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Orolia and Hoptroff strike up partnership deal, collaborate on TTaaS software

By Catherine Knowles
Thu 2 Dec 2021

Orolia and Hoptroff have entered into a partnership to deliver a service combining Orolia’s solutions with Hoptroff’s timing synchronisation software.

According to a statement from the company, the collaboration will offer Hoptroff’s Traceable Time as a Service (TTaaS) as an add-on to Orolia’s suite of products, providing more precise and verifiable time to customers in enterprise, financial, telecom, utilities, public safety, and other markets where traceable time is important.

According to the company, Hoptroff’s TTaaS offers an additional level of security and precision to meet stringent regulatory and resilient infrastructure requirements.

It does this by delivering accurate time over the network using a VPN connection over broadband or fiber networks.

The bundled solution is designed to simplify the challenge of getting accurate, traceable time in applications where GNSS access is not available or dependable, the company states.

It can also serve as an accurate, reliable backup to GNSS to provide a higher level of resiliency to timing systems being used in critical infrastructure.

Hoptroff COO Tim Richards says, “As industries evolve and computer applications become more complex and widely distributed it is essential that devices in a distributed process share the same accurate timescale to reconstruct digital events after the fact.

"Network-based traceable timing, such as TTaaS, provides resilient back up to a GNSS installation in the case of signal disruption, monitors the quality of performance of time servers and keeps a record of this timing quality at a location of the customer’s choice.

"Our partnership with Orolia means businesses will now be able to back up and monitor physical time servers and virtual servers in the cloud, so they can be sure they share the same accurate timescale, and they have the records to prove it.”

Orolia director of time sensitive networks Jeremy Onyan says, “The partnership with Hoptroff aligns with Orolia’s resilient PNT strategy by providing a wireline solution to augment its space-based PNT solutions.

"This allows us to further simplify the challenge customers face when building a highly resilient timing solution.

"By combining Orolia’s anti-jamming and spoofing solutions, high-performance GNSS based timing products, alternative signals like STL, a local high-quality oscillator, and now a wireline based Traceable Time as a Service, we have one of the most robust portfolios of resilient PNT solutions in the market.

"And with the recent acquisition of Seven Solutions, we are well-positioned to extend our capabilities into high accuracy time distribution.”

Orolia recently announced a definitive agreement to acquire Seven Solutions (7S), a global innovator in White Rabbit sub-nanosecond time transfer and synchronisation technology.

Onyan concludes, “With the capability to distribute time with little to no accuracy loss, Orolia’s customers using Hoptroff’s Traceable Time as a Service or other time references such as GNSS can extend that time to other parts of their networks and create a high level of resiliency against potential outages."

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