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Time travel is no longer a concept of the future thanks to a 2013 project funded by the Technology Strategy Board.

A new method of transporting accurate time has just been invented by British company Chronos Technology - and there is nothing else like it in the world.

Called TimePort™, it is the only handheld battery-operated transportable time base of its kind, and it can calibrate to the nanosecond using the stability of an atomic clock. 

TimePort will be used by financial institutions, telecoms networks and power utilities where time delay errors caused by cables, equipment and networks must be quantified and removed to enable current and future services to operate more efficiently. 

‘It is a real coup for UK R&D activity - and for us - in fact we are interviewing this week for a full-time export manager; TimePort is a real success story,' said Charles Curry, Managing Director of Chronos Technology.

Prof. Charles Curry BEng, CEng, FIET is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, has a degree in Electronics from Liverpool University and holds honorary professorships with Bath and Liverpool Universities.

He applied for a Technology Strategy Board grant in 2012 to develop a Proof of Concept system under the TimePort project in order to meet perceived demand from global markets. 

‘We already have an arrangement with international organisation Doble Engineering which operates in 110 countries, and we have an order for 50 TimePort systems from them with the potential of 200 more in the pipeline,' said Charles. 

‘It is most unlikely that TimePort would have proceeded in such a timely manner or with the technical challenge of completely new markets without the support of the Technology Strategy Board grant.

‘This project would have stalled at our internal Gate 0 review and may never have started - since we had to manage finite R&D resources. The opportunity would have been lost.