First Capital Connect was looking to convert technical drawings held on microfilm aperture cards. An aperture card acts as transport for a 35mm transparent microfilm slide. Microfilm technology has been around for a few decades and offers storage for drawings. There were drawbacks to preserving drawings on aperture cards. For example, the aperture card could only be used and viewed by one person at a time, it was not a secure storage medium and could be lost or damaged. It was time consuming to view the drawings and required special equipment which was not very reliable and increasingly difficult to service.
KCL were able to convert the aperture cards into electronic format, provide engineers from all depots instant access and share information across the business network simultaneously.