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Periodo di rendicontazione: 2020-07-01 al 2021-06-30

The promise of Precision Medicine that was envisioned decades ago with the mapping of the human genome is fast becoming a reality. While genomic research is paving the way for significant advances in healthcare, its practice has led to new challenges for biotechnology firms in terms of increasing data volume, variety and complexity. Given that the data representing a single human genome takes up to 100 gigabytes of storage space, biotech companies engaged in genomic research must develop the computing infrastructure and skills to manage, store, analyse and interpret massive quantities of highly complex data. Healthcare centres, in particular, need a data storage solution that uses low power, small space, small volume, low weight, and is quiet, and easy to implement. It is quite a challenge for an inner-city hospital to construct and operate a data centre like those built by Google, Amazon, & Microsoft. Current alternatives are either too costly, or exhibit low reliability and/or performance, and none of them achieve the right level of security. In answer to this need, Swiss Vault is developing a high-density, modular genome sequencing/storage proprietary system, which enables organisations to scale their data capabilities in terms of both computing power and storage with high security and a low carbon footprint. The goal of the BasePort project is to bring to market a data storage hardware integrated with software that operates with 1/10th power consumption, 1/4th volume, and 1/5th the weight of conventional comparable systems. The innovative form-factor is 10X more power- & 20X more space-efficient, easy to manage, ideal for Industry 4.0 Smart Cities and Edge computing. Our platform makes data storage a “Green Technology” and enables organizations to reduce their data storage costs and their data-carbon footprint by up to 10-fold. Thanks to this project we will bring to the market the best-in-class solution for the storage and management of large data.
The Swiss Vault team is building from the ground up an innovative data storage solution that is purpose-built for the Circular Economy and decreases the complexity of managing long-term data, with a focus on the entry market of genomics and healthcare. The efforts over the last 12 months have produced an innovative micro-electronics design, unique component parts, and software development. Specifically, we have selected component parts for long-lasting, space and energy-efficient functionality, optimized and designed key electronic circuitry for three data management performance levels, developed an initial rendering of the physical framework, conducted structural performance testing on benchtop systems, and begun software development to meet the integrated hardware/software efficiency and performance metric objectives. In parallel, we have been working to implement our IP strategy. We can now demonstrate the working system meeting our specifications for reducing energy consumption by 10X and increasing data storage density by 10X. The development is on track, adhering to our design principles of recycling, reuse, and repurpose system components. Overall, our current performance metrics demonstrate a lower total cost of data ownership (TCO) over time compared to existing systems.
Swiss Vault is developing an industry-leading design and the best-in-class solution for the storage and management of large data. Industries including Healthcare, Telecommunications, Seismic, and Astronomy, among others, require an exceptional amount of data storage as well as intensive data access and analysis operations. Our unique hardware design and software setup will ensure rapid data analysis, with secure long-term data storage at very low energy consumption and with small space requirements. Our solution will reduce the carbon footprint for Data Storage by 80%.

In the next 12 months, the functional system will undergo rigorous User Experience testing with our clients - which are large research organizations. The current state of the art is data storage systems that consume 18’000 Watts of power, require extensive construction for heat and noise management. Our benchmarked performance target is 10X lower energy consumption. With less heat and noise, and reduced complexity, we will be able to install a Beta-system in the office environment of our clients to showcase a disruptive paradigm for efficient data management. The system will be production-ready by mid- 2022.

As a summary, the key unique advantages of BASEPORT that differentiate it from competing solutions are:
● Data models optimised for genomic & medical data, which boosts analysis speeds, data stability & security. The team’s unique data compression software increases security & reduces storage space.
● Genome data analysis 20 times faster than conventional CPUs. Data analysis is a bottleneck in genomics analysis (often taking 1- 2 days to process). BasePort enables processing in 1 to 3 hours – allowing patients to obtain a faster time to treatment and hospitals to process more samples.
● Long-lasting design, using parts that increase the lifecycle to 20+ years (compared to the 3-5-year replacement cycle for HPC data racks), for long-term data management & regulatory (GDPR, ISO27000) compliance.
● A smaller footprint in size and weight, & very quiet, which facilitates its use in a standard office environment. This reduces construction costs and improves security with on-premises storage.
Swiss Vault’s data storage solution
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