Upcoming Potential Changes to the WWVB Signal Affects Older-Generation Spectracom Products

Pending Changes in the WWVB Radio Signal Affects Precision Frequency and Timing Reference

A change in the WWVB signal is being considered to reduce the impact of electro-magnetic interference for improved reception for consumer-grade clocks and watches.  Why does this matter? This change also affects the operation of precise time and frequency standards whose receivers are based on phase-locked loops, such as Spectracom WWVB receivers (all long discontinued), so these products will not operate as intended.

WWVB is a radio station operated by the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Ft. Collins, Colorado to transmit a time and frequency standard over a low frequency signal. Spectracom manufactured WWVB receivers as a traceable source for frequency standards and/or a time references (master clocks) for automatic synchronization of electronic equipment and computers; virtually any time-sensitive or frequency-stable device. The signal is also used to synchronize clocks and watches.

Despite increases in signal strength over the years, electro-magnetic interference affects the reliability of WWVB reception. A new protocol based on phase-modulation can improve signal reception and is backwards compatible with consumer-grade clocks and watches. However, Spectracom receivers will not function once the WWVB signal has changed.

Since GPS has long been the current standard for traceablility in precision timing applications, there are no current, or recently discontinued Spectracom products this will affect. However, there are much older generation time & frequency references and master clocks that will no longer receive the WWVB signal when the change is permanently implemented (expected around mid summer 2012).

If you are currently operating one of these models listed below, it will no longer operate as intended as a result of the WWVB signal change: 

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Spectracom Awarded €600KContract for Synchronization of Digital TV Broadcast Networks

GPS Clocks to Precisely Synchronize Time and Frequency Signals

Paris, June 7, 2012 – Spectracom, a business of the Orolia Group (NYSE Alternext Paris - FR0010501015 – ALORO) and the leading supplier of synchronization for digital broadcast applications, today announced a contract worth nearly 600 k€ from a leading global supplier of broadcast equipment. They will use Spectracom’s GPS Clock synchronization systems for new digital broadcast network infrastructure in Bulgaria.

Synchronization is critical for reliable operation of digital broadcast systems particularly those operating in single frequency mode (SFN). The trend in the industry is to use SFN for digital broadcast since it effectively utilizes the limited availability of radio frequency spectrum. Precisely synchronized time and frequency signals are necessary so digital signals do not interfere with each other to ensure optimum reception by televisions in areas covered by multiple transmitters.

The delivery of Spectracom’s GPS Clocks will be spread throughout the next quarter.

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Spectracom Timing System Selected for Northrop Grumman Defense Program

SecureSync platform to support the integration of multiple devices and systems using precise time and frequency signals

Rochester, NY USA June 28, 2012 — Spectracom, a business of the Orolia Group, has commenced delivery of their SecureSync® precision timing systems to Northrop Grumman. Northrop Grumman selected the SecureSync platform to support the integration of multiple devices and systems using precise time and frequency signals. Timing and synchronization is a critical interoperability parameter for different systems to operate as one integrated force.

The SecureSync platform is ideal for military systems as it provides a high level of integration and capability in a compact chassis for mobile deployments for theater-wide defense. Offering the reliability, precision, and ease-of-use needed for mission-critical operations, the system fits in a single rack unit and is expandable and upgradeable to accommodate future requirements.

Spectracom General Manager, Bill Glase, comments, “We understand the needs of our customers to manage and monitor precision timing signals that interface multiple devices and systems into one operational unit. Our approach to offer a robust and modular timing system provides an integrated solution at the lowest total cost.”

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Why Your Network Needs Synchronized Time

What do want from time Synchronization?

We often respond to questions about whether a customer needs an accurate and reliable time source for their network, and if so, which time source do I need. The answer to this depends primarily on the size of your network, and the how accurate a time source you need for your business.

If you have a smaller network, timing is probably not that critical, but as you add more servers, workstations, and devices such as IP phones, accurate time becomes more important. A typical first step is to point a server or a router to an internet time source and everything on the network gets its time from that server or router.

