CTS Dolphin Wireless Timing System is supported via a downloadable Microsoft Windows Meet Maestro application. This application enables tighter integration with the CTS Dolphin System so that times can be detected and loaded automatically.
Covered in this Article:
- Technical Requirements
- Meet Maestro Installation
- Dolphin Timing Setup in Meet Maestro
- Dolphin Setup in the Dolphin Software
First, download and install the Windows Desktop application, named Meet Maestro. The web-based version of Meet Maestro is not compatible with the CTS Dolphin Wireless Timing System.
The latest version of Meet Maestro Desktop can be downloaded from this URL:
Changes in each released version of Meet Maestro are documented in our Meet Maestro Version History
>>Note: This application requires a working connection to the internet. A mobile wifi hotspot can be used if there are connection issues.
>>TIP: The web application is updated as soon as new features are available. Therefore, we recommend opening the same meet in a web browser to access the latest version. Some reports available via the web-based version may not be available in the Windows application. Use the web-based meet application to access the latest reports.
Ensure you have the most up-to-date version of your Dolphin Timing System software downloaded. Dolphin software can be downloaded from this URL: http://www.coloradotime.com/dolphindownload/
Make sure the Dolphin Firmware is up to date. Look in the C:\CTSDolphin directory for the Docs directory for instructions and the Firmware directory for the firmware required.
Consider setting up a shared directory using a service such as Dropbox or similar.
Meet Maestro Windows App Installation
Download the latest version of Meet Maestro Desktop:
If you have previously installed Meet Maestro Desktop, please be sure to close any currently running version before installing a new version.
When the installer is running, you will see this screen. This graphic will not show any installation progress or status. As long as you see this window, the installer is working. The installation may take several minutes. When the installation is complete, the app will launch automatically.
Once installed, log in with your SwimTopia credentials. You should be able to navigate to any of your meets that have been Merged under Entries > Merge/Export in your SwimTopia team management interface. You will only see meets that have been Merged in this interface.
Dolphin Timing Setup in Meet Maestro
Click on the gear icon, top right of screen. Go to Timing Setup > select Colorado Time Systems Dolphin. In the desktop application, when selecting the ‘Colorado Timing Systems Dolphin’ option in Timing Setup, you are shown the data directory where Dolphin will write its timing files.
It’s a good idea to use specific folders for both applications to share for reading and writing their files:
- \2020 Season
- \Meet 1
- \Meet 2
- \And so on
You would then tell both the CTS Dolphin software and Meet Maestro to use the same folder. This allows CTS Dolphin to know the schedule of events and allows Meet Maestro load times from files written to this directory by the Dolphin software. (Note: only Dolphin version 5+ allows the data directory to be changed)
The setting “Publish current event & heat…” is referencing the ability of the Dolphin software to automatically send information about the current event and heat being swum to the SwimTopia Mobile Live Event/Heat Bar. You will be asked to specify which session you’d like to publish to, for a dual meet it will always be Session 1. (Note: this setting is displayed only if Dolphin version 5+ software is used)
Select the number of watches you'll be using. And if you check the setting for “Warn if fewer than X times are imported per lane,” Meet Maestro will highlight the timing box as a warning when fewer times are loaded by the Dolphin system.
The “Start Time Estimation” is used to create your “Session Report.” The Session Report outlines estimated start times for each event, based on how many seconds there are between races. The suggested settings are 30 secs and 15 for backstroke.
>>Note: Once installed, you’ll run the meet from the Meet Maestro Windows Desktop application, not your web browser. However, some reports are only available via the web browser at this time.
Dolphin Setup in the Dolphin Software
Dolphin Software Enhancements
SwimTopia has worked closely with the Dolphin software developers to create enhanced integration between Dolphin and Meet Maestro. To receive the benefits of this integration, it’s important to update your Dolphin software to v5.05 or higher, and to update all firmware.
- Settings screen:
- Configurable data directory for easier network sharing (e.g. can write to a DropBox folder, etc.)
- New data formats
- (Optional) Auto-print results after each race
- Events screen:
- Displays event schedule, including number of heats in the Dolphin interface
- Event Data published to Dolphin automatically by Meet Maestro
- Event & Heat # also published to Otter Scoreboard (if available)
- Live screen:
- Starter advancing to next race automatically updates current Event/Heat in SwimTopia mobile app
- Maintaining correct Event/Heat in Dolphin eliminates need to correct Race # mapping in Meet Maestro (e.g. for false starts)
- (Optional) Indicate empty lanes and/or DQs in Dolphin
- Marked Empty Lanes automatically imported as ‘NS’ (no show) in Meet Maestro
- DQs automatically imported as DQ (without reason) in Meet Maestro
- View Log screen:
- View results for previous races without having to dig through log files
- Signals screen:
- Displays signal strength and battery life for all watches.
- ”Program Devices” button updates firmware on all connected watches.
Pre-Meet Dolphin Settings
Verify your events are loaded. Your screen should look similar to this:
Verify your “Settings”:
(see red boxes on screenshot below)
- Verify the selected data location
- Ensure CSV export format is selected
- Check the “Show Empty Column” box to ensure the system shows you the empty lanes
- Note: if the “Manually increment events” option is not checked, the current heat and event will advance automatically when the Dolphin starter resets for each race. If this option is checked, the current event/heat information will need not advance automatically when the starter resets, and will need to be updated in the Dolphin software.
Because the current event/heat selected in the Dolphin software is what will be published (via Meet Maestro) to the Live Bar in the SwimTopia mobile app, ensuring its accuracy is important.
Generally, if the starter can view a scoreboard to see the current event/heat, then unchecking this box will help keep things running quickly. However, if there is no scoreboard, the starter could unknowingly advance to the wrong heat (e.g. after a false start). Therefore, when no scoreboard is available, checking the “Manually increment events” option is recommended.
➞ Next Topic: After installing the Meet Maestro Desktop Application, see our article: Running Meet Maestro with CTS Dolphin Wireless Timing System