the latest firmware version. (You will be asked if you
want to update an extension after connecting it.)
NEW: Active: Show an X on the screen when a loop ID collision occures.
FIX: Active: Loop ID was sometimes reported as 256.
FIX: Active: Directly after connecting, an invalid (loop) status was reported.
FIX: Active: Menu indicator could be wrong after leaving the ative menu.
FIX: Upload: Battery level was sometimes reported as > 100%.
FIX: Upload: 2G/3G reconnect could get stuck.
MOD: General: After this update, firmware updates will be possible without external power, if battery level is >= 50%.
MOD: Interface: When enabling push passings, you can now specify a record from which to start pushing existing passings.
NEW: General: Timezone can be set on the device itself. Note: You might have to reapply the correct timezone.
MOD: Upload: Status is updated more frequently, remote commands are executed faster.
FIX: Active: Fixed minor issue when setting channel/loop power.
NEW: Interface: Additional TCP/IP commands (includes setting the timezone, reaction/dead time, ...).
NEW: Interface: "Upload" interface supports more commands.