As your network continues to grow, that same internet time source may not be reliable, secure or accurate enough to keep your network in sync. At that point installing an NTP or PTP GPS time source becomes much more critical

Why does the Time not stay the same on all devices?

Every element in the network has an internal clock but due to things like the quality and age of the oscillator and the working temperature these internal clocks will drift. A server working under load generating more heat will drift a different rate than a server under normal load.

This means that each element in the network is drifting at a different rate and the end result is no two elements have the same exact time.

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Network Time Protocol (NTP) Clock FAQs

What is NTP?

Network Time Protocol (NTP) is a protocol that provides a reliable way of transmitting and receiving the time over TCP/IP networks. It has become the de facto standard for synchronizing Internet computers and other networked devices to Universal Coordinated Time (UTC), which is accomplished by having these devices reference a common time source – i.e., an atomic clock or a network time server (a.k.a. an “NTP server”). (NTP is defined in IETF RFC 1305.)

NTP uses port 123, which must opened on a firewall or router to ensure proper communication with the NTP server.

Note that when accessing a time server from this list be sure that it is designated for “open access.” View a list of public NTP time servers.

What is SNTP?

Simple Network Time Protocol (SNTP) is a simplified version of NTP, which is used in cases where a full implementation of NTP is not required. Because SNTP uses the same packet format as NTP, SNTP clients can utilize NTP servers. (SNTP is defined in RFCs 1361,2030 & 4330.)

SNTP is implemented on the PoE clock. By default, SNTP time synchronization is performed once per hour, which keeps the displayed time within 200 ms of actual time. (For more information on how to configure your clock for an SNTP server see How do I configure my PoE clock for an SNTP Time Server? below)

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Hospital Clocks: Let’s Get Synchronized

When every second counts, buyers of hospital clock systems time and time again turn to Inova’s OnTime Ethernet clocks. Ok, so maybe there are too many puns in that opening sentence, but there are absolute truths buried in there. Take, for example, a hospital system in Indiana that needed around-the-clock support. (Ok, I’m done now) But seriously – when Reid Hospital in Richmond, Indiana purchased 450 Inova OnTime™ Ethernet clocks, they did so to fit their existing technology footprint.

Reid Hospital had previously made an investment in Cisco Power over Ethernet switches back in 2007. According to the clock purchaser, the clocks helped to justify the investment in the PoE Cisco switches.

In healthcare facilities like Reid Hospital, synchronized time is critical to daily operations, whether it’s checking on patients or delivering medications. When shift workers’ schedules are in sync, patients can count on uninterrupted care whenever they need it.

Here are some commonalities we’ve seen from hospitals that rely on OnTime for timekeeping:

  • Hospitals depend on PoE devices like OnTime because they’re CE-marked for low RF emittance. Compared to wireless clocks that require A/C power or batteries, our network clocks are powered by the network itself, and don’t transmit or receive radio frequencies. This is an especially important consideration when purchasing clocks that will be located near sensitive medical equipment.
  • Hospitals are the biggest buyers of our stainless steel 6-digit clocks for emergency rooms and operating rooms. Inova is the only manufacturer of a stainless steel clock that matches the décor of OR facilities. Inova OnTime is also the only clock that features three-quarter-height seconds, meaning that it’s easy to read and distinguish between full-height hours and minutes and three-quarter-height seconds.
  • Hospitals love the look of our analog clocks in patient rooms because they don’t emit light, which could detract from a darkened room environment for sleeping. Because they’re synchronized to the network, doctors and nurses can trust the times shown for medication administration and other time-critical tasks.

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Spectracom's Master Clock

2 problems need to be solved in any time-related application:

(1) Which clock is used as the reference for all other clocks
(2) How to transfer the time from the reference clock to all other clocks

The solution to time as a reference is a master clock. The method by which the accuracy of the master clock is transferred to another, slave, or secondary clock, is known as synchronization. Spectracom offers a variety of master clocks, synchronization clocks, and master clock systems to meet the requirements for your application of accurate time. Typically, GPS satellite signals are utilized for synchronization to ensure accurate time, but other references may be used such as case of local atomic clocks or other time standards.

