Customization Nation with Sapling Digital Clocks

Sapling Clocks 6 Digit Digital ClockNo matter the product, everyone has different tastes and styles they prefer. Because of this, people really enjoy the ability to customize the items they purchase to meet these preferences. Giving customers the option to personalize their product or service has benefited many different companies in many different industries.

Let’s take the shoe industry as an example. Nike has been wildly successful with the Nikeid option on their website. This option gives their patron the option to customize any type of shoe they want with any combination of colors. The car industry has also jumped on the customization bandwagon. Almost every major car company has an option on their website for their customers to customize the make, model, color, accessories and so much more.

The Sapling Company understands the importance of customization and as the manufacturer of synchronized time systems; Sapling has an array of options to satisfy the broadest of needs. We offer four different synchronized time system options, including: Wired, Wireless, Talkback, and IP. These systems include a master clock at the center of the network and multiple secondary clocks that display the accurate time. The master clock is updated with the accurate time from NTP of GPA, and then sends a signal to the secondary clocks. More specifically within a wireless clock system, the secondary clocks both receive and transmit the signal, until all of the clocks are properly updated.

Within the four systems is the option of what type of clock you would want: analog or digital. If you chose the round analog clocks, then you would get the option of the 12” or 16”clock. Sapling also offers a 9” or 12” square clock for more variety within the analog family. Both the round and square clocks have the additional options of customizable hands and dials!

If you chose the digital clocks, then you would be hit with the brand new color customization display options. While red is the standard color option, you will now have the choice between green, white, amber and blue.

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The Benefits of Using 2-Wire Digital Master Clock System

The Benefits of Using 2-Wire Digital Master Clock SystemIf you are considering a wired clock system for your facility, the 2-wired Digital Master Clock System option with Sapling may be the best option for you. Take a look at the unique advantages of this system below. In addition to the written description, check out our video at the bottom to see a visual depiction of how the 2-Wire Digital Clock System works.

Power/Data on the Same Line

Most wired clock systems require three or four wires. With Sapling’s 2-Wire Digital Communication System, the converter box supplies the power and amplifies the data, so that power and data are integrated on the same line. Fewer wires mean a cleaner, less cumbersome and more efficient system.

Instant Correction

As with all of Sapling’s clock systems, our goal is to provide synchronized, accurate time to keep your education, healthcare or business facility operating at its best. The 2-Wire Digital Communication System provides time updates to all of the clocks as often as once per second. With such frequent corrections, your clocks are guaranteed to show the accurate time, all the time. Another auto correction feature is the 5 minute synchronization after a power outage. If power is lost, you won’t have to worry about resetting the clocks or waiting a few hours for them to be re-synchronized. Within five minutes of getting power back, the master clock will send a signal to reset all of the clocks to the accurate time. Even if a power outage causes some temporary chaos in other areas, clock malfunctions or time inaccuracies will not be issues to add to the mix. Sapling takes care of that part for you.

Effortless Installation

The installation of the 2-Wired System is simple and straightforward for a few reasons. First, the low voltage requirement means that you do not need a certified electrician to install the system in most countries. Having two wires going from the master clock to each individual clock instead of four also makes setup quicker and easier. Even if a mistake is made with the two wires, our cutting-edge reverse polarity detection technology will recognize the error and autocorrect it. What could be easier than that?

Hopefully, the only thing easier is making the decision to install Sapling’s 2-Wire Digital Master Clock System for its advanced technological capabilities, ease, accuracy and the superior quality and service that you can expect from Sapling.

The Benefits of Using 2-Wire Digital Master Clock System

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Sapling’s Master Clock – Leader of the Pack – Part 2

Sapling’s Master Clock – Leader of the Pack – Part 2In continuing with our post explaining how Sapling’s master clocks can receive time, the second option a user has to receive time is through a GPS Receiver.

Receiving time from a GPS satellite is not only extremely accurate, it is also very secure. With the GPS Receiver, the facility does not have to go outside the facility’s established firewall and use a time source via the Internet.

A GPS receiver is built-in to the master clock and sends out the master clock’s exact location to satellites around the world. From the satellite, the master clock receives the accurate UTC (Coordinated Universal Time), then corrects to the local time based on the user’s location.

The GPS Receiver option can be used in conjunction with the NTP Server option, which you can learn about here. A user has the ability to choose which option will be the main time source and which will be the backup time source. By utilizing both options, a user will have redundancy within their system, ensuring accuracy. Receiving time via GPS is optional with a Sapling’s master clock.

Stay tuned next week for the third way Sapling’s master clocks can receive time! If you are interested in learning more about our master clocks in the meantime, visit our website for more info or check out our YouTube video explaining our master clocks more in depth.

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Unique Features of Sapling’s IP Clock System

Unique Features of Sapling’s IP Clock System

Sapling’s IP Clock System is unlike your typical clock system. This synchronized clock system is powered by (PoE) or Power-over-Ethernet, receiving power and data through a CAT5 cable, there is no need for an additional outlet. This system allows for easy set up and operation for any user and has a number of unique features that make it stand out among the rest.

One such feature is that each clock has its own built-in web interface. The web interface allows a user to adjust many different settings or enable certain features on the clock. For example, a user can choose to set the time to display in 12 or 24 hour mode (digital clocks only), automatically update for Daylight Saving Time, both domestically and internationally and even give that particular clock a name, for example its location in a facility.

