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Photo-online-System (PHOTOLS)

The Photo-online-System (PHOTOLS) is an Air Force Systems Command Foreign Technology Division (FTD) imagery exploitation system. FTD equipment by the end of the 1980s included a work station for almost every worker and several main frames and specialized systems. One such specialized system was the Photo-online-System (PHOTOLS). The division installed its first automated imagery data base in 1961. By the early 1990s PHOTOLS stored over 2 million records.

This system migrated to the IESS standard by 1998, and will subsequently converge to the ESS configuration by 2001. The Exploitation Support System (ESS) will be the community's common imagery exploitation support system. Both the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) Exploitation System (NES) and IESS will migrate to ESS by the end of FY01. Agency Program: The DoD is in the process of establishing a simplified baseline of the best, common information systems across the business functions of the Department. These migration systems represent a stage of process improvement designed at achieving a common set of automated processes and practices in DoD.

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