Time Server Keeps The Beat In Physical Security Networks

Microsemi’s SyncServer S80 server integrates a GPS antenna, receiver and Network Time Protocol (NTP) timing server into an environmentally-hardened unit, safe and reliable for outdoor installation with physical security systems. The device is able to synchronize timing for IP security cameras, Access Control Devices, Digital Video Recorders (DVR) or Network Video Recorders (NVR) or operate as the master clock for time display networks. According to the company, it secures accurate time to reduce network exposure to vulnerable public time servers or external attacks such as denial of service (DoS).


The network-ready SyncServer S80 is designed for swift integration into existing physical security networks and serves as the primary source of time for the essential time stamps on security video footage. Equipped with Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), the device connects into an existing PoE infrastructure that runs power, timing and video feed through a single cable.

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In the cases where Ethernet infrastructure is in place but PoE is not available, the S80 can be powered through the addition of a Microsemi single-port PoE Injector or a managed 6, 12 or 24 port PoE Midspan. Since the S80 is also ruggedized for outdoor installations, it can connect to the network right alongside an existing outdoor camera installation, with the addition of a Microsemi PDS-104GO 4+1 managed outdoor switch. Once connected to the network, the S80 is ready to be the source of authoritative NTP time stamps for all video camera recordings.


Microsemi's new SyncServer S80 is designed to provide ultra-accurate, nanosecond caliber NTP time stamps using the company's security-hardened NTP Reflector technology. The NTP Reflector also works as a central processing unit (CPU)-protecting firewall, shielding the S80 CPU from excessive NTP request loading. The S80 is ideally suited for video networks with tens to thousands of IP cameras, with no degradation in NTP server performance while operating as the trusted source of accurate time on the network.


The SyncServer S80 NTP Network Time Server will be available for purchase in November 2017. For more details a SyncServer S80 datasheet is available as well as more information about Microsemi's Enterprise-grade NTP Time Servers.

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