We are members of several industry forums including synchronisation & timing standards bodies setting the standards for synchronisation and timing excellence.  Our team of experts sit on various steering groups, chair sessions and regularly participate and present at industry events.

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ADS is the premier trade organisation representing and supporting UK businesses operating in the UK aerospace, defence, security and space industries. Whether representing industry or driving forward innovation and growth, ADS is at the forefront of these activities. For more information please visit our website.

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Cambridge Wireless CW

Cambridge Wireless CW

Chronos is a member of CW, a leading and vibrant community with a rapidly expanding network of over 400 companies across the globe interested in the development and application of technologies to solve business problems. CW connects these companies and stimulates collaborative innovation through a range of thought-provoking high-profile networking events.

Companies are drawn from all parts of the wireless enabled world, from silicon design and electronics, securely connected devices, networks, smart phones, software and vertical applications, through to data analytics, artificial intelligence, content delivery, telecommunications, and satellites.

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Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the new name for the Technology Strategy Board, the UK’s innovation agency, accelerating economic growth. We know that taking a new idea to market is a challenge. We fund, support and connect innovative businesses through a unique mix of people and programmes to accelerate sustainable economic growth.

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Institute of Telecoms Professionals

Institute of Telecoms Professionals

Chronos is a member of the Institute of Telecommunications Professionals (ITP) which is the UK’s leading independent institution for people who work in telecommunications.

The ITP is dedicated to promoting the professional and career development of members through Professional Registration, training, mentoring and qualifications. Members are kept up to date with the latest industry developments through The Journal, podcasts and regional events, as well as through workshops, seminars and networking sessions.

The ITP collaborates with regulators, government associations and other leading bodies on a wide variety of projects that are important to the future of the industry, representing the views of its members.

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Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET)

Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET)

The Institution of Engineering and Technology is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community. The IET has more than 150,000 members in 127 countries and offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. The IET provides a global knowledge network to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote the positive role of science, engineering and technology in the world. Charles Curry is a Fellow of the IET and a member of the Steering Group for Communications and Professional Network.

Further information on the IET

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International Telecommunication Union

International Telecommunication Union

ITU is the leading United Nations agency for information and communication technologies. As the global focal point for governments and the private sector, ITU’s role in helping the world communicate spans 3 core sectors: radiocommunication, standardisation and development. Chronos is an associate member of ITU-T Study Group 15, Question 13 – Network Synchronisation and Time Distribution Performance. Network sync performance specifications are essential for successful operation of digital transmission networks including the support of, for example, mobile networks. Network timing performance standards are necessary to define the feasibility and most effective means of implementing a time reference distribution service. This includes the distribution of both precision time and frequency.

The following major Recommendations, in force at the time of approval of this Question, fall under its responsibility:

Definitions and Architecture: G.781, G.810, G.8260, G.8264, G.8265, G.8275
PTP Profiles: G.8265.1, G.8275.1
Network Performance: G.8251, G.822, G.823, G.824, G.825, G.8261, G.8261.1, G.8271, G.8271.1
Clocks: G.811, G.812, G.813, G.8262, G.8263, G.8272, G.8273, G.8273.2
Test equipment: O.171, O.172, O.173, O.174 and O.182

If you would like to know more about ITU Standards for Telecom Network Synchronisation, please contact us.

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International Timing & Sync Forum (ITSF)

International Timing & Sync Forum (ITSF)

The International Timing & Sync Forum (ITSF) is the largest specialist time and synchronisation conference in the world showcasing solutions for Telecoms, Finance, Broadcast, Automotive, Smart Grids, IoT, Distributed Datacenters, Transport and Defence. Founded in 2001 by Charles Curry, the conference is organised by Executive Industry Events and features use case and forthcoming requirements in 4G/5G Networks, Smart Grids, Transport, Finance, Data Centres, Broadcast, Defence, IoT and Automotive. It also features the latest in standards and standards roadmaps for using and securing timing, including MiFID II, PTP/1588, SyncE, NTP.

