How big is big enough when considering your LED Sports Scoreboard size requirements

Understanding how LED pixels relate to viewing distance, image quality, image size, quality of viewed image and maximising the LED screen area is confusing for those new to considering an LED solution.

In this discussion I want to describe some actual scenarios relating to score boards and using the computer based score board software.

So the first aspect to consider is how large does the text need to be viewed. This really comes down to how far are the viewing distances as the text needs to be easily viewable and understood. Not much point having an LED that is not delivering good quality readable text. Every score board typically will have a mix of text and the all important score digits. Typically the text will be the team name, venue etc.

This digit of the play time clock digit measures 640mm x 480mm on a P10 LED screen and measures 3.36m x 1.92m measures

This digit of the play time clock digit measures 640mm x 480mm on a P10 LED screen and measures 3.36m x 1.92m measures

The pitch of an LED sign is the distance between each pixel. If the specifications of an LED screen you are considering has a Pitch (or resolution) of 10mm – then there are ten millimetres from the centre of one pixel to the adjacent pixel. The smaller the pitch number the more LEDs per square-meter which means the resolution will be higher and image sharper. A sign with an LED screen rated at 10 mm pitch can show more characters and the picture will be less pixelated up close than a LED screen of the same area size with a pitch of 20 mm.

An ICE LED Scoreboard screen is a full matrix screen which means that every pixel is active in the screen area. This means we can take advantage of scaling the score board software to maximise the ICE LED cabinet size when they are combined together.

In the the following graphics we have mapped on the desktop the LED screen pixel area to meet actual screens and then the scaling of the scoreboard software to best maximize the area. We have used a P10mm pitch screen as the example.

So first up is a cabinet size of 1280mm x 1920mm screen arranged in a 3 x 2 array giving us a total of 384 pixels x 192 pixel and screen szie of 3840mm x 1920mm. Here the digital display in real life on the screen, the 0 digit in the Visitor Team score  is 900mm high x  680 wide. the T in team name is 130mm high and the H of the venue is 180 mm

This images shows the area of 384 x 192 pixels and for a P10 screen measures 3.84m x 1.92m

This images shows the area of 384 x 192 pixels and for a P10 screen measures 3.84m x 1.92m

Next we have some examples using our Plas480 cabinets. In a 3360mm x
1920mm screen size of 7 x 4 cabinets we have 336 pixels x 192 pixels

This screen image on P10 screen is 3.36m x 1.92m

This screen image on P10 screen is 3.36m x 1.92m

Finally we have a screen size of 2880mm x 1920mm by using 6 x 4 cabinets giving us a total pixel size of 288 x 192 pixels. Here the digital display in real life on the screen, the 8 digit is 700mm high and wide. The T in team name is 130mm high and the H of the venue is 180mm.

288px * 192px screen size is 2880mm x 1920mm in display area

288px * 192px screen size is 2880mm x 1920mm in display area

So you can see where we have lined up the actual graphic output of the LED screen area (smiley faces area) with the Scoreboard software scaled to the correct pixel size.

These sizes would all be ideal for many sports fields. Depending on the sports disciplines the screens might need to be slightly larger as a minimum size due to extra on screen scoring information.

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Using external sensors with your LED screen to create an accurate sports timing screen

ICE LED Division:    In this article we show how you can use external input controls to create split second accurate LED timing displays for sports competitions, community events and club games. In Part 1 Video we talk about the hardware and external controls. In Part 2 Video we talk about how to use the stop watch screen and score board for advertising

sports timing beam

The ICE modular timing screen uses a modular approach for creating portable LED screens that one person can transport and assemble within minutes. It is ideal for for the rental company, schools, sports venues, where by utilizing our LED panels it offers a digital display or timing system in temporary or fixed situation, simply by assembling the components for the size required.

The sensors are available in various distance sensing distance making them suitable for a range of sports events. they can be used with our ground mounts or placed on suitable sturdy structures. The important aspect is they should not easily move out of  alignment during your event.

Competition Timer Beam

The modular Plas480 Portable Series LED screens is a series based on the PLAS480 LED modular industrial plastic panels from ICE LED and allow versatility for your expanding needs with this outdoor all weather any time timing, score board and advert display using the latest Plas480 Modular LED screen system.

The screen LED panels can either be left assembled into the holding frame or the LED panels can be simply unscrewed and stored in the flight case. This makes it perfect for safe transportation and simple for a single person to transport and set up on site.

Part One Video

Part Two Video

Once on site select the stand components, screw it together, drop your panels into position and now you have a rugged mobile system designed to time your competitions and events as illustrated in the video.

