To support V2, the IR readers will require upgrades at least
including upgrading the RAM chips. Ian will probably want the units
sent in to bring them up to the latest engineering change orders.
Comments Ian? There are also different flavors of IR readers and some
won't even run the latest 1.94 firmware. While we're discussing
upgrades, even the VL readers will likely need new clock chips because at
this point V2 of Precinct Count will require a larger ROM chip in the
expansion ROM socket.
It would be better to see the units at
McKinney so we could effect current ECOs to the units, but it is not
necessary. Upgrades will have to be done at a cost to someone.
The new clock chips are twice the cost of old ones, as are the 128KB RAM and
ROM ICs. Is Global going to eat the cost (yet again) of upgrading
customers, or will the customer cough up to at least cover the costs of the
The point is, don't rush to upgrade to V2 unless the new
features are really needed. Like any major new release, there are
going to be bugs to iron out and you're better off waiting for the first few
maintenance releases. By then, we'll be working on support for the IR
If they have a stable firmware solution using the smaller
clock chips, RAM chips and ROM ICs, then there would be no need to upgrade