Just when it seemed like the digital world had rendered the film tape completely obsolete But the Piql found a brand-new usage of it: data storage and preservation. In fact, Piql’s is now one of the most secure types of data storage.
One example of this data storage is the new data vault called Arctic World Archive, which is located in Spitzbergen, Norway. This vault is secure enough to survive nuclear war thanks to its innovative method of preservation. Digital data is transferred in to the secure migration-free and high resolution piqlFilm, much like a massive QR code. There, being offline, the data is protected from cyper attacks. The film containing all of this data is protected in the unique piqlBox, which is located on a former coal mine on an island in the Arctic. It is the perfect place for storage since it provides the perfect physical conditions, such as temperature between negative five and negative ten degrees Celsius, and the right amount of humidity. Here, the data will rest secure for the next 500 to 1000 years. It will even be safe from political uncertanties, since the island is protected by The Spitsbergen Treaty that was signed after the World War I.
There is no internet access in the mine. In order to get the information, film must be placed in a reader and the data will be transferred back to its original format. Preparation takes a minimum of 20-30 minutes. Arctic World Archives believes it is safer than anything method of preservation we’ve had before.
The vault started functioning on the 27th of March 2017. Arctic World Archive has already received some fascinating data to store like historical documents from Brazil and Mexico. Although that doesn’t mean the company is unavailable to anyone looking for secure data storage.