EDWARDSVILLE, IL, January 5, 2022 – Nevco Sports, LLC today announced the acquisition of Lynx System Developers, Inc., a sports technology data company based out of Haverhill, MA. The acquisition of this sports timing pioneer will further enhance Nevco’s position as the industry leader in end-to-end scoring and display solutions for sporting facilities worldwide.
“Lynx System Developers has been a trusted partner to Nevco for many years,” says Jeff Fiorini, CEO of Nevco Sports. “Their state-of-the-art timing and results technology solutions paired with an impeccable reputation made for a natural fit into the Nevco brand. This addition to our product portfolio will be pivotal in enhancing race-day for our customers”.
“We are excited to integrate our technology and timing systems to expand Nevco’s product line,” says President and CTO of Lynx System Developers, Inc., Doug DeAngelis. “Together, we look forward to providing sporting facilities of all sizes with the highest quality scoring and display solutions combined with our photofinish timing and results technology solutions.”
Lynx System Developers, Inc. will maintain operations in Haverhill, MA. To learn more about Lynx solutions please visit finishlynx.com.
About Nevco Sports, LLC: Nevco is the largest private manufacturer and provider of display, scoring and audio solutions. For over 85 years, Nevco has provided athletic and recreational facilities of all sizes with the most innovative scoring and LED video display products in the industry. Nevco is known for its specialty in designing custom facility solutions, quality of products, and superior long term financial value. Today, Nevco scoring solutions are used to enhance the fan experience at events in more than 100,000 locations around the world.
Today, FinishLynx is arguably the most popular and powerful photo-finish results technology in the world. It is used at major sporting events across the globe, including the Olympic Trials, Kentucky Derby and NASCAR.
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November 2021 – Taking effect November 1, 2021, World Athletics (WA) Technical Rule 30.1.1 states that horizontal jump take-off failures are re-defined to include any breaking of the vertical plane of the take-off line. In addition, Rule 29.5 strongly encourages judges to use video, or other technology, to assist in the decision process.
As a response, the latest version of FinishLynx (FL 12.00) includes a new profile called VeriLynx. This profile is customized to support the use of IdentiLynx cameras for video review of field events. Read below to find out more about VeriLynx and other updates included in FinishLynx 12.00. The latest version of FinishLynx can be downloaded from our FinishLynx Software page.
FinishLynx supports the concept of profiles. A profile can be created and used to store configuration and camera settings, as well as an associated language file or splash screen. When a profile is used, all of the settings are saved to the current profile when FinishLynx is closed, and re-loaded the next time FinishLynx is started. This makes it easy to switch from one application to the next (such as Track to Cross Country and back, for example).
Field Event Video Verification
FinishLynx includes the VeriLynx profile. This profile is customized to support the use of IdentiLynx cameras for video review of field events, such as the verification of take-off fouls in the Long or Triple Jump events. Align the IdentiLynx camera with the take-off board, load the field event start list, capture, verify, and timestamp every attempt. VeriLynx will save all images to disk in real-time (no image loss) and allow you to quickly review every attempt for every athlete, providing proof in case of a foul.
VeriLynx also has the option of exporting a JPEG of each attempt automatically when marking a frame, and keeping multiple IdentiLynx image panes synchronized (time tracking) to view multiple angles.
Pre-configured profile available with standard FinishLynx installation giving a customized user interface for field events
Ability to load field events from the field event schedule file (fldlynx.sch)
Ability to view a vertical line in alignment mode for IdentiLynx cameras to facilitate camera alignment with the take-off board (see image above)
Ability to capture and review all attempts from a flight into the same FinishLynx event
Ability to set the ACM active area so it is limited to the image’s vertical area of the take-off board
Ability to mark/log attempts with the time of day to allow quick review of all attempts for each athlete during or after the event
Ability to display the attempt number of each attempt in the Results Zone and on the image using Line Labels
Ability to automatically export an image (jpg) when an attempt is marked/logged
Ability to time track (scrolling through an image of one camera refreshes the other image panes with the equivalent frame) between images of multiple cameras to easily review different angles, including the option of using a front-facing camera to identify the athlete
LapTime & Scoreboard Status
LapTime objects now show the connection status in the Status bar.
