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How Evolving Technology Enhances Synchronized Digital Clocks

Posted by American Time on Jul 25, 2018 8:56:02 AM

Technology is like sand on the beach. It has a way of getting everywhere.

There was a time when a phone was just a phone and a TV was just a TV, but technological advances have ways of seeping into the everyday objects around us. We have smartphones, smart TVs, even smart toasters. This also extends to clocks.

Advances in timekeeping have made it easier for people to manage and tell time, but some digital clocks are now portals to the outside world.

Here are some functions beyond the basics of timekeeping that can be integrated into a synchronized digital clock system:

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Topics: EverAlert

How a Communication Platform Helped This Tech Savvy School Become Cutting Edge [VIDEO]

Posted by American Time on Jul 18, 2018 1:09:03 PM

Anytime Chuck Ehler, Superintendent at Rushford-Peterson Schools in Minnesota, gives a tour of a classroom, people say, “Wow! I really like the clocks that you have here. That is really impressive.”

Rushford-Peterson opened its new, state-of-the-art school in 2017, after flooding and aging buildings necessitated the project. But the district not only received a new building, it upgraded technology, too.

“We have everything in this building technologically — from programmable LED lighting to programmable heating and ventilation,” says Technology Director Corey Mattson. “We have wireless access in every corner of the building. We have a secure building with secure entrances.”

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Topics: School Clock Systems, EverAlert

Set the Standard: How To Ensure Accurate Clock Synchronization

Posted by American Time on Jul 11, 2018 11:01:03 AM

For anyone who takes direction from someone else — so, virtually all of us — it can be comforting to realize that your boss has a boss.

You might be told what to do every day and work under intense scrutiny, but the person scrutinizing you is also under pressure. See? Your boss is human, too.

But not all authority figures are human. Take, for instance, the clock on the wall. In a time-sensitive scenario, the clock is your boss, and if it's part of a synchronized system, the time it displays supersedes all other competing sources, such as phones or computers.

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Topics: Synchronized Clock Systems

How to Keep Your School Time System in Working Order

Posted by Tom Nelson on Jun 27, 2018 1:30:18 PM

School clock systems are reliable. They can keep perfect time for years as long as you perform regular maintenance on them. But when they go down, getting them fixed in a quick and efficient way is important for schools to stay “on the clock.”

Here's how to perform maintenance checks to prevent fire drill repairs and ways to fix your clock system if something does go wrong.

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Topics: School Clock Systems, AllSync, SiteSync

School Chef Combats Chaotic Lunch Schedule with Synchronized Clocks

Posted by American Time on Jun 20, 2018 1:11:26 PM

There are few moments during the day as precious as lunchtime. Lunch is supposed to be a refuge from the day's obligations, a time to decompress, regroup and recharge.

Any grown-up with a hectic daily schedule appreciates this, but for young learners, lunchtime is even more vital. It's their time to fuel their brains as they learn about the world around them.

That means people like Joshua Poveda, chef and food service director at Evergreen Charter School in Hempstead, New York, play a vital role in students' education. When Poveda realized lunchtime at his school wasn't the nourishing respite it was supposed to be, he optimized Evergreen's lunch schedule with the help of synchronized clocks.

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Topics: Wi-Fi Clock Systems, Synchronized Clock Systems, School Clock Systems

Wire Guards: Protect Your Clocks

Posted by American Time on Jun 13, 2018 2:13:54 PM

Clocks and wire guards go hand in hand. It's like buying a screen protector for your cellphone. Installing a synchronized time system is an investment that most organizations will expect to see a return on. The best way to ensure this is to buy wire guards to protect your clocks. This will make sure your organization always stays on time. 

There are two primary types of guards: metal and polycarbonate. Metal is the traditional wire guard with steel rods. Polycarbonate is a clear and hard material that can either cover the entire clock, or be open on the sides. Which ever one you choose, there are many situations where a wire guard is necessary. 

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Topics: Protective Wire Guards

What Clock System is Best for My College Campus?

Posted by American Time on Jun 6, 2018 9:27:39 AM

When you think of choreography, you probably picture your favorite music video or your kid's dance recital, or anything with a lot of synchronized twists, steps, and spins.

But there are a lot of things that have to be choreographed, such as a typical day on a college campus. It can be a beautiful thing to watch the teeming masses scurry across a stately campus in the pursuit of knowledge, and like any graceful production, it requires an eye for detail.

When you think about the clock system that ties your campus schedule together, one detail you must consider is which type of clock you should install. Also, it's important to know that in the world of synchronized clocks, Wi-Fi and wireless mean two different things. Let's explore which type of clock works best for you, depending on the size of your campus.

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Topics: Higher Education, School Clock Systems

School-End Checklist: Maintenance Tips for Your Wired Clock System

Posted by American Time on May 30, 2018 1:23:22 PM

The end of the school year is here, which means it's time to exhale. Those freshly emptied hallways and classrooms will bring some much-deserved peace and quiet after a long nine months, but they also provide a prime opportunity for routine maintenance.

Now is a good time for building workers to ensure everything is in working order, including looking at the facility's wired clock system. We'll walk you through a checklist to make sure your clocks are in tip-top shape.

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Topics: Wired Clock Systems, Clock Maintenance and Repairs

What Specs Do I Need for a PoE System?

Posted by American Time on May 23, 2018 4:08:32 PM

Have you ever taken on a major project in your home and wished you could just start from scratch and rebuild the house from the ground up?

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3 Reasons to Choose Digital Clocks for Manufacturing

Posted by American Time on May 17, 2018 10:03:13 AM

Remember in “Back to the Future” when they're in the mall parking lot and Doc is testing his DeLorean? As the contraption speeds up to 88 miles per hour before disappearing into the void, Doc isn't just ripping a hole in space and time, but demonstrating the value of an accurate digital display.

As Doc operates the vehicle with his remote control — with Marty watching wide-eyed and poor Einstein the dog sitting in driver's seat — the rising tension centers on the controller's LED readout as the DeLorean's speed creeps up toward that transcendent threshold.

There's a reason Doc didn't rely on an analog display as the exotic sports car hurdles toward him and young Marty. In the process of making the most important scientific breakthrough in the history of human civilization, Doc knows the value of precision.

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