When clocks aren’t synchronized, it means more than just dealing with complaints. Punctuality becomes a problem, meetings or classes start and end at the wrong time, recordkeeping may be off, and quality or safety could be compromised.
Synchronized time happens when all of the clocks in a building or across a campus– wired, wireless, digital or analog – are on a time technology system that ensures that they all show the same time. The right system for you depends on your building, budget and needs. Here are three questions to answer when considering a synchronized time system.
1. What is your building type?
In an existing structure, power access points may be limited and extending an existing wired system can be expensive. Battery-operated Wi-Fi network clocks may be ideal: They receive a regular time sync signal from your network server to stay on time. Their staggered wake times to retrieve a time signal avoid any slow-down of your Wi-Fi network. They come preconfigured to your Wi-Fi system, so the only installation required is hanging them on the wall.
In a new construction scenario, a wireless clock system will save you the most time and money since there is no need for cabling to each clock. Power over Ethernet (PoE) clocks are a great option if a powered Ethernet cable is available throughout the building.
2. What is your budget?
Whether you want a wireless system that controls your clocks and building systems, a traditional wired system or a simple way to tell time, the design phase allows you to plan your system based on your priorities. Costs can range from $20 - $200 per clock depending on your building’s size, synchronization needs and installation options.
3. What are your installation options?
Most clocks have a hanger bracket or keyhole for mounting. However, wired and wireless systems may require more: PoE clocks need a powered Ethernet drop close to the clock location; if your existing wired clock system has a back box, a replacement clock needs the correct hanger bracket; wired clocks require AC wiring.
For a wired and wireless clock system with a master clock, an electrician may be needed if signal circuits are used to integrate bells, intercoms or other building equipment with the clock system.
Stop spending time on time
Knowing your technology options and your building’s needs will help you be better informed. Contact us to talk about your needs or schedule a free, no-obligation clock audit.