How to Add Time Zones in PremiSys

Updated 3 weeks ago by Marty

Time Zones are used for:

- Door access for cardholders.

- Unlock visitor doors automatically.

- Limit trigger/procedures by time (such as sending email notifications only in the evening).

Best practices:

  1. Name time zones intuitively, enter purpose in name as a prefix, i.e.

• Cards – 24/7 access

• Cards – Basic employee access

• Doors – Visitor hours unlock time

• Trigger/Procedure – Evening email notification

  1. Time zones for doors should be separate from time zones used for cards
  2. Create visitor door time zones specific to each physical location in larger systems.

Time Zones contain six intervals. Multiple intervals are necessary if you need:

• A time zone that crosses midnight (third shift)

• Multiple start and end times in a single day (split shifts)

• Different hours on different days of the week (staggered)

• An alternate schedule on certain dates, like closing at Noon on a 1/2 day holiday

 

Adding a Time Zone

  1. Right-click Time Zone(s).  A shortcut menu of options appears.

  1. Select "Add Time Zone."  The Time Zone window opens.
  1. Enter a short, descriptive name for the time zone in the Name field. 

Optional: Enter a more detailed description of the time zone in the Description field.

  1. Click the arrow in the Mode drop-down field to select a mode. 

· Normal - Scans the intervals in the time zone and applies the one that meets current criteria.

· Always Active - All intervals are ignored and the time zone is active 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

· Never Active - All intervals are ignored and the time zone is inactive 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

 Note:  You must select "Normal" if you want to apply interval and holiday settings to the time zone.

  1. Select the Interval tab and based on the type of interval you are creating; follow those steps below.

Simple interval:

  1. Click the "Interval" tab to display the 6 default intervals of the time zone.  The first interval displays "Yes" in the Enabled column.

 

  1. Click the first interval and then click the "Edit" button. 

Enter a short, descriptive name for the interval in the Name field. 

  1.  Enter the full (HH:MM AM/PM) start time and end time that you need for the interval in the relevant fields.  All start times begin at: 00 seconds of any minute; all end times end at: 59 seconds of any minute.

Example:  Enter a 7:00 AM start time and a 6:00 PM end time.

 

  1. Select the check boxes corresponding to the days of the week that you need the interval to be active.

Example:  Select the check boxes for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

 

  1. Confirm the "Enable" check box is selected, so that the interval is active.

        

  1. Click "Ok" to save your interval settings and to close the Interval window.

 Assign an interval that "Crosses Midnight":

  1. Click the "Interval" tab to open a page where the 6 default intervals of the time zone appear in a table.  The first interval displays "Yes" in the Enabled column.

  1. Click the first interval and then click the "Edit" button. 

Enter a short, descriptive name for the interval in the Name field.  

  1. Enter the full (HH:MM AM/PM) start time that you need for the interval in the Start Time field. 

Enter "11:59 PM" in the End Time field so that the interval ends at midnight. 

All start times begin at: 00 seconds of any minute; all end times end at: 59 seconds of any minute.

Example:  Enter a 10:00 PM start time and a 11:59 PM end time.

  1. Select the check boxes corresponding to the days of the week on which you need the interval to start.

Example:  Select the check boxes for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

  1. Click "OK" to to save your interval settings.

 

  1. Click the second interval and then click the "Edit" button. 

Enter a short, descriptive name for the second interval in the Name field. 

 

  1. Enter "12:00 AM" in the Start Time field so that the interval begins at midnight.  Enter the full (HH:MM AM/PM) end time that you need for the interval in the End Time field.

Example:  Enter a 12:00 AM start time and a 6:00 AM end time.

  1. Select the check boxes corresponding to the days of the week on which you need the interval to end.

Example:  Select the check boxes for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

  1. Select the "Enable" check box to make the interval active.

 

  1. Click "Ok" to save your interval settings and to close the Interval window.

 

Assigning Holiday Types to the Intervals:

To enable a holiday to take effect during a time zone, you must configure an interval that defines the active hours of the holiday and assign the appropriate holiday type to this interval.  For instance, an all-day holiday has no active hours; an afternoon-off holiday has active hours in the morning.  Holidays override any day-of-the-week settings, so you do not need to select any days for a holiday interval. 

An all-day holiday should have no active time in its interval.  When the holiday occurs, doors do not grant access to cards, front-door relays do not unlock the doors, lobby-door input points are not masked and so on.

Assign an all-day holiday type to an interval:

  1. Click the "Interval" tab of your current time zone.
  1. Click the next available (unused) interval and then click the "Edit" button. 

Enter a short, descriptive name for the interval in the Name field, such as "24-hr. Holiday Interval." 

 

  1. Select the "No Times Interval" option.  This option defines the interval as having no active time during the holiday.

 

  1. Select the holiday type check box corresponding to your all-day holiday type, for example, "Holiday Type 1."  You may select more than one holiday type per interval, for example "Holiday Type 1" and "System Generated."
  1. Click "Ok" to save your interval settings.

 

  1. Click "Ok" to save the configuration and close the Time Zone window.  The new time zone appears as an icon in the right-hand pane of the Hardware Configuration window.

 

Assign a partial-day holiday type to an interval:

The interval for a partial-day holiday must be active for the part of the day that is not the holiday.  For example, if a facility opens at 7:00 AM but is to close at noon, the interval should have a start time of 7:00 AM and an end time of 12:00 PM.  The time zone interval is active from 7 to 12; however, beginning at noon, all system features enabled by this time zone are disabled.

  1. Click the next unused interval in the time zone and then click the "Edit" button. 

 

  1. Enter a short, descriptive name for the interval in the Name field, such as "PM-Off Holiday Interval." 

 

  1. Enter the full (HH:MM AM/PM) start time and end time that you need for the interval in the relevant fields.  Note: Verify that your start time is not earlier than any other interval start time in the time zone.

Example:  Enter a 7:00 AM start time and a 12:00 PM end time.

  1. Select the holiday type check box that corresponds to your all-day holiday type, for example "Holiday Type 2."  You may select more than one holiday type per interval.
  1. Click "Ok" to save your interval settings and to close the Interval window.

 

  1. Click "Ok" to save the configuration and close the Time Zone window.  The new time zone appears as an icon in the right-hand pane of the Hardware Configuration window.


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