Year 2000 conformity for Galleon Atomic Radio Controlled Computer Clocks
Year 2000 Compliance Statement
We have been asked about the Year 2000 conformity of our Galleon Atomic Radio Controlled Computer Clocks as itemised below:
|Atomic Radio Clocks (Hardware)||Product code|
|Time and Date Radio Controlled Computer Clock. Serial Interface.||CIM 01000|
|Desktop Atomic Radio Controlled Computer Clock. Serial interface, time, signal strength and date display, alarm functions.||CDM 01000|
|Industrial Atomic Radio Controlled Computer Clock. Serial interface, time, signal strength and date display, alarm functions.||CWM 01010|
|Remote Antenna (IP65) Atomic Radio Controlled Computer Clock with remote antenna up to 150m (500 ft) away. Serial interface, LED signal display power supply and converter.||IP65/rT/xx|
|Remote Antenna (IP65) as above plus integral Time display and signal strength indicator||RTA/D/xx|
And software drivers as itemised below:
|Software Drivers for Atomic Radio Clocks||Product code||Version or File Date|
|MS-DOS Time and Date Radio Controlled Computer Clock.||SIM 01000/DOS||Version 1.11|
|Windows 16 Bit. (Windows 3.11 and Windows 95) Desktop Atomic Radio Controlled Computer Clock.||SDM 01000/W16||Version 2.02|
|Windows 32 Bit. (Windows NT / 2000 / 2003 / XP and 95)||SDM 01050/W32||02/09/98|
|NOVELL NLM||SDM 01010/NV||Version 3.30A 07/06/99|
|Windows NT service||SDM 01020/NT||Version 1.01 26/08/97|
|TimeSync 95 / TimeSync NT. Software to synchronise the time on PC's across a Windows 95 or NT Network, to the accurate atomic time. User License||TS/xx/xx||Server - 02/09/98
Client - 02/09/98
Both the Clock and software receive the atomic radio frequency signal from the time transmitter in Rugby which relays the time from the National Physics Laboratory. This signal only sends the last two digits of the year. The Galleon Clock receives the signal and decodes it. The driver software translates this information to the relevant date for the relevant operating system in the computer, still as 2 digits for the year.
Therefore, when we enter the millennium, the Rugby transmitter should send the following signal:
- 00 00 01 01 01 00
- hh mm ss DD MM YY
The Galleon Clock will receive, process and display the information as follows:
The most recent version of the software drivers will apply an implicit century change to the year 2032 for the relevant operating system in the computer. Galleon has the Clocks manufactured and buys in some of the software drivers but has taken all reasonable steps to check that the Clocks and the software will satisfy the Year 2000 conformity test. However as the Clock is dependent upon receiving the radio signal from the Rugby transmitter if for any reason a signal is not transmitted the Clock will not receive the time telegram from Rugby and thus free run into the year 2000.
Equally if there is a signal malfunction or corruption of the Rugby MSF time signal it will affect the Clock and may effect the software.
Please note: The Clock is only intended to provide the correct time to the operating system of your computer. It will not correct any software package and/or, operating system that have millennium date related problems or as otherwise faulty for any reason.
Galleon is not liable for these aspects nor for any software interfaces necessary to integrate in your system the Clock or software, not supplied by Galleon.
This statement deals only with the most recent versions of the software as listed in the tables above. If you do not have the most recent version of the software we recommend that you upgrade your existing software. The upgrade will be made available to you on payment of an administrative charge of £35 plus VAT.
Galleon have formulated and are implementing an action plan to cope with problems anticipated in connection with the Year 2000 date change with a view to seeing that our business will not be materially adversely affected by these problems.
In this letter 'Year 2000 conformity' has the meaning set out in the BSI/DISC PD2000-1 definition.