Posted by Richard N Williams on May 11th, 2012
Time rules us all. Whether it’s to know when to start work, when to begin a meeting or when to start a particular task, we all need to know the right time of day. However, for businesses keeping track of time is not as simple as it sounds. All employees in an organisation will of course have access to their own clock or watch, but because most timepieces are not completely accurate and are prone to drift, employees could all be working to different times. While a few seconds here and there probably doesn’t matter, when clocks are left to drift, seconds roll into minutes and before you know it, employees are turning up late, meetings become delayed and tasks are not accomplished on time.
Having a visible office clock that all employees can use as a time reference is an obvious solution for ensuring everybody is running to the same time. A visible office clock will allow employees to set their own watches to the office time, ensuring they won’t turn up late. However, in large organisations, with multiple departments, several office clocks are needed, but as clocks are prone to drift, this can lead to the same problems, with employees in different departments relying on time that could be several minutes out of sync with other office clocks.
Synchronised office clocks
The solution is to ensure that all clocks around an office are synchronised. However, synchronised office clocks require somebody to continually check and reset the clocks around an organisation, and in a large building, or a company with office all over the country this is impractical. The solution is to use a form of synchronised office clocks that will maintain accurate time and keep all clocks running at the exact same time, no matter where they are located.
Synchronised Office Clock Solutions
There are various solutions for synchronised office clocks, suitable for use in offices of all sizes, even those spread out across the country. The simplest solution is to use atomic clock radio receiver clocks. These come with either digital or analogue displays and they use radio transmissions to receive a source of atomic clock time (UTC – Coordinated Universal Time), which the clocks continually adjust themselves to ensure they running accurate. Because atomic clock time is highly accurate, an array of office clocks that use these atomic clock signals will always be telling the same time.
Another solution for synchronised office clocks is to make use of the network time server that most computer networks use to ensure all the PCs in an office network are synchronised. Often, these network time servers also get their time from an atomic clock source. Furthermore, by using office clocks that connect to the network using Ethernet, the time form one single network time server can be distributed to all office clocks in an organisation.
Synchronised office clocks such as these, never require setting as they automatically adjust to the source time. By using these types of synchronised office clocks, all clocks in an organisation can be kept to within a few milliseconds of each other, ensuring every employee has access to the exact time of day, regardless of where they are working.