Category Archives: Race Timers

Migration Webcast Series: Making the Move to Cloud-Based Race Timing Software

With the introduction of new technology, the racing industry is changing. Race directors continue to look for ways to enhance the race experience and are starting to expect more from their timers. Join Lapio to see how timers can benefit from using cloud-based race timing software and win new business with innovative race day features and enhanced timing capabilities.

WEBCASTS: 

Cloud-Based Race Timing – What’s in it For Me?
When: April 12, 2016 | 12PM PST

The migration to cloud-based race timing software has many timers wondering, “what’s in it for me?” Join Lapio for this 15 minute webcast and see how timing companies are using cloud-based timing software to win new business and upgrade their race day process.

In this webcast you will learn how to:

  • Increase your business with new offerings  
  • Easily scale your timing business with remote timing
  • Stop “pushing” data online and save time with instant data updates

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8906727355157928706


Going Beyond Race Timing – How to Get the Most Out of the Cloud

When: April 13, 2016 | 12PM PST

Go beyond basic PDF results with cloud-based race timing. Use the power of the cloud to increase your timing business and differentiate yourself from competitors. Join Lapio for this 15 minute webcast and see why Lapio is not your grandma’s race results.

In this webcast you will learn how to win new timing business with:

  • Live streamed results
  • Live (GPS-based) tracking & race replay
  • Social media integration
  • Custom race apps

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/716596081738476290


Hardware Flexibility – Taking control of your timing business

When: April 19, 2016 | 12PM PST

When it comes to race timing hardware there are plenty of choices. Lapio software provides efficient, accurate timing and is compatible with all the major hardware platforms. Join this webcast to see how Lapio software is providing innovative technology with the flexibility to choose the hardware that works best for your business.

In this webcast you will learn how to:

  • Get the most out of hardware flexibility
  • Set up a race in Lapio software
  • Connect your hardware with Lapio timing software
  • Stream live results

Register here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5187490735740826370

 

New Customer Bundle – Get 1 Race FREE

Timing your own races has never been easier.

Lapio software takes the difficulty out of timing by providing automated timing hardware synchronization. Now anyone can time a race, providing accurate, LIVE results.

In addition to race timing, Lapio provides cutting edge race management features including social engagement, photo sharing, and mobile. All the features you want in one powerful, integrated solution that will WOW participants and spectators.

To help you get started, Lapio is offering a new customer race timing bundle! From now until May 29, 2015, time your first two races using Lapio’s timing software and time your third race for free*.

Lapio is compatible with most timing hardware systems:

  • MYLAPS Sports Timing
  • Ipico Sports
  • RFID Race Timing Systems
  • Alien
  • J-Chip
  • Innovative Timing Systems
  • Macsha Chronos
  • Sirit
  • Human Tagging

For more information about our new customer timing bundle, call us at 650-466-7750 or email hey@lap.io.

*Bundle includes use of timing software, LIVE results, photo sharing and mobile friendly platform. Lapio registration can be used but regular pricing applies.

Introducing: Lapio Help Center

We are happy to introduce the new Lapio Help Center!

Customers can now easily learn more about Lapio software and find answers to all the most frequently asked questions. The help center covers both basic and advanced topics and it is searchable by keywords.

Can’t find the answer you are looking for? Just submit a request through the help center and our Lapio support team will give you the support you need.

The help center will be updated frequently so make sure to check back and continue to learn how to use all the great features Lapio has to offer!

Lapio Help Center: lapio.zendesk.com

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Customer Spotlight: TimeMe – Changing Endurance Racing in South Africa

With the introduction of new technology, the racing industry is changing. The once dominant PC-based software is now competing against cloud-based software with innovative features and enhanced timing capabilities. One market dramatically changed by this technology is South African endurance racing.

We interviewed Gerrit Pieterse, Co-Founder of TimeMe who shared how his team, using Lapio software, are responding to demand for better technology and taking the South African timing industry by storm.

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TELL US ABOUT TIMEME AND WHY YOU DECIDED TO GET INTO RACE TIMING?
Little over a year ago we were busy organizing a mountain bike event and needed a company to do the timing for us, we could only get hold of one company and they only replied to our email requesting a quote, two months after the event. We then decided to buy our own equipment and start a timing company on a small scale. This small company has grown faster than we anticipated and we now have numerous events lined up. TimeMe is a young energetic sports timing company that is putting its stamp the local timing industry. Critics silenced, race organizers smiling and correct times given to such an extent that we managed to break 99% accuracy all the events we timed.

