Why Time is Critical Now


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Precision timing is a critical enabler to many industries, including those that touch our lives daily: telecom, electric power, broadcasting and finance/data centers. As innovation accelerates, each of these critical sectors is undergoing technology and operational changes. These dynamics are upping the need that increasingly precise time be made available for a diverse range of applications and services:

  • The most visible of these is perhaps the advent of 5G in telecom, where accurate timing is an enabler for the 5G signals with the need for highly accurate phase synchronization of up to 100nsec.
  • The rollout of precision timing in data centers is also growing. Financial enterprises are deploying precision timing to address the growth in volume of transactions as well as greatly tightened trade timing recording and logging rules driven by government regulators. Cloud and Hyperscale companies also see the value of monetizing a timing service to enhance data read-write efficiencies
  • Broadcasting is evolving from TDM transport and dedicated satellite links to more efficient shared, IP-based approaches for delivery of video content to affiliates, stations and mobile studios, which require accurate PTP timing.
  • The power grid is in transition from carbon-burning power generation, a decrease in nuclear power’s popularity and the need to adapt to renewable sources such as solar and wind. There is no longer any single source which drives power grid networks. This transition leads the utilities to rely increasingly on accurate timing to facilitate coordinating all the different power sources and their potential for fast changes
  • Autonomous vehicles are poised to revolutionize transportation and Smart City infrastructure. However, these will have to become traffic-aware, which will demand they join enormous networks with extreme time precision. In particular, the provision of ultra-precise timing for PNT (Position, Navigation & Time) enables vehicles to operate safely within centimeter levels of precision in real time and at speed.

Each industry has its own unique challenges. Yet all share a common thread in their demand that highly precise time be available at the point of use. New timing distribution techniques and generation methods are being developed to service these diverse needs. Learn about them by joining the experts at the Why Time is Critical Now webinar.



. Nir Laufer
Senior Director Product Management

Nir Laufer has over 15 years experience in developing synchronization and timing products. As senior product line director, Nir is responsible for the development of Oscilloqartz next generation timing delivery and assurance product line.

Nir represents ADVA Optical Networking & Oscilloqartz in ITU-T SG15 Q.13 and contribute to synchronization standards development. Prior to this, Nir worked at Wintegra (now PMC-Sierra) and was responable for the development of PWE3-CES synchronization and 1588v2 solutions based on Wintegra network processors.

Nir graduated (Summa cum laude) from Bar-Ilan University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and received an MBA in strategic management and financing from Tel-Aviv University.

Joe Neil 
Technical Specialist
Microchip Technology

Joe Neil is a Microchip Technical Specialist in timing and synchronization, with more than 25 years of experience in engineering networks for operators world-wide. He holds degrees from Edinburgh Scotland and Aix-en-Provence, France. He is currently working on advanced timing solutions for Smart Cities and Autonomous Vehicles.

Anand Ram 
Vice President Business Development
Calnex Solutions

Anand is Calnex’s Vice President of Business Development and has 20 years’ experience in sales and marketing for blue-chip companies as well as local distributor sales. The majority of his experience has been in telecoms test and measurement, including mobile, optical and datacomms. Anand has held management positions in Agilent Technologies, and Wandel & Goltermann (now Viavi).


. Marc Weiss
 Time & Frequency Expert Consultant

Dr. Marc Weiss worked at NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology–formerly NBS, the National Bureau of Standards) from 1979, specializing in time transfer techniques and statistics of timing systems, particularly applied to GPS and to telecom systems. He has over 100 publications from his time at NIST. Since January 2014 he is now a contractor for NIST, doing much of the same work. He received the NBS Applied Research Award for a first GPS timing receiver in 1983. He was awarded a patent for the Smart Clock algorithm in 1993, which optimally locks a slave clock to a master. Dr. Weiss won the 2013 NIST William P. Slichter Award, “For pioneering highly productive industry/ government partnerships to advance telecommunications and data networks through precision synchronization.”Marc founded and has led WSTS, the Workshop on Sync and Timing Systems, annually since 1992, now a sister conference to the European version, the ITSF. Dr. Weiss is the NIST co-chair of the Timing subgroup of the NIST Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) Public Working Group. Marc co-founded the Time-Aware Applications, Computers and Communications Systems (TAACCS) initiative, and edited the white paper and subsequent NIST Technical Note. In addition, Dr. Weiss has led the NIST program to support the GPS program office in developing their clocks and timing systems since 1980. He has worked on and published Relativity issues as they relate to GPS and to primary frequency standards. He has also specialized in Time-Scale Algorithms. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematical-Physics from the University of Colorado in 1981.

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