Beagle Software's approach is a
simple yet powerful software application that use the hardware and system
software you already run. In essence the approach features a main time-synchronization program that keeps the
computer it is running on set to the correct time. The approach is
scalable - it allows other computers on the network to get the correct time
or can provide the exact time to a specialized time stamping order printer.
Beagle Software's systems offer you an
easy way to implement PCI compliance at your firm:
- Single computers can keep in sync by
running ClockWatch Pro
- Networked computers can run ClockWatch
The advantages of Beagle Software's PCI compliant time synchronization
Synchronizing a Single
Computer with the Atomic Clock
ClockWatch Pro offers a simple and
effective means of keeping a single computer synchronized with the atomic
When maintaining two or more networked
computers at the correct time, we offer a Client/Server software solution
that will keep an entire network set to the correct time.
In the diagram, ClockWatch Server is servicing the time requests
from workstations running ClockWatch Client. ClockWatch Server also keeps the computer it
is running on set to the correct time by accessing external timeservers over the Internet
or through a directly dialed connection. The trader's applications use the correct time
maintained by ClockWatch.
The ClockWatch host server's job is to keep the time accurate on the host and to
process requests and send appropriate responses. The ClockWatch Client's job is to send
requests to the ClockWatch server to maintain the correct time. All interaction with
external timeservers is done by the host server. The communication link with the clients
must be a network (e.g. Ethernet) connection.
How it works
Server is installed on the computer
which acts as the enterprise-wide timeserver.
Server is listening on the LAN / WAN for client requests.
Server makes periodic calls to the NIST to keep the time accurate on the computer it is
running on. To make the connection it uses the native Internet connection
or gets time from GPS satellites, WWV broadcast or CDMA cell phone
Independently, a workstation running ClockWatch Client can synchronize to standard
time from Server over the LAN or WAN using the sockets protocol.
Server responds to each client with correct time, logging client request.
Since clients don't need to talk to timeservers on the
Internet therefore Internet traffic
is reduced and the integrity of corporate firewalls is maintained.
- Client adjusts time for time zone and sets internal clock to correct
time, logging the time change.
- Clocks can be locked down to prevent
unauthorized date or time changes.
Why Use Beagle Software?
As a potential Beagle Software customer, you can be secure in the knowledge that
you would be working with a vendor who specializes in installing Client/Server time
synchronization solutions for the Retail Industry.
ClockWatch Pro and Client/Server software can be downloaded from our web site to allow for
real-time evaluation. Just choose the packages from the Download
Page. Please note that the evaluation version of ClockWatch Server will
only work with a single ClockWatch Client. When Client licenses are purchased,
Beagle Software will provide the key codes to handle multiple clients. All products can be
Potential customers can also request a free demonstration CD-ROM
containing working versions of all the Client/Server application. Request the free CD-ROM.
For more information or
field engineering support
contact Beagle Software.
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