Although the initial system had failed, requests for similar technique were received from a toll bridge looking to scan for cars which had purchased monthly passes; as well as from the US Post Office to track their trucks and even for a pet food company. This, of course, sparked interest in the grocery industry.
In 1967, Collins went to Sylvania’s management looking for funding for to develop a black-and-white version of the code for other industries. He recalls: “I said what we’d like to do now is develop the little black-and-white equivalent for conveyor control and everything else that moves”. They refused, saying that the railway project was more than large enough for them and they saw no need to branch out so soon. In retrospect, clearly not a wise move!
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