The design has been enhanced by giving users the ability to add printed sponsor and additional advertising space. This aspect may well allow users to recuperate the rental costs or as an additional income stream. By adding vinyl lettering or printed sign board, top flags or banners the screen can become a strong focal point benefiting advertisers and sponsors. The rear of the stand is idea for rigid board printed signs or tensioned vinyl cover advertisements. The stands are all on (locking) wheels so are easily moved about, with the simple option of unscrewing the wheels for static feet or larger wheels.

ICE LED Timer

3 Panel LED Timer running the stop watch timing software

An advantage of the Plas480 panels is that no matter what  configuration or size of the timer, it can be be easily achieved by ONE person. From taking the LED panels out of the flight case each time to mounting each panel, bolting the legs on, every single task can be easily completed by one person.

ICE Timing LED Screen

The timing screen configuration package enables this full capability. End users can select the screen size they require.

1×5 2400mm x 480mm
1×4 1900mm x 480mm
1×3 1440mm x 480mm
1×2 960mm x 480mm
2×2 960 x 960mm
Additional sizes are easily achieved by using more panels.

Winners and Losers all get fair billing on an ICE LED Scoreboard.

Innovative and versatile Score Boards using ICE LED screens deliver stunning performance for your sporting discipline. ICE AV is able to offer LED sports screens for timing, scoreboards and digital advertising. We have LED screen solutions ideal for permanent and temporary installations. In addition we can supply flat panel and a range of projection systems Score Board Solution.

LED screens are the only solution that can display bright outdoor images in any size format that can been easily viewed by the spectators and competitors. An ICE LED Screen has the ability to be used as a score board and also a digital display with messages and advertisements, making them ideal for use between scoring events.

Volley Board Scoreboard display
LED screen scoreboard

For the sports event the crucial elements is to have a screen that has legible digits with good clarity making it easy to view the content form a distance. There are a number of factors that must be considered to make this happen.

  1. Physical Size of the Screen
  2. Resolution Pitch
  3. Viewing Distance
  4. Mono or Full Colour

Elements such as portability, brightness, power consumption are additional aspects to consider. The use of a score board for indoors or outdoors is another important aspect and can have a notable impact on your investment due to brightness and waterproof requirements

To turn your LED screen into a score board we have software available for the following sports and activities. Our systems ship configured ready for a plug and play experience. We can supply fixed installation, mobile, trailer based and breakdown formats. All our score boards also are supplied with LED screen management software that allows technical changes to be made and also to run the LED screen as a full Digital Signage System.

Currently software is available for the following:

Auction Display – Australian Rules Football Scoreboard
Baseball Scoreboard Pro – Basketball Scoreboards
Basketball Scoreboard Dual – ChronoTimer
Foosball Table Scoreboard – Football Scoreboard Pro
Gymnastics Event Scoreboard – Hockey Scoreboards
Horseshoe Scoreboard for League Doubles – Judo Scoreboard 2009
Judo Scoreboard Deluxe – Multisport Scoreboard Standard
Paintball Scoreboard Deluxe – Score Banners
Shot Clock Standard – – Roller Derby Scoreboard Pro
Soccer Scoreboards – Statistics Scoreboard
Swim Scoreboard Basic – Wrestling Scoreboards
Tennis Scoreboard – Video Overlay Scoreboard Basic
Volleyball Scoreboard Pro – Water Polo Scoreboard Pro
Team Scoreboard

The software allows a range of aspects to be customised including colour selection, logos, team names and the score data relevant to each of the disciplines. Score data can be entered via mouse, HOT key via the key board, touch screen or custom button pads.

Volley Scoreboard – Scorekeeper Display with score keeping menu.
NZ Volley-Admin_01sm

The scoreboard software is easily scaled to the LED screen pixel size right on the desk top, or can be used in full desktop mode if it is scaled via an LED switcher. The optional secondary screen for many of the score boards means that the LED screen output and admin screen can co-exist on the same LCD desktop screen.

Whether your score board is used for competitions at national, regional, school club or venue level we can supply a comprehensive solution.

For those who can use projection our unique Digital Daytime Lens Concave screens allows high quality images using low cost projectors in very high ambient light level environments as the screens can enhance a projector brightness by up to 2,000% when compared to using a Matt White Screen. This allows dramatic savings compared to our LED screen solutions however projection is not suited for outdoor sunlight.

