As a small team in FRC we can not really field a full scouting group for events. I am sure we are not the only team that has this problem. We need to be able to track indivdual teams some how; SO wouldn’t RFID be the way to help us do that?
I know that large teams, can field enough kids to gather this data, and they have very effective scouting. They say come on over we will help you, but that does not work out when they end up on another team in finals. Typically what happens is we just pick teams that we think are good, but that is really just like picking a favorite not picking a team that could help us win. So what happens is the big teams know who to pick, while there will never be a good way for us to do the same. I think RFID is the answer to leveling the information data that large team enjoy over everyone.
Some say that RFID is too expensive and complex. They say it… but they do not know it. I feel like they are saying that because they belong to a big team that has top scouting. They are not saying because it is a bad idea. There are sports that have electronic scoring, teakowdo for one. All the students have to buy electronic socks. The association buys the helmets and vests. There is software on a computer that tracks the electronic messages. The point is there is a sport that does it. How can they do it and we can not?
For example…How much would it cost to have the FRC slide in a reader/antenna into a holder that is mounted to a shooter then plug it into the TCP/IP hub before each round? The teams would only have to mount the holder on thier shooter, a couple of screws they are done. Of course another reader/antenna is mounted in the Goal station. How much would it cost for that data to be captured by a computer and stored into a database that an API could access? How much would it cost for an app that everyone could access? Not all teams would have to buy the RFID equipment… all they have to do is mount the reader/antenna fixture.
I am sure there are ways that this RFID tech would open up our game for many other possible FRC challenges, because then we would be able to keep track of our scoring in ways that have not been thought of yet.