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issued by authority o f the Minister for Customs and Excise

DEPARTMENT OF CUSTOMS & EXCISE _ ,

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w pi SECOND CUSTOMS COMPUTER ARRIVES BY JET J&SUZyQfZ/Z#**/ -ffiESs evening a chartered Boeing 707 freighter will land at Canberra from the United Kingdom to deliver the Department's

second I.C.L, 4-72 computer.

Following acquisition of the first computer in July 1972, INSPECT (Integrated National System for Processing Entries from Customs Terminals) went on line to Sydney in October 1972. INSPECT - the world's first real-time Customs computer

system - was extended to Melbourne in June 1973 and will reach principal Customs Houses in other mainland States before the end of 1973.

The new computer will provide back-up for the existing installation, as well as allowing the introduction of new applications and the extension of the INSPECT system to include data base interrogation facilities.

The computer will be installed temporarily with its 'twin' in Melville Hall at the Australian National University.

Early in 1974 both installations will be moved to permanent quarters in the basement of the Trade Group Offices now under construction in Barton.

CANBERRA A.C.T.

1 7 August 1973

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