In addition to existing states (not loaded, not running, running), the Status in the object box for the LapTime and Scoreboard Options tabs can now show Not Connected if the TCP connections are not connected, but otherwise loaded and configured.
Additionally, there have been updates made to scoreboard scripts, Remote Control Commands, and the Lynx Data Port (LDP) Plug-in, plus Advanced Other Settings.
For many Lynx users, timing is a seasonal job that comes and goes. Some of our service providers are busy timing events year-round, but we know that many others, including high school and college customers, put their systems in storage between seasons. Because of this, we want to share some resources that will help get your FinishLynx system and operators working as efficiently as possible. Lynx offers an array of online tools that can benefit the novice to the pro timer.
FinishLynx Sports Timers Facebook Group
The FinishLynx Sports Timers Facebook group was started in the hopes of giving FinishLynx operators a space to network and share their questions and timing photos. Over the years, it has grown to over 1,400 active members who post regularly. We love seeing the community grow and engage with one another to help solve problems and brag about their timing setups. When you join, be sure to introduce yourself and let others see your best “Office of the Day” photo!
The Tech Support team here at Lynx has been working hard over the years to provide FinishLynx operators with helpful video content to aid in system setup and operation. To help find what you’re looking for, click on the ‘Playlists’ tab to see videos broken down into categories. Some of the popular playlists include Video Release Notes, New User FinishLynx Timing System Setup, and Advanced Operation of FinishLynx. Be sure to also subscribe to the Lynx YouTube channel to be notified when new videos are added.
Online Help Manual
This online support tool was created to act as a searchable FinishLynx Operator’s Manual combined with years of software release notes. Support videos have been integrated into the relevant sections for added clarity, and other features include the ability to print a page that’s particularly helpful, search hundreds of informational pages at once for exactly what you’re looking for, and use it across all devices as it’s also mobile-friendly. This resource is updated with each new software release or new features/products.
Benefits of the new online operator’s manual:
Up-to-Date: It will constantly be updated with the latest release notes, technology, and software information — unlike the current PDF version of the FinishLynx manual which is a few years old at this point.
Searchable: The key feature of this user manual is that it’s a search engine of sorts for FinishLynx information. You’ll no longer need to look through page after page for the answers you’re trying to find.
Mobile-Friendly: Have a question during your meet? Pull up the Online Help Manual to quickly find your solution. Use this resource across all of your devices.
Product Quick-Start Guides (QSGs) are designed to provide simple, step-by-step directions for setting up your FinishLynx timing system. These setup guides are included with every product and system we ship. But you can also view and download them at any time. The guides vary by sport, competition level, and product – so be sure to select the QSG that best fits your system.
Visit the File Library for a full list of product manuals, release notes, quick-start guides (QSGs), and other support documents that may be useful to FinishLynx operators. You will also find direct download links for various software and firmware applications.
Haverhill, MA – Lynx Headquarters is closing for our annual extended winter break for the holiday season. The Haverhill office will close Wednesday, December 23rd at the end of the work day. We will reopen at 9:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time) on Tuesday, January 5th.
Limited technical support will be available during our winter break by calling the office and following the prompts to leave a message: (978) 556-9780. You can also submit a tech support web form, and it is possible that you may receive a response via email.
What does a FinishLynx operator who spends his year timing meets do during a global shutdown?
Answer: He rebuilds and restores outdated computer hardware.
Many in the timing community know Roger and his father Tom Jennings as they were some of the earliest adopters of the Lynx timing systems. So it comes as no surprise when we receive an email from Roger saying that he’s rebuilt a period-correct computer and has connected the Lynx Silver Bullet to it and a scoreboard. Even better, it’s capturing images.
Roger’s original computer was purchased in 1990. It was an Intel 386 running at 25mhz, 2 megabytes of RAM, and a 80mb hard drive. It had a SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) controller card which was used to communicate with the FinishLynx timing box — these were also used as a controller card for high-end internal and external hard drives at the time.
At the time the initial beta (alpha?) release of FinishLynx, finish image was limited by the amount of RAM in the computer. There was no disk cache or toggling on/off of image, so you would hit the space bar and FinishLynx would capture an image until RAM was filled up, then it would display the image. I used to have a little chart that would let me know how much image length (in seconds) I could capture at different frame rates. I think I could squeeze 30 seconds out of the slowest frame rate setting. If the race finishers didn’t fit within that time/RAM limit, they’d be looking for hand-times. However, even in the limited form, FinishLynx was already far, far ahead of anything being used for fully automatic timing in the US.”
