This year in Clearwater, FL at our annual Timers Conference we announced our BETA release of the highly anticipated ChronoTrack Fusion Remote Control. We are happy today to announce that after a successful beta testing period, we are officially taking the product to a general public release. 

For those Timers who supported the efforts over the years, who provided feedback at all stages of our remote view and remote control products, who took the time to test and implement out in the field at real events; we cannot thank you enough. The release of this product has been a long time coming and thus, marks a pretty monumental moment for ChronoTrack. From the engineering team who worked so hard to get this in your hands, we couldn’t be more proud. 

Fusion Remote Control Features

Whether you’re looking to reduce the cost of onsite staff expenses, looking to have more control over your events from a central location or just want the piece of mind of having eyes on all your controllers in the field, Fusion Remote Control is the answer. If you have not yet tried the the new Fusion middleware and want to start implementing at your events today, be sure to read up on our extensive KnowledgeBase article HERE, before taking the plunge. The article will show you how to authorize your controllers on ChronoTrack’s remote server and view their statuses in Fusion.

Right now, Remote Control allows users on MiniTrack Firmware version 7.7.1.9 and ChronOS Firmware 1.2.6.15 to take advantage of the following View and Control features, available with Fusion 3.6.25:

  • Allow timers to remotely view the following on controllers
    • Battery Status
    • Antenna Status
    • Power Status
    • Reader Power
  • Allow timers to remotely control the following on controllers:
    • Reader Channels (Specific Regions)
    • Markers
    • Acknowledge and View Alerts
    • Active Loop and Channels
    • Event and Point Names
    • Immediate Mode

As with all our products, we will continue to iterate and improve upon this product based on your use out in the real world, and will make sure this product becomes everything you need it to be and more. 

To start using Remote Control at your events today, be sure to read up on our extensive KnowledgeBase article HERE, before taking the plunge. The article will show you how to authorize your controllers on ChronoTrack’s remote server and view their statuses in Fusion. For everything you need to know about setting up Fusion for the first time, check out the KnowledgeBase article HERE

As mentioned briefly above, the release of this product is supported by the following firmware releases:

  • Mini 7.7.2.0
  • Pro2 (ChronOS) 1.2.7.0

It is important that all timers interested in utilizing Remote Control Fusion middleware, also have the updated MiniTrack and Pro2 firmware versions. In addition to enabling Remote Control use, check out what went into the updates and the features you can expect with each:

MiniTrack Firmware Version 7.7.2.0

Fixes 

  • Locally connects to Middleware
  • Fixed “Active Loop Fault” Error from repeating 

New Features

  • Enables Remote Control and View
  • Network Time Protocol (NTP) Time Syncing over cellular
    • Connect to an NTP server to pull time
  • Auto RFID
    • Turns RFID power off to save power. Automatically detects RFID antennas and turns on RFID Power
  • Multiple Servers
    • Allows the controller to connect two servers
  • ATI Files
    • Allows timers to view active tag information including battery levels
  • GPGGA data updates in Mrk files
    • This is the location of the box with a timestamp

For ChronoTrack Timers interested in Known Issues please visit the ChronoTrack Community Forum. Learn how to upgrade your MiniTrack by following the steps in this KnowledgeBase article.

Pro2 Firmware Version 1.2.7.0 (ChronOS)

Fixes 

  • All port lights staying on after boot up
  • Connecting to CCS twice on Cellular connections
  • Lost Readers due to incorrect Channel configurations
  • Fix time rollover when passing midnight (hour set to 0 instead of 24)
  • Add shutdown confirmation prompt for power switch
    • Fixes issues caused by bad power switches 
  • Fixed issue with A/C being triggered on without A/C being plugged in
  • Improvements to cellular connectivity

New Features 

  • Enables Remote Control and View 
  • One-Touch Setup (Auto time sync and auto connect)
  • Turn the controller on and let it do the hard work 
  • ATI Files
    • Allows timers to view active tag information including battery levels
  • Power Board Firmware
    • Watchdog (ensures ChronOS boots properly)
    • Added battery savings while controller is off
  • Added 6 digit Active Tag Support
  • NTP Time Syncing
    • Connect to an NTP server to pull time
  • Auto Connect on boot up

For ChronoTrack Timers interested in Known Issues please visit the ChronoTrack Community Forum. Learn how to upgrade your ChronOS firmware by following the steps in this KnowledgeBase article

Downloading Firmware from Timers Portal 

To download the latest software versions above, visit the Downloads section in the Timers Portal (see image below.)

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Not only have we delivered a product that better serves our Timers and their business, but the completion of this work also means that our time is now freed up to discover, develop and deliver the next best thing in CT Hardware/Software/Middleware. You can stay up to date with all our projects by following various topics our ChronoTrack Community Forum, or checking in at your convenience throughout the week/month. 

Happy Timing!