Sapling Master Clocks

Sapling Master Clocks
Sapling Master Clocks
Synchronized Clock Systems
SAPLING SMA MASTER CLOCKS
Sapling is proud to introduce its SMA Series Master Clock. The standard models come loaded with many
helpful features including a user friendly built-in web interface for master clock settings and monitoring,
as well as many optional features to choose from, allowing system flexibility all wrapped in an elegant
and stylish housing.
Sapling’s Master Clock is the center of a synchronized clock system. The master clock’s primary function
is to receive accurate time and distribute that time to all of the secondary clocks and other devices
throughout a facility. The master clock is programmed to frequently send out a time signal in order to
prevent the clocks from drifting. This will allow all of the secondary clocks in the facility to always display
the same time on every clock within a system.
How Does the Master Clock Receive Time?
The master clock can receive the accurate time mainly from two sources:
NTP Server - A standard feature in each and every master clock model
GPS Receiver – An optional feature
The master clock can also receive the time from:
Once-a-day contact closure from a third party device
May interface with existing clock systems (58 minute or, 59 minute protocol, National Time / Rauland or Dukane protocol)
Additionally, the master clock has its own internal real-time (quartz) clock. In the event that
communication with the accurate time source has been lost, the system will still be synchronized based
on the real-time (quartz) clock, until communication with the accurate time source has been restored.
1.
RECEIVING ACCURATE TIME FROM AN NTP SERVER
All Sapling Master Clocks receive accurate time from NTP servers as a standard feature. A master clock
may receive its time either from an external NTP server (third party NTP server) or via an in-house NTP
server (if there is one in the facility).
Receiving Accurate Time from Third Party NTP Servers:
Sources of NTP time include government facilities, colleges and universities, and various corporations.
Such institutes allow a free connection to their NTP server via the Internet as a source of accurate time.
Sapling Master Clocks are designed to store up to 10 NTP server IP addresses for redundancy. This means
that if communication with the first NTP server has been lost, the master clock will automatically attempt
to receive accurate time from the next NTP server in the list. This unique feature provides reliability and
redundancy to the system. Sapling already provides the master clock with 10 NTP server IP address inputs
to get accurate time from, but at any time you are able to change all 10 default NTP server IP addresses
to ones that you prefer.
Receiving Time from an In-House NTP Server:
Some facilities already have their own in-house NTP server. In this case, the in-house NTP server IP address
should be set in the Sapling Master Clock so it will refer to this in-house NTP Server and receive NTP
time via LAN connection. In addition, there are still 9 other NTP server IP addresses that can be stored for
backup and redundancy.
2.
GPS Receiver Option
Depending on the model, the Sapling Master Clock may also receive accurate
time via a GPS receiver. This optional feature allows the system to work
independently without relying on LAN or a stable internet connection. In
addition, some facilities require dual redundancy by having both a GPS
receiver as the main source of receiving accurate time, and NTP servers as a
backup. A user has the ability to choose which option will be the primary time
source and which will be the backup time source.
Sapling Master Clocks with the GPS option will include a built-in GPS receiver
board, a GPS cable, and a GPS dome antenna. Sapling provides a 75 foot
(22.8 meters) GPS cable as standard. 150 foot (45.7 meters) and 300 foot
(91.4 meters) GPS cables are also offered as options. Choosing the correct
length of GPS cable should be considered ahead of time and based on the
distance from the GPS dome antenna to the master clock location in the
building. The GPS dome antenna should be installed in a location where there
is a clear view of the sky for optimal signal strength.
Internal Time Source
Sapling Master Clocks have a built-in real-time (quartz) clock that can be used as a time source. This
internal clock is capable of providing the time to the secondary clocks within the system. In this scenario,
even though the master clock is not communicating with an NTP server or GPS, all the secondary clocks
in the system will still be synchronized according to the real-time (quartz) clock in the master clock.
In the event that there is a communication failure between the master clock and the accurate time
source is lost (either NTP or GPS), the real-time (quartz) clock will serve as a backup and become the
primary time source for the secondary clocks until communication with other time source inputs has been
restored.
