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"Papa Giovanni XXIII" Hospitals of Bergamo

Time within a large health facility

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Objective

To ensure time synchronization of all devices and with all services and components of the hospital as well as of the other external areas within the facility - To make the current time accessible and easily legible for the end-users

Answer

By using a GPS-synchronized Master Clock, all devices (clocks installed in hallways and operating rooms, time and attendance terminals, queue management systems, information system) are constantly synchronized.

To synchronize the various devices, NTP technology has been used with an Ethernet network as well as the bipolar pulse receiver.

Benefits
  • Precise time synchronization
  • Excellent legibility of information
  • Consistency of information in all facility areas
Case Study "Papa Giovanni XXIII" Hospitals of Bergamo

The “Papa Giovanni XXIII” hospital, located in the southwest of Bergamo, is the largest health facility in the region of Lombardia.

 

Its seven towers house the wards and consulting rooms, while a central plate, the real pulsing heart of the facility, houses all diagnosis and treatment services, from the operating rooms, all 30 of them, to the intensive care units, from the laboratories to the Emergency Room, for a total of 1200 beds and 240 consulting rooms.

All this is complemented by the presence of various offices and stores within the hospital itself.

 

To structure such complexity it is imperative to eliminate any possibility of conflict, deriving from a lack of synchronization of the various devices among themselves as well as with the outside world.

 

It is inconceivable, for example, that there be a difference of even two minutes between the time of the clocks within the facility and the time used by public transportation.

Or what would happen if the clocks displayed a different time from that used for time and attendance and access control?

Even the late opening of offices (for example, post offices) or stores can put end-users into a bad mood and cause complaints.

 

For this very reason, besides the various clocks, terminals and public information devices, the system is also characterized by a central Master Clock capable of synchronizing all the different devices and of offering consistent information throughout the hospital facility.

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Clocks used

OLC
OLC Second-counter
MCK