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  • 1958 - Department of Social Services

    1958 - Department of Social Services

    Date added: 2011-06-16

    The Department of Social Services using IBM tabulating equipment in 1958. The Department pioneered a new approach to gathering information, by issuing cards to hundreds of thousands of Australian households receiving child support. From the 1950s through to about 1970, IBM punched cards were the primary way corporations and governments stored and accessed information, making the cards the most durable, successful data storage medium after the book.




  • Shell Oil Company

    Shell Oil Company

    Date added: 2011-06-16

    Shell Oil Company - An IBM System/360 Model 65 is linked on-line to high speed computer terminals at refineries in NSW and Victoria. The terminals were used to transmit data on the performance of refinery equipment, enabling the Model 65 to highlight areas where corrective action should be taken by Shell engineers. Hand sets in the foreground giver the computer centre manager voice communications with terminal operators. IBM technology continues to optimise the extraction and use of oil around the world, including 3-D seismic modelling to locate fields; sensing technologies to track oil flow; and virtualisation to manage oil tracking and mining remotely.




  • 1928 - IBM Perth Showroom

    1928 - IBM Perth Showroom

    Date added: 2011-06-16

    The IBM showroom in Perth in 1928. That same year, the IBM card - a stiff regular 80-column card punched with rectangular holes that represented bits of data - became the industry standard for storing and recording data for decades; it propelled IBM to the forefront of data processing and became an icon of the Information Age.




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