Control Data Australia Memories compiled by Brian Membrey
Manufacturing : Expansion
The Wangara Road facility was soon outgrown and a move was made to in November, 1971 to a 13,000-
The reasons for this are not totally clear, unless there was a miscalculation of the capacity required in the first place -
After another twelve months or so, the Herald Street factory also proved too small, and with no location in the Cheltenham-
June, 1972 saw the delivery of the 500th RIOT, TABLOID, the TAB's staff newsletter (although messing up the date of the first delivery) suggesting that by the end of that month, some 516 RIOTs would be operating across 118 agencies and branches.
December, 1972 saw the culmination of a pro-
There was nothing that appeared following the article to indicate whether the experimental design was immediately successful (the official response from the TAB's Maurie Henderson, Manager of Data Processing" was decidedly non-
(Later when CRISP was announced, it was suggested that 130 Dual-
The "dual" concept was eminently sensible. Several references place the cost of a single RIOT at about $4,000 – I'm only guessing, but probably $3,000 of that was for the controller and ticket printer, both of which were idle for most of the time while the selling clerk keyed in the bets. The controller probably required an additional circuit board to interface with the second keyboard; the printer ditto some sort of mechanism to issue tickets to the clerks to the left and right of the central units.
July, 1973, spot on schedule, the order was completed, the final RIOT and one-
Again, the question arises as to whether Herald Street replaced, or just supplemented Wangara Road -
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