White Rabbit deal boots timing synchronisation

October 26, 2021 // By Nick Flaherty
White Rabbit deal boots timing synchronisation
Spanish White Rabbit timing synchronisation company Seven Solutions is to be acquired by Orolia in the US for an undisclosed sum.

Seven Solutions in Granada, Spain, is a developer of ‘White Rabbit’ (WR) sub-nanosecond time transfer and synchronization technology. This is an extension to Ethernet technology initially proposed by European research lab CERN and developed in collaboration with many institutes and companies. It allows users to synchronize remote devices within 1ns latency and a 20ps jitter and has been adopted across metrology institutes, fintech datacentres and radar applications as well as in the latest release of the IEEE 1588 standard.

The WR network is designed to support distance ranges of 10 km using fibre cables and there are experiments showing synchronization capabilities over hundred of kilometres

Orolia has a full-scale, modular approach to resilient positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) which includes atomic clocks with a combination of GNSS signals protected with Interference Detection and Mitigation (IDM) technology, together with Low Earth Orbit (LEO) secure alternative signals from satellites. The addition of Seven Solutions products will deliver terrestrial sub-nanosecond time distribution from distant and potentially redundant locations.

The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and approvals required by the Spanish government and is expected to close before the end of the year.

The merger will enhance Orolia’s portfolio for defence, aerospace, data centres, telecom, financial services, smart grids, and other critical infrastructure industries and will enable the next generation applications dependent on ultra-precise, resilient timing and frequency technology.

“Orolia and Seven Solutions under one umbrella will combine our world-leading technologies to draw a new frontier in network timing to sub-nanosecond levels, delivering the most robust and accurate Resilient PNT solutions for our customers,” said Jean-Yves Courtois, CEO of Orolia. “Seven Solutions’ long history of delivering cutting-edge time distribution solutions to sectors like telecommunications, smart-grid, aerospace, defence and scientific facilities aligns perfectly with Orolia’s DNA.   It will add to the list of industry-first capabilities that Orolia regularly brings to market to unlock new possibilities for our customers, including to further protect their critical applications against threats, disruption, manipulation of PNT services, such as GPS/GNSS jamming, spoofing and outages.”

Orolia and Seven Solutions will combine their global sales, marketing, product development and operations. 

“We believe the union of our companies will produce the future of time transfer and frequency distribution solutions in terms of accuracy, reliability and interoperability,” said Rafael Rodriguez, chief technology officer and co-founder of Seven Solutions. “Finance, 5G telecommunications, datacentres and hyperscalers have new and upgraded functionalities requiring ultra-accurate time distribution accuracy. To maximize interoperability, our solution for time transfer is based on the White Rabbit concept that has been pushed over the last decade to become the basis of the standard High Accuracy time transfer profile within the recent release of IEEE 1588 of precision time protocol.”

Orolia and Seven Solutions are both members of the Open PNT Industry Alliance.

www.orolia.com; www.sevensols.com

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