In the world of modern computing, accurate timing is everything. As networks grow increasingly complicated, they demand reliable standards that ensure everything is running on the same unified schedule.NTP, or Network Time Protocol, is a standard method for synchronizing different computer clocks. Here's how it compares to SNTP, or Simple Network Time Protocol.
From SCADA (supervisory control and data-acquisition) systems to PLCs (programmable-logic controllers), industrial automation includes a vast range of control systems. These systems manage everything from automotive part production to food processing, and they rely on synchronizing several devices at once. Although synchronization and timing are never perfect, steady results are possible with the right equipment. Learn more about synchronization with hardware-based Ethernet protocol solutions.
In April 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a proposed rule change from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to tighten rules for clock synchronization at National Market System securities and over-the-counter equity securities firms. It's important for these companies to understand the changes and to have the right Network Time Protocol servers to maintain compliance. Firms have until Feb. 20, 2017 to comply.
Through the use of a Stratum 1 NTP server, it is possible to produce surveillance videos with timestamps legally-traceable to UTC. This solution is far more cost-effective and accurate than others, and has quickly become the preferred option for video surveillance applications.
A GPS NTP server synchronizes to precise time from GPS satellites and operates securely behind a firewall to synchronize all elements of a system, down to the millisecond. Indeed, such servers typically have a margin of error of just plus or minus two milliseconds, which is more than accurate enough for successfully defending time-stamped evidence in a court of law.
Network Time Protocol (NTP) is widely used in LANs and WANs to synchronize computer clocks to national standard time. NTP sets up a reference server within the network to 'serve' accurate time to all NTP clients in the network requesting accurate time.
Masterclock, Inc. provides full NTP system solutions including NTP timeservers and NTP clocks.