The present company is the successor of Farum Data ApS, which was dissolved primarily because of support
contracts failing to be renewed, which again was based on the fact that most companies now send
their data (like payed wages, import declarations, etc) to my customers via Internet, where they
previously sent the data via magnetic tapes and floppy discs.
However, it is a well known fact, that there are still massive amounts of data waiting to be
converted, e.g. data now located in museums, old bills-of-material, etc..
Hence, the company continues as a private enterprise for the forseeable future.
Farum Data Aps was created in 1984, with special compentance in contract programming (Cobol and PL/I amongst other
factory and software documentation.
This strange combination of experiences was especially useful in fulfilling project demands.
The first proper development contract was a system for the fabrication of Dankort, the danish
DebetCard, as a supplier to DZ-security. This system was developped and run on Sord microcomputers.
In 1986 my attention was drawn to a rather special niche : media conversion.
In principle, this means convertering the data from one kind of media, e.g. 8" floppydisc,
to another media, e.g. 1600 bpi open-reel tape;
it could also mean reading the data from a 5.25" CP/M floppy and copy it to a 3.5" DOS floppy.
The first customer was I/S Datacentralen (now CSC) who used the system primarily for handling
5.25" IBM System/34 and 8" IBM 3740 floppies.
In 1988 a contact was established with BBS in Oslo (now : Nets), where a system was needed for the
reading and writing of floppy discs.
The demand was that it should be a fully automatic system,
roughly equivalent to shovelling floppies into a bin,
both in the way of reading/writing without errors, but it should also relieve the operators
from having to find out whether a floppy was DOS, Norsk Data, IBM System/34, or whatever.
It should also distinghuish between various projects, like wages, tax payments, car tax, etc.
This system, where the automatic part was based on the Dankort barcode software, was designed
in february, and the first floppies were read in may the same year. In july the system was
completed with the output routines.
The hardware used was
- EMs for reading and writing floppies,
- Trace and Mountain autoloaders for physical handling of 5.25" and 8" floppies
- Intermec barcode equipment for label printing and scanning
- our own software to make it all work correctly
This system, later enhanced with drives for reading QIC tapes (Tandberg series) was in
production until Newyears Eve 1999.
Later in 1988, comparable systems were sold to norwegian Postbank and A/S EDB (now Capella).
In the following years, 6-7 manual systems were sold to Kommunedata, the servicebureaus for
local authorities in Norway.
The home market, Denmark, did not really take off until 1990, where the first customer was
Postgiro. The manual system, an EMS conversion box, was shortly after upgraded to 3 automatic systems.
A bit more development was needed, as most floppies were IBM compatible.
It was therefore decided to develop an EMS simulator, so about 50% of the floppies could
be handled directly.
Later comparable systems were sold to Customs & Tax, Employers Union, Capella Finland,
and many others.
The first systems sold, came from EMS in Brussels, who sold a very nice and flexible MS-DOS based system
by the name Octopus. However, they could not keep it up, and went down.
Many of the systems we had delivered, were rebuilt so they could run on Windows PCs with a
software called IMW (InterMedia for Windows).
This company is now also closed, but the software and accompanying hardware is still used in the service bureau.
Pictures of this system can be seen
The systems delivered to Postgiro were taken over by Danske Bank; they were in used until 2007.
It should be noted, that the contents of ALL media delivered to Postgiro, apart from IBM 3480 tapes,
was processed by these 3 systems.
The last production system, the one located at the danish Employers Union, was taken out of
service in 2010. This (modified) system is now moved to the Danish Datahistorical Society (www.datamuseum.dk)
Pictures of this system can be seen
Many of the sold systems have been returned to us, so we have a vast stock of good and well-maintained spare parts.
In total, about 40 InterMedia systems were sold, and 25 EMS systems, about 13 of which were reconfigured
into EMS systems.
Below, you can see some of the sold systems:
Postgiro / Girobank / Danske Bank, in production until 2007 (system 1)
Postgiro / Girobank / Danske Bank, in production until 2007 (system 2)
Customs & Tax, system 1, anno 2007
Customs & TAx, system 2, anno 2007
Skat Danmark, system 3, anno 2007
A/S EDB, Capella, Microgen, Itella (System 1) (Oslo) (ca. 2007)
I/S Datacentralen, CSC, Strålfors (system 1)