Voluntary standards work yields dividends

As the following anecdotes illustrate, volunteering to work on optical standards could be in your company's own best interests. At a recent conference on high speed photography, someone noted that there once had been seven manufacturers of photographic camera systems for tracking missiles, etc. on various U.S. military ranges. The cameras on these systems have been changed to electronic imaging systems, but each manufacturer adopted a different camera. When the various ranges wanted to compare data, they could no longer trade photographs, but rather had to send magnetic tapes, each having different methods of encoding the data.

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