Polycom was struggling to find a Compact Flash supplier offering a reliable solution with long life BOM control. This was needed to avoid their costly and time intensive regression testing needed to qualify any changes to the system or components.
S.M.A.R.T. (Self Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology, a.k.a. SMART) is a feature set defined by the ANSI ATA Specifications. The feature set consists of a set of commands which allow the host to retrieve information about the storage device's health status. This allows the user to know in advance impending device failures and act accordingly before the device actually fails.