Guide for the functions and features of Zone4 mobile Android App.
Downloading Zone4 Android App
The Zone4 Android App is still in testing phase -Although it is fully functional- as such you cannot yet download it from the Play Store. To download first sign into your google account on your Android device, then it use the following link https://play.google.com/apps/testing/ca.zone4.dataacquisition and download the App.
- Once you open the App you will be shown the screen pictured here to the right. You will notice the three main options near the top of the screen; Keypad, Chip Times and Chip Pings. These represent the three types of timing data that the Zone4 App can collect and Sync with Zone4 Timing.
- Navigate between all three simply by selecting them from the menu.
- Next you will notice the three options at the top right side of the App. These are in order from left to right; the search function, the filter times option and the overflow menu.
The first thing you will want to do once you have downloaded the App is to give your device a name. This name will be how you will identify your device when you’re using Zone4’s online timing software.
- First select the overflow menu on the top right side of the screen, then settings> general> device name.
- Now give your device a name. Make it something unique and easy to remember such as your name or your club’s name as well as a unique number if you have more than one device.
- Once this is done select ok and return to the main page.
The Keypad is the manual data entry option on the Zone4 Android App. This can be used either as a backup timing system or as the primary timing system for small events or events with low volume.
- The functionality is very straight forward. Simply enter bib numbers of racers using the keypad then press the plus sign at the bottom of the screen. These steps are pictured right.
- The times will be recorded at the moment when you press the plus sign. You will then be able to see the time displayed at the top of the screen. When, on the left of the time entered, it says “synced” (as is shown in the picture left) it means the time has been synced with Zone4’s online timing system. Otherwise it will say “local”.
- You can use the backspace icon to erase bib numbers before they’ve been entered. Note that you cannot delete times once they have been entered because they likely already been synced. Any modifications have to be made in the online Zone4 timing software. You can also use the C button on the keypad to erase bibs before they’ve been entered as is pictured below.
- Once you have many times, you will be able to scroll through them or use the search function as pictured below to find the times you’re looking for.
The second option is the Chip Times option. This is simply a list of all chip times that the phone has recorded. Chip numbers are displayed on the far left followed by the recorded time (note that this is not the time that the phone read the chip, but rather the time that the chip recorded when it crossed a loop). This is followed by the loop id number identifying the loop it crossed and lastly whether that time has been synced with the Zone4 server or not. As with Keypad times and Chip Pings you can use the search function to find individual chip times.
The third and last option are the chip pings. Chip pings are recorded when any GoChip comes within approximately a 10m radius of the phone. This is not an accurate timing method, but can be very useful as a backup or for tracking racers in longer events such as ultra marathons or adventure races.
You will notice, just like with Keypad and Chip times, chip pings will display a chip number, time and whether that time has been synced with the web server. As with Keypad times and Chip Pings, you can use the search function to find times for individual bibs.
Filters are simple a way of narrowing down the number of times to search through and can be very useful when trying to track the number of racers who have been through an on course point.
- First select the filters option on the top right hand corner of your screen as is pictured right.
- Once there you can select the window that you would like times to be displayed for. An example of this is pictured below.
- When these are set, you will only be able to see racers who have a crossing event during that time period. This applies to every data entry mode (Keypad, Chip and Pings) and the search function. This can be very useful if you want to keep track of how many racers have been through an on course point.
Enter/ Exit Proximity Events
You will notice both an enter and exit proximity events on the filter times screen. These are only relevant for Chip Pings. Enter events are the first time that a chip gets read. Exit events are recorded when a chip, that has an entry time, is not read for 3min. The default setting is to only show enter events, however in some situations exit events can be useful to see.
Total Times and Unique Times
You will notice at the bottom of each screen a number of times and unique times as is pictured below right.
The first number is the total number of times that have been recorded in the last 24hrs or within your time filter (if they have been set). The second -in parenthesis-is the number of unique bib times that have been recorded in case some have been read twice. If you have set your filters, unique times can become a very valuable way of tracking the number of racers that have come through a certain on course point. This can be especially useful for longer point to point races such as ultramarathons.
How to Turn off Beep on New Time
If you’re using GoChip timing the phone will beep every time it reads a chip. This can be very useful however, in some cases you may want to turn it off. to do this select the overflow menu (pictured below) then; settings>GoChip> and turn the Beep on new time to off (grey) as is pictured below.