It’s March 3rd and competition week one is upon us. Teams old and new are scrambling to get some sort of scouting system up and running. The last thing you want is to realize you really needed scouting when your team is an Alliance Captain and you need to choose teams!
Here is my last minute list of scouting resources available here on Chief Delphi!
It’s 2022, electronic scouting is definitely viable. Here are all the scouting apps / systems available for 2022:
My own scouting app designed to be the next generation of electronic scouting. KSS tracks robot time and position, allowing teams to know exactly where and when a robot did something. Offline and cross platform, KSS allows for offline data transfer via QR codes, audio cables, and json files.
Simple and configurable, ScoutingPASS is effective in capturing basic match information. Some setup and testing with QR code scanning is needed. Its CD post has gathered the most attention this year, making it a popular choice.
FIRES is a mature platform that tracks position of each robot action. It also implements pit scouting making it an all-in-one platform ready to be used.
In development since 2015, FRC Krawler implements a match scouting framework that is game agnostic. Setup is required, but is pretty simple and straight-forward.
Scouting Radar 2022
Scouting Radar 2022 implements time based match scouting, linking robot actions to when they occurred. With support for objective, subjective, and pit scouting, Scouting Radar 2022 is a solid option for teams with Android devices.
Well documented and customizable, WildRank 2022 is a fully featured web app with custom web server for easier data transfer. With separate Android and iOS apps available, a lot of work has been done to create a full scouting framework.
Modularity is the key to SPOT, tracking position and time data. Ready for 2022, SPOT is full stack match scouting platform with room for teams to customize. Some setup is required, including needing to host a MongoDB instance.
Simple and straight-forward scouting app, Scouting 1574 is as generic as its name. It covers recording basic match information and includes a built-in schema editor.
Ease Of Setup
Personal ranking of how easy it is to set up scouting for the scouting system.
KSS - Obviously I’m biased, but KSS only requires you to go to https://app.koronis.cc. Some reading is recommended, but everything is built-in and ready to go. No logins required, no installation, no server setup.
FIRES - Login and registration is required, but setup is simple through the website. Tableau account is needed as well. Correction, FIRES does not need a Tableau account
Scouting Radar 2022 - Downloading and installing the app is required and you need to provide your own analytics system.
FRC Krawler - Downloading and installing the app is required and you need to setup the data you want to gather first.
ScoutingPASS - QR code scanner is required and technical know how is needed to set up data transfer. You also need to provide your own analytics system.
SPOT - Full walkthrough of the setup is well documented. Some technical ability is needed to set up server instance, mongodb instance, and generate TBA key.
WildRank 2022 - Setup itself is not well documented. Technical experience is needed. It’s up to the user to install the server and configure the app.
Scouting 1574 - Setup requires creating firebase instance, but not many steps are required. Setup is semi-documented. I could not get admin working to edit the app schema, which is required.
Paper scouting is reliable and easy to setup. Teams can easily track basic match information and pit scout with paper. Some preparation is required, so the sooner you get started the better!
I’ve found this system that’s updated for 2022:
Definitely a good resource and everything is preconfigured for you.
Outside of scouting systems, here is a list of various resources for the enthusiastic scouter.
As the title suggests, this was put together last minute (like your scouting plans?) so feedback is appreciated! Did I miss a 2022 ready scouting app? Anyone post a new paper scouting sheet? Did I miscategorize an app? Let me know and I’ll update as soon as possible.
Cannot recommend FRC Krawler enough for a last second solution - download Tableau using the free FRC license on a laptop and you can set up an electronic scouting system pretty quickly that gives good visual data representation. We used it in 2020 last second and while CSV raw data export can take a few minutes, it is definitely useful
I’m a big fan of 180’s public paper scouting systems and a big believer in the simplicity and reliability of paper scouting in general. I’m pretty picky about my scouting systems but if I didn’t have enough time to make one I’d be pretty happy with 180’s.