Not long ago, the average school operated its school zone flashing system manually. In other words, when there were school holidays, someone had to change the settings. In addition, if trouble occurred, a technician had to be called and sent to the lights. However, many of today’s educational facilities choose to use an IP time clock system and it comes with a wide range of benefits. Let’s check out this system and see what it can do for you.
IP Clocks Explained
Most digital clocks must be set to maintain proper time and some have the ability to wirelessly connect to a time server somewhere in the world. However, this kind of system can sometimes be interrupted when the radio signal is interfered with. Plus, the only function this provides is time accuracy.
IP stands for Internet protocol and an online clock is part of a computer network. It allows the same accurate time to be displayed anywhere on the network. This provides a wide range of benefits. For example:
* All clocks are the same everywhere on campus and there are no discrepancies.
* Everything can be done over a wireless connection
* You can receive time in analog and digital formats.
* Other features can be programmed (like date and emergency messages).
How Does an IP Time Clock Work?
Internet time clocks have 3 basic components:
You receive many benefits, such as:
* Versatile – can be used on cellular, WiFi or wired modem connections.
* Process control is in real time
* Easy programming
* Backup data features
* Auto adjustments for leap years and DST
* Can be used with either DC or AC power
* Programmable holidays
* Can work with present Internet and network system
Choosing the Right Clock for Your School
When you shop for the best IP time clock, make sure to consider the size of your student body. Your system should have sufficient memory for tracking everyone. In other words, a small system may be the best option if you have a small school.
Additional features are sometimes a good idea. For example, you might have the need to use more than one schedule and some units can handle as many as six. Secure access is another consideration.
Budget may be the most important factor to consider. Make sure to choose an IP time clock which fits into your current budget.