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Implementing a terrestrial timing solution: best practices

The modern power grid relies heavily on precise timing, largely provided by the Global Positioning System (GPS). However, this dependence exposes a vulnerability to both natural and adversarial threats. Experts increasingly agree on the necessity to diversify our timing sources. Beyond mere redundancy, the focus is on resilience: the capacity to anticipate, withstand, and recover from disruptions. By embracing alternative timing solutions, we can fortify our grids against GPS-related risks. This ensures uninterrupted, efficient and secure power distribution.

Advanced terrestrial timing solutions mark a significant shift in grid synchronization and address the issue of power infrastructure being solely reliant on GPS. Instead of relying on a singular time source, these systems utilize a combination of terrestrial and aerial technologies, creating a diversified, resilient foundation. This interconnected structure not only offers redundancy and precision but also fortifies against possible interruptions. With this transformation, we move closer to a future of resilient and fail-safe power distribution systems.

At the heart of this initiative is Precision Time Protocol (PTP) timing and a suite of associated technologies tailored for diverse transmission scenarios. Whether it’s terrestrial networks, 5G, satellite systems, or advanced AI-enhanced grid sensor analytics, the solution range is wide. Collaboration with esteemed entities, from NIST to WAPA, further advances the reliability of these innovations. Read our comprehensive brochure to explore how these solutions are set to redefine power grid time synchronization.