The next FinishLynx beta release allowed the toggling off/on of image capture, even though I was still limited by my measly 2mb of RAM, it was a game-changer, allowing my former 30 seconds of image, if done correctly, to 1-2 minutes of finishers. To get more image it was as simple as buying more RAM — which I did from 2mb to 8mb (the maximum for my computer). Not a cheap investment in 1992, it was about $45/megabyte, but it’d quadruple the amount of image I could capture, a major investment for me at the time.
By the end of the summer in 1992, FinishLynx added hard disk cache to the image capturing which enabled a seemingly endless amount of image length (limited to the size of the hard drive). Also FinishLynx had full integration with database software (Clerk of the Course) and scoreboard displays, television running time clock/results.
This iteration was fairly similar to the functionality of the FinishLynx of today, it was light years ahead of anything else used in the US or Internationally.
My 2020 computer that I used in my modern test was the exact same system, with an upgrade to 8mb of RAM and a 100mb hard drive.
Rebuilding the Original Computer & Capturing Image Today
With a mission to build a period-correct computer that could run the original Lynx Silver Bullet, Jennings took to eBay and the local Goodwill to find the equipment. While some of the original hardware is more difficult to locate than others, he was miraculously able to score a monitor at Goodwill for a mere $5 that was slated to be tossed. Because so much was unknown in the early days of computers, there hadn’t been any product standardization yet. This makes finding RAM that much more difficult, because each generation of computer had a new type of chip. In the end, Roger’s rebuilt computer is a nearly exact replica of the computer that he first used almost three decades ago.
With his restored computer set up, he was able to connect the Silver Bullet and a Seiko display board (from the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics), and was off to the races (so to speak).
The backward compatibility of Lynx products has always been a key focus, and Roger’s latest project is the ultimate example of that backwards compatibility. With it, systems that are purchased can be added to and expanded as needs grow over the years without the need to buy a completely new system. While we’re not saying you’d necessarily time your next track meet with a 27-year-old Silver Bullet, we think it’s pretty remarkable that you could.
Thank you to Roger Jennings of Flash Results for sending these images & story!
Since the release of the wave start feature in FinishLynx when using the Time Trial mode, we have received a few questions for which the answers could serve many users. Here are some advanced tips for wave starts.
How do I stop FinishLynx from switching the running time to the next start after I evaluate a result?
The default configuration has an auto-advance feature to simplify operations in a traditional trial. To disable (or customize) this behavior:
Hold Ctrl+Shift and go to File|Options…
The Other Settings dialog opens.
Set the value to 0 (disabled).
How do I avoid having the cumulative split time change to time of day when evaluating the finish from the image?
When a laptime device is used in Time Trial mode and a time is evaluated from the image, FinishLynx needs to know explicitly that this should also be considered a From Image split. The easiest solution is to enable the CreateSplits function.
Hold Ctrl+Shift and go to File|Options…
The Other Settings dialog opens.
Set the value to 1 (ON).
How do I enable the start mask so it is applied to all waves (not just the first)?
By default, FinishLynx will assign laptime events to all participants as soon as one start exists. If the participant’s start key value does not exist when a laptime event is received, it will fall back to the first available start to establish a time.
For the start mask to be applied, the TTStartMode must be set to Key Field only.
Hold Ctrl+Shift and go to File|Options…
The Other Settings dialog opens.
Set the value to 2 (key field only).
In such a case, FinishLynx will not find an associated start time and simply create a results line without laptime data in the Results Zone. By default, the first laptime event received in such a case is marked as deleted by remains available in the Edit Split… dialog. To save all received laptime events as deleted, modify the AddSplitCtrl option.
July 2020 – FinishLynx Version 11.00 has been released and is available to download from our FinishLynx Software & Downloads webpage. We encourage all FinishLynx users to update their software immediately to stay up to date with the latest features. The major feature with this version includes an update to the Time Trial plug-in. The Time Trial (TT) Plug-in will now be more flexible and give new options to help manage group (wave) starts. Keep reading below to find out more about the TT update plus other helpful updates included with 11.00.
