The BEV realizes in Austria the units of time and frequency and the legally binding time scale for Austria (Austrian standard time). The units are disseminated to interested parties in several ways, e.g. by calibration of frequency measuring instruments, by signals via telephone and by three time servers.
Computer clocks can be synchronized via Internet with the Austrian standard time using the Network Time Protocol (NTP).
BEV operates three NTP-Servers which are directly connected to the atomic clocks. The host names of the NTP-Servers are
The accuracy of the synchronization via NTP depends mainly on the speed of the Internet connection and the degree of capacity utilization of the computer to be synchronized and is in the milliseconds range.
A program supporting the NTP protocol is available for all operating systems (also available as freeware on Internet).
BEV assumes no liability for any damage caused to users by a failure of the time service of BEV, by an incorrect transmission by the BEV time server or by deviations in consequence of delays in the Internet.