In October 1989 MicroColour International
announced a low cost map display system based on Cibachrome colour
microfiche. Since its introduction the MicroColour Map Display
System, has successfully proved itself in a number of Police
Command & Control Rooms in the UK.
The first MicroColour Map Display System was installed in England at Thames Valley Police Force. They police a large and densely populated, geographical area that includes Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, an area bordering the capital city London.
Prior to a mapping system, Thames Valley Police embarked on a programme that involved implementing new 'Area Control Rooms'. This allowed the regional areas to be policed from 6 individual Area Control Rooms. With their HQ at Kidlington in Oxfordshire performing a support function for the Area Control Rooms.
The high cost of implementation of Area Control Rooms and 'limited' local police funding meant that all costs had to be contained within the allocated budgets with no room for overruns. The lion's share of the budget was allocated for the cost of setting up of new Area Control Rooms and for the purchase of costly hardware equipment. This included Mainframe Computers, Voice Logging System and Touch-Screen Mobile Communication Systems. With the high cost of these equipments, it meant that very little money could be allocated for an up to date mapping system.
The team in charge of the 'mapping' project, Sergeant Dave Meredith and Inspector Martin Elliott, visited a number of police forces and map equipment vendors. The objective was evaluate the available systems. From simple wall-hang paper maps to sophisticated Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
In the past having used paper
maps and atlases for their mapping. Thames Valley Police needed
an equally easy and simple, low-cost system, but without the
bulky large paper maps associated with the printed maps.
At the final stages of their evaluations
the Thames Valley Police project team contacted MicroColour International.
As the premier provider of Cibachrome Services in the UK, MicroColour
International was able to offer a low-cost map display system.
The MicroColour Map Display System was capable of accommodating
the Thames Valley Police's large maps onto 105mm Cibachrome colour
microfiche. Using the world's largest micrographics camera, each
colour map was microfilmed in "Full-Frame-Format" onto
Cibachrome colour microfiche - a high resolution 148 x 105 mm.
(approximately 6" x 4") positive-image colour transparency.
The use of Cibachrome microfiche system allowed Thames Valley Police to have their customised maps microfilmed. MicroColour International was able to 'cut & paste' maps together, so that an Area Control Room near a map boundary could be centred in the middle of a microfiche map. This was achieved simply by 'pasting' a section from an adjacent map onto the boundary before microfilming the map.
The Thames Valley Police 'mapping' project team also chose the MicroColor 895A dual-lens 'colour-optimised' microfiche readers to display their microfiche maps. These low profile, 14" x 11" screen, readers occupy very little desk space and have low running costs - typically 55 watts. They require virtually no maintenance, except periodic cleaning and a simple lamp replacement.
The low-cost of MicroColour Map Display system has allowed the Thames Valley Police to purchase one MicroColor 895A microfiche reader for every Area Control Room operators' desks.
It is now a simple matter for an operator to insert the required microfiche map into the reader's carrier and for the map to be immediately displayed on the screen.
The MicroColour Map Display System also has the added advantage that it suffers from none of the problems associated with the TV monitor based mapping systems. Such as emissions of electromagnetic radiation and image flicker. It simply allows the microfiche map images to be safely viewed without eye fatigue, even during prolonged use.
|Advantages of MicroColour Map Display System||
MicroColour Map Display System
has the following advantages over other map display systems:-
Since the introduction of the MicroColour Map Display System a further range of readers have been added to the present desktop microfiche readers: