FCC Licensing & the Sapling Advantage


The Federal Communications Organization is a government agency tasked with regulating communications through the mediums of radio, television, satellite, and cable. Wireless synchronized time systems transmit data through radio frequencies (RF). In order to maintain order within RF the FCC has created certain rules. For instance, certain radio frequencies are only intended for a single purpose such as those used by police and aviators. Many frequencies ranges require the purchase, and periodic renewal of an FCC license in order to transmit at them. However, there are some frequency ranges that are considered to be “open” and do not require a license; anyone can transmit inside these ranges without charge.

All of Sapling’s clocks and systems transmit inside the frequency range 915-928 MHz (2.4 GHz frequency range for international users). Unlike many of our competitors, Sapling’s products operate in an open frequency. The purchase and renewal of FCC licensing is not necessary for any of Sapling’s exceptional products. Other manufacturers of synchronized time systems cannot accomplish transmission on open frequencies for two reasons: open frequencies are lower than those requiring licensing, and there is more interference on open frequencies. Sapling’s wireless synchronized time systems alleviate these issues through our innovated technical advantage.

Sapling’s wireless time systems are unaffected by interference on open frequencies as result of our patented frequency-hopping technology. Frequency-hopping is when wireless devices broadcast over a range of frequencies randomly and frequently to nullify interference. Sapling’s products hop between 51 different frequencies (72 for international users) to make interference a nonissue, even on open frequencies.

Sapling accomplishes transmission at lower, open frequency through our internal repeater innovations. Each Sapling wireless clock also acts as a repeater, meaning when the clock receives the wireless signal it also retransmits it to surrounding clocks. Other manufactures who do not possess this groundbreaking feature require all secondary clocks to be within range of the master clock. Sapling wireless time systems only require secondary clocks to be in range of each other, allowing them to operate at a lower frequency. Even though Sapling wireless synchronized time systems operate at lower frequencies they are still more reliable because the secondary clocks receive the time signal from multiple paths.

Sapling’s technological superiority leaves no need for FCC licensing, saving time, money, and effort. FCC licensing needs to be periodically renewed, meaning this is a cost and annoyance that continues throughout the life of a system. Why pay for a license? With Sapling you don’t have to. Not needing a FCC license is just part of the Sapling advantage!