Preserving the Future

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, which was established in the permafrost in the mountains of Svalbard, Norway, is designed to store duplicates of seeds from more than 1,400 gene banks spread over the entire planet. This vital measure is to safeguard the world’s agriculture against any negative consequences of war, pollution, climate change, natural disasters, or simply a lack of resources.

The temperature inside the Seed Vault is kept around minus 18 Celsius. The roof and parts of the frontage of the visible entrance section are filled with triangles of refractive elements like dichroic mirror glass, prisms and acid resistant steel of various sizes. These shapes and elements are intended to cast the light & surrounding environment back in all directions. These lights represent a volume complementary to the dark which has been hollowed out of the permafrost within and will signal the seed vault’s position at all times.

Photo: Mari Tefre/Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Much as the seed vault is intended to secure our food supply, it’s important to have a method of preserving our history and documentation for future generations to study and learn from. Whether it’s a global effort or a family interested in protecting the video of their child’s first birthday, Blu-ray discs can keep your data stored and protected for years. SONY Blu-ray’s stable and reliable writing mode allows all sorts of written data to be able to withstand any kind of environmental temperatures with the ability to last as long as 30 years.

Blu-ray was developed to enable recording, rewriting and playback of high-definition video (HD), as well as storing large amounts of data. It offers more than five times the storage capacity of traditional DVDs and can hold up to 25GB on a single-layer disc and 50GB on a dual-layer disc. Through advancing technology it can be pushed up to 10 layers and capacity as high as 200GB. This extra capacity combined with the use of advanced video and audio codecs will offer consumers an unprecedented HD experience.

If you choose to store your family photos, business data, audio and video presentations, etc. think about using the BD-RE DL storage media. This is a far more “Green” method of storing these items since you can compile so much more data onto a single disc. It’s good for you and good for the environment!

Photo: Sony BD disc

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