Time Trial (TT) Plug-in Update
As we look forward to road races starting back up and cross country season, we expect many races will begin adopting new practices to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines. One of these practices will be in the form of utilizing wave, or group, starts. In response to how to manage these wave starts, we’ve added flexibility to the Time Trial plug-in. You will no longer be limited to using the ID as the key field associated to a start signal. If a race is started with a wave for each team or school, select the Affiliation field and assign each start accordingly. Another option is to use the License or User3 field to pre-assign a wave to each participant. This will allow you to easily deal with last-minute changes before or even during a race. Watch the video for details on the updated Time Trial plug-in.
Lynx Wind Module Improvements
With FinishLynx 11.00, the Lynx Wind Module will send readings back to the wind gauge when an event receives a reading, when a reading is selected from the list, and when a reading is manually entered. This is intended to allow controlling the wind gauge from FinishLynx and displaying the reading on a Gill E49821 & E49822 Countdown Timer in Wind mode connected to the Standalone Wind Gauge Controller using only 1 serial port.
Scoreboard Module Improvements
When the running time is in the Paused or Finished state, the scoreboard module will re-send the data if anything in the Event changes. This is intended primarily to allow a wind reading that comes in while in one of these states to be sent out immediately, but it will allow any Event data to be sent immediately.
Lynx Data Port (LDP) Plug-In
The Lynx Data Port (LDP) Plug-In is the latest addition to the FinishLynx plug-in family and gives a new solution for remote applications to access FinishLynx event data over the network. LDP is meant for programmers that have specific objectives such as streaming image frames or analyzing it using AI technology. If you’re interested in knowing more about he Lynx Data Port (LDP) Plug-In, contact Tech Support.
April 1, 2020 – Want to keep timing, but are stuck at home? LynxCube is our brand new camera plug-in that enables all Vision and Vision PRO cameras to be transformed into video game consoles. We know that times are tough right now with events getting cancelled and many people going stir crazy in their homes, but we believe that LynxCube is the perfect solution to stay safe while continuing to do what you love. We are happy to provide timers with a way to hone their FinishLynx skills from the comfort of their own couch.The goal of the LynxCube video game is to build your timing setup and successfully time various races in order to level up and become the best photo-finish timer that the world has ever seen! Some features of the game include customizing the race you’d like to time, choosing which equipment to use, and capturing & evaluating the results. The more accurate you are, the more points you will receive. As you receive more points, your character will level up. Each new level unlocks new backgrounds, races, and equipment that you can use for your virtual timing setup. If you’d like a challenge, you can set your difficulty level to high. This means that anything could happen, whether the rain clouds decide to open up, or an angry athlete’s mother wants to give you a piece of her mind. It’s up to you to decide how to handle each scenario. However, it’s important to note, if you leave your camera out in the rain with no cover, you may find that you received little to no points for that race.
You may be thinking: why should I care about points? Well, let us tell you. Since there aren’t many live races to be timed at the moment, we will consider the completion of this game as a certifiable Lynx training course. If you complete level 100, you will be honored with the title of Super Mega Ultimate Powerful Master of FinishLynx Timing (a rare honor). We will even send you a certificate in the mail! Imagine having that kind of title on your resume?
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There is no denying that we are all going through difficult times right now. As a company, we realize that people are experiencing great amounts of uncertainty and fear, but we hope that in these dark times you are able to find pieces of light. That is why we are continuing with our annual April Fools tradition. The current state of the world is something to take seriously, which we can assure you that we’re taking every precaution necessary. As we have said before, we are facing this challenge together and will emerge even stronger than ever before because we will have faced it together as the Lynx family. We are thinking of you all and hoping that you are safe and well until we are able to get back at it and better than ever!
April 30, 2020 – [UPDATE] The Massachusetts stay-at-home order and non-essential business shutdown has been extended through Monday, May 18, 2020. As stated below, Lynx is still offering Technical Support via email or phone and will be taking orders via email. Orders that can be processed electronically can be completed immediately, with all other orders shipping after the tentative new reopen date of May 18, 2020.
