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Microchip enables resilient timing for critical infrastructure

Microchip has integrated its BlueSky GNSS Firewall with its TimePictra 11 synchronization monitoring and management platform in order to protect 5G networks and other critical timing infrastructure from Global Positioning System (GPS) signal jamming and spoofing.

“Microchip’s TimePictra system improves overall situational awareness by managing network timing synchronization as well as our GNSS firewall that improves a network’s resilience through real-time GPS threat detection and mitigation,” explained Randy Brudzinski, vice president, Frequency and Time Systems business unit. “The solution’s scalability is particularly valuable for mobile operators who can use TimePictra to monitor GNSS based source clocks along with our secure network-based timing distribution solutions to deploy a highly resilient timing architecture for their transition to 5G.”

In addition to requiring precise timing from GNSS sources, critical infrastructure operators also need accurate timing to be distributed across their networks so they can ensure reliable performance and service delivery.

TimePictra provides full control and monitoring for resilient timing architectures created with Microchip’s broad product portfolio including its TimeProvider 4100 grandmasters for 5G network synchronization. It also monitors the health and performance of these networks’ distributed Precision Time Protocol (PTP) client clocks.

According to Microchip, by integrating BlueSky GNSS Firewall management into the TimePictra console view it's now possible to give operators a unified picture of the entire timing architecture and all timing sources.

Beyond supporting 5G deployments, TimePictra enables aviation, railway and maritime ports with a regional, national or global view of GNSS reception. TimePictra in combination with BlueSky GNSS Firewalls is able to monitor key GNSS observables to detect live sky signal anomalies and deliver early alerting so that operators can engage alternate procedures that do not rely on GNSS.

These capabilities are increasingly important where public safety is dependent on the position and navigation for daily operations.

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Neil Tyler

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