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Spying Out Tapes in Transit

Last week's announcement of a GPS-based tracking system for tapes could be the first in a new wave of technologies designed to avoid the embarrassment of lost tapes.

In addition to Fujifilm, which revealed its plans to work with defense contractor QinetiQ around tape tracking last week, Warrenville, Ill.-based firm Private Pallet Systems is also making moves in this space.

The startup has developed a container that uses both RFID and GPS technology for monitoring purposes, according to John Samony, a senior technical consultant at the firm.

"We have been in development for this technology for the past three years and [we're] in the process of a market roll-out," he writes in an email to Byte and Switch.

Using satellite technology to track tapes on their journeys offsite may conjure up images of James Bond, but users should not perceive this as some sort of security silver bullet.

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