Shad Ahmed after much painstaking effort and working with yours truly, designed a system in updating scores which will be embraced by the world of carrom soon. It not only reduces work but the simplicity and accuracy makes the entire system mind boggling.
Working endless hours Shad made it certain that the dream of using this concept in a major tournament was fulfilled. Carrom Canada has been using a similar telephone based system for the last 2 years which has been feeding us with tremendous statistics. We will uploading an instructional video which will demonstrate the working of this amazing concept. Basically, Shad cut of the middleman and avoided unnecessary errors which occurs when it goes through many hands.
Traditionally the scoring sheet is uploaded by the tournament coordinator and given to the referees or players to input scoring data. This also creates distraction especially to the players who volunteer to do the entries. Initial inputs requires, strikers names entered and then it's the calculation constraints i.e marking the queen, adding the coins, sub total, and the accumulative totals. Similarly one has to enter scores in the losing players columns. After doing all the mind boggling entries, calculations and not forgetting the strain on the hand whilst making entries it has to go to the coordinator. Also the score board if there is has to be updated for display. After the completion of the game the sheet handed to the coordinator has to go though double entry into his system.
Shad has designed a program which allows players to input data on a tablet fixed to the board. All tablets are synchronized by the coordinator on the main software, which allows him to activate any given board. Once activated, the players on the board do their toss and click a button to notify the program who is the striker. Automatically the entire sheet is populated with the strikers names. When the board is completed the person who is inputting clicks the button who pocketed the queen, enters the number to the color of the coins remaining on board and clicks submit/display and that's it. The score sheet transforms itself into a display board with huge numbers and the names of players besides the scores.
All this is not only transmitted to the coordinator but broadcasted live on the web so anywhere in the world carrom enthusiast can follow the game board by board.
This is the basic explanation of the software, however, there are lost of other goodies involved. The next set of players can use the same tablet and the data will reflect to the change.
So as not to delay updating the tournament report we have not gone in depth how this works, but a video will be uploaded shortly. Also the finals of the National between Louis and Ishan will show how the system works.
We had 8 cameras ready to transmit live games per round, similar to the broadcast we do during our practice sessions for the last 3 years. However, we were denied access to the hotel server and had to sever our transmission plans.