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Timing Signals Overview

Basic information about timing signals and how to connect them to your IEDs. Common questions concerning connecting timing signals include: • What are the different types of IRIG-B, and what are the differences? • How do you connect multiple devices to one timing output? • How far can you transmit timing signals? • What kind of cabling and connectors should I use? read more »

How Synchrophasors Support Grid Monitoring and Control of Blackouts

An overview of the role synchrophasors should play throughout the grid, supporting real-time monitoring, and minimizing blackout conditions. From NC State News Services. read more »

Using GPS Timing to Synchronize Radio Transmission Simulcasts

Synchronous FM broadcasting is also known as simulcasting. The subtleties involved in getting it right are far from trivial. GPS satellite timing technology is used to solve some of the more challenging issues. (external link) read more »

Time Bending - the Theory of Relativity Close Up

Measuring time at spectacularly precise levels allows researchers to demonstrate and confirm the theories behind General Relativity, with an eye towards advancing the precision time industry and related applications. From PBS Newshour. (external link) read more »

NTP (Network Time Protocol) Overview

NTP was originally developed to sync critical processes over the internet. This article provides an overview of the technology and uses behind the protocol. read more »

How Are Arbiter Products Used?

Precision timing and power measurement tools are used by electrical utility engineers, IT personnel, and research laboratories across multiple applications, including: * Synchrophasor measurement and analysis * NTP Servers (Network Time Protocol) * Event Timing * Fault Detection and Reconstruction * End to End Relay Testing read more »

Using GPS For NTP Server Time Synchronization - A Primer

Overview of GPS based timing and NTP applications read more »

Inside the Electric Grid - Overview on How the Grid Works

CNET News Green Tech editor Martin LaMonica takes a tour to ISO New England to get a feel of how the Grid really works. (external link) read more »

Stabilizing the Grid with Synchrophasors

Synchrophasors have emerged as a technology with the potential to improve grid stability and predict incipient failures, allowing remedial action to be taken prior to a catastrophic event. But challenges remain before this technology can offer global solutions. Arbiter Systems® is challenging the industry to establish standards for measurement and traceability. read more »

Reliable Use of GPS Timing in the Power Industry

GPS technology is in use everywhere, including the precision time industry. International Marketing Manager Bruce Roeder of Arbiter Systems® discusses the history of GPS, how the system is applied today, and describes various challenges ahead. read more »

What is Accuracy?

When manufacturers use accuracy values to define the performance of their products, consumers should have confidence that, in fact, the products do perform to the stated levels. However, that is not always the case. This paper takes a look at several misconceptions about "accuracy" - particularly within the measurement and control markets of the electric utility industry - and discusses various methodologies that can be adopted to justify claims and ratings. read more »

Precision Timing in the Power Industry: How and Why We Use it

With costs to acquire precise, reliable timing in an affordable range, power industry engineers are able to apply the technology in ways that reduce costs, improve reliability and assist in the prevention of system-wide faults. Bill Dickerson of Arbiter Systems® explores the applications and role of precision timing in this article. read more »

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