A little bit of history…
As we are only months away from the launch of the Tokyo terminal, I thought it would be interesting to update the history of the life of timeware® and to remind everyone how we started, including the development of both the hardware and software. timeware® has been a truly overnight success, well an eventual success taking over 11,300+ days!
Part 1 of 4: 1986 – 1993 The early years…
Simon Birchall (current MD) & Peter Konnanov (current Chairman) meet at textile manufacturers ‘John Cockcroft & Sons Ltd in Todmorden Lancashire’
NMD (Northwest Micro-Design) partnership is formed.
TAS (Time and Attendance System) was designed.
Software written in DIBOL for a digital equipment PDP11/73 mini computer
timemaster terminal developed incorporating magnetic-strip reader.
Communicated with computer using RS232 (no networks in 1986!)
First system installed
The timeware® name is first used as a product name: (lowercase logo idea copied from digital equipment logo):
timeware® II released (first PC based application in black and white)
NMD multiplexer designed to allow more than one timemaster to be connected to a PC RS232 port.
timemaster II terminal introduced (simple metal enclosure)
David Morris, owner of Autotime Systems becomes the worlds first timeware® dealer
Total of 25 timeware® systems installed
timeware® III released (second PC application)
UK distributor network created
Colour support introduced
timemaster III terminal introduced (plastic enclosure)
timemaster Junior introduced (links to serial printer)
Total of 50 timeware® systems installed