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Daylight Savings Time - FAQ’s and Reminders

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Access control

Will my system update automatically and unlock at the appropriate time or will my system be an hour behind or ahead?

Most systems will update automatically though the computer on which the access control software runs.  Make sure that the computer is not shut down for the weekend. When the time changes on the computer correctly, access to the build will be accurate and on time, allowing employees to enter the building without a problem and the doors to lock at the scheduled time.

How does this work?

The server/PC communicates with a time server like Network Time Protocol NTP, which uses Coordinated Universal Time UTC, (the US civilian time standards), to synchronize computer clock times to a millisecond. 

The NTP updates the time on the server/PC, which in turn tells the software to update the time on the panel, which tells the doors to lock and unlock at the correct time. 

 The automatic time adjustment depends on what the time server tells the server/PC.  Almost all systems do this automatically; very few need a manual change.

What do I do if my computer was not on and the clocks did not adjust?

Turn the computer on, check the time, if it is incorrect, manually adjust it, then download or initialize the panels.  If you are still having issues consult your security provider. 

Security System

Will my system update to automatically arm and disarm my system at the programmed time?

Your system has an internal clock which should change the time in the panel.

If your system is over 20+ years old you may have an issue. It may even be time to update your panel.

Check batteries

Which devices should I check?

Daylight Savings Time is a great reminder to check the batteries in wireless window contacts, panel batteries, motion detectors, smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

NOTE: If you are purchasing your batteries on line and the life of the battery seem short, they may have been sitting on the shelf too long. Purchase them at the store locally, or call us, we have most batteries in stock.

Testing your System

We recommend testing your system at least once a month to make sure it is communicating and working properly.

If you cannot remember when the last time was you tested your system, well, you need to do that now. It’s important it is working correctly to keep people and property safe and secure. Steps to test your system.

Call One Source Security today with any questions or a FREE assessment of your facility at 800-570-6478. 

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