# What is the time zone for the time returned by backend.properties()?

For example, backend.properties() returns following:

{'last_update_date': '2019-11-11T07:16:13+00:00',
'backend_name': 'ibmq_essex',
'general': [],
'qubits': ...


Is the above time UTC or local time(although in Essex it is the same value)?

The time you are looking at there, last_update_time, shows when the properties dict was last updated, so you can see whether it is a recent dict or an older one. This is why you are getting the same value for multiple backends.