PROCEEDINGS OF THE WORKSHOP ON MICROCOMPUTERS IN TRANSIT: ISSUES AND DIRECTIONS, AIRLIE HOUSE, VIRGINIA, NOVEMBER 4-6. 1984. SOFTWARE ISSUES

Inexpensive microcomputers have created a revolution in use of computer power. In 15 years, the power of computers has increased by a factor of 10,000 while price per unit has decreased by a factor of 100,000. Transit uses microcomputers much the same as other industries--for word processing, general bookkeeping, inventory, payroll. Special uses include fuel monitoring, runcutting and scheduling. Generally, however, transit is behind in the installation and use of microcomputers because transit managers are more likely to adopt changes to increase transportation productivity rather that to improve the management function. Two aspects often unappreciated in microcomputing are the personal, interactive nature of the process and the cost of customized microcomputer software. With a mainframe, it is often decided that there is little need for a micro. While transit managers often believe that software for micros should cost proportionally less than that for mainframes, this is not the case. The problem is then one of marketing. It is also unlikely that much transit-specific software will be offered by the private sector because of the limited market size. UMTA activities involving microcomputers have included limited software development, distribution of overview documents, seminars, and encouragement of micocomputer applications. UMTA software development projects have been slowed by the government procurement processes. It seems appropriate that UMTA prepare transit management to operate in a data-rich environment. Discussion indicated that it is impractical to standardize microcomputers and their systems and that the transit industry has been slow in adopting this technology. It might be introduced in terms of personal computers rather than office computers. Budget pressures seem destined to increase use of productivity-enhancing software.

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  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 15-26
  • Monograph Title: PROCEEDINGS OF THE WORKSHOP ON MICROCOMPUTERS IN TRANSIT: ISSUES AND DIRECTIONS, AIRLIE HOUSE, VIRGINIA, NOVEMBER 4-6, 1984

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  • Accession Number: 00399752
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 31 1985 12:00AM