What is a master clock?

Master Clocks normally take one or more precise timing reference signals as inputs, then convert and distribute those timing references to other devices so their clocks are almost as accurate as the master clock.

Master clock systems are used in a wide variety of applications and industries including aerospace and defense, broadcast, radio, and telecom, network systems, financial services, emergency operations and call centers, and healthcare -- essentially anywhere reliability of data and signals are paramount.

Network master clocks distribute their timing references over local or wide area networks. Master clocks with wireless transmitters enable synchronization of devices (like display clocks) without having to run wires between them for the synchronization signal. There are also highly accurate master clock solutions that utilize copper or fiber connections for signal distribution of precise analog and digital signals such as IRIG timecode, and HaveQuick and STANAG timecodes.

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New NetClock Web UI coming for Spectracom SecureSync and 9400 Series

In January of 2014 we are expecting to release the new browser interface for Spectracom SecureSync and 9400 Netclock Series of time servers.

The new Web-UI for the NetClock Time Server, offers new very easy-to-use, highly intuitive and interactive experience for the user when configuring and monitoring the Spectracom NetClock Models.

You can view a preview of the new UI on this 10 minute video included below. We would certainly be interested in hearing any comments you may have after viewing the video.

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Power Over Ethernet, Explained

A guide to PoE and why it's a smart choice for clocks and other small devices

You may already know all about Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology. You may be well-versed in the low power consumption, cost-effectiveness, and ease of installation for the hundreds of modern devices that utilize the technology, such as VoIP phones, webcams and other devices including Inova's OnTime digital clocks, analog clocks, and OnTrack X Series digital displays. But for those not familiar with PoE (read "P-O-E," not Poe as in Edgar Allen), allow me to review the basics.

What is Power over Ethernet, Anyway?

Power over Ethernet technology is a network standard that allows various devices, such as Voice over IP (VoIP) telephones, wireless LAN access points, clocks, and digital signs to receive both power and data over existing LAN cabling. In 2003, PoE became an international standard, called IEEE 802.3af, as an extension to existing Ethernet standards.

There is no need to modify your existing Ethernet switch equipment or cabling to support PoE. Simply add a midspan power injector in a switch room or endpoint to inject power into the twisted pair LAN cables. PoE is fully compatible with both powered and non-powered 10/100BaseT Ethernet devices, featuring a "discovery process" specifically designed to prevent damage to existing Ethernet equipment.

 

Since no AC outlets are needed to power devices, PoE offers significant time and installation cost savings. In fact, when Purdue University powered more than 1,000 access points with PoE power in 2003, they reportedly saved between $350 to $1,000 per access point by eliminating labor costs from contracting an electrician to run wiring for new AC outlets. For a large project such as Purdue's, the savings amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars or even millions. That's savings you can take to the bank (and maybe even earn you a promotion, or at least a congratulatory pat on the back).

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Synchronize Critical Systems and Operations to Coordinate Emergency Efforts with Legally Traceable Time

Spectracom's NetClock 9483 offers a versatile modular design that's fully NENA compliant and tailored especially for Emergency Communication Center applications. And now it has a new Web User Interface that's easier to use and provides intuitive status monitoring with simple set-up.

A key feature of the 9483 is its capability of time-synchronizing multiple separate networks. The modular design provides expansion card slots, one of which is the 3-network port GigE option card providing synchronization for up to (4) networks simultaneously. Cards can be added with the initial order, or in the future as system requirements change and evolve.

NetClock 9483 features include:

  • Synchronizes 9-1-1 systems, computer networks, CAD, radio consoles, VoIP, voice and video recorders, ANI/ALI, display clocks
  • Precision GPS time reference with OCXO oscillator for GPS back-up
  • Multi-network port card for separate, isolated networks
  • GLONASS receiver option improves signal acquisition in marginal GPS signal areas, reduces or eliminates signal interference and jamming, provides redundancy for the GPS system
  • Optional feature of Dual- Redundant (AC/DC) power
  • Optional T1/E1 timing card
  • 5 year warranty

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Spectracom Skylight Indoor GPS Timing System for SecureSync

Open a New Window to Accurate Time for Your Network

Even though synchronizing network master clocks and time servers to GPS is well-known as the standard for the most time-sensitive applications, some data centers and critical server locations are not conducive to traditional roof-top GPS antenna installation. Skylight™ provides a solution. Consisting of an indoor GPS antenna panel, a configuration of Spectracom’s SecureSync® modular GPS time server, and an interconnect cable, Skylight opens new possibilities for accurate GPS time.

