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Scale-up and demonstrate the production of a novel High Resolution piqlFilm for Ultra-secure data storage and long-term preservation of digital and analogue data

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - piqlFilm-GO (Scale-up and demonstrate the production of a novel High Resolution piqlFilm for Ultra-secure data storage and long-term preservation of digital and analogue data)

Reporting period: 2019-09-01 to 2021-02-28

This project addresses several critical issues related to data storage:

Data security; a) Our data storage solution uses an offline, true WORM storage medium with archival functionality where data cannot be intentionally or accidentally hacked, tampered or deleted and b) Is electromagnetic pulse immune.

Data integrity; c) The solutions incorporates data previews comparing original files with the retrieved, decoded data and d) Uses checksums verifying that data is not corrupted, incorporates Forward Error Correction codes to enhance data reliability, enabling data retrieval even with errors/scratches on the piqlFilm.

Future readability; e) Is a self-contained and self-documenting storage medium, incorporating human readable instructions on how to retrieve data in the future and f) Isn’t technology/vendor locked-in (data retrieval is independent of Piql) and g) piqlFilm longevity has been tested & verified for up to 1000+ years.

Efficiency & reduced costs; h) The solution eliminates data migration in long-term, ultra-secure data storage and thus becomes more cost-efficient than competing solutions that needs migration after typically 4-5 years and i) Ensures a high storage capacity (data density of up to 16m pixels per frame)

Ultra-secure & low energy use; j) Piql addresses 6 out of 7 pillars set in the Digital Agenda for Europe and k) Is a passive and environmental-friendly data storage solution,

Our project addresses global industrial & societal challenge; The amount of digital data is doubling every 2-years. This poses two major concerns related to 1- data security of sensitive data and 2- to how we can ensure future access to data with long-term value.

10-15% of all data needs ultra-high security storage. With the storage technologies used today, governments, organisations and companies face the same growing challenge of preventing critical and irreplaceable data from getting lost, modified or ending in the wrong hands.

5-10% of all data needs long-term preservation with guaranteed future access (even into “eternity”)

The Digital Agenda for Europe - one of the seven pillars of the Europe 2020 Strategy - sets clear objectives on how to better exploit ICT’s potential to foster innovation, economic growth & progress. piqlFilm-GO clearly addresses 6 pillars:

Achieving the digital single market through-out EU, with high-quality service

Boosting competitiveness through interoperability and standardisation

Reinforcing trust and security in digital services and in the handling of personal data

Investing in research and innovation to boost growth and jobs

Promote digital literacy, skills & inclusion to attract the young into ICT

ICT-enabled benefits for EU society - digitisation of content via Europeana

piqlFilm-GO’s goal is to mature, scale-up and demonstrate the production of our novel high-performance piqlFilm technology to commercialise our disruptive and patented Piql System for ultra-secure storage and long-term preservation of digital and analogue data.
WP 1 - piqlFilm performance maturation: Several variants and prototypes of the new piqlFilm have been developed and tested and validated in the production of the storage component of Piql Services at boneheadz.

WP2 - piqlFilm production scale-up: Based on the transition of the prototypes of the new piqlFilm from Filmotec to the volume production process at InovisCoat, further testing and validation of several volume batches in the production of the storage component of Piql Services at boneheadz.

WP3 - Large scale piloting validation and demonstration: Further these volume batches of piqlFilm have been tested, validated, and demonstrated in piloting activities with 81 end-clients throughout the duration of the project. Valuable learning and feedback have been gained on the deliverable and on the "service journey" experienced by the piloting clients. Important leaning and experiences have been gained to be able to organise and run an efficient production for delivering the storage component of Piql Services. Important feedback has been provided to Filmotec and InovisCoat on the performance and behaviour of the new piqlFilm.

WP4 - Market and regulatory monitoring: Extensive market research and regulatory monitoring has been conducted across nations, industry verticals and segments. We have identified clients’ needs and validated our generic value proposition (i.e. Piql Services) and expanded this into specific value propositions per prioritised industry vertical. This research has shown that there are clear opportunities for Piql, especially in boneheadz "territory", Central- and Eastern-Europe.

WP5 - Dissemination, exploitation and communication: Based on the learnings from WP3 and WP4, extensive dissemination, exploitation and communication activities have been conducted, raising awareness and interest for our services. This has been thoroughly documented in the PEDR.

WP6 - Innovation Management: We have reviewed our analysis of the competitive landscape for secure data storage and long-term digital preservation and no emerging technologies endanger our Freedom to Operate. The consortium has decided not to file any new patents, our inventions would be made public, it is also very expensive and time consuming and from our experience not very valuable, thus we have chosen the strategy of secrecy. All aspects related to our solution for future data retrieval is open-source.
The achievements in this project will contribute to society and has a social-economic impact:

With this high-performance film we are expanding the nowadays existing limits and barriers in film production and film performance. Some of the innovations can be transferred to other existing products, which will lead to less costs and better performance. This is giving us an overall competitive advantage, which will increase sales of black and white film. We can deliver to the photographic world new opportunities for extremely high-quality B/W material in the picture and cine film areas as well as for archiving.

Known around the world as a green data solution, Piql’s unique approach to long-term data storage means that once information is stored it is there permanently—longevity tested to last for over 1000 years. All other mediums require migration to newer software or hardware to keep the data accessible. This is costly both in money and impact on the environment.

Piql commissioned a study comparing the environmental impact of piqlFilm compared to Hard Drives (HDD) of 1TB of data stored for 500 years. The study found that piqlFilm was more environmentally friendly than HDD after just 1,5 years, with HDD emitting CO2 e.q over 38 times higher than that of Piql.
PiqlFilm-GO Pilot client - Olga Tokarcuk, Polish Nobel Prize winner in Literature
PiqlFilm and piqlBox