Re: DTI: Forgotten History by C. L. Bennett Review Thread (Spoilers!)
I think you're confusing "more advanced" in-universe technology with updated production values.
No, I assume that the appearance of the Narada
was the catalyst - meaning, Starfleet got whatever information it could out of the sensor readings of that ship, and thus upped their standards a bit.
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