GPS signals are weak and often impractical in urban environments due to limited visibility of the sky, and constraints of roof-top access and long GPS antenna cable runs. Skylight is a result of Spectracom’s expertise in GPS reception and applications for precision timing. Proprietary alogorithms use a combination of high sensitivity receivers, accurate internal oscillators and other techniques to extract the GPS on-time point to sub-microsecond accuracy even in areas with somewhat limited GPS reception.

Skylight does not work everywhere. A GPS signal above about 30 dBc/N0 at the antenna panel is required. Subterranean and other radio-isolated locations will still need to be synchronized using other techniques (such as over a network via a PTP master-slave combination) versus by GPS directly. However, exterior walls or walls across from a window in above ground floors of a building are likely candidates for Skylight. Even urban canyon situations can be considered as neighboring buildings can often redirect signals to the antenna panel that contain useful timing information for the Skylight system. And the signal does not have to be available 24/7. By using a precise stable oscillator and our proprietary disciplining algorithms, Skylight needs the GPS signal for only a few hours a day. Often the RF noise is reduced at night which can allow Skylight to maintain legally traceable time even if signal acquisition is subpar during the day.

Simple Set-up

The indoor antenna panel can be mounted facing towards or away from the wall it is mounted on, or the decorative cover can be removed and it can be placed on top of a server rack, or even above ceiling tiles. It then gets connected via a RG-58 coaxial cable to a Spectracom SecureSync® modular time and frequency reference system up to 200 feet (60 meters) away. The cable length can be extending using an in-line amplifier to 600 feet (185 meters). The SecureSync is a 1RU NTP time server, PTP grandmaster, and provider of virtually any other network or physical synchronization signal. You can configure the SecureSync at time of order to suit your application for precision timing including the quality of internal oscillator and the ability to sync to GLONASS satellites in addition to, or in lieu of GPS.

Installation Tips

Whether a particular location is suitable for indoor GPS via Skylight depends on several factors. The antenna should be located as close to an exterior wall as possible. It is not necessary for the antenna to be located at a window because in many cases walls attenuate the signal less than the coatings found on modern high efficiency windows. The presence of structures surrounding a building can also affect the availability of signals in a positive or negative way. In general, the higher in the building the antenna is located, the better. Placement near a window can be advantageous if the window is free of coatings and other window coverings or blinds that will block the signal.

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VelaSync™ High Speed Time Server

High Performance NTP Server, PTP Grandmaster and Network Sync Monitor

VelaSync™ high speed time server with TimeKeeper™ inside is a network appliance designed for high frequency trading and other low-latency network applications. The combination of FSMLab’s TimeKeeper’s highly optimized timing protocols and management functions, Spectracom’s precision GPS timing technology, and the flexibility of commodity hardware offers exceptional performance and keeps pace with the needs of evolving network infrastructure. The server offers multiple 1GbE (RJ-45) and 10 GbE (SFP+) network ports for set-up, management, and simultaneous NTP and PTP server/grandmaster capability.

Flexible Configuration Provides Reliable, Secure Time

TimeKeeper’s web-based user interface simplifies configuration of multiple time sources for resiliency against GPS attacks, spoofing or jamming, and equipment failures. For example, the server can be easily setup to use a PTP source as a backup to the on-board GPS and use an NTP source as a cross check. The servers can be setup to back up each other so that if one fails, the time service continues. It includes redundant hot-swap power supplies.

