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Spring Ahead! Time Change Impacts Wide Range of Collaboration Tools

With a nod to Benjamin Franklin, Daylight Saving Time will arrive in most of the United States in the early hours of Sunday, April 2 at 02:00 (2 a.m.) In the European Union, Daylight Saving Time began on March 26 at 01:00 (1 a.m.) GMT. Unlike in the United States, where each time zone will change at local time 2 a.m., all time zones in the EU changed at the same moment.  Russia keeps its clocks two hours ahead of standard time, and in winter, one hour ahead, due to the country's high latitude.  In the Southern Hemisphere, where summer arrives in December, Daylight Saving Time, if observed, is used from October through March.

It is particularly important for road warriors and windshield warriors to be aware of the nuances here; after all, an airline won't hold a flight just in case you forgot to set your watch.

Some people incorrectly refer to Daylight Saving Time as Daylight Savings Time, perhaps because the latter is more mellifluous.  The latter is also incorrect, as "saving" is a participle that modifies "time".  Of course, in actuality, no daylight is saved and some pundits might prefer Daylight Shifting Time.

IMPACT ON COLLABORATION TOOLS

As the seasons turn, and clocks change, it is important not to overlook the many devices, both within and outside of the traditional IT environment - many of which used to collaborate and share knowledge -, which are impacted by the change to Daylight Saving Time in the United States.  Some portions of the United States, including Arizona (except for the Navajo Indian Reservation), Hawaii, the part of Indiana in the Eastern time zone, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands and American Samoa, do not observe the change, which remains in effect until October 29 in 2006.

As has been our custom, we present to you a comprehensive list of devices - mobile and otherwise -  requiring an adjustment to Daylight Saving Time.  

N.B.  Fire safety experts urge everyone to replace batteries in smoke and fire detectors when adjusting clocks both forward and back.


TYPICAL OFFICE OR HOME/OFFICE ENVIRONMENT

  • Answering machines or voice mail
  • Desktop and/or laptop computers (some operating systems update automatically)
  • Digital Camera
  • Still and/or video cameras
  • Facsimile machines
  • Mobile (cellular) telephones
  • Network servers (some network operating systems update automatically)
  • Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)
  • Photocopiers
  • Smartphones
  • Telephone systems
  • Thermostats
  • Time recording systems
  • VCRs
  • Video-conferencing systems
  • Wristwatch


BUILDING SYSTEMS

  • Air conditioning
  • Audio and Video Studio environments
  • Backup lighting and generators
  • Building management systems
  • Burglar and fire alarms
  • CCTV systems
  • Door locks
  • Fire control systems
  • Heating and ventilating systems
  • Elevators and escalators
  • Lighting systems
  • Safes and vaults
  • Security access control systems
  • Switching systems

MANUFACTURING AND OTHER SYSTEMS

  • Automated (CAM) factories
  • CAD systems
  • Energy control systems ("Smart" buildings)
  • Nuclear power stations
  • Power management systems
  • Robots
  • Switching systems
  • Time/clock stamps

TRANSPORTATION

  • Airplanes
  • Automobiles
  • Car parking/garage systems
  • Photo surveillance systems
  • Railroad cars
  • Signaling systems
  • Ticketing (airline, railroad) systems

And, when all is said and done, don't forget  the clock on the wall.

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