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The correct time. . . please

In response to concerns expressed at the University Forum in January, approximately 160 clocks will be replaced during the fall semester to ensure that the correct time is displayed in classrooms and lecture halls.

The existing Simplex clock system sets clocks via a signal sent through the University’s electrical system. However, the times cannot be re-set without interfering with computer functions since the clock correction signal is sent over the same wiring that powers computers. Clock times are now adjusted on a very limited basis and that is why many clocks on campus display the incorrect time.

A number of options were studied including GPS corrected clocks, electric stem set clocks, battery-operated stem set clocks, battery-operated atomic clocks and a combination of the two. The most cost-effective option will replace existing clocks with a combination of battery operated stem set and atomic clocks. The replacements will be focused on lecture halls and classrooms. Clocks in hallways that are subject to vandalism will be removed.

The new clocks will not be affected by electrical outages and have a ten to 20-year life span.
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Last Updated: 10/14/08