Network Sync Monitoring in a Single At-a-glance Instance

A unique aspect of TimeKeeper is the ability to auto-discover and monitor your network’s synchronization topology. From a single-pane-of-glass, see where the server time is going, monitor downstream clients, and discover other available time sources. The benefit is to verify redundancies and failover options, and identify single points of failure and “choke points”. See everything related to time sync across the enterprise.

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Synchronizing Time Using Presentense

PresenTense offers you an alternative to the limited functionality of synchronizing with Microsoft W32Time program. PresenTense, will not only synchronize all of the Windows PCs on the network, but also provides alert notification and a audit trail which is  not available from the Microsoft W32Time (Windows Time Service). PresenTense Client and Server software is a has Graphical User Interface (GUI) based program that can provide a primary and back-up time reference for redundancy.

PresenTense Client software synchronizes the PCs to the Time Server and/or another PC on the network that is running the Server software. If the PC can’t reach its Time reference, it can email an alert notification that it can’t be synchronized. PresenTense LAN Time Analyzer is a network time synchronization administrative tool that monitors the time accuracy of all PCs on the network. If a PC exceeds a user-defined accuracy specification, this program can run any exe-based program and can also open a message on the PC’s monitor, alerting to a PC with an error higher than expected and desired

Presentense LAN Time Analyzer

The PresenTense NTP Auditor program provides an audit trail of the PC’s time by comparing the PC’s time to up to three different NTP Time references. This program can provide a continuous print-out for a hard-copy proof that each PC was synchronized at any given moment in time. It also logs this information in a text file sorted automatically by month and day. The time is sampled at set intervals and the error of the PC’s time compared to the reference NTP Time Servers is permanently captured. If the time of the PC is manually set by someone at any time between the scheduled samples, the program automatically triggers an unscheduled sample to permanently log how far off from UTC the PC was manually set and when the event occurred. Once the PC is resynchronized or manually set again, another unscheduled sample occurs again and the time of this occurrence is logged.

Presentense NTP Auditor

If you would like to try Presentense for your network you can obtain a free 30 day evaluation trail by contacting us at Telnet Networks at 800-561-4019. You can download you 30 day free trail here

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The Ultimate Guide to the Time Zone Clock – Part 1

Welcome to the Ultimate Guide to Sapling’s Time Zone Clock! Don’t know what a Time Zone Clock is or how it can help your facility? We’ve created this guide in order to introduce you to the Time Zone Clock, how it works and how it can help your facility. We split this post into a few parts so we can really dive into the Zone Clock, really get to know the ins and outs of this product.

If you have any questions along the way, please leave us a comment or drop us a line on our Contact Page. Ok, let’s get started.

What exactly is a Time Zone Clock?

A Time Zone Clock is a device, consisting of either 5 or 7 clocks on one line, displaying the accurate time in your current location while also showing time zones all around the world.
Ideal for conference centers, meeting rooms, transportation facilities and many other applications, the Time Zone Clock encompasses the main benefits of a Sapling synchronized clock system – all clocks will consistently display the accurate time in the assigned time zone and automatically update for Daylight Saving Time (where observed) without the users ever having to worry about time drift.
Installing the Time Zone Clock

The Time Zone Clock can be installed in two ways:

  • As a standalone system – If your facility does not currently have a synchronized clock system, don’t worry, there is still the option to purchase a Time Zone Clock. The Zone Clock does not need to be a part of an existing Sapling clock system in order to operate. As a standalone system, each clock will be IP based and powered by a PoE Injector or a PoE Switch. These is no need for a dedicated master clock in this case. Each clock connects to your facility’s network through a CAT5 or CAT6 cable and has a built-in web interface, which allows a user to program the settings of each clock. Programmable settings include *brightness level, *12/24 hour mode, DST configuration, GMT offset and much more. (*Digital clocks only)
  • Integrated within an existing system – If a facility has an existing Sapling synchronized clock system, we have great news, the Time Zone Clock can easily integrate within that system! Whether your facility currently has a Wireless, Wired, IP or TalkBack System, the Time Zone Clock can easily integrate within the system.

This is just the beginning of the Ultimate Guide to Sapling’s Zone Clock. Stay tuned to the blog for Part 2 and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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Need Accurate, Reliable, and Secure Time Synchronization?


