Certichron is a Partner with its Relying Parties to provide access to UTC(NIST)
Certichron believes that legally-speaking the only party who can assert a time-scale is the US Government.To make this work with today’s commerce needs. Certichron has developed a hub-and-spoke distribution model for providing parties who need this provable level of access to the sovereign (civilian) timebase of the US in a commercial-class manner. Our solution provides parties with direct and indirect access to regional timescale instances which complete their chain-of-custody to a US UTC(NIST) timescale standard.
Historically Certichron is a third-generation UTC(NIST) time-provider partner that creates value by allowing parties who need specific time-management practices to meet them. Certichron’s model brings the time-provisioning of network operating security to meet the real requirements of compliance.
The reasons this is necessary today have to do with two fundamental things about the Digital Universe, and that is every networking transaction takes two parties at minimum to make real. That flows through to the connection and process models for all accounting and operations as well.
Certichron is Driven by the Following:
- Trust in Digital Contexts Takes Intent and Effort – In the digital world, everything takes place in the ether. Providing a Trust Anchor to prove evidence of who, what, where and when of a digital event is powerful. By creating purposeful evidence of the chain of custody of time data from the US Government to the client, time data becomes proof of an event that is accepted for most audit, legal and regulatory uses.
- Trusted Networking is a Partnership – Every packet has a source and a destination, and time data, when it is moved through a network has the same requirements. In today’s world where time comes from and how you prove that it actually got to you from where you claim it did is important.
- While easy to deploy as a trust source GPS and Other Time Services Are Not Provable - In addition to being subject to spoofing, jamming and outages, GPS has no provable source from a forensic standpoint. GPS data is broadcast from a 1-way source that has neither a physical connection to nor a relationship of any kind with the receiver. This design feature makes GPS powerful as a navigation tool and triggering device for location-based-service applications, but it also make GPS a questionable source of trust since there is no proof of chain-of-custody. The use of these devices creates what are called “Islands of Trust with no Bridges”.
- A Secure National Critical Infrastructure – Time data is used ubiquitously to keep our digital world running properly. Most of the time data is supplied by GPS satellites. Without a terrestrial hub-and-spoke hard wired PNT fail-over, our National Critical Infrastructure can be severely impacted in the event GPS is not accessible.
NIST ITS Program Partner
Certichron maintains 33% of the NIST time server infrastructure in the United States with time centers located in Los Angeles, San Jose, Las Vegas, Chicago, Atlanta, Hatfield PA, Weehawken, and Bridgewater NJ, and New York. The NIST ITS program places US NIST Time Servers as public access points to the US National Civilian Timebase under the NIST operating charters. The service is more and more a key piece of the US national critical infrastructure and provides both trusted time for all network borne transaction and a hardware based terrestrial backup to the radio-navigation based time delivery systems we are also accustomed to using.
The CertifiedTime™ family of solutions is available across the US and Canada from Certichron’s Regional Timing Centers.