Security Contractors Scramble as Daylight Savings Shifts Up to March 11

TORRANCE, Calif.

With the Y2K scare merely a speck in our rearview mirror today, Y2K7 may provide a whole new and much less publicized can of technology worms. Beginning this year, Daylight Savings Time (DST) has been extended by the U.S. government by a month, begging the question: Are you prepared?

Security and fire alarm systems, access controls systems, and a host of other vital operations have real-time clock chips that timestamp log openings, closings, trouble signals, alarms, etc. If these chips were installed without the new DST rules, vital information could end up inaccurate and access control systems on the wrong schedule during the extended weeks.

Fortunately, many security equipment manufacturers, such as video specialist Pelco and access control Web application provider Brivo, have taken a proactive approach to assisting their network of installing dealers/integrators through this transition. Pelco has implemented a DST information and guidelines page on its Web site to assist its customers. Brivo has released version 7.3.2 of its ACS WebService application free of charge to its customers to ensure a seamless transition. Be sure to check with your suppliers to make sure you are ready and up to date.

In addition, to help other security contractors prepare for the impending time shift and ensure the safety of customers, Ron Lander, president of Norco, Calif.-based Ultrasafe Security, winner of SSI‘s Integrated Residential Installation of the Year, has provided a comprehensive guide. Read his SSI Web Exclusive: Y2K+7.3-11: Are You Prepared for the March 11, 2007 Time Change? and be sure the DST issue joins Y2K as another disaster averted in your rearview mirror.

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