MANAGEMENT INFORMATION CONTROL SYSTEM ON THE ST. LOUIS-SAN FRANCISCO RAILWAY COMPANY
MICS is a tool, designed and maintained by Frisco people, for use by Frisco people to assist in attaining Frisco's overall objectives. These concepts and philosophies established the framework for MICS as it exists today: 1) We used to fullest advantage many years' experience with a decentralized data gathering network, merged yard office and freight agency forces, punched card car inventory system, centralized many function at the operating headquarters and established the nucleus for a data base. 2) We built a system that: Established a data bank for all known requirements, with activities of equipment linked to way bills and to trains; provided maximum concentration on integrity of data, both field reporting points and through computer edits; held input from the field to minimum by extensive use of on-line master files to supply constant data; and made maximum use of computer to produce information from the data bank. MICS is the "back-bone" of many subsystems utilized in monitoring and controlling Frisco's operations.
- Presented at Fourth International Symposium on Railroad Cybernetics, AAR/UIC/IRCA, 21-26 April 1974, Washington, D.C. This paper was also published in the November-December, 1973 issue of Rail International, which is available from E.S.L.
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- Odom, P E
- Publication Date: 1974-4
- Pagination: 4 p.
- TRT Terms: Computers; Information systems
- Subject Areas: Data and Information Technology; Railroads;
- Accession Number: 00053784
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: International Union of Railways
- Report/Paper Numbers: Paper
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Apr 17 1974 12:00AM