Djordje Hinic was the Business Development Manager and Alfredo Trujillo is the Research and Development director at Piql based in Oslo, Norway.
Piql was started in 2002 with their first product Cinevator, which printed digital movies to analogue film 100 times faster than any other similar product on the market. Cinevator was eventually developed into the Piql film printer that today writes digital and visual data to analogue film. Piql has developed an Arctic World Archive in Svalbard, Norway in which The Vatican Library and The National Museum of Norway have entrusted their most valuable data on the Piql film. Also, as part of the 2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage, Piql have preserved the top 10 publicly voted European cultural relics for the next 500+ years.
Djordje spoke with me on two separate occasions in June 2017 to discuss many aspects of how Piql operates including its history, global data security, Piql International data storage client highlights, the Arctic World Archive in Svalbard, and the actual up-close technical process of how the Piql storage process works.
Alfredo also kindly spoke with me in June 2017 to discuss the more technical aspects of using film as a storage medium and the genesis of Piq. In our conversation we talk about including the history of Piql’s film printing machine predecessor, Cinevator, the fascinating and surprising process of how most major Movie Studios store their digital films on film, the advantages of film, the technical process of storing digital information on the Piql film and decoding that information again, and finally the future of Piql.
This is an abridged version of our full conversation, a number of other subjects were also discussed that feature in the film.