3.
MASTER CLOCK SETUP
It is very important to set up the master clock per the user manual provided by Sapling in order to
properly program the accurate time source, location, Daylight Saving Time (if applicable), and any other
relevant settings.
Sapling Master Clocks will indicate a communication failure with the accurate time source by a blinking
LED on the front panel of the master clock. Sapling’s Master Clock can also be programmed to send an
e-mail alert to the system administration in the event of a communication failure. It is very important to
refer to the master clock user manual in order to make sure that the master clock is set up properly.
Master Clock Optional Features:
Sapling offers many options for its master clock so that it can fit a wide variety of applications. Please
review the options that are available in order to choose the master clock model that will best fit your
application needs.
Master Clock Housing:
* The first option is whether the
master clock should be a wall
mount or rack mount. All master
clock models are offered as either
a wall or rack mount.*
* When choosing a rack mount master clock
with a transmitter, we provide an additional
housing for the transmitter. This allows
the master clock to be placed in a network
cabinet, while the transmitter is mounted
on the wall for optimal signal strength. *
4.
NTP Master Clock Upgrade:
Standard master clocks will only communicate the time signal to the secondary clocks in the system.
Some facilities require an in-house NTP Server in order to provide NTP time to other IP devices such as:
security cameras, IP phones, intercom systems, time and attendance systems, or any other IP system that
can receive NTP time. Depending on the model, Sapling Master Clocks can also act as an NTP server and
in this case, they will communicate the accurate time to other IP devices in addition to the secondary
clocks in the system, so all devices will be operating with the same exact time. This saves money
eliminating the need to buy a separate NTP server for the facility.
Programmable Relays:
Another great optional feature for Sapling Master Clocks is the ability to control other devices at
pre-determined times. The master clock has relays, also known as Zones, that can be activated by the
master clock scheduling feature. Scheduling is done easily via the built-in web interface, or by using
the front panel keypad. This will allow you to connect any system containing a relay closure input
to the master clock and turn it off and on at pre-determined times. This is useful for school bells, air
conditioning, lights, and more. Sapling Master Clocks are offered with no relays, 4 relays, and 8 relays.
5.
Countdown Commands:
Another optional feature that can be added to master clocks is countdown functionality. This feature
gives the user the ability to schedule a countdown at pre-determined times. The master clock will send
a countdown command to all connected digital clocks. This feature is mostly used for breaks in between
classes at schools or between shifts in the work place. Please do not confuse this prescheduled master
clock countdown command with the real-time elapsed timer, which is a clock function. When using
an Elapsed Timer Control Panel, it is hard wired to one specific digital clock commanding it to count up
or down as needed. When ordering the countdown command feature, at least 4 zone relays are also
needed. In addition, please note that the master clock countdown feature is not applicable when using
IP clocks or a sync-wired system. A real-time countdown feature for the IP system is available with the
Sapling IP Monitoring Software.
Relaying Time to Secondary Clocks
One of the functions of a master clock is to relay accurate time to the secondary clocks in the system. A
master clock can relay time to the secondary clocks in the system either via wires or in a wireless manner.
Sapling offers different types of clock systems, some of which are wired and some are wireless. While all
of Sapling’s Master Clocks can relay time to the secondary clocks in a wired manner, a master clock with
a wireless transmitter is needed for wireless clocks. All Sapling Master Clock models are offered with or
without transmitter. Master clocks with a transmitter will support both wired and wireless clocks, while a
master clock without the transmitter will only support wired clocks.
6.
SAPLING SMA SERIES MASTER CLOCK
The following pages will provide you with information about the different master clock models that
Sapling offers. Each model includes certain standard features as well as optional features to select from.
Please review the information that is provided in order to choose the best master clock model for your
project needs.
