This technology history page contains a photograph, which is one of several belonging to the photo gallery pages, which are part of several pages relating to the invention of the world's first automatic totalizator in 1913 and Automatic Totalisators Limited, the Australian company founded in 1917 to develop, manufacture and export these systems.

White City Electro Mechanical Computer Room

This image shows the main switch board for the Win Place and Forecast tote in White City London. It belongs to what a 1937 Referee newspaper article refers to as The World's Biggest Tote which can be read in the previous image of the Photo Gallery. The scanners are the two rows of circular devices which can be seen at the bottom of the equipment panels on the left and right hand sides of the central switchboard section. The Scanners are Time Division Multiplexers long before the electronic digital signalling methods that made TDMs commonplace. For a description of the scanners, overlap relays, Ticket Issuing Machine isolation switches and the Cut-out Relays look at the close-up image, which follows this one in the Photo Gallery. Click on the image to go back to the Photo Gallery index.

There is a note on the rear of this photograph. It reads: Provision has been made for the addition of further panels of Distributors and Relays as required up to the maximum capacity of the Adding equipment.

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