Forum: Event Management System

Are QR codes useful?

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Michael Butterfield
Nationality: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Certifications:
  • International Judge
  • International Umpire
  • International Race Officer

I was at a conference and was told young sailors do not listen to briefings not read information posted unless it is a picture with only three words.

At and event in China (Kite Sailing) I believe QR codes with information were put on notice boards so the competitors could access the information the race committee wanted out.

Does anyone have an experience in using QR codes for race management, such as for easy access to result websites or other?

This does seem a modern direction of travel, and if we are not up with it, it seems a way to go.

Any experience, information or advice welcomed.

Created: 18-Jun-17 14:02

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Leo Reise
Nationality: Canada
Certifications:
  • International Judge
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Michael,
Just an interesting observation -
Use of the current technology assumes that
- everyone coming to the event has a cell phone
- their phones are compatible with the country they are in
- their phone plan allows them access without a heavy surcharge
- they have the app that can read the codes
- the band width available can support the expected use

maybe the NOR should give an advance warning of the communication method

Otherwise - we know that is the direction we are all going
Created: 18-Jun-17 16:16
Ewan McEwan
Nationality: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Certifications:
  • International Umpire
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They work well though the code needs to be printed well, high quality, otherwise strong sunlight can compete with the scanner to get a reading. Also, competitors need a smartphone to use them and an app that can scan. At a recent event we allowed a late Request (the day after) as the competitor only had access to the results when they got back to their accommodation.

Good practice seems to be to have a scrolling large screen showing the results at the venue and access via a code. Hope this helps.
Created: 18-Jun-17 16:17
Peter Scheuerl
Nationality: Germany
Certifications:
  • International Judge
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I had a few events where I posted a QR code at the notice board to get protests and rule 42 penalties online and tracked the usage in the statistics:
hardly anyone came to the online protests or rule 42 penalties via the QR code - from all visitors maybe 1-2, and the statistics showed that most competitors went to the online system daily.
Nearly everyone came via the event website and then directly via bookmark.
I had the QR printed on A4, so you could scan it from nearly 3m away…
So it seems that people at the notice board don't use the smartphone at the same time, and of course bother to open the app to scan QR codes, even if most will have that built in.
It seems that most competitors want one easy to navigate website they can bookmark (or even an app if you are fancy) and just go to the info from there.
So I would start making a very easy to navigate website with the important stuff easy to find first - maximum 3-4 clicks to get to Results/Notices/Protests etc, plus mobile friendly, then you can worry about QR codes.
Created: 18-Jun-17 22:27
Roger Harris
Nationality: Canada
Certifications:
  • Regional Judge
  • Club Race Officer
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“I was told that young sailors do not listen to briefings nor read information posted unless it is a picture with only three words”.

(1) if the above is true, it is a very dismal comment on today’s young people;

(2) before accepting the above, I’d like to see credible, peer-reviewed research documenting such illiteracy. Frankly, it sounds like a lazy attempt to stereotype a large group, which of course is composed of many individuals with varying intellects and different learning styles.
Created: 18-Jun-18 00:07
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Angelo Guarino
Nationality: United States of America
Certifications:
  • Regional Judge
  • Fleet Measurer
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Michael,

Are they useful? Sure. They take up little space and they are very easy to generate. Here in the Chesapeake Bay the races are published in our Green Book .. and a couple years ago all the NOR's had QR codes. That has now gone to just a few. Below is an example.

Ang

PS .. even at the reduced resolution of the NOR below, the QR code still works .. even straight-off the computer screen ... it's pretty cool tech. With an iPhone, you don't even have to open a special app as the imbedded camera app is always looking for QR's and will ask you to open the webpage if it sees one.

QR Code NOR/SI Example
Created: 18-Jun-18 16:53
Philip Hubbell
Nationality: United States of America
Certifications:
  • Club Race Officer
  • Judge In Training
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""don't even have to open a special app as the imbedded camera app is always looking for QR's and will ask you to open the webpage if it sees one.""
Wow, Angelo, I was not aware of this, but it is true.
No more fumbling for the QR app. These forums are so useful in so many ways. :)

Also: In reference to the access objections listed above, the QR code-linked info should never contain any information that is not available on the physical Notice Board.
Created: 18-Jun-19 18:37
David Brunskill
Nationality: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Certifications:
  • National Judge
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I've just been using QR codes at the RS Games at the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy in UK. See the RS200 and RS500 event posts. The RS200s finished yesterday and the RS500 is ongoing.

Its an excellent way of enabling sailors to see the protest time limit, post protests, notify protestees that a protest has been filed and to see the protest document, post a hearing schedule and decisions. Organisers are in the loop so decisions can be very rapidly accessed by scorers.

However it does rely on sailor information being correctly loaded into the system - and this then relies on organisers having correct data. Not always the case.

But extraordinary potential as a service to competitors. I claim no credit in introducing the system, that goes to the resident judge at WPNSA.

To that extent it wasn't possible to dispense with paper protest time limits or hearing schedules/decisions
Created: 18-Aug-25 17:22
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