By Orlando Russo Diaz

Translated by Carlos H. Bernal


All the sport results of a country are definitely given integrally. We have the best world sportspeople, the most organized federation, the best executives, the best coaches and even the best judge in the world. Well then, in this entire revolutionary plan that has been held in this sport in Colombia within the last decade, we are proud to export state-of-the-art technology now.


Yes, as it sounds. In fact, Colombia has definitely marked the highest difference regarding the others. This third-world country gave a total turn to our sport until reaching the title of great world power in every thing. Keep in mind it was in Colombia where world skating ensured its future by creating the events letting the greatest promises catch up on with the creation of the juvenile category in three out of its four modalities. First, it was in the artistic, with the 1995 Girón World Championship, then the 1996 Barrancabermeja races and the 2000 Hockey event in Cali.


And now, on top of it all, another Santanderean man has been the pioneer to give his grain of sand, which will be determinant to have less controversial judges’ decisions. Juan de Dios Rodriguez, current President of the National Races Commission, will give the world the Electronic Clock Project. It will be able (in just 10 thousandth of a second) to register the times in the individual races. Its electronic structure can even give the coaches the opportunity, in camping or selective processes, to keep track of all the necessary sequences for further analysis of skaters’ performance.


After four years of evolution, with the participation of Electronics and Digitals  students of the major of Electronics Technology at the  Unidades Tecnológicas de Santander, with the unconditional support of Christian Nieto and Edwin Saavedra, this restless president keeps making his passion a life style.


What is this revolutionary judging instrument about? Four years ago, the project was started with a simple processor taking times and keeping results. Today, in its structure there are microcontrollers and receiving transmitters sending and receiving information at 2.4 speed gighas (better than that of mobile phones). It takes partial times per sportsperson, differences between one sensor and another and accumulated records as well. 


That is not all.  It also generates a window showing the 12 best times in a race against the clock, which are arranged according to each racer’s record. All these partial times can be seen by the public through a giant screen coming from a video beam. The system itself arranges and classifies them. With its mechanism we will soon organize the complete series.


At this point, as part of the design, the electronic clock not only shows the skater’s name, number and club, but also his or her country’s flag and his or her picture. It can also be reprogrammed to show more modules of transmission to place them in 50, 100, and 200 meters. With this, you can determine the sportsperson’s average speed. And on top of it all, the greatest advantage of this new revolutionary invention surpassing other similar ones is that the modules are wireless.


“ I consider we have now in Colombia state-of-the–art  technology for skating, even though it is worth saying that it can be adapted to any other sport with individual traits “ stated Juan de Dios Rodriguez.