Starting with ChronOS version 126.96.36.199, you can use a USB keyboard or the built-in keypad below the controller's screen to type in bib numbers. This will record a read for that bib number when you press Enter on the keyboard or keypad. Typing in reads is an excellent back-up in case there is an issue with antennas or tags during the race. Entering keyed reads as a backup doesn't take a rocket scientist, so you can easily have an untrained volunteer enter keyed reads as finishers cross the line, freeing you to take care of more important matters.
Collecting Keyed Reads
In order to type in keyed reads, you'll need to be on the Keyed Bibs screen. To get to this screen, go to the Race Ops screen and select the Tags and Markers menu.
Now select the Keyed Bibs option.
Now insert the keyboard's cable or wireless dongle into one of the Controller's USB ports if you're using a USB keyboard. Now, simply type in the bib number of an athlete, and press Enter. The controller will record this entry as a read.
Streaming Keyed Reads
Keyed reads are classified differently in data files than reads collected with an antenna. When streaming tags through Fusion, StreamManager, or SimpleClient, you must select 'Keyed' or 'Keypad Mode' as the tag mode. Usually, it's best to stream Keyed reads separately from antenna read types. This is an excellent way to ensure that Keyed reads can be easily applied to a Priority 2 Timing Device within CT Live without much extra work.
If you are processing data through Fusion or SimpleClient, you can process Normal and Keyed reads simultaneously.