Installing Several DocuClocks in a Single Facility
Installing several DocuClocks in a office setting is easy and straightforward. Simply decide where the printers will go, how they will connect with the Atomic Clock and where to store the logs.
Planning - Layout
Install DocuClock at convenient points about the office. Most often a single DocuClock is shared by several traders working nearby. A single cable connects the PC to the printing head. The PC itself can be stand-alone or connected to other computers via a LAN. Access to the time source can be over the Internet or a directly dialed modem connection.
Installation of DocuClock is quick and easy. Typically, one DocuClock printer is installed on a single PC. The printer is unpacked attached to the computer and the software is loaded onto the computer. The access of the computer to the atomic clock depends if the computer is acting as a stand-alone PC or is attached to other computers on a local network. Installation video...
A single cable connects the DocuClock to the computer. The computer access the Atomic Clock using a high speed or dial up Internet connection. The Clock sync software can also dial the NIST directly using the computer's existing modem.
Networking 2 or more DocuClocks at a single location is easy. Simply designate one machine a timeserver and install ClockWatch Server. The individual computers running DocuClock would also run ClockWatch Client software. The Client gets the time from the timeserver. Everything is done over the existing LAN cabling. No additional hardware or cabling is needed. More...
Of course, networked computers can always choose to operate in the stand-alone mode and contact the Atomic Clock directly.
The normal operation of the DocuClock operation is printing slips with the exact time or date. To print the printer must be on, with the computer and the software running.
Several times a day the software synchronizes the computer with the Atomic Clock. Every time the clock is set the results of the setting are written into a log file. In order to comply with industry requirements (such as the NASD OATS) it is important to preserve the clock setting log to show that the time stamp is in calibration.
Clock Setting Logs
The clock setting logs can be written to a file local to the PC or in a central directory on the network. In the local case, the file is written to the log file in the default directory. The logs can be retried for review or archiving.
In a networked setting the files can either be kept locally or written to a common directory on the network. When writing to a common directory, the filename is usually changed to the local computer name or a name to readily identify its source. All the logs are then available in the common directory and are available for viewing or archiving.
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