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Worlds’ First Olympic Cricket scoring system developed in NZ

8th September 2014



Worlds’ First Olympic Games Cricket scoring system developed in New Zealand

Auckland based LED sign company Signopsys Electronic Signs Ltd (Signopsys), a 25 year supplier of Cricket scoring systems and LED screen hardware to ICC Cricket World Cups internationally, has been contracted by Korean IT giant Ssangyong Information and Communications Corporation (SICC) to provide the world’s first Olympic Games Cricket Scoring software system for the Incheon Asian Games beginning next week in Korea.

This requires that all 44 Asian Games Federation sports output real time Olympic Data Format (ODF) information to websites, all forms of media, television graphics and results books with an identical “look and feel” format. Signopsys software will output exclusively all official Asian Games Cricket information providing the worlds media with identical data, complete with embedded sponsors logos that better connects sponsors with the event and the audience. The outputs are all encompassing and range from formatted Television Graphics for the pre-game weather report to the final printed scoresheet which is conformant with both ICC and ODF requirements.

The development of the software required for scoring Cricket and disseminating official real time information involved outputs in various file formats including; CSV, XML and PDF, together with data capture of the activities of the games. It includes outputting the statistics of the entire tournament and ultimately the medal winners.

Signopsys Director Bruce Thomson has been scoring international Cricket matches with the same software for 25 years. ““ We grew this software up in New Zealand with the support of legendary radio commentators Bryan Waddle and Peter Sharp. Both were extremely supportive of its ability to analyse game and player statictics and both used it to score matches as they were commentating on them. Signopsys has enjoyed success at 10 Cricket World Cup tournaments and to be head-hunted by SICC from the thousands of developers around the world involved in Cricket software is extremely humbling.”

“Working with the official TV graphics providers to scope and implement the design of the TV graphics for world wide viewing has been quite a task” says Allan Burton (Signopsys Project Manager). “We have taken the core software that has been operating globally for many many years and developed new state-of-the-art output capabilities including Olympic Data Format (ODF)

“With the successful completion of this project, Signopsys now has a “state-of-the-art” cricket scoring/data management system that will provide the connectivity and output options required to Olympic level, which will ensure this software provides a cutting edge technology platform for the next 25 years of international Cricket scoring”, says Burton

The Asian Games is the second largest multisport event after the Olympics with 45 countries elegible to compete. Organisers claim a total world wide audience of 4.5 billion people and the event provides 10,000 athletes with nearly 500 disciplines from 44 sports and awards approximately 480 gold medals.

A seven strong team including three of New Zealand’s most experienced international cricket scorers will travel to Soeul to undertake the official scoring role at the games Cricket venue, Yeonhui Stadium. Mens and Womens teams from thoughout Asia including Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan will contest an 8 day Twenty20 round robin tournament followed by 4 sudden death knockout rounds to decide Asia’s best Men and Women teams over 16 days.

Signopsys Cricket scoring software has always led the world
• First electronic Cricket scoring software for electronic scoreboards in the world (1989)
• First analytical Crciket scoring system for radio commentators (1990)
• First ICC conformant computerised software in the world
• First to output to all scorebaord types and sizes
• First to print an ICC Conformant scoresheet including ICC fontset (1995)
• First to output to website
• First to display Duckworth Lewis system on scoreboards
• First to track player statistics
• First to be used exclusively at ICC sanctioned CWC (U19)
• First and only Electronic Cricket Scoring System compliant with Olympic Data Format (2014)


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