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RFID Domination Timer with source code (.ino app) 1.0

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  • I don't offer hardware, or PCB. I offer software - only app for RFID Domination Timer project.

    RFID Domination Timer description:

    Domination timer (DOMINATOR) is a stopwatch device designed for 2 teams that play against each other and try to occupy the point and keep it for as long as possible. The stopwatch is suitable for Airsoft / Paintball game mode DOMINATION, resp. Capture Hill. They consist of an ATmega328P microcontroller (AVR), which can be part of the Arduino development kit (Uno / Nano / Pro Mini). An LCD character display (size 16x2 or 20x4, chipset HD44780) is used to visualize times of both teams.
    The times are listed in two lines below each other and are dynamically updated if there is an active team at the point (a point occupied by a team). The stopwatch is equipped with indicator LEDs in team colors, which signal the active team at the point and a detector (piezo transducer), which announces the change at the point after attaching the RFID card. Teams are implemented in the game - RED team and GRE team who play against each other and try to occupy the point and then keep it for as long as possible.
    At the beginning of the game, the display shows the times 00 hours, 00 minutes, 00 seconds for RED team , GRE team . Each team member is equipped with an RFID chip that is integrated into the bracelet (or card / keychain). The RFID chip transmits its unique identifier - UID (unique ID), which is read by an RFID reader and verified in the logic of the system to which the entity (team) belongs. Individual bracelets can be color-coded (red, green by team and entity function), which allows them to be distributed more quickly to players, but also archived and stored by color.

    The RED team will occupy the point when the RED team member attaches their card to the RFID reader. This action triggers a buzzer that announces the change of point with a short beep. Subsequently, the LED of the RED team at this station will light up and the display will start adding the time for this team until the member's team card is inserted , Referee, or Eraser.
    If the point is occupied by a GRE player and the card is attached to an RFID reader, the buzzer will announce this change with a short beep, the GRE LED will light up (RED LED turns off), RED's current time stops , and GRE's time is scored.
    If the Referee attaches his RFID card, the running time will stop at the current value. The point becomes neutral, the active team's LED goes out. The stoppage lasts until a member of the RED team or the GRE team presents their card. This type of card is thus suitable for temporarily stopping an ongoing game, controlling a player's intervention, or injuries. At the same time, the card can be used at the end of a round of the game, to evaluate the round, respawn teams before continuing.
    If Eraser attaches the card, both times will stop and reset to the initial value of 00 hours, 00 minutes, 00 seconds, which will be displayed. The Eraser card is used to restart the game, to initialize a new game without the need for a power-on cycle.
    The RFID reader responds to the insertion of an RFID card immediately, including the entire logic of the Dominator project. The project is suitable for Airsoft events (MilSim, LARP), sports facilities, or Airsoft teams, which can build a Dominator device with their own hardware. Firmware is universal, which is based on the wiring diagram, it is also possible to use the available PCB design for the production of printed circuit boards. There is also .xlsx teamplate where you can add your RFID UID numbers for archivation etc.. UID of RFID cards are in main application stored in PROGMEM - flash memory of microcontroller.

