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 user 2007-12-04 at 11:24:00 am Views: 61
  • #20967

    Fujifilm Adds GPS Tracker to Tape Cartridges
    07:Fujifilm USA, the Valhalla, New York, subsidiary of Japanese film
    and recording media giant Fujifilm, last week added a new twist to
    technology for adding more security to tape archives.

    techies at Fujifilm, who crank out more patentable pieces of
    intellectual property than just about any other company in the world on
    behalf of the $23.6 billion Japanese conglomerate, have come up with a
    new product called Tape Tracker for data recording media. Fujifilm and
    its tape drive partners have already added encryption to LTO Generation
    4 tape drives, but once a tape leaves the data center, you start
    feeling less secure. Particularly when we all read the papers and see
    that companies–including IBM earlier this summer–have lost data tapes
    in transit to archiving facilities, potentially allowing sensitive data
    for millions of people to fall in the wrong hands.

    To help put
    CIOs, system administrators, and security officers at ease, Fujifilm
    has been working with a security company called QinetiQ to put a global
    positioning system (GPS) tracker inside of a standard 1/2-inch tape
    cartridge. Having done this, the programmers at Fujifilm created a
    Web-based tracking system that allows companies to actually see where
    their tapes are as they are moving around the globe. One of the keys to
    this Tape Tracker technology is an enhanced GPS receiver, which
    Fujifilm says is over 1,000 times more sensitive than conventional
    commercial receivers that you and I can buy at Wal-Mart. This means the
    Fujifilm system can see tapes as they wind their way through cities,
    rural areas, and even inside warehouses and data vaults. The Tape
    Tracker system not only sees tapes when they are moving, but monitors
    when they are at rest and are supposed to stay that way. If tapes start
    moving when they are not supposed to, then the Tape Tracker system can
    alert the right IT and security personnel.Tape Tracker is in beta
    testing right now, and is scheduled to be generally available some time
    in the first quarter of 2008