Measuring and tracking the passage of time is second to human’s nature. From the early days of observing the sun traveling through the sky, we nowadays get quick updates from clocks and watches. Actually much of everyday technology is underpinned
by precision timing. Examples include high speed financial trade,
satellite navigation and broadband communication. Just by watching this video you’re relying
on timing precise to one millionth of a second. This is needed to keep the data packets in
sync while they’re whizzing around the globe on different data lines. We at the University of Birmingham are developing
quantum technology based on cold atom science which meets future technology needs. We are working together with the National
Physical Laboratory to develop mobile and compact clocks surpassing current standards. We are working together with industry to boost the future communication networks and satellite navigation systems.