Features such as the brightness option can help companies and organizations become more energy efficient. For example, if you work in a school, it’s not a 24/7 operation. A school’s peak hours are typically between 7 a.m and 5 p.m., that’s a ten hour time frame in which the school building has a constant flow of traffic, with dozens of eye balls gazing at the clocks at one point or another. In those peak hours, the brightness is typically set to the high setting for maximum visibility. After school lets out for the day, the clocks aren’t being viewed as much. To conserve energy and money, Sapling gives a user the ability to adjust the brightness to medium, low or off (digital clocks only) after peak hours. This helps a school or any other type of facility save money over the life of the clock system. A user can also establish a brightness schedule for all the digital clocks within a facility.

Another feature that the IP clock system has is the ability to send email alerts on any changes or disruptions that occur. The email notification is sent right to the operator of the clock system if any power failures, major time changes, NTP/SNTP server synchronization issues, display faults or mechanical failures happen.

Sapling prides itself on being the forefront of technology, and our IP clock system, with its web interface allows custom ability of many settings (Brightness Settings, automatic Daylight Saving Time updates, email alerts, etc.) to help your company propel into the future. For more information, do not hesitate to contact us today!

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Ready, Set, Go! Time Synchronization with Sapling Clocks

Ready, Set, Go! Time Synchronization with Sapling Clocks

For high school students, the short break in between classes is no relaxing matter. They have only a few minutes to get from one classroom to the next. If a student needs to pick up their books for the next class and must stop at their locker, this makes the trip even more challenging. Those few minutes in between classes can get hectic with hundreds of students flooding the hallways sharing the common goal of reaching their next destination on time. Most students are even unaware of how much time they have to reach their next class due to the discrepancy between the times their watch or cell phones display and the time the school clocks display.

A synchronized time keeping system can make the trip between classes more efficient for both teachers and students. If the time displayed on the school’s clocks is extremely accurate, then this time discrepancy will have less of an impact of a high school’s overall schedule. Upon eliminating this time dissimilarity, the amount of students late for class can go down and the overall amount of students who are penalized for nocuous activity can go down as well.

Sapling’s master clock can receive accurate time from any NTP server or GPS satellite. Another feature that Sapling’s master clock comes with is the ability to display a countdown in between classes for the roaming students. While the classes of a high school are switching, the time on the clocks will display a countdown on the display instead of the time. This will let student know exactly how long they have to get from one class to another.

Punctual students make it easier for the teachers of the high school to get through their entire lesson plan. They can start their lessons without being interrupted and they do not have to punish the student(s) for being late. With the assistance of The Sapling Company and the addition of their synchronized clock systems, both teachers and students will have a less hectic day.

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Sapling’s Master Clock – Leader of the Pack

Sapling’s Master Clock – Leader of the PackThere cannot be a price put on to the value of leadership, which is defined as the action of guiding or managing a group of people or an organization, in any life endeavor. As former President John Quincy Adams one said, “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” The leader within Sapling’s synchronized clock system is our Master Clock, which are manufactured right here at our headquarters in Huntingdon Valley, Pa.

No matter which Sapling synchronized clock system you choose (Wireless, Wired, IP or TalkBack), the Master Clock is the element that leads the operations of the system. The main task of the Master Clock is to send out the synchronized time signal to all of the clocks within the system. The secondary clocks then receive the time and display it throughout an office or a facility for all to see.

You might be wondering how the Master Clock receives the time. Well, there are three ways:

  • NTP Server
  • GPS Receiver
  • Internal Time Source

Let’s start out by explaining the NTP Server option, which comes standard with a Sapling Master Clock. With this option, the master clock receives its time from an external source via the Internet. With the external NTP server, a user connects the Master Clock to their network and inputs a URL from the NTP server they wish to receive time from.

Sources of NTP time include government facilities, colleges and universities, as well as various corporations. With a Sapling Master Clock, you are able to input up to 10 different NTP server addresses. If the connection with the first NTP server address is lost, the Master Clock will automatically move to the next address that was provided. This ensures that all the clocks in a system will always be displaying the most accurate time possible, even if an NTP server address is lost.

A user also has the option to upgrade Sapling’s Master Clock to be its own internal NTP server for a facility. The main benefit of upgrading Sapling’s Master Clock to an NTP server is that other devices within a facility can be synced up to it so all other devices will be operating with the same exact time.

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The Balancing Act: Transportation

The Balancing Act: TransportationThe Balancing Act Series has returned for yet another exciting installment. This week’s endeavor will show us how Sapling’s TalkBack clock system can help airport professionals in the transportation industry better balance their daily tasks.

An airport manager has a multitude of daily tasks that can be made easier with a system from Sapling. An airport manager’s daily tasks can include overseeing and supervising staff, overseeing fueling operations, managing business development and much more. Worrying about whether or not the clocks are ticking throughout the airport terminals is something that a manager shouldn’t have to worry about. With the assistance of a wireless clock system with TalkBack Technology, worrying about the clocks is a thing of the past.

A TalkBack System operates almost exactly as a wireless clock system does, but with one major difference. Within a wireless clock system, the clocks usually receive the time from the master clock (and surrounding clocks because of the built-in repeaters) and correct to the accurate time. Within a TalkBack system, the clocks are able to receive time the same way, but are also able to communicate their status back to the master clock.

An airport manager can easily monitor all the clocks in an airport and head off any major issues. For example, the manager can sign on to the master clock’s web interface and pull up a report that can show each TalkBack clock, the signal strength, battery status and the mechanical status of the clocks.

We understand that an airport manager is busy and pulling up a report on a regular basis may not be on the to-do list. With Sapling’s TalkBack System, the clock’s administrator can receive email alerts directly to their inbox when a clock is missing or a status report hasn’t been received, if a hand failure occurs on an analog clock or a display failure occurs on a digital clock, or if a clock battery is low (analog clocks only).

With Sapling’s TalkBack system, we want to give you peace of mind knowing that your clocks are operating with the upmost efficiency.

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