From launch all OxTS INS next generation Inertial Navigation Systems will have the option to use PTP with compatible 3rd party devices.
Precision Timing Protocol (PTP) is a network-based time synchronisation protocol that is used to synchronise all clocks throughout a computer network. Enabling PTP with compatible devices will allow users to take advantage of the high-quality clock-source available with their next generation OxTS INS – GNSS.
By synchronising all clocks within a network, users can stamp out time drift and take advantage of a much simpler ethernet plug and play set-up.
Stamp out time drift
Time drift becomes an issue when there is more than one data acquisition system working in parallel – for example LiDAR and INS. Each system will have it’s own timing error, and over time this error will grow and create drift.
- In a surveying environment, time drift can negatively impact pointclouds by making object recognition difficult, subsequently leading to blurring and double-vision.
- For automotive engineers, when running campaigns, analysis of events within your data may be misaligned, making the analysis more difficult and/or less efficient.
Synchronising all clocks within a network to a single source (INS) will eliminate time drift and therefore produce clearer, more concise pointclouds and improve the clarity of automotive testing data.
By migrating from a traditional PPS hardware set-up, that involves connecting and wiring multiple cables, users can take advantage of an ethernet ‘plug-and-play solution.
This improved set-up gives surveyors and test engineers the ability to cut down the amount of time it takes to begin data collection and makes day-to-day use of the equipment much simpler and more efficient.
The following images compare an example PPS hardware set-up with a PTP enabled network.
PPS hardware set-up
PTP hardware set-up
Why use PTP?
With which OxTS devices is PTP available?
PTP can be enabled on all new OxTS next generation Inertial Navigation Systems.
The term ‘next generation’ relates to any v3 INS, the RT1003 and the new xNAV650.
Any older OxTS devices will need to be upgraded to next generation v3 devices to realise the benefits of PTP.
Any customer with OxTS v2 and v3 Inertial Navigation Systems can now also benefit from tri (v2) and quad (v3) constellation position accuracy.
Already using an OxTS INS? - Upgrade to PTP
Stamp out time drift
To begin your upgrade please submit your contact details and your local OxTS distributor will be in touch to discuss your upgrade.
Please note that owners of older OxTS INS devices will need to upgrade to a v3 next generation device.
Alternatively, you can email your enquiry to email@example.com