|Beginning in 1962 the AUTODIN network
computer based communication centers were originally called "AESC's (Automatic
Electronic Switching Centers)" during the Western Union era. This name was later
changed to ASC (AUTODIN Switching Center) as the project evolved and came under the
auspices of later companies who became the prime contractors after Western Union. Both
names are used interchangeably throughout the pages of the ALP web site. The meaning is
the same (see the "Glossary" pages).
The ALP web site has been setup to provide information
that reconstructs and preserves the historical record about the AUTODIN system during the
Western Union and subsequent prime contractor eras. The information herein covers the
period from the conception of AUTODIN in the late 1950's until it's planned closure, and
subsequent replacement by the DMS (Defense Messaging System). AUTODIN was originally
developed and maintained by Western Union as prime contractor on the project from 1961
until the 1990's.
Moreover, no historical record is
complete without including the present time, and, where the AUTODIN system may be
headed in the future.
||Subsequent prime contractor companies and
their personnel became directly involved with AUTODIN over it's current 40 year life
cycle.Consequently, we changed the name of this web from WUALP (Western Union
AUTODIN Legacy Project) to just ALP (AUTODIN Legacy Project), so as to include follow-on
historical data during subsequent prime contractor eras.
Another major purpose of ALP is to provide a
"gathering place", (watering hole if you will), and point of contact for ALL
AUTODIN project personnel (Autodiners), past and present. Former Western Union employees
(nicknamed "Autodiners" - by Tony Platt) that worked in the WU AUTODIN system,
and including ASC, Contel, GTE, Philco-Ford, SAIC, DynaCorp, the Military, and the
Government Service Federal employees.
All Autodiners are all encouraged
to register as an AUTODIN System fellow members. Whether you
register or not, we still invite you to browse our site. We also appreciate feedback.
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