In addition our FastFold projection systems can be desirable in controlled environments, as even a large 3x2m system collapses down into a tiny footprint. For those who wish to make their own rear projection score board our range of ICE projection polymers are an excellent choice.

Time your winners with the multi purpose modular Plas480 LED screens.

LED Division:  The Plas480 modular LED screens delivers is a multi purpose, modular size LED screen for a variety of applications. Here we will share with you how they can be used as a varying size format indoor or outdoor timing screen for school events, club fixtures, athletic field days.

A key principal behind the concept of the Plas480 LED modular system
was to create a system that allowed buyers or users to maximise the use of their Plas480 timing clock, both on and off screen areas.

Outdoor Timing screen

Outdoor Timing screen consisting of 5 Plas480 panels. Model 105

So in planning and developing our Plas480 timing and score board solution we have bought together the elements, options, software, hardware and LED screen capability that allows the Plas480 to be a Score board, Timing clock, digital sign, sponsors display and in almost any size for your event. It has elements that will suit rental companies, small budget purchasers like community and school groups as well as sports fields and stadiums.



The principal aspects can be categorised as follows

– Modular LED Panels
– Standard mount frames.
– Any content format
– Light weight LED panels
– Robust Software for score board and timing
– Digital signage software
– Scable screen size
– Fixed and permanent options
– Scalable
– Indoor and outdoor
– Timing screen and advertisements

Every year we find that more and more, each dollar spent, has to deliver a greater return. Unless you are running the Olympics or a national high profile event it is highly probable that all the bells and whistles resources and equipment will be absent from your event. So for community event organisers, schools, clubs and social sports activities that budget needs to deliver a positive return.

In this view of 6 digits we are using three interchangeable Plas480 LED panels. Model 103  The LED panel frame can be lowered on the pictured legs and the frame has the possibilities of being placed at ground level.

ICE LED Timer

Due to thee modular approach for creating portable LED screens that one person can transport and assemble within minutes, it is ideal for for the rental company. By utilizing five LED panels it offers a digital display timing system in temporary or fixed situation, simply by assembling the components for the size required. from 2 to 8 plus digits.

The Model 105 with a full screen height of 480mm and 2400mm wide allows eight digits wide. This size also makes it suitable to display a sponsor logo at the end of the clock when not requiring to display all eight digits.

A special feature that you should note is that between running timed
events the screen can display advertiser messages, logos and
communication messages. This versatility means an opportunity to create an income, constant use, not just when timing a race.

The screen clock can either be left assembled into the holding frame
or the LED panels can be simply unscrewed and stored in the flight
case. This makes it perfect for safe transportation and simple for a
single person to transport and set up on site.

Once on site select the stand components, screw it together, drop your panels into position and now you have a rugged mobile system designed to time your competitions and events.

The design has been enhanced by giving users the ability to add printed sponsor and additional advertising space, above and below the screen on the front and also the complete rear area of the stand. This aspect may well allow users to recuperate the rental costs or as an additional income stream. By adding with vinyl lettering or printed sign board, top flags or banners the timing screen can become a strong focal point….after all we all want to know the winners time. The rear of the stand is idea for rigid board printed signs or tensioned vinyl cover advertisements. The stands are all on (locking) wheels so are easily moved about, with the simple option of unscrewing the wheels for static feet or larger wheels.

Picture is a Model 203 consisting of 6 Plas480 panels.

LED Screen Timer and display

One of the crucial aspects was that no matter what the size configuration or the set up, it had to be easily achieved by ONE person. From taking the LED panels out of the flight case each time to mounting each panel, bolting the legs on, every single task had to be easily completed by one person.

The Business Rental Five Configuration Package enables this full capability. End users can select the screen size they require.

1×5 2400mm x 480mm
1×4 1900mm x 480mm
1×3 1440mm x 480mm
1×2 960mm x 480mm
2×2 960 x 960mm

The Plas480 Modular Timing Clock system OUTDOOR  is available in P7.5mm, P10mm, P15mm, P20mm pitch in RGB or mono colour set up. Each screen can be used and installed in either portrait or landscape orientation. Every size can be pimped with additional side, top, bottom, rear access advertising panels, promotional flags. Additional Plas480 panels can be added over time to increase the screen size.

The ICE Plas480 screens are perfect for Xnote Stop Watch timing software. We offer the screens also with a range of optional sports score board software for all the main sports starting @ 2 x 3 Plas480 led panels.

