If you’re tasked with selecting a clock system for your organisation, the idea might be easy at first: You just buy some clocks and hang them on the walls, right?
But synchronised clock technology offers many options, and the best decision for you depends on the needs of your organization. Here, we’ll help determine which type of clock is best for you depending on your industry and the type of building you’re responsible for keeping on time.
In a facility as large as a hospital, synchronised time is critical. A wireless clock system may be good option, in which individual clocks stay in sync by receiving a radio signal from the master controller as opposed to connecting via wiring. A quality wireless clock system will have a signal strong enough to easily cover a facility as expansive as a hospital, all while avoiding interference with medical equipment by using its own radio frequency.
Always consider the size of your facility when picking out a synchronised clock system. In a facility the size of a clinic, for instance, an investment in a master controller may not be warranted. In that case, IP network clocks such as Power over Ethernet (PoE) or Wi-Fi Network clocks may suffice. Rather than requiring a master clock, IP network clocks connect directly to your LAN or WLAN to receive a time signal for a fast, efficient way to get synchronised time.
Once you’ve selected your clock system, you’ll need to decide between analogue and digital displays. Analogue clocks may be designed with images or a logo, which makes them a good fit for waiting areas or other patient-facing rooms, whereas the brightness of digital clocks is helpful in places like surgery rooms or low-light areas. Digital can also come with enhanced functionality, such as a time-elapsed setting that allows staff to track how much time has gone by during a specific task. This can prove vital during events like time-sensitive surgeries.
Synchronised time in primary and higher education schools is important for keeping students and staff on time. Choosing between wired and wireless depends on the status of your building. For new construction, a wireless clock system presents the ideal option due to the flexibility and ease of integration it offers. If you are outfitting a pre-existing building that already has a wired clock system installed, pick a clock model that’s compatible with the existing master controller. 24v clocks can work with your legacy wired system and with the new wireless system in your expansion.
IP network clocks should also adequately serve a production facility. In this sector, though, you need to carefully consider your display format. Office settings do fine with analogue, but digital is most suitable for a factory floor because of its enhanced readability, making it easier for personnel operating heavy equipment to keep track of the time while doing their job safely. A LED digital clock system can be controlled by NTP, GPS or Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi clocks are a fast and economical choice for nearly any small business that need synchronised clocks with little fuss. Just connect the clock to your Wi-Fi network and hang it where needed – no master clock required. Batteries are good for up to five years. Beyond that, you don’t have to give your Wi-Fi clocks a second thought. They’ll stay in sync with the official time as set by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
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