Spectracom's NetClock 9483 is the solution, allowing you to synchronize critical systems and operations to coordinate emergency efforts with legally traceable time. The NetClock 9483 offers a versatile modular design that is fully NENA compliant and tailored especially for Emergency Communication Center applications. Our new Web User Interface is easy to use and provides intuitive status monitoring with simple set-up.

The 9483 can time-synchronize multiple separate networks. The modular design provides expansion card slots, one of which is the 3-network port GigE option card providing synchronization for up to four networks simultaneously. Cards can be added with the initial order, or in the future as system requirements change and evolve.

NetClock 9483 key features:

  • Synchronizes 9-1-1 systems, computer networks, CAD, radio consoles, VoIP, voice and video recorders, ANI/ALI, display clocks
  • Precision GPS time reference with OCXO oscillator for GPS back-up
  • Multi-network port card for separate, isolated networks
  • GLONASS receiver option improves signal acquisition in marginal GPS signal areas, reduces or eliminates signal interference and jamming, provides redundancy for the GPS system
  • Optional Dual- Redundant (AC/DC) power
  • Optional T1/E1 timing card
  • 5 year warranty

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The Ultimate Guide to the Time Zone Clock – Part 2

The Sapling Advantage

Sapling’s Zone Clock has many options available to choose from in order to customize the Time Zone Clock to your facility’s needs. Encompassing a sleek design and an array of unique features, Sapling’s Time Zone Clock has many advantages that make it stand out among the competition.

  • Customizable time zone name plates to signify the area’s time the clock is displaying
  • International Daylight Saving Time capabilities (where observed)
  • Choice of 5 to 7 time zones to display
  • The ability to choose one style of clock or mix and match the styles for a unique look
  • Sapling’s Time Zone Clock can accommodate the following clocks on one line:
  • Depending on your application, Sapling offers many ways to customize the clocks to fit the interior of your facility:
    • LED Digital Display: When choosing a digital clock(s) a user has the option to pick the display color. LED options include: Red (standard), Green, White or Amber. *Please note: Some colors may carry minimum quantity requirements.
  • Specialty Dials and Hands for Analog Clocks: When choosing analog clocks, you have the choice between Standard and Specialty dials and/or hands. A user can also create a custom logo or dial to add to the clocks. *Please note: Specialty dials and hands have an additional charge. Please contact us for more information about the specialty dial and hand options.
  • Simple installation process
  • Made in the U.S.A

Listed above are a few advantages as well as options when you purchase a Sapling Time Zone Clock. Stay tuned for Part 3 where I’ll share how our Zone Clock can assist many different facilities that operate in a variety of industries. In the meantime, if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or drop us a line!

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Sapling Time Zone Clocks: Corporate Function & Style


While precise time synchronization is necessary to satisfy compliance-based record-keeping, new applications for distributed and high performance computing have raised the bar significantly.

Cloud computing. Big data. Time-sensitive algorithms such as what is found in high frequency securities trading applications. They all require a carefully architected synchronization service integrated into network operations.

Spectracom supports the trends in enterprise networks toward accurate, high availability, scalable, and manageable timing and synchronization across all network clocks that may be distributed across a single rack all the way to global data center operations.

What's New in Enterprise Timing

Be aware of the leap second, June 30

A leap second is a vulnerability to network clocks. Evaluate and analyze the effect of a leap second on your network timing applications. We can help.

Link to our "Leap Second Problem" video on YouTube

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The Brains of Sapling’s Clock Systems

With Part 3 of the Ultimate Guide to Sapling’s Time Zone Clock, I’d like to highlight three industries that would benefit from the addition of a Time Zone Clock. Our Zone Clock can accommodate a wide range of industries, so if you’d like me to cover any other industries, please leave a comment or leave a message on our Facebook page!

Corporate Buildings

Now more than ever, it is easier for businesses and organizations to operate on a global scale. Partnering with another company, opening a satellite office, or selling to a customer on the other side of the globe will require you to know the time in your location and in the other locations you are working in. Adding Sapling’s Time Zone Clock to your facility can help with balancing your obligations with your international partners by displaying the time in those significant locations. For example, a company in the U.S. can open a satellite office in Australia in order to extend their global reach.  

