Clock systems come
in different types depending on the architecture of the cabling network,
protocols used to communicate, and functionality and features. They can be
either wired or wireless, IP based or non-IP, Analog or Digital.
Wired or Wireless?
Your choice to
go with a wired or a wireless system depends on the cabling scheme. If it is
possible to run wires through the facility, then it is recommended to go with
the wired solution. Wired systems send power and data through the cables and
provide instant time correction. Wireless systems can communicate through the
network wirelessly (e.g. Wi-Fi), or through a patented frequency range.
IP or non-IP?
IP- based clock
systems provide end-users with a scalable and energy saving solution. Using the
IP infrastructure, clocks can connect to the network through a twisted network
cable and get power from Power over Ethernet – PoE – ports. These systems are
highly recommended where a reliable IP infrastructure exists.
Analog or Digital?
Analog and Digital clocks provide the same functionality but have a couple of other differences. Analog clocks are more cost-efficient, consume less power, and provide a classic aesthetic view. Whereas, readability and brightness make digital clocks more recommended.
Choosing the type of a clock system can be a very daunting task if you are not aware of the different solutions available. Having this knowledge is primary to installing the most reliable, efficient, and cost-effective solution for your customers.