Aveva's (acquired OSIsoft) Asset Framework features attributes to specify the location of an asset. Adding a built-in timezone attribute is a missing component that would help several use cases. Many AF Servers contain elements located in different timezones.
This would allow:
- Analysis calculations to be triggered from the element's local time. This is useful when calculating calendar day calculations for the asset.
- AF Notifications from elements to contain the timestamp of the event in the element's local time. The AF Server inserts the time based on the server's local time and not the time at the asset. Users must understand this and then adjust themselves.
If you are interested in learning more about the Asset Framework, here are some good places to start.