Saturday, May 23, 2015 #

New firmware 623

It is strongly recommended to upgrade all controls to firmware 623, as it has improved SI-5 handling.

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Friday, March 27, 2015 #

New firmware is out: Version 618

An improved firmware has been released, with an issue using SI-5 sticks resolved. Now all the great new features of the 600 Series of firmware is available again. You can get the latest SI-Boot software to install this firmware at this address: https://www.sportident.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=106&Itemid=2633&lang=en

posted @ Friday, March 27, 2015 2:39 PM | Feedback (0)

The LCD screen with 600 series firmware

When a unit is started with the SERVICE/OFF key, a lot of information is shown on the LCD screen.  Seven key units are shown for three seconds each, cyclically.

Here’s a description of each unit of information, in order:

cn_thumb1. What the unit is programmed as.  If it’s a regular control, it will show like the sample on the right. Other possibilities are START, CLEAR, FINISH, etc.

time_thumb2. Time of day
 
 

off_thumb

3. Next it shows how many minutes the unit will be idling awake before going to sleep.  In this example, the unit will go to sleep 4 hours after the last user punched the control. We consider 2 hours (120) a good number for day-to-day operation, and 4 hours when the control is used in an important A meet.

sw4. The version # of the software.  It is a good idea to follow this web blog; I will advise when the software should be uploaded.  618 is the latest version in March 2015.

PunchCount5. The number of punches that are currently recorded in this control.


bat_thumb6.The current battery voltage.  When it drops below 3.15V (315), time is nearing for a battery replacement.

 

cap_thumb7. Consumption of the battery.  A brand-new battery will have a consumption of 0, while 100 is typically an exhausted battery.  But this value is a computed approximation, not the actual level. The example on the right shows that the battery has consumed approximately 24% of its power.

While the unit is in this Service mode, current use is higher than normal.  It is advised to turn the unit off after inspecting these values; however the unit automatically turns itself off after 10 minutes in Service mode.

posted @ Friday, March 27, 2015 1:41 PM | Feedback (0)

Thursday, March 26, 2015 #

Firmware 618 has been released

SPORTident has released a new firmware for the BSF7 and BSF8 family of controls.  This includes the standard controls, the download controls, as well as the specialty (master, printer and the sprint) controls.

As always, try it on a few controls to make sure everything works as expected.  As this release is a fix from the previously released 614, I expect few if any issues.

What’s changed

This new firmware has many new features, improvements and fixes over version 580.  Here’s a list:

  • Use of these controls with Air+ and SIAC finger sticks. A follow-up article will discuss Air+ and the use of existing BSF7/8 with the Air+system.
  • The SI Time Master has a new mode “Standard Master”, which will restore the configuration of the device being sync’d if this configuration has been backed up in advance with SI-ConfigPlus (more on SI-ConfigPlus in a future article).
  • When using a PC to set the time of a remote device (not direct connect), the direct-connected device will also get its time set.  This allows higher accuracy in the time-setting algorithm to the remote device.
  • If a control is used with an fCard, the extended protocol flag will automatically be set in the control on the first fCard punch.
  • The display information on the LCD has been updated.
  • SI-6 finger stick handling has been improved.
  • A start control can now also be a start clock