If you have decided to implement wireless clocks into your building or facility, by no means have you steered yourself wrong. However, if you are in the beginning stages of this very much “involved” purchase, which requires research, price shopping and installation, you will find that there are many more decisions to make down this road. To make your shopping experience a little easier, as well as help define the system that will be right for your application, please review these quick, yet important hints to consider when preparing to purchase your wireless clock system:
1. The Technology
What kind of technology is being used to transmit a signal to the wireless clocks? The signal, as well as the way in which the signal travels, can play a big part in the functionality of the system in your particular building. If your building or facility poses any interfering infrastructure to the signal, such as a large amount of concrete or rebar, the wireless clocks you select should have built-in technology or an available accessory to find a way around the interfering infrastructure and assure healthy wireless transmissions to all clocks.
2. The Material
In any facility, whether it’s a school, hospital, transportation facility, or any other building requiring accurate time display, the clocks on the wall could very well be subject to physical damage. For example, in the gymnasium of a school, bats and balls could possibly knock a clock off the wall, sending it crashing into the ground. When you are forced to put your wireless clocks in harm’s way like the above situation, it is crucial that you buy clocks that have been tested and approved for UL certification. UL guarantees that the plastic or metal your clocks are made out are of the highest quality, ensuring that the product you are purchasing is above the standard for quality.
3. The Power
There are two options for powering your analog wireless clocks: with batteries, or with a local power supply. There are benefits to using either form, but it is important to realize when to use which power source for the particular situation in your facility. Locally powered wireless clocks are ideal when retrofitting with an existing infrastructure, one which previously had an older wired system installed. In this situation, the power supplies from previous clocks can be used to power your new wireless clocks – an efficient choice when trying to utilize your building’s existing resources. However, when installing wireless clocks in a newly built infrastructure, many builders and contractors would install wireless battery powered clocks, avoiding the hefty costs of running new wiring to each individual clock.