Instances may arise when one person in the Australian office needs to contact a fellow employee in the PA office. Being able to quickly see the exact time in both locations will help these two offices work smarter.

Transportation Facilities

When you are traveling (especially internationally), being on time to catch your plane, train or bus is paramount. Whether it is an airport, bus depot or train station, transportation facilities that cater to international travelers would be helping all parties involved by installing a Zone Clock.

For example, if a sales representative is traveling abroad for a trade show, knowing the time from the area they left and where they have just arrived can help the rep adjust from their long journey and prepare for any upcoming events they must attend.

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Beat the Clock with Sapling’s TalkBack Technology

Depending on the size of your facility and how many buildings the company and/or organization occupies, you could have anywhere from 10 to 1,000+ clocks installed throughout. For a facility manager and his/her staff, that could potentially be a lot of clocks to keep an eye on. Not to mention, a whole slew of other equipment to monitor and issues that could arise within a company or organization at any moment.

Sapling has engineered a Wireless Clock System with TalkBack Technology in order to help facility departments easily monitor all the clocks within the system in order to avoid any major issues from occurring. Not only does Sapling’s Wireless TalkBack System provide all the secondary clocks with the most accurate time, this system also allows the secondary clocks to report their status back to the master clock. The secondary clocks can report back the following:

  • Current battery levels
  • Signal strength
  • Mechanical (analog) or display (digital) alerts
  • Last time the clock(s) received a signal

The clock system’s administrator can access all this information and so much more through Sapling’s master clock web interface. In order to gain access to the web interface, you must retrieve the IP address of the master clock (this is explained in detail in the master clock’s manual). Once the master clock’s IP address is located, you can type the address into a web browser of a computer that is connected to the same network as the master clock. By logging into the web interface and clicking on the TalkBack tab, there will be a list of every TalkBack Wireless clock within the system. This tab will give you the location of the clock (the clock system’s administrator will choose at the time of installation), and all the information needed to determine the status of the clocks within the system.

Sapling’s Wireless TalkBack System allows the system’s administrator to be in total control of the clock system. There is no need to wonder if the clock system is operating correctly; the facility department will have all the necessary information at their fingertips.

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Prioritize With Sapling

The top priority in any hospital is the care and safety of their patients. Healthcare facilities strive to give their patients the best possible care while under their supervision. Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who are working in the facility do their best to make sure the patients are well taken care of and have a comfortable stay. With so many different events going on simultaneously at a hospital, the staff must remain vigilant. Critical situations are seen on a daily basis and healthcare professionals are expected to deliver the best possible results during these moments.

If hospitals wish to alleviate some of the stress from the doctors and nurses, they could benefit from the installation of a wireless synchronized clock system from Sapling. A wireless synchronized clock system has many unique features that can assist the staff of a hospital while they are focusing on helping their patients.

A wireless synchronized clock system encompasses a master clock, which transmits the time signal to the secondary clocks that are spread throughout the hospital. Unique to Sapling’s system is the ability of the secondary clocks to both receive and transmit the time signal. This means that if a secondary clock is positioned a distance away from the master clock, the secondary clocks can provides the time to neighboring clocks providing an extremely reliable source of synchronized time throughout a hospital.

Having everyone in the hospital operate on the same, synchronized time can help in many ways. Medication can be delivered and major events, such as Code Blue, can be recorded with more accuracy. The staff will always be operating on the same, accurate time – there is no need to worry about the clock’s time drifting. If a hospital chooses a digital clock from Sapling, an Elapsed Timer can be connected to the clock. With an Elapsed Timer, a user can switch the display from the time to a count up or countdown display.

The Sapling Company has been manufacturing innovative time systems for over two decades. Our wireless synchronized clock system is among the most unique available today. Our secondary clocks are unlike any other, and can provide reliable, synchronized time to healthcare professionals in any hospitals. With the staff operating on the same, accurate time, patients can get the best treatment possible.

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