BREWER, Maine — A 1984 Brewer High School graduate who invented a computerized timing system that is used worldwide gave his alma mater that system back in 1994. Now he is donating a massive high-definition video scoreboard to go along with it.
Doug DeAngelis “has generously offered to donate a scoreboard for the track valued at $100,000,” Superintendent Daniel Lee announced at Monday’s school board meeting. “It’s quite something. It’s like a mini-Jumbotron.”
“It is cutting-edge scoreboard technology,” added Glendon Rand, a science teacher and cross country coach.
The 19-foot-wide, 9-foot-tall scoreboard is made up of “24 HDTVs that all work together,” he said, adding jokingly that it’s similar to the high-definition scoreboard used at the Dallas Cowboys stadium — “only a little bit smaller.”
DeAngelis, an Orrington native and University of Maine graduate who now lives in Massachusetts, created the FinishLynx timing system in 1992. It has been used at the Olympics, the Tour de France and other high-level and prestigious events, and now is commonplace at track and field events across Maine and other states.
The FinishLynx timing system works by linking a camera at the finish line to a laptop computer, which is equipped with software that sends a competitor’s place, time and distance to stadium scoreboards, other computers or even Web pages.
DeAngelis, president of Lynx System Developers of Haverhill, Mass., also has offered to send up engineers to help install the massive scoreboard at the newly constructed eight-lane outdoor track and soccer field on Pendleton Street once it arrives.
“It will show text, animation, photos and video,” Rand said.
The scoreboard will be able to display instant replays of soccer scores or runners crossing the finish line, he said.
“It’s the kind of thing that you could show outdoor movies on,” Rand said. But he noted that a sound system would need to be added, since the digital scoreboard doesn’t come with one.
“It’s very generous,” Mark Farley, the school board chairman, said of DeAngelis’ donation. “He’s done a lot for Brewer over the years and we appreciate it.”
“He cares about his alma mater,” Lee said.
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