Welcome to the Future of Scouting
Team 1306 would like to invite teams at Championships to join CrowdScout, FRC Team 1306’s new scouting initiative.
CrowdScout is Team 1306’s new initiative for collaborative scouting. We can cut down the amount of time participants spend scouting at an event by a huge amount by working together and sharing data, freeing up more time to enjoy the tournament and participate in the myriad of other things that occur at FIRST Championship. If we have 150 matches, and 102 teams with 6 scouters per team, collectively we will spend 143 days actively scouting, discounting time waiting for field reset and so forth. If half the teams on Curie worked together with CrowdScout, they would spend around 2 days scouting. When we ran CrowdScout at the Wisconsin Regional, we worked with Piratech (4804) and both teams cut their scouting loads in half, allowing us to free up scouters to participate in other parts of the tournament.
We do this by having fewer scouters taking redundant data on each match. With our current plan, we have two scouters focusing on each robot per match, though if everyone involved would rather have more for either more redundant data or more data points CrowdScout is flexible enough to accommodate. Furthermore, CrowdScout could intake data from many sources - while 1306 uses a laminated paper sheet system because we prefer it, we could easily integrate data from teams with more technologically advanced scouting systems. (If you’re curious about integrating your data, PM me or reply to this thread.)
1306 is in the Curie Division, and thus will have a CrowdScout program running in Curie. If there is interest in having CrowdScout in other divisions, we can run it for other divisions too. Alternately, if there is a team in another division who would be interested in coordinating CrowdScout, we can help them through the process.
CrowdScout decreases the amount of time you and your team spend scouting in the stands. The more teams participate, the less time each team has to spend scouting; if half a division participates, the time scouting for each team will be less than two hours, as compared to 33 hours without CrowdScout.
1306’s Scouting System
1306 uses a laminated scouting sheet with wet erase markers for the scouters. (There are many reasons behind our preference for such a system over a tablet/computer/phone based one, but we see why other teams use them.) We then have a runner take these sheets to our scouting station, where we scan them into a computer and then run automated recognition software, exporting the data to a .json which we can share with others and run through our own processing algorithms to generate our alliance selection lists. (Our scouting sheet from the Wisconsin Regional is attached.)