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GNSS with unique fibre-powered link enhances timing synchronisation for enterprise applications

GNSS with unique fibre-powered link enhances timing synchronisation for enterprise applications

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Enterprise applications which require precise time synchronisation now have access to the latest technology as HUBER+SUHNER launches a new version of one of the world’s first copper-free fibre-powered links.

The HUBER+SUHNER Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and Power-over-Fiber solution eliminates the need for a separate energy source to power the active antenna for applications that use GNSS for navigation, positioning, timing and geodesy. This avoids voltage spikes, minimises spoofing risk and enables separate antenna positions for reliable signal transmission.

The latest version – making its debut at OFC 2024 – has been enhanced to meet the needs of companies, banks and trading firms which require precise time synchronisation. To achieve this, all the nodes in the database cluster must be consistent to ensure the secure transfer of data between data centres and from the cloud to the Edge.

“For many companies, banks and trading firms, a software-based enterprise application for precise, time-based coordination and automation is essential for timely and accurate data capture for immediate business data analysis,” said Dominik Tibolla, Product Manager at HUBER+SUHNER. “The success of companies operating across all time zones relies on precise time synchronisation to address challenges such as providing trading data, network component failure and maintaining company databases.”

Synchronising clocks via GNSS provides high accuracy and stability over long distances, with precise time calculation for every location on earth. It provides the most accurate time reference for Precision Time Protocol (PTP) and Network Time Protocol (NTP), two of the most common methods for setting network devices’ clocks. 

Using fibre optics for synchronisation minimises the risk of errors compared to traditional reference methods.

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