Accurate and reliable ( microsecond accuracy, 24/7 availability ) Easy to install and maintain ( most users up and running in less than a minute ) Versatile ( able to use almost any reference time source including GPS and internet time servers ) Low total cost of ownership ( support included meaning no yearly support fees )
PresenTense Time Server is a multi protocol time server which synchronizes itself with any true time source and then acts as a server for all network clients. It is easy to set up but has powerful configuration settings for networks which require a high degree of accuracy. This means you can use PresenTense Server to synchronize your PC to a primary time source such as an atomic clock on the internet and offer time services to clients on your local area network. PresenTense server also allows synchronization to GPS receivers via RS-232 and the NMEA 0183 protocol. PresenTense Time Server ships with drivers for many reference clocks including Spectracom and Hopf. If you need an accurate, inexpensive and reliable time server, read on!
This feature enables you to operate time clients on your network using different time protocols simultaneously depending on your requirements for accuracy. The latest version of our NTP4 plug-in for PresenTense Time Server ships free of charge with all PresenTense Time Server software.
PresenTense Time Server features include :
Multi Protocol Support
When operating as a secondary time server, PresenTense Time Server can synchronize to primary, network time servers of the following protocol families :
When operating as a primary time server, PresenTense Time Server can synchronize to GPS receivers via the PC's serial port and the NMEA 0183 protocol. In order to be compatible with PresenTense Time Server, GPS receivers must emit the GPRMC NMEA sentence (recommended minimum coordinates) at one or two second intervals. Special support is included for the Garmin GPS 2 Plus and the Garmin 38 hand held GPS receivers. You may use either PresenTense Time Server's native GPS support or the GPS support furnished by the NTP4 plugin's reference clock support.
Free Run Support
PresenTense Time Server automatically compensates for local system clock drift when operating in NTP or SNTP mode. This ensures maximum clock accuracy when free-running in the event of loss of connectivity to the reference time source. The National Emergency Number Association (NENA) identifies time keeping requirements for Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) such as 911 call centers. These requirements include continuous accuracy of 100 milliseconds to UTC when locked to the reference time source and a maximum clock drift or error accumulation of one second pay day when the system must "free run". See also PresenTense NTP Auditor.
An automatic fail-over mechanism switches to a redundant network time source if the primary time source becomes unavailable (only available when synchronizing to a primary network time server).
Email Alarm Action
PresenTense Time Server can notify you by email if the time source becomes unavailable or critical errors are encountered during operation. All types of SMTP AUTH are supported including NTLM, LOGIN, PLAIN, NONE and CRAM-MD5.
SysLog server support
PresenTense Time Server can send messages to a local or remote SysLog server. A text based local copy or messages can be generated in addition to sending to the network based SysLog server.
PresenTense Time Server operates as a true system service - invisibly in the background. Configuration changes are made via the PresenTense Time Server applet in the system control panel.
PresenTense Time Server features some of the most advanced configuration options on the market today.
SNTP time engine can be set to serve local time instead of GST/UTC Selective binding: You choose which time services to make available on which interfaces. Advanced logging for problem solving. Extreme fault tolerance: COM ports can be set to poll continuously until a GPS clock comes back on-line.
Initial setup and later configuration via the control panel require administrator privileges. This minimizes the risk of tampering with system parameters by unauthorized users.
Remote Monitoring and Administration
PresenTense Time Server may be administered fully by remote and monitored over the network to ensure accurate time keeping. Please check www.bytefusion.com for availability of monitoring software.