A Brief Overview of Time-Keeping From Ancient Sundials and Mechanical Clocks to WiFi and Atomic Clocks

June 18, 2018

A Brief Overview of Time-Keeping From Ancient Sundials and Mechanical Clocks to WiFi and Atomic Clocks

Measuring time, keeping track of time, maintaining synchronous time, and other related tasks are a fascinating study. Historical records indicate that humans have been engaged in these activities for approximately 5,000 to 6,000 years. Ancient Egyptians, for example, used obelisks, which functioned as primitive sundials, in order to determine what time of day it was.

Throughout the centuries, there have been other discoveries and advancements pertaining to time. Some of these eventually lead to the invention of the first mechanical clock in Europe during the 14th century. It’s interesting to note that there have been attempts to modify or otherwise manipulate the 24-hour day and seven-day week. Between 1929 and 1931, for example, the Soviet Union attempted to enforce both five and six-day weeks. Following the French Revolution around 1799, French revolutionaries attempted to establish a ten-hour clock.

Given further technological advancements, Network Time Protocol (NTP), which was used prior to 1985, continues to be utilized as an Internet protocol. In 2002, Precision Time Protocol (PTP) was defined and standardized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Clocks are able to be synchronized throughout computer networks due to this protocol. Power and time updates are delivered by Power over Ethernet (PoE) clocks. This is accomplished through a single cable that is connected to the Ethernet.

The Global Positioning System (GPS), which is currently comprised of 31 working satellites, all have built-in atomic clocks. These are highly accurate and make it possible to track signals and perform other vital services. The average person that owns a computer and/or mobile phone is likely aware of the benefits of GPS for various applications, which includes traffic alerts and driving directions.

In order to ensure that your business has the correct time, a WiFi clock, or WiFi digital wall clock may be of interest. WiFi clocks are particularly convenient for large office buildings and other multi-room or multi-building establishments. When you have these clocks installed, the same time will be displayed on all of them.

If you own or operate a playing field or coach at a local school, digital scoreboards, or digital scorekeepers, can be a welcome addition. When you keep score digitally, this will be considerably more accurate than the alternative methods.

To learn more about WiFi clocks and other devices, please contact a representative for more information. At that time, you can discuss your business’ current needs. If you already have these protocols in place and require upgrades or repairs, please discuss this with the representative.

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