SanDisk this weekend announced a new memory card capable of storing data for up to 100 years, though you'll have to be careful what you put on there because it can only be written to once.
The "write once read many" (WORM) card is now shipping in volume in 1GB capacity to Japan's police force where the card sees use as a storage medium for tamper-proof forensic image archiving.
"Japan's police force is one of the world's largest and most respected law enforcement agencies, and a leading adopter of cutting-edge technologies," said Christopher Moore, director, product marketing, SanDisk. "Working closely with police around the world and our partner camera vendors, we have created a one-step system for tamper-proof data acquisition and archiving. This essential memory solution greatly simplifies the digital evidence handling process while exceeding the government's requirements for data integrity and longevity."
The WORM cards offer a superior storage solution to 35mm film, which degrades over time, is slow, and is both inconvenient and increasingly difficult to use, SanDisk says. Though the card is seeing volume shipments in Japan, SanDisk says it's available worldwide in 1GB capacity. Pricing depends on the quantity ordered.