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Message switching and computer equipment for D.C.A.



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MESS AGT S'if'ITCHINGx AND COMPUTER E .:^UIPMENT FOP D.C.A.

(STAT1 1ENT BY THE MINISTER FOP CIVIL AVIATION, MR. R.. S WWA Z)

The Department of Civil Aviation will spend more than

43 million on sop histicated message switching arid computer equipment.

This was announced today by the Minister for Civil Aviation

(Mr. R.V. ' Swartz).

Message switching equipment enables -)perational messages

such as flight plans and weather information to be sent to any

number of centres simultaneously.

Mr. Swartz sai& message switching systems would be installed

at Australia's three major airports, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane at

a cost of $2.2 million.

The computer-based systems would permit the immediate

processing of all operational messages relating to traffic movements of

domestic and international airlines.

Mr. Swartz said the introduction of the systems would not

require any change in D.C.A. operational procedures but would greatly

increase the speed with which messages could be handled.

The systems would be of advanced design, employing the latest

techniques and component developments and would be capable of meeting

traffic demands at these major centres until at least 1980.

He said the systems were capable of expansion without

interrupting the flew of traffic.

Notice of the Department's intention to purchase the systems

had been given to Ferranti Ltd., !Wsythenshawe, Manchester, England,

Mr. Swartz said.

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He said the Department would also purchase a computer from

International Computers (Australia) Pty. Ltd. at a cost of

81.1 million. it would be installed in Melbourne.

In addition to accounting, supply and statistical work,

the new computer would be used for tasks associated with registration

of aircraft, licensing, and reliability analyses of co :r,s unications

and navigation facilities.

CANBE. ?

21st August, 1969.