How Common is GPS Jamming? (And How to Protect Yourself)

In 2013, the Federal Communications Commission fined a person almost $32k for using a device intended to evade the fleet management tracking system on his company vehicle. The device in question: a GPS jammer. The incident occurred at the Newark Airport after FAA and NJ Port Authority officials struggled for over two years to determine why the new ...
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Don’t Spend Time on Time

Adjusting Clocks for Daylight Saving Time: Daylight saving time comes twice a year, once in March and again in November. This can be a big hassle for maintenance teams, facility managers, IT staff, and anyone else in charge of keeping a building running smoothly. Adjusting for daylight saving time is easier if you have a synchronized clock system t...
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Timing Calibration of a GNSS Receiver

GNSS is well-known for its ability to provide a position with sub-meter accuracy. However, it is less well-known that GNSS provides a very convenient way of obtaining nanosecond (or even sub-nanosecond) timing accuracy via a GNSS receiver. Indeed, in addition to the three spatial dimensions, GNSS enables the user to compute the clock bias and the d...
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Cybersecurity: Hardening security on your SecureSync

Customers frequently seek information and recommendations from Orolia about hardening security, including general guidelines about available network security features, jamming and spoofing deterrence, bug fixes, and networking-related issues. Sometimes they're in search of specific practices for time servers and clients. Sometimes, because SecureSy...
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Orolia Signs an Agreement to Acquire Seven Solutions and Advances Its Positioning, Navigation and Timing Products and Technology

Merger to Deliver High-End Performance and Ultra-Accurate Timing and Frequency Products for Commercial, Critical Infrastructure and Military Markets Worldwide Orolia, the world leader in Resilient Positioning, Navigation and Timing solutions, announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Seven Solutions, a global innova...
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Mitigating an NTP Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attack

Who Should Read This White Paper? Network and System EngineersNetwork and System ArchitectsNetwork and System AdministratorsDirectors/Managers of IT InfrastructureCTOs By Pritam Kandel Introduction Network time service is not something many businesses think about as a key component of their critical infrastructures. In fact, it is often overlo...
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Two problems need to be solved in any time-related application:

Which clock is used as the reference for all other clocks How to transfer the time from the reference clock to all other clocks The solution is to use a master clock as your reference. Master clock systems are used in a wide variety of applications and industries including aerospace and defence, broadcast, radio and telecom, network systems, financ...
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Securing Critical Infrastructures from Jamming and Spoofing Cyberattacks

Every day, all of us use this little technological miracle called GPS to take advantage of precise and trustable position, navigation and timing (PNT), all over the world. More than 2,000 billion Euros of critical infrastructures around the world are directly dependent upon GPS every day – including public and private, aerospace and defense, smart ...
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How Much Will a GPS Outage Cost You?

By Robyn Federman, Head of Global Commercial Marketing for Orolia Most think of GPS as simply a way to get directions from their smartphone, or to tell a friend where they're hanging out. Those of us who develop resilient positioning, navigation and timing solutions (PNT) for a living know that there's a lot more to it. GPS generates about $1.4 tri...
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NTP vs. SNTP: What’s the Difference?

By David Sohn, Solution Architect (And Which One Do You Really Need?) NTP (Network Time Protocol) and SNTP (Simple Network Time Protocol) are similar TCP/IP protocols in that they use the same time packet from a Time Server message to compute accurate time. The procedure used by the Time Server to assemble and send out a time stamp is exactly the s...
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Mitigating an NTP Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attack

By Pritam Kandel, Applications Engineer Network time service is not something many businesses think about as a key component of their critical infrastructures. In fact, it is often overlooked entirely, and in error. As a result, the network architect or engineer often defaults to an easy alternative: using a server or network switch as the source o...
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The REST API: A Powerful Interface for Remote Control of PNT Devices

By Ron Dries, Applications Engineer Monitoring and managing PNT devices that can be spread across the globe can be challenging. It is also necessary to ensure the devices are configured and running properly. In certain applications, there could also be the need to schedule a task or automate some functionality of a PNT device. The built-in web GUI ...
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11 Reasons Not to Test with a GSG 5/6

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What is a Leap Second and How Does It Affect Me?

By David Sohn, Solution Architect A leap second is a discontinuity in the world's official timescale and is a risk for those developing and maintaining GPS/GNSS systems and/or managing a time synchronization deployment. The last leap second occurred on December 31, 2016. This blog is to help you understand the leap second vulnerability and plan ahe...
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Orolia Selected for FAA Air Traffic Control System Timing Technology

Nearly 200 SecureSync® Time Synchonization Servers for U.S. Enroute Radar Systems Background FAA employs a variety of radar types for short-, medium- and long-range air traffic control requirements. Those different radars require different types of timing signals and outputs to suit their operations. Orolia was selected by the FAA for this competit...
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Create a Safer and More Productive Environment

Now your digital clocks don't have to be just used to show time, they can also show daily messages like news and event reminders. In a crisis situation, you can deliver critical information to the areas that need to know. Digital Clock Messaging is an advanced, powerful communication platform that delivers better communication and productivity thro...
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NTP Over Anycast. The Easy Way to Sync Clients and Servers

What Is NTP Over Anycast? NTP (Network Time Protocol) over Anycast mode is a software technology that allows two (or more) NTP servers to sync clients via a single IP address. NTP is a packet network-based synchronization protocol to sync a client clock to a network master clock. Anycast is a networking methodology using standard routing protocols ...
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WEBINAR - More GNSS signals: What's in it for you?

As demand for accurate positioning grows globally and spreads across various industries, there are initiatives being taken to offer new signals and services accessible via GNSS satellites. Some such services are already being tested in 2021. The time frame and value of these upcoming services can be difficult to decipher because of the large number...
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Webinar - PNT Monitoring to Safeguard Critical Infrastructure

Recent webinars have focused on a variety of proven, resilient technologies to combat GNSS and PNT vulnerabilities in critical infrastructure. In this webinar, we will focus on how PNT monitoring can further protect critical systems from these vulnerabilities through continuous monitoring and improvement. Similar to cybersecurity for network system...
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Accurate Time improves Network Security

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In today's modern network infrastructure, millions of dollars are spent to ensure that networks are reliable, highly available, and most of all, secure! Cybersecurity has emerged as the critical area in all facets of the internet, yet still, there are often-overlooked areas which can degrade security measures meant to protect. One such example is t...
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