Spring Ahead! Time Change Impacts Wide Range of Collaboration Tools - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
News
Commentary
3/31/2006
12:07 PM
Commentary
Commentary
Commentary
50%
50%

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.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
The State of Cloud Computing - Fall 2020
Download this report to compare how cloud usage and spending patterns have changed in 2020, and how respondents think they'll evolve over the next two years.
News
Top 10 Data and Analytics Trends for 2021
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  11/13/2020
Commentary
Where Cloud Spending Might Grow in 2021 and Post-Pandemic
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  11/19/2020
Slideshows
The Ever-Expanding List of C-Level Technology Positions
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  11/10/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Why Chatbots Are So Popular Right Now
In this IT Trend Report, you will learn more about why chatbots are gaining traction within businesses, particularly while a pandemic is impacting the world.
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll