Our First Scoreboard is 26 years old and still working!
That’s right, our very first scoreboard has been in continuous use for 26 years in November. Pretty impressive, isn’t it?
Our Scoreboard Origin Story
When Eve Julian (our Sales and Support Specialist) was swimming in high school, the scoreboard at the high school pool caught on fire. Her dad Dick Farnsworth (President of IST) was on the committee to raise money for a replacement. In 1991, the only scoreboards on the market for swimming were the solenoid flipper boards. Dick was frustrated with the high price and lack of information on the available scoreboards. Fortunately, he owned an engineering company and had just finished up a project using a new product called LED’s. Working with his business partner, Dick designed and built the very first Alphanumeric scoreboard for swimming. It was the first one to be able to display both names and times. To make it easier for Eve’s swim coach to interface with the scoreboard he wrote a software package called SWIMWARE, which ran on a computer. SWIMWARE would later evolve into our current MEETWARE and TIMEWARE software packages.
The project was supposed to be a one-off, just for Ottawa Hills. However, a visiting team parent saw the scoreboard and said, “I must have one of those, where did you get it?” He talked Dick into producing more, and it became a second company. Both the industrial engineering company (Industrial Service Technology) and the swim timing company (International Sports Timing) are going strong today.
How do our scoreboards last so long?
Our scoreboards are designed to last. Industrial environments can be as harsh as pool environments, so Dick used his prior experience to build a product that would stand up to the environment. We use gold connectors whenever possible and we conformal coat the circuit and LED boards to keep the moisture off the components. The boards are designed so that you can still use the scoreboard, even if one panel is removed. That makes repairs easy. IST is committed to making a long-lasting product, and we work very hard to make sure that we don’t obsolete parts, especially for our scoreboards. Even if you have a component fail, we can repair it. Every few years, the 26-year-old board has one or two panels that don’t come on, but a quick fix and it is back up and running!
After a while, the environment can get to even the best electronic equipment. Our scoreboards are designed so that a lot of the repairs can be completed by a building maintenance person, or even a team parent. Replacing connectors and scoreboard panels is quick and easy to do, and if you get stuck help is only a phone call away! We’re also happy to come to you and do the repairs, if that is what you prefer.
The scoreboards last as long as they do because we know that a scoreboard is the biggest investment that you can make for your parents. A team with an already tight budget shouldn’t have to replace their scoreboard every 5 to 7 years. It should be a permanent fixture in your facility for years to come. Our scoreboards, and really all of our products, are designed that way on purpose.
We are very fortunate to have some loyal and long-time customers. Often, we get to see them at the clinics that we go to. Sometimes that is the only time that we talk to them, they hardly ever call for help! When they do call, we get them back up and running in no time flat.
Some of our customers were nice enough to send us testimonials about our products, people and service. Check out the new testimonials page on our website.
If you would like to add your story to our testimonials page, please send your comments or videos to email@example.com. We would love to hear from you!
Occasionally, a team upgrades their equipment or moves out of their facility and needs to sell equipment. When that happens, we list it on our Used Equipment page. Do you have something you want to sell? Send a photo of the item, brief description, price, location and contact information to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll post your listing and have interested buyers contact you directly to arrange payment and pickup/shipping of the item.
Thinking of upgrading from a console to an IST system? We’ll list your existing equipment here too. You’d be surprised how many people are looking for a reliable backup console at a cheap price!
IST’s pace clocks have been favorites of coaches for years. What’s not to love? Our pace clocks have a 5 year warranty, they’re solid and dependable and they are programmable with an additional programming pendent. Plus they are bright and easy to see. Even, we’ve been told, in the fog across a 50M pool!
Well now our pace clocks are even better!
Now we have added Bluetooth technology to our clocks. You can run your pace clock with your Android or iPhone device. Simply download the app from the Google Play Store or from the Apple App Store, pair your phone to the clock and you have a powerful workout tool in the palm of your hand. In fact, it’s like having another assistant coach on your deck.
The app features 4 different modes. TIMER is a basic stopwatch function. GAME CLOCK allows you to count up or down for a set time period so you can run a game of water polo for fun after practice. EZ MODE allows you to create a quick and simple set consisting of the number of repeats and a time (i.e. 10 @ 1:00). Additionally, WORKOUT MODE allows you to create more complex sets with multiple intervals and combine those into a workout which can be run at the push of a button.
You can store an unlimited number of sets and workouts. Sets are stored by category and name and workouts are stored by name so you can find everything easily.
If writing sets on your phone doesn’t appeal to you, there is an easier way. You can export your sets and workouts from our WORKWARE workout software and import them into the phone app. This allows you to write the sets on your computer and run them on your phone.
Already have an IST clock?
No problem! You can purchase a Bluetooth adapter that will plug into any IST Pace Clock (2 or 4 digit) and get the same functionality as the clock with the built in Bluetooth!
We have released the iPhone version of the app on the Apple App Store. For a limited time the app is FREE. Offer good through July 31st, 2017.
Also, buy a Bluetooth pace clock now and you will get a copy of our WORKWARE software for only $35 (MSRP $350). This offer is good through August 31st, 2017.
Visit our website (www.istime.com), e-mail email@example.com or give us a call at 800-835-2611. We are happy to answer any questions, create a quote for budgeting purposes or take your order!
Purchase a SWIMCLOCKBT-HI, SWIMCLOCKBT-HX or Bluetooth Adapter for IST Pace Clocks and get a copy of WORKWARE Software for $35. That’s a 90% discount! Offer valid now through August 31st, 2017.
Call 800-835-2611 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org place your order. We accept credit card, check and purchase order.
WORKWARE allows you to create libraries of sets and workouts that can be run on separate lines of a scoreboard.
WORKWARE can be run on any IST scoreboard and numeric models from other manufacturers. A connection to the scoreboard is required. The cost for the software is normally $350. The connector ranges between $50 and $600 depending on what brand of scoreboard you have.
IST is proud to introduce the SWIMCLOCK with Bluetooth, our standard 4-digit pace and game clock with built in Bluetooth which allows you to control your clock from a smart phone app.
Create unlimited numbers of sets organized by category. Combine those sets into full workouts and store it all on your phone. Everything is right there in the palm of your hand. Start and stop the clock or blow the horn from anywhere on the pool deck. Already own an IST pace clock? No problem! Purchase the plug-in adapter and turn your existing pace clock into a smart pace clock. The Swim Clock app for Android is now available on the Google Play store, iOS for Apple is in beta test now. All you need is an e-mail address and we’ll send you a link for it.
Stop by our booth to visit with us, ask questions or play with our new Bluetooth enabled pace clocks. Don’t forget to enter the drawing to win a new pace clock while you’re there! Check out the new early registration special for Central States!