American Time & Signal Company products are at the forefront of synchronized wireless clock system technology
Clocks across schools, hospitals, universities and businesses are ticking in sync thanks to American Time & Signal Company's development of Site Sync IQ, its latest generation of synchronized wireless clock systems.
In SiteSync IQ systems, a controller receives the time signal from GPS satellites, cell phone towers or through an Ethernet connection. The transmitting antenna attached to the controller sends the time signal throughout a facility to the wireless clocks, making every clock
accurate right down to the second. As a value-add, American Time & Signal also offers to customize each clock with a company logo or school mascot free of charge.
Ronda Anderson, marketing manager, says the technology is particularly useful within large buildings like hospitals, schools or manufacturing facilities.
"If you think of an atomic clock or a radio controlled clock, that's coming from a signal all the way in Colorado, so the signal may or may not be strong enough to work in your building, especially if it's made from a lot of concrete or a lot of metal. With our product,
you're sending out your own signal so you can control the strength of it and how much you need based on the size of the facility," Anderson explains.
Founder and CEO Jeff Baumgartner, who started the business in Dassel's old post office in 1980, says the company's growth has been explosive since its beginnings as a clock repair company.
"My first catalog was 12 pages of replacement clocks, clock parts and I offered a clock repair service. Our 2011 catalog is 256 pages with over 26,000 products to choose from. Basically, when it comes to clocks, clock parts and clock systems, we have it, we can get it or we
can build it," Baumgartner says.
American Time & Signal is now preparing to roll out Ethernet powered clocks, which eliminate the need for batteries. While the private company doesn't release earnings, Baumgartner looks forward to continued growth in 2011.