Vinyl Protective Slip Cover
This felt lined vinyl cover slips over the unit when it is not in use. Its primary purpose is to keep the unit clean and protect from scuffs and scratches while the PTN-4 is in storage or being transported to and from the event. Highly recommended.
Chain Link Fence Hanging System
Tennis courts are often surrounded with chain link fences. This option, along with the hanging eyes below, allows the PTN-4 to be hung from the face of a chain link fence. The apparatus consists of a pair of chains and a clear spacer to provide a means to hang the scoreboard against the face of a chain link fence. The chains have clips at each end that clip to the fence and to the hanging eyes on the top of the scoreboard. The system allows the unit to be quickly hung on any chain link fence. Hanging eyes option (below) is required for this option.
The PTN-4 can be hung from various overhead structures (like a ceiling) when ordered with this option. This option adds two eyebolts/eyehooks on the top of the unit to allow chains or ropes to suspend the unit from a suitable structure above. As with all overhead structures, sturdy and redundant methods are needed if personnel will be underneath the structures.
Flat/Hard Surface Tripod
ScoreTronics offers a sturdy folding tripod for use on flat/hard surfaces indoors and outdoors. It is constructed of black aluminum, extends to 76", and has a base diameter of 40". It folds to 42" when not in use and weighs just 6 pounds. If used outdoors and wind is a possibility, it is imperative that the legs be sandbagged down to prevent tipping in the wind. Includes tripod adapter sleeve (see below). Click here for flat surface tripod picture
For use outdoors on soft uneven surfaces like grass, sand, or soil, ScoreTronics offers a sturdy folding tripod designed for this purpose. It is constructed of sturdy aluminum, extends to 63", and has spiked leg tips that can be stepped into the ground. The legs are individually adjustable for use on uneven ground. It folds to 39" when not in use and weighs just 8 pounds. Comes with carrying shoulder strap. This tripod is much more stable outdoors on grass than the Flat/Hard Surface Tripod above because the legs can be spread wider and have spiked tips. But not suitable for use on hard surfaces because of the spiked leg tips. Includes the necessary adapter fittings and a lightweight aluminum version of the ScoreTronics mount
ing pipe. Click here for Grass/Soil/Sand tripod picture
Custom Front Panel Graphics
There is an area on the front panel between the two game scores that can be used for a team logo or other advertising. (When not used for a custom logo, the ScoreTronics logo is normally placed here). Graphics that fit this area (approx 5" x 5") can be made and applied by your local sign shop, or ordered through ScoreTronics partner Cynosure, for typically $25-$35. Computer cut lettering and logos, and even full color images are possible. By choosing Cynosure, the custom graphics can be applied to the unit before it ships so your unit arrives with the customization. Just tell Cynosure your layout idea, and they will create a custom graphic overlay that will fit the PTN-4 perfectly. See Cynosure's web page for details on ordering an overlay for the PTN-4.
Adapter Sleeve/Tabletop Steady Rest
This is the adapter sleeve that comes with the Flat/Hard Surface Tripod above, available separately here. It adapts the native pipe mounting of the scoreboard (nominal diameter 1.9") to allow using a stand that has a 1.50" diameter end. The adapter is designed to be retained in the scoreboard but can be removed when needed. The adapter has an additional function of providing a rear steadying support when the scoreboard is used in tabletop applications. You would order this if you want to use your own stands that have 1.50" diameter ends, or if you want to use the scoreboard on a tabletop. Keep in mind that tabletops are generally not the best place to display a scoreboard, because this height is less visible and will often have the view of the unit blocked by players and spectators. See PTN-4 Mounting Options for better mounting options.
The standard unit is battery powered. In applications where AC power is readily available and more convenient (for instance, permanent wall mounting of the unit near an outlet) this option allows the unit to be powered by AC instead of batteries. With this option, the battery packs are removed and an AC adapter power jack is added to the back of the unit, and an AC adapter (plug-in wall cube) is provided. This unit comes with special hardware and firmware to keep the unit on and ready at all times, (thus not automatically powering down in an hour of un-use which is normally done to save battery power.) This unit is ready to go whenever the AC power is on.
Price: No Charge. Specify at time of order.
This option allows operation by batteries OR by AC power. This would be useful if the unit was used outdoors (where AC power is not available) for part of the time, and then brought indoors (where AC power is available) at other times. With this option, the scoreboard is equipped with hardware and firmware that, like the battery powered model, completely turns the unit off when it isn't being used. (The user would press the "on" button on the top of the unit to wake up the unit). With this option, both the battery packs AND the AC adapter power jack/wall cube are provided. The batteries used in this option are the same as the standard battery powered model, which will provide over 500 hours of running time.
Price: $25. Specify at time of order.
The first implementation of this was for the original 12 units for the PAC-12 Tennis Tournament. The PAC-12 organization operated a live game progress report of the 12 matches for the media and everyone interested, over the Internet. The system was fed manually with the updates of the 12 matches. In previous tournaments they sent a "runner" to each match to get the scores and come back and enter the information into a PC connected to the system. The "runner" spent the entire day doing this.
ScoreTronics developed a WiFi interface that was mounted in each scoreboard that would transmit the scoreboard's current scores to the distribution server every time there was a change on the scoreboard. It eliminated the need for the "runner" and provided much more immediate match results to the media and public. The game results was also displayed on monitors in the clubhouse so that people in the clubhouse could see the live, real time results of all 12 matches progressing.
The WiFi interface is an available option for the PTN-4. It will transmit the current scores via your WiFi system to a computer of your choice. You can then distribute the information to other computers and monitors in the clubhouse, and even to people's smart phones, as you wish.
Price: $150 Call for further details on the system.
About the Batteries...
The battery powered and dual-powered versions of the PTN-4 use standard alkaline AA batteries (16). ScoreTronics scoreboards are unique in the industry, allowing alkaline batteries to power a scoreboard with a clock for over 500 hours of running time, with NO battery attention whatsoever. (That's no recharging, no bringing it to a building that has AC power, no one forgetting to plug it in, etc). 500 hours of running time is enough for several years of use in most applications. The design goal of this product was to provide a battery powered unit that requires only once-a-year attention or less (compared to daily attention for a system that uses rechargeable batteries). The cost of a set of 16 AA alkaline batteries (for over a year's worth of operation in most applications) is less than $6. The remote control uses a single 9V battery that has an expected life of 5-10 years.
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