March 31, 2020 – [UPDATE] The Massachusetts stay-at-home order and non-essential business shutdown has been extended through Monday, May 4, 2020. As stated below, Lynx is still offering Technical Support via email or phone and will be taking orders via email. Orders that can be processed electronically can be completed immediately, with all other orders shipping after the tentative new reopen date of May 4, 2020.
March 24, 2020 – With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to develop, Massachusetts Governor, Charlie Baker, issued all non-essential businesses to close their offices to all employees, customers, and the public beginning March 24, 2020 at 12pm EST through at least Tuesday, April 7th at 12pm EST. For this reason, Lynx has closed its headquarters in Haverhill, MA.
During this shutdown period, we will only able to complete orders that can be delivered via email (ex. Serial Numbers). However, we will still be offering Technical Support via email and over the phone, and all other orders will ship after our expected reopen date, April 8th, 2020.
Please be safe and well until we are all able to get back at it and better than ever!
Something we really enjoy here at Lynx is getting to know the people who use our products. Just like our own business, each of our customers have their own story – how and why they started, the challenges they faced along the way, and so much more. That’s why we started asking our community for their stories. It’s so interesting to hear from people all around the world who may disagree on some things, but have one thing in common: they think FinishLynx is the best! For our latest installment of the FinishLynx Timer Spotlight, we spoke with Don Passenger and Lindsey Wieck, the father-daughter timing team who went from timing races with Popsicle sticks and stop watches to using FinishLynx cameras to capture about 500 events every year.
Our business, MichianaTiming.com, times about 500 events each year. Our primary areas are track, cross country, road races, and triathlons in the states of Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin. The company was co-founded by Don Passenger (dad) and Lindsey Wieck (daughter). Lindsey is the owner of the company and handles all aspects of financial management.
What is one thing that makes your company unique?
We are re-sellers, or dealers, of FinishLynx equipment, so we sell what we use and use what we sell, which makes for good support for our Lynx purchasers.
How long have you been in business?
Ironically, nobody knows when or how our business started. We began by timing races with Popsicle sticks and stop watches and just kept automating more and getting better. Eventually, we bought our first Lynx camera about 11 years ago- used- and it is still in service today along with several dozen other cameras. We started chip timing ten years ago, and we just continue to grow in our knowledge and use.
Is there any advice you wish you had received when you first started out?
Respect the relationships others have built… and value the relationships you have built.
What are the biggest challenges you face in your business?
Timing at its core is really hard work and so the challenge is finding enough talented crew members to handle 6-10 events on any given day while maintaining the quality our customers deserve (which we view as including not just race directors/meet managers, but also coaches, participants, and spectators too). We are lucky to have about eight key people who help make our company grow and thrive.
What three words would you use to describe FinishLynx?
Accurate, stable, awesome.
Which products and accessories are a part of your usual timing set up?
Are there any features you would like to see added to the system?
Don: I have shared my next goal with the Lynx engineering team and I think it will be amazing and revolutionary, but it is a secret.
Lindsey: A siren to scare people off who might inopportunely cross in front of your camera 🙂
What has been your favorite race so far and why?
We have several, but the Manistee National Cross Country Invite is maybe the best because of how well organized it is.
If you could time any type of race in the world, which would it be and why?
Don: The Olympics because as a child it was my goal to participate in the Olympics, but my athletic skills were just short of that standard.
Lindsey: I really love some of the amazing FinishLynx art I’ve seen created and would love to be in the right place with the right athletes to make some of my own!
What made you start timing? What keeps you going (favorite part of the job)?
We feel that we are giving back to a sport that gave us so much in life and helped make us who we are. We don’t really know how or when we started. It was just helping friends or timing events for teams we coached, but then we found we had a talent for it and it just kept growing.
Please feel free to share any other information that you think is interesting or relevant to the timing community.
One of our favorite parts of timing, which was enhanced by our opportunity to be a dealer, is the network of friends that we have nationwide. On any given day we may get a dozen or more calls ranging from former Olympians who time, to a first time mom and pop, or local school getting things clicking for the first time and missing one step. We enjoy problem solving and it gives us satisfaction to be able to assist others.
We are very thankful for Don and Lindsey for answering these questions for our Timer Spotlight Series. We loved hearing all about your company and what you’ve been through!