Belden Joins Symmetricom’s SyncWorld® Power Ecosystem Program

  Belden Joins Symmetricom’s SyncWorld® Power Ecosystem Program

   GarrettCom Switches Provide Best Precision Timing for Electric Utilities

Business Wire

ST. LOUIS -- June 24, 2013

Belden Inc. announced today that its GarrettCom brand has been accepted as a
Charter Member in Symmetricom’s SyncWorld Power Ecosystem Program following
successful demonstration of interoperability with Symmetricom’s SGC-1500 Smart
Grid Clock. GarrettCom’s 10-Series managed switches use IEEE 1588 to deliver a
solution using delays of less than 50 nanoseconds, providing power
transmission and distribution customers the precision timing needed to operate
and manage today’s smart grids.

IEEE 1588v2 is a breakthrough timing protocol that offers sub-microsecond
synchronization for clocks in various substation and power delivery devices
such as sensors and actuators over an Ethernet network. The sub-microsecond
timing accuracy of these substation-hardened switches exceeds the requirements
of “next generation” IEC 61850-3 specifications. Timing features include
master clock, boundary clock, and transparent clock.

Sub-millisecond timing synchronization is critical for power suppliers as it
enables the operator to reconstruct the sequence of events after an incident
on the grid or to monitor smart grid performance to make adjustments and
improvements. The 1588v2 protocol is important in IEC 61850 compliant systems
where it supports seamless line switchovers and other sensitive events
requiring precise timing. It is a critical component for allowing utilities to
offer the precision timing required to support the control algorithms required
for modern power management and delivery systems.

“Increasing automation is likely to require synchronization at a rate in the
tens of nanoseconds. It is incumbent upon equipment suppliers such as Belden
and Symmetricom to develop, market and support the standards-based hardware
and software required to maintain that level of precision,” said Carey Trost,
Belden Director of Product Line Management. “With Belden’s membership in the
Symmetricom SyncWorld Ecosystem Program, our power transmission and
distribution customers are assured that GarrettCom’s robust
substation-hardened switches and Symmetricom’s Grandmaster timing clock will
interoperate seamlessly. Together we offer our customers the best tools to
access, monitor and maximize the performance of their grids.”

“The smart grid has brought about power technology advancements that are
changing substation operations, resulting in power equipment and their data
networks to shift from reactive control to proactive, real-time management
control. We welcome Belden to the SyncWorld Ecosystem and look forward to
enabling precise power transmission and distribution to customers,” said
Manish Gupta, vice president of marketing at Symmetricom.

For more information on the SyncWorld Ecosystem Program, visit: and for more information on
GarrettCom’s 10-series managed switches, visit:

About GarrettCom

GarrettCom, a Belden Brand, designs and manufactures industrial networking
products for specialty and stressed applications globally. Heavy duty products
include managed and unmanaged switches, media converters, fiber links,
multi-protocol routers and terminal servers and cyber security solutions.
GarrettCom’s products are used in applications where high reliability under
harsh conditions is a primary consideration. These include power utility
substations and similar smart grid operations centers, surveillance and
physical security, transportation facilities, industrial and factory
automation, telecommunications, defense, water treatment and outdoor

About Belden

Belden Inc., a global leader in high quality, end-to-end signal transmission
solutions, delivers a comprehensive product portfolio designed to meet the
mission-critical network infrastructure needs of industrial, enterprise and
broadcast markets. With innovative solutions targeted at reliable and secure
transmission of rapidly growing amounts of data, audio and video needed for
today’s applications, Belden is at the center of the global transformation to
a connected world. Founded in 1902, the company is headquartered in St. Louis
and has manufacturing capabilities in North and South America, Europe and
Asia. For more information, visit us at; follow us on Twitter

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