WHAT SIZE IS THE SOUTH AFRICAN ENDURANCE RACING MARKET? WHAT TYPES OF RACES ARE THE MOST POPULAR?
Endurance racing is certainly not new to South Africa, but the market only exploded a short while ago. Individuals all over South Africa are claiming top spots in International events. The fastest growing and still the most popular by a great margin is mountain biking and especially mountain bike stage races like the ABSA Cape Epic, Joburg2C and Sani2C only to name a few. Ultra marathon trail running and trail running stage races is also becoming increasingly popular in South Africa. People are even referring to Mountain biking as the new golf of South Africa.

WHAT WERE SOME OF THE ISSUES YOU FACED WITH THE WAY PREVIOUS RACE RESULTS WERE SHARED?
LIVE results is the biggest issue in South Africa, there is a lot of different timing software companies claiming that they can deliver real time results, but they unfortunately still have major hiccups. The most common way is to export all your results into MsExcel and then it has to be populated and sorted, to make sense, before it can be loaded onto your website or the race organiser’s website, this is very time consuming and can sometimes take days if you don’t have all the athletes details – all this while athletes are crying to have their results.

YOU ARE NOW USING LAPIO SOFTWARE FOR ALL OF YOUR ONLINE RACE REGISTRATION AND TIMING. WHAT ISSUES DOES LAPIO SOFTWARE SOLVE?
Well firstly we have LIVE results, that’s actually streamed in real time, to our results page and accessible from anywhere in the world. The other major advantage is that the online entries are integrated into the software and we and the race organizer immediately know how many people have entered and we as race timers no longer have to wait for online registration sites to send us the data – which then still needs to be captured and imported onto our software, before we can start to time an event. Everything is brilliantly integrated with Lapio!

HOW DO YOU SEE SOUTH AFRICAN ENDURANCE RACING CHANGING WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF NEW TECHNOLOGY?
Dramatically! South Africa is and will always be one of the youngest countries in the world; we only receive the majority of the technology dead stone last. All the athletes constantly acknowledges and admire the technology from Europe and America, and it so happened to turn into a desire for almost each and every one of them. We believe with the introduction of Lapio will come a much bigger supporter base for endurance events with everything streamed to social networks instantly. Athletes families and friends will also be able to share in the joy of the participants as they cross the finish line, even if they’re hundreds of miles away.

DO YOU HAVE ANY REALLY COOL RACES COMING UP?
Yes, we have a one day road cycling stage race called The Kremetart Stage Race. This is definitely the highlight of our year where Lapio’s technology would be able to set the benchmark for all the other timing companies/timing software. With a successful Kremetart Stage Race, loads and loads of COOL races are sure to follow!

Thank you to Gerrit and TimeMe from all of us at Lapio! As a company whose mission is to create innovative technology, we are proud to see our customers changing the way races are experienced and how those experiences are shared.

If you have any questions let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

To learn more about Lapio software visit: www.lapio.com

 

New Years “Timing in 2014″ Resolution Promo

Timing your own races has never been easier.

Lapio software takes the difficulty out of timing by providing automated timing hardware synchronization. Now anyone can time a race, providing accurate, LIVE results.

And to help you get started timing your own races, Lapio has teamed up with Ipico Hardware to offer two special timing bundles.

Ipico Elite Reader and Lapio Software Bundle:
Purchase one Ipico Elite Reader and get $500 towards your first race using Lapio’s online registration.

Ipico Lite Reader and Lapio Software Bundle:
Purchase one Ipico Lite Reader and get $250 towards your first race using Lapio’s online registration.

From now until January 31, 2013 you can take advantage of these timing bundles.

For more information on how you can benefit from timing your own races, call us at 650-466-7750 or email hey@lap.io.

Lapio Spotlight:

13 Year-Old Times Race with Lapio LIVE Timing Results

Software: Lapio
Hardware: Ipico Readers
Event: MTB Kolding Club Race

Tobias Rasmussen is a 13 year-old boy whose father, Morten Rasmussen, is involved in race timing. Tobias has timed alongside his dad for years but had never timed a race all on his own. Recently, Morten was busy timing another event, and he needed someone to time the MTB Kolding Club race. Tobias was confident he could handle timing the club event without his father’s help, and he was right. Using Lapio’s easy-to-use timing software and Ipico Readers, Tobias successfully timed the race and streamed live, accurate results to participants. We interviewed Tobias about MTB racing and timing using Lapio software. Below is what he had to say.

How old are you?
13 years old.

How did you get into MTB racing?
Well my dad started racing and I just tried it out on my old school bike together with him until I found out it was something I wanted to do.

What is your favorite thing about racing?
Being able to ride a difficult track or trying something new.

Your dad has been timing races for a while. Have you helped him time other races?
I have been to almost all the races my dad has timed and helped him a lot.


Tobias Rasmussen using Lapio Software

What made you want to time this race on your own?
My dad was out timing another race and they needed someone to time it. I was the only one who knew the hardware and software so it seemed natural it should be me.