The high quality content is put together by the ITSF Steering Group comprised of international experts in time and sync (including members of the Chronos team) representing equipment manufacturers, operators and in many cases members of relevant Standards bodies.

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PNDC

The Power Networks Demonstration Centre is a venture founded by government, industrial and academic partners with the aim of accelerating the adoption of innovative research and technologies from early stage research into business as usual adoption by the electricity industry. Building the next generation of energy networks requires collaboration and the PNDC connects stakeholders through every stage of the innovation process. The unique facility enables highly realistic and accelerated technology testing alongside a rich portfolio of research programmes across the full Smart Grid domain.

Timing and synchronisation between power plants and sub-stations is a key requirement in today’s Smart Grid. The ability to measure time in increments as small as a nanosecond is vital for efficient monitoring, phasor measurement, sampled values, resiliency and control of power plants and sub-stations to maintain safety and ensure continuity of supply. Chronos is taking an active role in helping to transform the electricity grid to meet the complexities and demands of current and future generation and consumption via our membership of PNDC’s world class facility.

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Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation

Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation

Use of GPS jamming and spoofing equipment is illegal in most countries. The lack of detection and location networks, along with few enforcement staff, make enforcement difficult. Also, most of the applicable laws were passed before satellite navigation and timing existed, so maximum penalties often do not reflect the potential impact on economic activity, damage to property, and human injury or loss of life. The RNT Foundation promotes appropriate laws and enforcement that reflects the potential damage that can be done and will deter/prevent jamming and spoofing.

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The Broadcast Bridge

The Broadcast Bridge

Chronos is a member of The Broadcast Bridge which is at the heart of the broadcast media technology industry, delivering a new and exciting platform that delivers high quality, relevant technology content in a uniquely segmented and interlinked web-based platform.

As networks move to IP and spectrum becomes under even more pressure the technologies in any broadcast network become more sophisticated. This means certain functions increase in importance and change from being a background low specification task to a critical high specification function. One of these functions is Synchronisation & Timing.

As broadcast technologies become more sophisticated so the need for accurate and robust synchronisation increases. Simple GPS receivers can be a single point of risk in a network, multi constellation, monitoring and holdover increases the resilience of the sync function.

Chronos receives RIN's 2018 Duke of Edinburgh's Navigation Award

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The Royal Institute of Navigation

Chronos is a long standing member of The Royal Institute of Navigation which was formed in 1947, granted Royal recognition in 1972 and incorporated by Royal Charter in 2006. The Institute’s aims are:

  • To unite in one body those interested in navigation
  • To advance the art, science and practice of navigation
  • To promote knowledge in navigation and its associated sciences, including positioning, timing, tracking and conduct of a journey, whether on, in, over or under land, sea, air or space

The RIN meets these objectives through the running of targeted events and international conferences which focus on the hot issues and leading activity in the navigation industry; the publication of the world-renowned Journal of Navigation and the popular bimonthly magazine Navigation News; and the running of competitions to promote navigation in all areas.

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Workshop on Synchronisation in Telecommunication Systems (WSTS)

Workshop on Synchronisation in Telecommunication Systems (WSTS)

Workshop on Synchronisation in Telecommunication Systems (WSTS)

Accurate time synchronisation is essential to enable communications networks. The NIST-ATIS sponsored workshop highlights both evolving sync requirements and deployment strategies for new sync systems and standards and how these affect industries and equipment manufacturers. WSTS is managed by a Steering Committee comprising sync experts from a variety of industries (including Chronos) and defines the main topics to be addressed each year. Together with its sister conference ITSF in Europe, WSTS represent a global alliance of pre-eminent experts associated with synchronisation in a wide variety of industries such as Telecom, Finance, Energy, Broadcast, IoT and Defence. Many of these experts act as steering group members for both conferences, as well as sit on various standards bodies including ITU, ATIS, IEEE and IETF.

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