Hardcard Systems was founded by veteran, professional, sports timing and scoring developers and operators who are former AMB customers. After dealing with the cost, complexity and inadequate customer service of those systems, we sought to provide simple and affordable automated timing and scoring system designed and priced to appeal to the organizers of sporting events everywhere.
Our story began in 2008 when we first met with engineers from Alien Technologies to discuss the best way to accomplish our objectives of providing a low-cost, easy to use electronic timing and scoring application for motorsports, cycling and running events. After modifying Alien equipment to suit our needs, we were able to capture AMA Superbikes at 170 mph while testing at Laguna Seca Raceway. We knew we were onto something – but with significant work remaining to create a user friendly system. It was our plan to incorporate our “hardware” (tags, readers and antennas)with existing third party software to provide a complete system but those discussions took longer than expected – so we set out to write our own scoring software. Over the course of 2009-10, we developed and tested the system in a variety of applications. In 2009 we began timing and scoring the AMA Arenacross Series for promoter Feld Motorsports which continues to serve as a development platform today.
In 2010, we reached an agreement with The Ohio State University’s Computer Sciences Department and Dr. Roger Crawfis, to lead the development of our RaceResults scoring software. RaceResults V1 software was launched in April 2011. Dr. Crawfis, affectionately known as “our rocket scientist” from his days at Lawrence Livermore Laboratories, now leads the programming and development of our software. Future plans include software and smart phone applet development as part of a capstone project for Dr. Crawfis’ students at The Ohio State University.