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How many Barclays’ employees does it take to change….

How many Barclays’ employees does it take to change….

…A backup tape?

An entire team based on the number of recorders in this picture! Well done to the Monitor’s archive team for finding this lovely example of a Racal recorder-wall at Barclays’ treasury room in London. Yes, they really did stack them that high and yes it did cause problems. The average tape-changer needed to be 6’4″ to comfortably handle the upper decks.

Racal Recorders wall

Racal Recorders wall

Although Hollywood would probably present this scene as the nerve centre of CIA monitoring operations (machines with big reels always look good in the movies), we can tell you that this stuff has not been around for decades. For the technically interested, these appear to be ICR 64’s which is a very rare beast indeed. ICR 64’s normally used one primary deck backed up to a standby deck but we believe this was one of the first one to ‘n’ backup systems where there are three primaries linked to a single backup deck. This design was a bit risqué in those days, but you got a lot more bang-for-the-buck over the standard system so financially it made good sense.

Support for discontinued recorders

As manufacturers release new products into the market, older versions become discontinued with spare parts and support also being phased out accordingly. Business Systems continues to provide support on these products – for more information check out our webpage on Support for discontinued recorders or get in touch on 0800 458 2988.

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