SMA 2000 Series Standard Features
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Available in rack or wall mount housing
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LED display for a clear, accurate read out
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Two buttons for programming
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Intuitive built-in web interface that allows the system administrator to configure all the settings of the SMA Series Master Clock in a simple and easy way from the convenience of any computer on the same network
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RJ45 input for web interface and synchronization to any (S)NTP/NTP server
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Ability to store up to 10 different NTP server IP addresses or domain names for continuous accurate time and redundancy
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Automatically switch from one accurate time source to another in case of a communication failure
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Blinking LED on master clock front panel as a visual indicator to alert a communication failure with the NTP server or GPS time source
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The master clock can be programmed to send an email alert when communication with the accurate time source has failed
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The master clock can be programmed to send an email alert when the master clock has been rebooted
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The master clock can be programmed to send an email alert when the fire alarm in the facility has been activated, provided the fire alarm is connected to the master clock
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Control wired clock systems or wired and wireless clock systems simultaneously, if equipped with a transmitter
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12 or 24 hour display
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Automatic fully customizable Daylight Saving Time updates, if applicable
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Selectable UTC/GMT offset
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Bias seconds option - offsetting the master clock to adjust the time plus or minus a few seconds or minutes to fit your application while it is still receiving accurate time input
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DHCP Capable
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Two relays for simultaneous correction of two synchronized wired systems:
• For example: 58 minute, 59 minute protocol, National Time / Rauland or Dukane protocol
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Proprietary RS485 input and output for time synchronization
• Can command digital clocks to display “Fire” when the alarm system interfaces with the master clock (not applicable when using a sync-wired system or an IP system)
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Microprocessor based
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Ten year battery backup for keeping time and master clock settings
SMA 2000 Series Optional Features
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GPS input for accurate time synchronization
Transmitter for the Sapling Wireless System
NTP server upgrade
7.
SMA 3000 Series Standard Features
The SMA 3000 Series Master Clock includes all the standard features listed with the SMA 2000 Series, as
well as the following:
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• LED and a backlit LCD display for a clear, accurate read out
2 x 8 rubber button keyboard for easy programming
Can command digital clocks to display “Bell” at user defined times. In this case the master clock must have at least four relays (not applicable when using a sync-wired system or an IP system)
SMA 3000 Series Optional Features
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Four or eight configurable auxiliary relays which control other systems by closing a relay at predetermined times.
• 255 schedule (group of events) and 800 event capabilities (such as triggering bells)
• Two programmable closure durations per relay
Pre-scheduled countdown feature – The master clock will send a countdown command to all digital clocks at a predetermined time. When choosing this option, at least four zone relays are required.
GPS time signal input for accurate time synchronization
Transmitter for the Sapling Wireless System
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NTP server upgrade
SMA 5000 and SMA 6000 Series Features
The SMA 5000 and the SMA 6000 Series Master Clocks are specifically designated for the Sapling TalkBack
TechnologyTM Wireless System and includes a TalkBack transmitter and receiver built in to the master clock. Each
TalkBack clock in the system must be paired wirelessly to the TalkBack master clock. The user must then name and
label each individual clock and ensure that it goes to the designated location. The TalkBack clocks are designed to
perform a self-diagnosis of various functions and transmit a status report back to the TalkBack Master Clock.
The SMA 5000 Series Master Clock includes all of the standard features listed with the SMA 2000 Series,
as well as the following:
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TalkBack Technology hardware
TalkBack Technology monitoring software allows the system administrator to see a list of all TalkBack clocks in the system, their location, and their status
TalkBack transmitter and receiver
The TalkBack Master Clock can be set to notify the system administrator
via email alert:
• When a TalkBack clock is missing or a status report has not been received
• A hand failure of an analog clock
• A display failure of a digital clock
• When a clock battery is low (for battery operated clocks)
SMA 5000 Series Optional Feature:
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GPS input for accurate time synchronization
NTP server upgrade
SMA 6000 Series Features
The SMA 6000 Series Master Clock includes all of the standard features listed with the SMA 3000 series
as well as the following:
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TalkBack Technology hardware
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TalkBack Technology monitoring software that allows the system administrator to see a list of all TalkBack clocks in the system, their location, as well as monitoring their status
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TalkBack transmitter and receiver
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The TalkBack Master Clock can be set to notify the system administrator
via email alert:
• When a TalkBack clock is missing or a status report has not been received
• A hand failure of an analog clock
• A display failure of a digital clock
• When a clock battery is low (for battery operated clocks)
SMA 6000 Series Optional Features:
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Four or eight configurable auxiliary relays
• 255 schedule (group of events) and 800 event
capabilities (such as triggering bells)
• Two programmable closure durations per relay
Pre-scheduled countdown feature – The master clock will send a
countdown command to all digital clocks at a predetermined time.
