Sport is getting more and more important nowadays including outdoor and amateur sport activities due to the changes in living standards. Sport is good for health but it can actually help to feel better in general. Getting the right amount of daily or weekly exercises can maintain and improve any person’s physical and mental condition.
The rapidly developing information technology with more and more affordable prices can reach virtually every segment of the life so it’s reasonable to support sport events by using information technology. It seems to be awkward nowadays to organize professional sport events without electrical equipment because these tools are more accurate and reliable then old, paper-based methods. Such equipment is a must at high profile events such as Olympic Games, World or National Championships but they are appearing also at some lower-profile sport events too. Organizers of local amateur sport events usually cannot afford to use the same professional equipment because of the limited financial resources.
In many sports, such as cycling and running, time measurement plays an important role, since it is the basis for the ranking of the participants. Most of the professional time measurement systems usually measure and identify the competitors by using radio frequency transmitters. The main disadvantage of these systems is that they require special hardware. Purchasing or renting of this hardware not only increases the cost of the sport events, but their acquisition can be cumbersome and time-consuming. In most cases these time measurement systems require special skills to set up and use, which is another disadvantage of these systems.
In this thesis, a software tool is presented to support the organization and management of amateur sport events using a low-cost solution. The main goal of this thesis is to design and carry out a low-budget time measurement system, which can measure the time of competitors and identify them by using image processing techniques. The system does not require any special hardware or knowledge to operate, only commonly available and standard components.