>>*Note: We are currently in private beta for the 5/6 & Gen 7 systems. Fill out this Beta Testing Application Form if you are interested in participating or receiving updates as we get closer to a public release.
>>Note: Changes in each released version of Meet Maestro are documented in our Meet Maestro Version History, and we specify when updates apply to the desktop version required for CTS Timing Systems.
Covered in this Article:
- Benefits of Using Meet Maestro with CTS System Timing Consoles
- Meet Maestro Windows Desktop App Installation
- CTS System Timing Console Hardware, Software and Firmware
- Meet Maestro Timing Setup & Scoreboards
- CTS System Timing Console Detection
- CTS System Timing Console Configuration
- Error States
- Editing CTS Systems 5/6 & Gen 7 Timing Console Settings
Benefits of Using Meet Maestro with CTS System Timing Consoles
Meet Maestro makes running a meet with CTS System 5/6 or Gen 7 Timing Consoles super easy:
- Automatically detects devices
- Automatically programs the meet event sequence into the console
- Provides user-friendly error messages and suggestions to resolve common issues
- Automatically detects new race data
- Imports pad, plunger, reaction, and split times
- Automatically updates ‘current heat’ in the mobile app (configurable)
- Meet Maestro's time adjustment interface enables heat and lane corrections to be made without overwriting meet data.
Meet Maestro Windows Desktop App Installation
CTS System 5/6 and CTS Gen 7 Timing Consoles are supported via a downloadable Microsoft Windows Meet Maestro desktop application.
>>Note: 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 Merge/Export in your SwimTopia team management interface. You will only see meets that have been Merged in this interface.
For specific details on general system requirements to run Meet Maestro using a timing system ➞ See our Meet Maestro - Windows Desktop Application Installer & Details article.
CTS System Timing Console Hardware, Software and Firmware
➧ Supported Hardware
- System 5
- System 6
- Gen 7
➧ Recommended Swimming Software
We recommend version 1.233 or greater.
>>Note: We support version 1.232. However, in very rare cases, instability in the communication interface will cause the Swim software interface to reboot. Therefore we highly recommend upgrading.
➧ Recommended Firmware Version
We recommend version 1.44 or greater.
➧ Software & Firmware Version Identification
Meet Maestro Timing Setup & Scoreboards
➞ See the Meet Maestro Settings – Timing Setup & Scoreboards article to select your timing system in Meet Maestro and download the start list files for your scorebards as needed. You will be directed back to this article to complete the remaining setup below.
>>Note: If you have performed those steps already, continue below.
CTS System Timing Console Detection
After you have selected the CTS System 5/6 or CTS Gen 7 option from the Meet Maestro Timing Setup screen, Maestro will automatically detect and read the configuration of the CTS Console.
>>Note: Maestro will not change any of the data in your console during these steps.
Step 1 ➧ Detect CTS Devices
If Maestro cannot detect a CTS device, it will display an error message. This could be due to a number of factors (i.e. unplugged cord, bad serial port cable, etc). After correcting the problem, press the retry button.
Step 2 ➧ Select Device (automatic if only one is detected)
Step 3 ➧ Detect and Select Event Sequence
Maestro will read the Event Sequence names from the console and automatically select slot 9. You can choose a different slot or reprogram the slot on the configuration page. If you choose a different slot and later restart Maestro, Maestro will remember and default to that slot instead.
Step 4 ➧ Detect and Select Meet
Maestro will read the stored meet data and automatically select the most recent meet. You can choose a different meet on the configuration page. Once you have chosen a meet, Maestro will remember and default to it should you restart and Maestro reconnects to the CTS console.
The selected meet will display in the timing console bar on the time entry interface as a reminder of what meet is being utilized. This can be changed by clicking on the gear icon if incorrect.
CTS System Timing Console Configuration
Once the Detection steps are complete, you will see the configuration screen. It is broken into a few sections.
➧ Device Info and Connection Status
At the top of the configuration screen, information is displayed about the CTS Console (left) and Maestro's connection status (right).
➧ Event Sequence
The CTS Consoles have a meet configuration mechanism called Event Sequences. These sequences affect the event display in the console and define the expected length of the race. It is therefore important that your sequence is programmed properly.
Maestro will select sequence slot 9 by default. To change slots or rename the sequence select 'Change'. If you select a different slot, Maestro will remember your preference for this meet.
Maestro does not write the sequence automatically. To write the sequence:
- Click on WRITE SEQUENCE
- Maestro will write the event sequence to the selected slot
- Maestro will automatically update the name to match the 1st 20 characters of the meet name
>>Note: The current event on the CTS Console does not automatically update after the event sequence is written. To see it updated you must change the event.
➧ Selected Meet
Meets are identified by timestamp in the CTS Console. By default Maestro will read from the most recent meet.
>>Note: A meet in the CTS Console must have at least 1 race before it can be read and selected.
As mentioned above, the selected meet will display in the timing console bar on the time entry interface as a reminder of what meet is being utilized. This can be changed by clicking on the gear icon if incorrect.
➧ Mobile App - Live Event/Heat Bar
When this setting is checked, the current event and heat will be published in the Live Event Heat Bar of the SwimTopia Mobile App.
>>Note: The SwimTopia Mobile Live Event/Heat Bar keeps your athletes and parents up-to-date on what’s happening in the pool in real time. And when using a timing system, updates happen automagically! ➞ See Enabling the SwimTopia Live Event/Heat Bar to learn more.
If you are experiencing issues with your connection, this is also where you can RESTART CONNECTION as a last resort or select to DOWNLOAD LOGS for further investigation.
CTS System 5/6 and Gen 7 - Trouble-shooting Guide
For common error scenarios and debug steps ➞ See CTS System 5/6 and Gen 7 - Trouble-shooting Guide
All of the settings configured during setup can be changed by pressing the gear icon in the timing system bar (i.e. changing the data directory, writing the configuration file, changing the session number, or changing the number of timers per lane). You do not need to go back to the main Timing Setup screen under the meet settings.
➧ CTS System 5/6
➧ CTS Gen7 Timing Console