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14 January 1987 The Optical Memory Card: Its Role In Distributing Digital Information From Large Databases
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The efficient storage and retrieval of technical information in wholly digital form has begun. The Computer Aided Logistics Support (CALS) initiative of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) has established a goal to transition from today's paper-based system to a digital system for logistics and technical information. This action will meet the projected information distribution requirements of the DoD and provide both an example and stimulus for similar action throughout our industrial society. A number of major aerospace contractors are already focusing on the efficient storage and retrieval of technical information from very large digital databases. However, for this information to be useable in the field, it must be made available in logical unit sizes and distributed in a convenient medium. This paper suggests that the optical memory card could become that medium. Using technology similar to today's writeable optical disks, optical memory cards will make it possible to conveniently distribute and use digital information. For example, the Drexon® LaserCardTM brand of optical memory card, while only the size of a standard credit card, can hold up to 2 megabytes of updateable digital information (about 800 pages of text or 200 pages of integrated text and graphics) and can be issued in on-demand quantities. Thus, optical memory cards have the potential to significantly contribute to the overall needs of both government and industry.
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Robert B. Barnes and Frank J. Sukernick "The Optical Memory Card: Its Role In Distributing Digital Information From Large Databases", Proc. SPIE 0695, Optical Mass Data Storage II, (14 January 1987);


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