Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey
December, 1972 : Dual RIOT doesn’t mean double trouble
A few weeks ago, Control Data (Aust.) Pty. Ltd., made a presentation to Victoria TAB of a DUAL RIOT for demonstration and experimental purposes.
This machine has only "one box of tricks" -
Whereas the single RIOT, which we have installed in our Agencies and Branches, has one printer for each keyboard.
The Dual RIOT was designed initially as a long range saving for TAB, which would reduce the cost of each Agency and Branch window, as against the cost of the RIOT's already installed.
At the demonstration, executive and senior officers from both TAB and CDA gathered in the computer area to observe at first hand, exactly how this new invention would work.
There was nothing that appeared following the article to indicate whether the experimental design was immediately successful, but when the NZ TAB installation began in 1974, the ‘dual” concept was the standard. Later when CRISP was announced, it was suggested that 120 Dual-
The “dual” terminals reduced the overall cost considerably -
The most expensive components they may have been, but in practice, they remained idle most of the time during a typical transaction as the clerk keyed in bet details.
There were three or four reports on the “dual” concept emanating from both the TAB and CDA, but it wasn’t until they became standard with the NZ TAB order that a significant additoional cost-
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