When choosing this option, at least four zone relays are required.
GPS input for accurate time synchronization
NTP server upgrade
9.
NTP 7000 Series
The NTP 7000 Series includes all the standard features listed with the SMA 2000 Series, as well as the capability of
acting as an NTP server and provide NTP time to other IP devices in the facility.
SMA 7000 Series Optional Features
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GPS input for accurate time synchronization
Transmitter for the Sapling Wireless System
NTP 8000 Series
The NTP 8000 Series includes all the standard features listed with the SMA 3000 Series, as well as the capability of
acting as an NTP server and provide NTP time to other IP devices in the facility.
SMA 8000 Series Optional Features
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Four or eight configurable auxiliary relays
• 255 schedule (group of events) capability and 800 event capability
• Two programmable closure durations per relay
Pre-scheduled countdown feature – The master clock will send a countdown command to all digital clocks at a predetermined time (Four or eight zone relays are required)
GPS input for accurate time synchronization
Transmitter for the Sapling Wireless System
The IP devices in the facility
are referring to the NTP Master Clock via LAN in order
to receive NTP time.
THE SAPLING ADVANTAGE
Fully Functional Web Interface
Sapling’s web interface allows the system administrator to have total control
of the master clock’s settings through an easy-to-use built-in web interface.
This will allow the system administrator to control settings such as Daylight
Saving Time, E-mail-alerts, NTP server settings, and so much more from any
computer on the same network.
Automatic Daylight Saving Time Update
Depending on the size of a facility, it would be a difficult and time
consuming task to adjust each clock when Daylight Saving Time occurs.
With a Sapling Master Clock controlling the system, there is no need to
worry about adjusting the time on each clock by hand, as the clocks will
automatically update themselves. This feature not only saves time, but
also saves money in maintenance fees over the life of the system.
NTP Server Redundancy
To ensure complete accuracy within a system, Sapling’s Master Clock allows a user to input up to 10
NTP server IP addresses for redundancy purposes. If communication with one NTP server is lost, Sapling’s
Master Clock will automatically move to the next NTP server IP address that is on the list.
E-mail Alerts
A user is able to receive automatic e-mail alerts when specific changes have
been made to the master clock or if communication with the accurate time
source has been lost. This feature allows a user to always be aware of the
status of the master clock.
Interfacing with Other Systems
Here at Sapling, we want to make integrating our clock system within a facility as simple as possible.
Sapling’s master clock is capable of interfacing and receiving various time protocols such as 58 minute
correction, 59 minute correction, National Time / Rauland correction, or Dukane protocol.
System Flexibility
A master clock equipped with a transmitter can provide time to both wired clocks, as well as to wireless
clocks in the system. This allows users to replace old clocks with new clocks in stages. In this case,
while the master clock is providing the wired clocks with the time signal in a wired manner, it is also
transmitting the time signal wirelessly. Sapling’s Synchronized Clock System also provides the flexibility to
mix between analog and digital clocks offered in different shapes and sizes.
For more information about the Sapling Master Clock and Synchronized Clock Systems Options,
please contact your local dealer or contact us by phone or e-mail.
11.
Sapling systems are proudly used in many facilities all over the world. With a
worldwide network of dealers and system integrators that can offer installation
services, buying a synchronized clock system has never been easier. Sapling
systems are installed in key locations such as international airports, hospitals,
healthcare establishments, schools, universities, and many others facilities. Your
satisfaction is very important to us. Rest assured that our team is working hard
to meet your expectations.
Please visit our website to learn more about our systems and products at:
http://www.sapling-inc.com/video-library/
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