BridgePal Scoring System
BridgePal is a freeware wireless scoring system for bridge sessions based on the use of smartphones or tablets,
rather than dedicated scoring units, and providing a comprehensive set of features. The devices are networked via a wifi router to a Windows PC which runs the
scoring software, but no mobile network or internet connection is required and therefore the system can be used in any location. For a list of the main features click here.
Because it is based on commodity hardware a complete system can be implemented for a fraction of the cost of a commercial system based on purpose built scoring unit hardware (click here for a comparison). Also, in contrast to other smartphone or tablet based solutions, there are no software purchasing, licensing, or usage charges of any kind.
The software includes a BridgePal app which runs on android smartphones or tablets. It is also possible to use non-android devices as scoring units providing they are touchscreen devices with a web browser. This means that that iPhones or iPads, for example, can be used as scoring devices if required. It is unlikely a bridge club would choose this option if purchasing their own equipment, since the android devices are much cheaper, but some individuals may prefer to use their own phone and so the option is there if required.
BridgePal was developed by John & Mirna Goacher in 2011 for use initially at Chislehurst Bridge Club in Kent. We started introducing it in club sessions in November of that year and it has been used in the club twice weekly for all sessions since January 2012. It is also now being used on a regular basis by a growing number of other clubs. Although it is no longer the only smartphone based bridge scoring system in existence we believe it was probably the first to be implemented.
We originally developed BridgePal for our own interest, but subsequently decided to make the software freely available to anyone who wishes to use it. We are always prepared to answer questions by email, but obviously because we are not charging for this product we cannot provide unlimited technical support. Anyone who decides to use this software needs to be able to perform their own hardware selection and setup, be familiar with setting up a wifi network, and have the ability to resolve routine issues.