Electronic Communication and Data Transfer: Productivity Enhancements

by Tykey Truett, Oak Ridge Natl Lab, United States,
Scott Stevens, Oak Ridge Natl Lab, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Microcomputer Applications in Transportation III


Large ventures operating from widely separated sites cannot depend on local area networks for their communication requirements, as can small, single-sited projects. Not all projects have access to established communication networks such as BITNET (used widely by universities) or DDN (the Defense Data Network). In addition, transportation efforts that involve several diverse agencies such as the federal government, local officials, public utilities, industry, or the private sector have special communication requirements. This paper focuses on criteria for choosing an appropriate microcomputer-based communication mechanism. Emphasis is placed on determining communication requirements and ranking the importance of system characteristics. Advantages and limitations of three distinct system configurations are discussed in nontechnical terms.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Computer networks | Federal government | Communication systems | Systems engineering | Colleges and universities | Local government | Public transportation

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