How many people participated?
There were 43 participants.

What was the distance? Were there split times?
The route was about 2km long, and of course there were split times!

Was it easy to time the races using Ipico hardware and Lapio software?
I am very used to both the hardware and software and I had a short walkthrough. All you have to do is connect the hardware to Lapio software and start timing. It’s easy. Anyone can time a race.

What is your favorite part of timing races?
It’s always fun to come out and meet new people and try new tracks. Also seeing old friends and just having fun.

Do you plan to time another race soon?
I plan to time a lot of cross races here over the winter and most likely the Sram-Liga next year.


MTB Kolding Club Race – Timed with Lapio software and Ipico hardware

We asked Morten how he feels about Tobias timing races and he said “It has always been great having Tobias with me when I have been timing races, it’s a great father & son “time” together. It’s cool that he’s able to do timing himself without me being there. This will give him great experiences in the future within racing”

It’s clear that these two are having a lot of fun timing together. And whether you are an experienced timer like Morten or timing your first races like Tobias, Lapio software makes timing easy.

To learn more about Lapio software and our compatible hardware visit www.lapio.com

Lapio Connect – Download Instructions

Lapio Connect is LIVE timing software developed by Lapio. Simply connect Lapio software to the timing hardware you currently use. You’ll be up and running in minutes, providing accurate, LIVE results.

Follow the below download instructions to begin using Lapio Connect.

1) Visit www.lapio.com/downloads and choose the version that best applies. For US races download the Lapio Connect – English version.

2) You will be prompted to “run” or “save” the file. Click “save” and continue.

3) You will be prompted to “run”, “open folder” or “view downloads”. Click “run” and continue.

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4) The Lapio Connect Setup Wizard will open and easily walk you through the download and installation steps. To start the Setup Wizard click “next”.

5)  Choose the best setup type that best suits your needs. Lapio recommends choosing the “Typical” setup.

6) Select installation Folder. Lapio recommends using the installation folder recommended by the Setup Wizard.

7) Click “Install” to begin installation of Lapio Connect software.

8) Lapio Connect will begin installing.

9) Once installation is complete, click “finish”.


10) Locate the “Lapio Connect” folder in your program list.  Double-click on the Lapio Connect file within the folder.

11) Simply login to your Lapio Connect account to get started! If you don’t have a Lapio Connect account, sign up for FREE, here.

To download Lapio Connect visit www.lapioconnect.com/downloads.

Once your download is complete, start timing today! Check out our blog post on Lapio Connect - LIVE Timing Instructions to get started. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Lapio Connect – LIVE Timing Instructions

Lapio Connect is LIVE timing software developed by Lapio. Simply connect Lapio software to the timing hardware you currently use to provide accurate, LIVE results.

Streaming LIVE results is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1) Select the race you want to time
2) Click “Find Readers”
3) Sit back and watch as the data starts coming in

Below are screen-shots to show just how easy timing can be with Lapio software.

Login to Lapio Connect
To download Lapio Connect visit: www.lapio.com/downloads
(You will need to login using your Lap.io account login information, sign up for FREE, here)

1) Select the event you want to time and click “Time It”

2) Click “Find Readers” – The status bar will let you know when task is complete.

3) Click “Start Race” – Watch as LIVE data starts streaming in

Results can immediately be seen on Lapio’s LIVE results page

To get started,  download Lapio Connect at www.lapio.com/downloads.

Fore more information about Lapio software visit www.lapio.com/software.

 

Lapio is LIVE

We’re happy to announce that Lapio is now LIVE in the US.

Who is Lapio?

Lapio is an all-in-one race management and timing software providing online registration, payment, LIVE timing, social media integration, photo sharing and more!

We’ve been LIVE in Europe for the last year, with over 600 races using our software. But now, we’re expanding to the US. Our mission is simple. At Lapio, we want all races, from large to small, to enjoy the benefits of efficient, accurate timing combined with innovative features; all at an affordable cost.

Who uses Lapio?

Race Organizers
Take control of your races. Lapio is your complete online race management and timing solution offering all the features you need without breaking the bank – only $1.29/participant. LEARN MORE

Race Timers
Now you can offer accurate, LIVE timing plus increase your business offerings with cool new race management features. Focus on the timing. Leave the innovation to Lapio. LEARN MORE

Athletic Clubs
Want to host your own race to gain awareness of your organization? Lapio offers our software at no cost for FREE events. Have your event up and running in minutes. LEARN MORE

As endurance athletes and former race directors and timers, we understand  the demands that go into each and every race. That’s why we developed Lapio software; to make race management and timing EASY for everyone.

To learn more about Lapio visit www.lapio.com.