    How RFID Domination Timer works (hardware side):
    The NXP RC522 RFID reader communicates with the microcontroller (Arduino / stand-alone chip ATmega328P) via the SPI bus with a clock signal (SCLK) of 4 MHz. The RC522 reader responds to the RFID chip at a distance of approximately 3 cm from the antenna, while having a configurable antenna gain in the range of 18 to 48 dB (48 dB is used in the final application for DOMINATOR). Reads the UID (identifier) of RFID chips in range, forwards this identifier to Arduino. Arduino compares the read address of the card in a multi-condition, triggers a buzzer beep, applies digital states to the LEDs, runs a universal counter controlled by the internal function millis() - Timer 0, which is responsible for counting both times.
    Based on the fulfilled condition, the counter starts to be applied to the given team to which the UID belongs and the time counter is running. The time is plotted on a 16x2 or 20x4 LCD character display. The time data is sent via the I2C bus with a clock signal (SCL) of 100 kHz (Standard Speed). To restore the display as quickly as possible, only the number at the given position (given character) is overwritten. Hours and minutes and seconds are overwritten only when changing and always only for a given team. In case of serious interest, it is possible to create firmware in machine code for ATmega328P to measure also for other types of RFID readers: RDM6300, PN532, Wiegand W26, increase of I2C bus clock signal up to 400 kHz (Fast Speed). Possible firmware expansion for Domination Timer to 3 or 4 teams.
    Where to use RFID Domination Timer project:
    The RFID Domination Timer project is, in terms of its versatility, suitable for implementation in Airsoft actions, and with the possibility of cloning the firmware, it is possible to place X Domination Timer points in the game field with identical firmware, which players can play with the same RFID cards. Domination Timer is also suitable for teams, sports grounds and playgrounds, which can use this device to expand the services and game modes offered for different numbers of players. If RFID cards, bracelets or key fobs are color-coded, it is very easy and universally distributed to players based on their team. Their archiving is also simple. Using cards, bracelets or key rings is easy and can handle all ages in Airsoft games. The RFID chip itself is protected in a plastic case, it does not mind mud, dirt, water, frost, it is fully maintenance-free. It has no battery, the chip activates the RFID reader, which charges it with the transmitted electromagnetic field and allows it to send a UID - identifier if it is within range of the RFID reader. Domination Timer is suitable for game modes with the same number of players in both teams, e.g. DOMINATION, Capture Point (Points for multiple cloned Domination Timer points).

    PCB design - LibrePCB:
    PCB is double-sided with overlays, dimensions 104x101 mm. PCB design for the RFID Domination Timer (1.0) project is available in .lppz format (LibrePCB). The archive can be uploaded to the website of the German company AISLER, which can produce a printed circuit board by machine, including drilling and tapping holes. The standard production price is 23 € for three pieces, which is the minimum order (7 € / piece). The price is also with postage and low priority with delivery within 3 weeks of ordering. It is recommended to use a pin headers on the PCB, as it is possible to replace the hardware in the event of a fault without the need for soldering. Spacers can also be replaced by threaded rods. The box for the project is not designed. The PCB can be mounted in a box or on the wall through 4 mounting holes in the corners of the PCB. Production can also be realized at Chinese manufacturers - JLCPCB / PCBWAY...

    Shareware version of project:
    Shareware version in the form of machine code (.hex) for the Arduino microcontroller (ATmega328P) is available for the RFID Domination Timer project. The version allows you to initially record 4 different UID RFID cards, which are assigned to the RED, GRE, Referee and Eraser teams. Request to enter a specific card is displayed on the LCD character display 16x2 or 20x4 with I2C converter. Subsequently, it is possible to test the game mechanics and the response of the reader to the RFID card with time visualization on the display. It is possible to measure a maximum of 15 seconds of play for each team with the possibility of resetting it with an Eraser card and measuring again for 15 seconds.

    The goal of the version is to verify compatibility with your hardware. Machine codes based on the I2C converter address for the LCD display are available in the Github repository. The most used addresses are 0x27 and 0x3F. If you do not know the address of your converter, use the built-in example in Arduino IDE -> I2C Scanner, which will write the address to the UART interface (Serial monitor). Machine code can be uploaded to the Arduino Uno microcontroller via the AVRDUDE software - part of the Arduino IDE, or with a GUI interface via XLoader - easier to use.

    AVRDUDE must be run via the CMD (command line) installed with the Arduino IDE. Located in C: /Users/User/Documents/ArduinoData/packages/arduino/tools/avrdude/6.X.X-arduino/bin

    If you are using Arduino with New firmware use upload baudrate 115200 baud/s, if using Old Bootloader, use 57600 baud/s.

    Shareware firmware:
    0x27 (I2C communication address): https://minhaskamal.github.io/DownG...rmware/rfid_dominator/RFID_Dominator_0x27.hex
    0x3F (I2C communication address): https://minhaskamal.github.io/DownG...rmware/rfid_dominator/RFID_Dominator_0x3F.hex
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