In this screen shot  we show two clocks. the left clock is the displayed view that appears on the LED screen and is the view that appears on photos seen on this article. The right hand clock is a option clock view. The excel spreadsheet is a nice feature that allows the external trigger to automatically enter the triggered times to appear in the spread sheet to create an accurate database of the athletes times.  For our system solution we will be supplying external beam switches along with a completely functioning computer ready for a plug and play experience.

Xnotes LED Timer stop watch

The following is a screen shot of the Multi Sport Score Board administrators score board panel. Here the Scoring Administrator can add the points won, suspend time etc through a simple mouse click or touch screen selection. The displayed view on the score board is identical part from not displaying the Administrator selection buttons. We have added two logos for each of the teams, set a black ground, given the sports field the name of Henderson Park. Numerous other features are available and can be customised.

LED score board

In this screen shot we have displayed the Tennis Score board public view. All data is entered via keyboard entry.

LED screen score board

If you are not sure what size best suits your needs give us a call
or send an email and we will advise the best cost effect solution.

About ICE Technology Ltd

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sector, Interactive, Projection solutions. We manufacturer,
distribute and partner with companies world wide in creating unique
experiences with our portfolio of technologies.

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Tel +64-9-4141 2348

New Zealand excels on the sports field in numerous disciplines including Rugby.

New Zealand is fast heading towards the largest international sports event since the first settlers arrived from around the world 200 years ago to the remote paradise down under.

The Rugby World Cup international competition is held in various countries and 2011 is the turn for New Zealand. Kiwi sports people are renown around the world for being champions in so many sports you could be easily led to think that is all that happens in New Zealand, kicking balls, throwing them, chasing them, hitting, jumping off buildings, the All Whites achieved soccer glory in the last World Cup as being the only team not to be defeated. There is hardly a sports discipline where NZ has not achieved world status, and if not then they certainly are trying. In the air, on the track, on the field, over water Kiwi athletes and sports people invoke fear in their opponents around the world. The thought of a team of All Backs performing the warrior dance called the Haka and then to have them charge you like a pack of bulls has got to create a sweat on any opposing team.

Recently the NZ basket ball team called the Breakers hit at the heart of the Australian men’s Basketball competition by slam dunking the competition and taking the winners mantel back to New Zealand … those Aussies have got to be spitting tacks! A kiwi team winning their own national competition – if you understand the rivalary between our nations you will know thats gotta hurt.

Actually according to one American scholar who visited a primary school near to our office and was quoted that New Zealand sports education programme is well ahead of what he has observed in American schools. Maybe that is one of our secrets is to instill a love of sports and physical action at an early age. This writer certainly follows this tradition following on from his All Black father, a ntaional champion in the 50’s when he also took up the sport of school boy hockey and achieved mild success.

So how does ICE AV help to keep it all fair and above board in the sports area you might be asking.

In this post I want to talk about one of our recent products is the ICE Digital Daytime LED Score Board.

LED Score board

Down to the second can send a team off in exhuberation or tears

This stunning unit is a complete self contained system that requires minimal expertise to operate and yet delivers all the flexibility you might see in a $100 million sports stadium score board screen. It is portable and easily managed with one person and completely digital.


1. Scoreboard feature:

1) Plug and play, easy to use.
2) Sophisticated design
3) Wide range power input
4) Full functions for a variety of sports games
5) Wireless remote control
6) It is in line with European ETSI
7) When not used for sports, it can be used as digital clock with alarm function.
8). Loud and soft horn
9) Program time, could be set 9 programs
10) When you press the 1/10 second button(when one of the two LEDS in time display area goes out),
the last minute will be displayed in form of 1/10 second.

2.Application:
1) Basketball
2) Handball
3) Karate
4) Wrestling
5) Volleyball
6) Badminton
7) Table tennis
8). Track and field sports
9) Judo
10) Boxing
11) Clock & alarm
12) Electronic metronome

3. Technical Specifications
1) Digits:
Time: Max=99 minutes59 seconds—5〞yellow
Score:Max=199 ––4〞red
Foul: Max=9 times—3〞 green
2)Input power: AC110V-240V, 50/60Hz
3) Corresponding frequency: 418-455Hz
4) Power consumption :< 55W
5) Communication distance: 100-1500m
6) Viewing distance: 26-40m
7) N.W.: 7.3kg
8). G.W.: 9kg
9) Product Dimensions: 592*374*80 mm
10) Packing size: 825*545*135mm
11)Time accuracy:within 1 sec per day

The above design is also available in:
700X455X40 mm
800X600X40 mm

We have additional sizes and variations available. Please do not hesitate to contact us at +64-9-414 2348 or sales at ice av co nz