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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British APCO

British APCO

Chronos is pleased to be a Bronze Member of British APCO. Launched in June 1993 as the British Association of Public Safety Communications Officials, British APCO, also known as BAPCO, is now acknowledged as the leading UK based Association for all professionals using or developing Public Safety technology.

British APCO is a growing community with extensive knowledge in Public Safety technology as a result of our members’ use and delivery of real life public safety solutions. As a registered charity, we are independent, user led, working to improve emergency services and public safety communications and information technology for everybody’s benefit.

Chronos has been providing unrivalled knowledge and experience in the supply and installation of GNSS solutions for over 30 years. We supply and install GPS repeater technology for Fire & Rescue Services (FRS) throughout the UK, bringing GNSS signals inside and eliminating valuable time to first fix (TTFF). We also offer ground-breaking GPS in tunnels solutions enabling the pinpointing of people and assets with a standard iPhone.

Additionally, we have designed GPS jamming and interference detection and location solutions (via our GPS-World.uk website) which we supply to various UK police forces. We also supply Jackson Labs’ OEM modules, (via our GPS-World.uk website) subsystems and box-level solutions that include front-end receivers, transcoders, rack-mounted equipment, and patented retrofit technology.

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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.

Visit CW website.

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Cyber Essentials Certified Plus

Cyber Essentials Certified Plus

Cyber Essentials is a government backed and industry-supported scheme that helps businesses protect themselves against the growing threat of cyber attacks and provides a clear statement of the basic controls organisations should have in place to protect themselves.

Chronos has been awarded Cyber Essentials Plus which is the highest level of certification offered under the Cyber Essentials scheme. It is a more rigorous test of Chronos’s cyber security systems where cyber security experts carry out vulnerability tests to make sure that our organisation is protected against basic hacking and phishing attacks.

More information is available on the National Cyber Security Centre website

 

European Utilities Telecom Council (EUTC)

European Utilities Telecom Council (EUTC)

A net-zero carbon future, end to fuel-poverty, sustainability, security and resilience are some of the major challenges facing utilities in the 2020s, all within strictly regulated industries. The high level global challenges associated with mitigating climate change are driving very demanding obligations within the utility sector. As a result, the sector is going through a paradigm shift in the way that networks are controlled and monitored as their systems migrate towards an integral smart grid.

All stakeholders are expanding and adapting their operational telecoms systems, using all sorts of technologies including wireless technology, and increasingly integrated into their operational processes in a shared network and services environment. This comes with a plethora of requirements and challenges, among others:
– growing and evolving rapidly to deploy massive numbers of devices
– ensuring cyber security and resilience for more digitalised critical infrastructure
– operational flexibility to adapt to changing regulations and market needs

The European Utilities Telecom Council (EUTC) addresses these challenges by bringing industry experts together from across Europe, enabling them to share knowledge and stay up to date in this rapidly changing field. The EUTC works in partnership with the relevant stakeholders that actively seek its opinions in important issues such as spectrum allocation and development of the future energy grid. EUTC plays a significant part in shaping the future of standards development, technology ecosystem and key EU policies in order to allow the utility sector to procure cost effective, robust products and services for OT networks. This is achieved through interaction directly with the utility community, vendor supply chain and regulators at national and EU level.

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Innovate UK

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.

Visit Innovate UK website

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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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JOSCAR

Chronos is a member of JOSCAR, a collaborative tool used by the aerospace, defence and security industry to act as a single repository for pre-qualification and compliance information.

One of the key aims of JOSCAR is to ensure that the information that suppliers and third parties are asked to provide to their clients is proportionate to the types of goods of services being supplied. A dynamic two-stage process is used to ensure that the process is tailored, and therefore as efficient as possible.

Stage 1 collects basic information about a supplier or third party to produce a profile on their legal entity, financial status and the nature of goods and services being supplied. This information allows an inherent risk assessment to be performed to determine if Stage 2 is needed in order to collect more detailed information.

Stage 2 requires the completion of a more detailed questionnaire along with supporting evidence, such as policies and certificates. To make the process as efficient as possible, only questions relevant to the nature of goods and services indicated in Stage 1 are asked, and most of the questions have selectable answers rather than requiring lengthy written responses.

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Power Networks Demonstration Centre (PNDC)

Power Networks Demonstration Centre (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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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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